Up to 30,000 Guard troops, including 3,000 from Wisconsin, will be sent to Iraq in 2009. The Wisconsin 32nd Brigade Combat Team will be part of the call-up.
What we can do about it: Legislators in five states, including Wisconsin, are preparing to challenge the Federal Government's right to send National Guard troops to Iraq, based on the fact that the 2002 Authorization for the use of Military Force, which is the basis for the Federalization of the Guard, has expired.
Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney continues his policy of questioning those booked into Dane County jail about their immigration status, and forwarding the information on to federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since October, 20 to 30 people a month have been deported from the jail, even though the vast majority were only charged with minor offenses.
- Sheriff Mahoney's actions violate a Dane County Board policy which prohibits law enforcement officers and other county agents from questioning Dane County residents about immigration status.
- Local law enforcement agencies are not required by federal law to question anyone about immigration status. Sheriff Mahoney's questioning and reporting are strictly voluntary acts.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has issued an order prohibiting Wisconsin Books to Prisoners from sending any books to Wisconsin prisoners. DOC officials cited "security" concerns, although they were unable to give any examples of security problems that had been caused by the books program.
Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is appealing to you as readers, book lovers and champions of the self-education of all people, to call Governor Jim Doyle (608-266-1212) and John Bett, the DOC administrator (608-240-5104) to express your concern and objection to this ban. Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. banning books to prisoners.