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West Allis immigration attorney thinks President Trump's rhetoric making situation worse

Posted at 6:50 AM, Jan 09, 2019

WEST ALLIS — A West Allis immigration attorney agrees with the president that we have a border crisis. Except, it is not the one President Donald Trump spotlighted.

Immigration attorney Melissa Soberalski tells TODAY'S TMJ4 her clients who are undocumented immigrants are feeling anxious. She adds that every time the president comments about immigration policy, she gets an influx of calls.

"Are we in a border crisis right now?" asked reporter Julia Fello. Soberalski replied, "I think we are, but it's not what what the administration is making it out to be."

Soberalski believes the president is exasperating an already tense issue.

"The rhetoric has created a lot of fear even individuals that wouldn't be affected by the border crisis they're now afraid that they'll be sent back home," said Soberalski.

The Immigration Policy Institute estimates more than 70,000 undocumented immigrants live in Wisconsin, 25,000 of whom live in Milwaukee County.

In 2016, the Mexican Consulate said Latinos who live in Wisconsin contribute $1 billion in federal, state and local taxes every year. But just last month the president tweeted, "...our country loses 250 billion dollars a year on illegal immigration."