Illustration by Kristian Knutsen and Scott Gordon; azimuth projection map via NS6T/Tom Epperly

Series: Wisconsin's Diverse Waves Of Immigration

Many distinct and ongoing waves of immigration have indelibly shaped communities across Wisconsin. The 19th-century influxes of immigrants from Germany, Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe are strongly associated with the state's cultural identity, but the immigrant experience in Wisconsin is far more varied. Canada has been a small but steady source of immigrants throughout the state's history. Several increasingly large phases of immigration from Mexico and other nations around Latin America have left imprints around the state, ranging from Milwaukee to dairy and vegetable farms in rural areas. In recent decades, immigrants from Asia have likewise increasingly made their home in the state, with Hmong communities standing out. As new groups of immigrants arrive in Wisconsin, their civic, religions and economic contributions adds to the state's diversity.
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Advocates for immigrants are raising concerns over the effects of fear and confusion over changes to the federal public charge rule. Milwaukee's Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers director of patient and community engagement Caroline Gomez-Tom discusses the impacts of these fears.
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments whether the Trump administration has the right to shut down the DACA program. Voces de La Frontera's lead youth organizer and Alverno College student Alejandra Gonzalez discusses the status of the program and what it means to her as a DACA recipient.
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What are the different needs that health providers might not be aware of when it comes to Hmong patients? Peng Her from the Hmong Institute discusses how health care professionals can be more culturally competent in serving their Hmong patients.
Immigrants face severe consequences for marijuana convictions, even in states where it is legal for medical or recreational use.
Dane County has been selected as one of 13 sites across the country to test a new model: a public-defender-style system aimed at providing a lawyer to every detained, indigent immigrant.
Among immigrants living in Wisconsin whose cases began between 2010 and 2015, those who had lawyers were more than six times as likely to be allowed to stay in the country as those who didn't have representation.
Julio Gumeta came to Wisconsin when he was seven years old. Now, 17 years later, he wants to attend UW-Milwaukee but cannot afford the out-state-tuition rates that undocumented immigrants are required to pay.
When large numbers of emigrants from Norway started making their way to the United States in the mid-19th century, Wisconsin was one of the first places they settled.
The funding system for English Language Learner education in Wisconsin schools with are facing challenges in places with high proportions of students needing these services, from urban districts like Green Bay to those in rural communities like Abbotsford.
In the mid 1970s, Cheu and Chia Vang of Laos moved to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand — part of the first wave of Hmong refugees to resettle in the United States.