During a speech to the Voces de la Frontera Migration is Beautiful Masquerade Gala in 2019, Evers said he does not differentiate between illegal immigrants and legal residents of Wisconsin.
“Regardless of your immigration status, if you call home Wisconsin, you are from Wisconsin,” Evers told the group.
Evers’ previously unreported comments give insight into his positions on immigration and are likely to come under scrutiny as the national debate over border security issues intensifies. Evers, facing a tight re-election race against Republican challenger Tim Michaels, has led efforts to do so. provide Driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants three years ago. In 2017, he also supported sanctuary cities in Wisconsin.
The governor said that was the main reason he supported driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, as well as keeping “roads safer” and creating “opportunities for families.”
“We need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity, in this state, to get a driver’s license to get from point A to point B,” he said at the 2019 ceremony.
Evers did not respond to a request for comment.
Evers’ driver’s license proposal was banned by the state’s Republican-run legislature in 2019. But it wasn’t the first left-leaning immigration policy he proposed. In an interview with CBS 58 News Milwaukee in 2017, Evers said he “fully” supports the creation of sanctuary cities in Wisconsin.
“Are you then open to standing with the mayor or a group of county superintendents who would like to establish shelter status?” asked a CBS 58 reporter.
“Sure,” Evers replied. “Because these illegal workers, I see the children of these illegal workers when I come to the Milwaukee area, fear in their hearts and eyes. It’s extraordinary. Why would we use a political platform from Washington, D.C. Trump wants to agitate for no apparent reason?”
The governor’s race has been labeled a neglect by election analysts, with Evers narrowly ahead within the margin of error, according to the latest Emerson College poll published this week.
A spokesperson for Michelle Evers criticized Evers’ immigration policies for contributing to an uptick in crime in a statement Washington Free Lighthouse.
“Tony Evers has pulled Wisconsin National Guard troops away from the border, so it’s no surprise that he wants Wisconsin to be a safe haven for illegal immigrants. Illicit fentanyl is destroying families, crime is on the rise, and Evers and Joe Biden are making it happen,” said Chris Walker, a counselor. Michaels’ campaign, the worse.
Immigration is turning into a major electoral issue before midterms, as overcrowded border states — flooded with tens of thousands of migrants each week — begin moving some asylum seekers to Democratic-run sanctuary cities. Michaels, Evers’ opponent, organized a joint rally on Sunday with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who grabbed headlines after sending a plane of 50 immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“This border is now an issue in this election,” DeSantis said at the rally. “Because all these Democrats support everything Biden does. They support sanctuary powers, sanctuary states, privileges, and they support the entire nine arenas.”