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Wisconsin immigrant workers among D.C. contingent lobbying for reform


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - At least four immigrant workers from Wisconsin are among 250 who are meeting in Washington as lawmakers hold more hearings on immigration reform.

Three striking employees of Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee and Jennifer Martinez of Manitowoc are part of a group brought together by the United Workers’ Congress. Martinez’s husband was deported to Mexico last year, leaving four children behind.

The group plans to spend two days in the nation’s capital to, “expose the impact of deportations, and push for workers’ rights principles to be included in any immigration reform.”

The Senate has an initial hearing this week. In the House, Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte plans to spell out possible reform options at a hearing Tuesday.

The Senate package creates a path to citizenship for over 11 million illegal immigrants, but Goodlatte says he doesn’t like the idea.

Among other things, the Senate package would grant visas for high-skilled foreign workers, further secure U.S. borders, and make it easier for employers to check the immigration status of the people they hire.