As Tim Michels launches his campaign for governor this week, U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Minocqua, reaffirmed his endorsement of former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
“The Republican Party is a big tent as you can see with the people that have gotten into the governor’s race,” Tiffany said on WISN’s “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. “I considered all of those people. I didn’t see any other dark horses coming out or potentially coming out. I think Rebecca Kleefisch is the right person for the right time here in Wisconsin.”
Tiffany returned from a trip to the southern border last week, calling the situation a “huge national security concern” as President Biden’s administration faces growing pressure over the decision to repeal Title 42, a pandemic policy implemented under the Trump administration allowing border officials to turn migrants back to their home countries.
“It will be a wide-open border,” Tiffany said. “While there’s a little bit of controls right now, not much, there will virtually be none.”
Tiffany said he did not have faith that border patrol agents will be able to address the influx of migrants federal officials have said they are anticipating.
“The Biden administration has made it very clear we’re going to continue running the largest human trafficking operation perhaps in the history of the world,” Tiffany said. “Our United States government is being used as a human trafficking operation.”
Also on the show, the executive director of immigrants’ rights group Voces de la Frontera Action warned Democrats if Biden delays the repeal of Title 42.
“I think there would be some major consequences for Democrats in the midterm elections,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera Action. “To actually cave into racism because of cowardice, it’s not that people are then going to vote for those who are blocking immigration reform or are giving into hate mongering, but people will just drop out.”
Voces de la Frontera is planning a rally and march May 1 along with other cities nationwide, demanding the administration do more to protect immigrants’ rights.
“There’s no basis for it,” Neumann-Ortiz said, referring to Title 42. “The whole idea was this was in response to the pandemic. When CDC, public health officials, human rights officials said there is no scientific health basis to this, and so the only basis to move away, step away from our existing asylum process was an anti-immigrant, racist policy.”
Republican attorney general candidate Adam Jarchow said that if elected he would launch a statewide investigation into the 2020 election.
It would include claims by Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling that members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission broke the law with guidance it issued to nursing homes.
“Those items, like the one that Sheriff Schmaling has forwarded, we would absolutely investigate those allegations,” Jarchow, a former lawmaker, said. “And remember we will have another election, the 2022 election, and if there are allegations of election law-breaking, the attorney general should investigate that. That is the attorney general’s job.”
Jarchow, who faces Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney in the Republican primary, doubled down on his criticism of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn after tweeting earlier this month Hagedorn was the “biggest electoral disappointment of my lifetime.”
“What I want judges to do is follow the rule of law,” Jarchow said. “So we had in candidate Brian Hagedorn, a man who went around to all of the same kind of dinners that I am now going to, every Republican candidate is going to. He came to all of the Republican Lincoln Day dinners, all of the caucuses and talked about how he would uphold the rule of law. And time and time again, and most recently in the maps case when his reasoning was roundly rejected by the United States Supreme Court, it turns out he’s not following the rule of law. We have to have in the people that run for office people that will do what they say when they get elected.”
Jarchow, who recently released a plan surrounding law enforcement and crime, acknowledged a proposal to give the Department of Justice original jurisdiction for certain gun-related violent crimes may upset some district attorneys.
“That might be the case,” Jarchow said. “But my message to those district attorneys and those judges who are repeatedly allowing career violent criminals back on the streets is do your job, so we don’t have to do it for you.”
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