A Letter to Governor Walker
Yesterday, I introduced a letter to the County Board floor demanding that Governor Walker rescind the order for the Wisconsin National Guard to travel to the United States' southern border to assist the federal border patrol. Our federal administration's rash and heartless decision-making is creating chaos and cruelty for migrant families. Wisconsin should not be complicit in the separation of families or the warehousing and indefinite detention of children. Below is an image of the letter to be sent to Governor Walker today, and the text is copied further down.
"Dear Governor Scott Walker,
We, the undersigned elected members of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, write to demand that you halt the travel of Wisconsin National Guard troops to the United States’ southern border. Currently, two dozen Wisconsin National Guard troops are scheduled to arrive in Arizona by the end of the week, with more to follow in the coming weeks, with the intention of supporting federal border patrol agents. We demand that this order be retracted.
The federal administration’s newly adopted policy of separating children and their families, and now their attempt to eliminate time limits on the detention of children, brings our unjust and inhumane immigration policy to a new low. This “zero-tolerance” policy is not required by law, and Wisconsin should not be complicit in these violations of human rights and international law. In 1942, Wisconsin actively participated in the cruel internment of Japanese-Americans at Camp McCoy in Monroe County, Wisconsin. Almost 80 years later, will Wisconsin repeat our historical mistakes and commit more acts of inhumanity with children at the southern border?
After initially committing troops and assets to the Arizona border, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, has canceled that deployment in light of the inhumane treatment of these children. Wisconsin should follow suit and refuse to commit troops to support this abominable policy. While the recent executive order prevents separation of children from their parents, the previously separated families need prompt reunification, and the federal administration needs to cease in trying to overturn the Flores Settlement, which limits the detention of children to 20 days. Our federal government should not be warehousing children, and Wisconsin should not support or participate in this immoral practice in any way.
The Dane County Board of Supervisors demands that the Wisconsin National Guard remain in Wisconsin and do not participate in the inhumane treatment of children at the border.