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Series: Wisconsin's Diverse Waves Of Immigration

Many distinct and ongoing waves of immigration have indelibly shaped communities across Wisconsin. The 19th-century influxes of immigrants from Germany, Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe are strongly associated with the state's cultural identity, but the immigrant experience in Wisconsin is far more varied. Canada has been a small but steady source of immigrants throughout the state's history. Several increasingly large phases of immigration from Mexico and other nations around Latin America have left imprints around the state, ranging from Milwaukee to dairy and vegetable farms in rural areas. In recent decades, immigrants from Asia have likewise increasingly made their home in the state, with Hmong communities standing out. As new groups of immigrants arrive in Wisconsin, their civic, religions and economic contributions adds to the state's diversity.
 
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Before Martha Stewart and Ina Garten, there was Lizzie Kander and The Settlement Cook Book .
As one of the state's largest industries and the core of its Cheesehead identity, dairy production is heavily dependent on immigrant workers.
Milwaukee's first community of Mexican immigrants flourished briefly but was shattered by the tragedy of the Great Depression.
La Movida is Wisconsin's first Spanish language radio station, and the husband and wife who run it sad they're looking to debunk rumors and calm the fears of many undocumented immigrants in the community.
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Chad Billeb, the chief deputy for the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, discusses the fears held by undocumented immigrants in central Wisconsin related to deportation, and what law enforcement in the region is doing to address their concerns.
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John Rosenow is a dairy farmer in Buffalo County who employs workers from Mexico. He discusses the federal government's plans to step up deportation, and how it could be detrimental to him and other dairy farmers.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is widening the definition of immigrants classified for "priority removal" and is calling for more assistance from local law enforcement. Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration executive director Dave Gorak discusses these policy changes.
Around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in a classroom on Madison's south side, a group of mostly Latino immigrants and English as a Second Language teachers sat in a circle listening intently as two special guests answered their questions.
The first week of the Trump administration brought a hail of executive orders, including two that marked an abrupt shift in U.S. immigration policy.
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Immigration is at the forefront of the new administration of President Donald Trump, who issued a pair of executive orders that shift federal priorities. Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, discusses what these policies mean to immigration advocates.