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League of Women Voters Takes Stand on Immigration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:33

statue-of-libertyDeportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants is discrimination and wrong. The Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality and the Executive Branch may not refuse to obey federal court orders.


WASHINGTON, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's immigration ban:

"The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

The League supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants.  Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.

It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.

The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion.  The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations."

See the original statement here and League's national positions on Immigration and Nondiscrimination here.

 
Not Since Vietnam Have Such Demonstrations Erupted Over a President's Actions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nelson for Wisconsin   
Monday, 30 January 2017 19:53

donald-trumpPresident Trump's order on immigrants has sparked spontaneous and overwhelming demonstrations across the nation and world. Stand with us and be Americans. Add your name to our petition.


APPLETON, WI - Not since the Vietnam War has our country witnessed such a spontaneous and overwhelming demonstration against a president's actions.

And rightfully so.

President Trump's executive order is not who we are.

muslim-ban-airportWe are a nation of immigrants founded on the unwavering belief that all men are created equal and in God's image. And we are, as St. Matthew wrote, that "bright shining city on a hill" that embraces those escaping persecution and who seek a better life.

Consider just a few of those stopped at our airports: the family member of a US Army soldier, a translator for our armed forces, doctors, scientists, mothers, fathers...

Add your name to our petition and stand up to Donald Trump >>>

And President Trump's executive order will not make us safer.

In fact, it will do just the opposite.

It will feed into the lies ISIS uses to recruit terrorists, strain crucial relations with our allies and put our safety at risk both home and abroad.

While not one Wisconsin Republican has denounced Trump, I am proud of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Congressman Kind, Congresswoman Moore, Congressman Pocan and thousands of Wisconsinites all around our great state who have stood up against this un-American, and un-Wisconsin executive order.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 20:39
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Trump Claim of Voter Fraud False PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Friday, 27 January 2017 14:10

donald-trumpPresident Trump has ordered an investigation into illegal voting, but there is no need for an investigation into a non-existent problem says the non-partisan League of Women Voters (LWV). League also endorses "A Wisconsin Budget for All".


MADISON - The President has ordered an investigation into illegal voting, while offering no credible evidence of voter fraud. In this statement, LWV-US President Chris Carson says there is “no need for an investigation into a non-existent problem." Indeed, a comprehensive, national study of potential voting fraud cases from 2000 through 2014 found only 31 credible (but not proven) cases out of more than one billion votes cast.

voter-us-electionsWhile some have questioned the President’s authority to order such an investigation, election law expert Rick Hasen noted that President Obama did something similar following the 2012 election when he set up a commission to look into such election issues as long lines at the polls and how to expand access to voting and increase participation in elections. Read the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin’s 2014 testimony to the National Commission on Voting Rights. 

At a listening session this week some Wisconsin state lawmakers got an earful from Sheboygan-area constituents opposing the many voting restrictions enacted in recent years.

Last week we said the League has endorsed A Wisconsin Budget for All, which calls on lawmakers to reject pressure by special interests and craft a budget to help our communities thrive. They could start by ending the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit, a loophole created in 2011. Wisconsin businesses can get this credit whether they add or subtract jobs in our state. Only 0.3  percent of Wisconsin tax filers have received the credit, with nearly 89 percent of the tax savings going to individuals earning more than $1 million. A new report from the legislature’s nonpartisan budget office estimates this tax credit, which went in full effect just last year, will have cost the state more than $1.4 billion by the end of the next budget. This is money that could -- and should -- be spent to boost the common good.

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Learn more about the League of Women Voters Wisconsin.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 15:48
 
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