WAUSAU — Central Wisconsin is quite familiar with immigration issues, from the Hmong refugee resettlements of the 1980s to current Hispanic immigrants who provide the backbone of our dairy industry. The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service will present a free three-part series, launching Feb. 10, to examine the ways in which our community is affected by this issue.
Two authorities on immigration headline this first event at 7 p.m. at UW Center for Civic Engagement, 625 Stewart Ave., Wausau. They will speak from a historical perspective in Wisconsin as well as the current national situation.
Brett Barker, professor of history at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, will provide the historical background on the arrival of various immigrant groups to the state.
Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., will examine the recent history of immigration policy in the U.S. Brown was a policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. She is a frequent commentator on the issue of immigration for national media outlets including CNN, PBS, NPR and Fox News.
Other events in this series include:
How Immigration Impacts Central Wisconsin
March 10, 7 p.m. – UW Center for Civic Engagement
625 Stewart Ave., Wausau
Addressing Immigration Issues in Our Community: A Public Dialogue
March 30, 7 p.m. – Northcentral Technical College
1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau
For more information on the Immigration Series, visit wipps.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.