The Trump Administration’s assault on immigrants reached a fever pitch this month. After widespread outcry, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and federal courts attempted to reunite children, many as young as one year old, with their parents seeking asylum in the United States. Observers, including federal legislators, have reported widespread abuse at the hands of Immigration officials, including children locked in cages.
For the first time since the Red Scare years of former Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s, the federal government has started looking to revoke the citizenship of naturalized immigrants, claiming that many achieved their citizenship through fraud. In this climate, many immigrants fear reprisals, and may not realize the legal rights they still retain. Joining Eight O’Clock Buzz host, Brian Standing by phone, is Madison-based immigration attorney — and recently announced Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 77th Assembly District — Shabnam Lofti.