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Rep. Paul Ryan stresses wide gates, high fences regarding immigration reform

Posted by: Website Administrator on 5/3/2013
BY JOE POTENTE

That’s how U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan put his immigration reform philosophy in a nutshell at a Wednesday listening session in Kenosha.

The Janesville Republican, on his first tour of district town hall meetings since his campaign for vice president last year, attracted nearly 100 people to the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, for an afternoon session in which the immigration issue took center stage.

“My name’s Ryan,” Ryan said. “I’m here because the potatoes stopped growing in the 1850s in Ireland.”

That reflection resonated with Dena Feingold, a Kenosha rabbi, the sister of former Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold and, like Ryan, a Janesville native whose ancestors immigrated to Wisconsin from Europe.

Feingold, speaking on behalf of Congregations United to Serve Humanity, told Ryan that while some of today’s immigrants are troublesome, she believes the vast majority are people like hers and Ryan’s grandparents — those who come to the United States and make it a better place.

“I just hope you’ll use your power and your influence and your desire to work across the aisle on this issue to raise the conversation,” Feingold said.

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