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Voces de la Frontera head, striking pizza worker to attend Obama immigration event

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MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of a Milwaukee Hispanic group and a striking Wisconsin pizza worker will be on hand Tuesday, when President Obama announces his immigration reform plan in Las Vegas.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz, founder of Voces de la Frontera, was invited to the event by the AFL-CIO – and the union asked her to bring a striking worker from Palermo’s Pizza of Milwaukee. Stephanie Oramirez has been among those trying to organize a union.

Monday, a bi-partisan group of U.S. senators proposed a comprehensive immigration plan of their own.

It calls for securing the borders, and then creating a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country. It would also deal with those who overstay their visas, strengthen the system for employers to verify workers’ immigration status, and let more low-skilled workers into the U.S. And the Senate package creates a new program for agricultural workers.

The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is among those trying to allow immigrants to work year-round on dairy farms, and Paul Zimmermann said it’s positive that something has been proposed.

Two Wisconsin House Republicans said everything hinges on the details. Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls – who once proposed making it a felony just to be in the U.S. illegally – said any amnesty is, “dangerous waters.”

Janesville’s Paul Ryan said immigration reform can be done this year, but he says it should be in smaller pieces instead of big package that might, “collapse of its own weight.” 

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