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Illegal immigration a national issue; not locally controlled

Unless federal enforcement officers come knocking, you will not see a major crackdown on illegal immigration locally. Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Dan Olson posed the question to Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski during Tuesday’s meeting. Olson cited the crisis at the southern border as a possible catalyst for more illegal immigration into the area. Joski said it is more of federal issue when it comes to enforcement, adding that unless it is a major crime, they treat everyone the same like they have for decades.

If ICE requested their assistance on a case, Joski said they would assist the agency. Board members asked about penalties for employers knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, but Joski admitted there are tiers in employment law that can get complicated and allow some people to stay legally thanks to different work visas.


Also during the meeting, the Kewaunee County Board tabled its discussion on virtual voting and accepted the appointments of six members to different committees. Steve Agamaite was also appointed to the District 3 Supervisory position to replace Chuck Wagner, who stepped down from the post last month.



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