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MOUNT PLEASANT — Less than a week after securing the endorsement for U.S. Senate from the Republican Party of Wisconsin, State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, was visiting volunteers and supporters at the Racine County field office on Thursday.

Although she has the endorsement of her party, Vukmir still needs to win the primary against Kevin Nicholson, who is still in the race, despite getting less than 30 percent of the delegate votes at the state convention last Saturday.

“He’ll have to make the decision,” Vukmir said. “I think it was pretty resounding that the grassroots in the state of Wisconsin, almost 75 percent have endorsed me and supported me … I’m happy they recognize me as the proven conservative in this race.”

Whoever wins the primary will go up against Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin in November.

Immigration and tax reform

Vukmir said she has traveled to each of the 72 Wisconsin counties,and one of the major issues she’s heard from voters has been immigration reform, “particularly building that wall.”

The issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is an executive order signed under President Barack Obama in 2012 granting deportation protection for those brought to the country illegally by their parents, has caused some division between some members of the Republican Party and President Donald Trump.

When asked about her stance on DACA, Vukmir said: “build the wall.”

“We’re not going to talk about any other immigration reform until you build the wall first,” Vukmir said. “I stand with the president. You have to have the border security first.”

Vukmir said securing the border would help prevent the flow of illegal drugs, human trafficking “and it’s also a public health concern.”

“I know the history of Ellis Island, I know there were rooms where people were quarantined and weren’t allowed to come into our country,” Vukmir said. “And yet we’re letting people come across on a daily basis.”

The other issues that matter to Wisconsin voters, Vukmir said, are having affordable health care and tax reform.

Vukmir criticized Baldwin for voting against the tax reform bill passed last year.

“People are upset with Tammy that she voted against the tax cuts,” Vukmir said. “It’s not breadcrumbs to them, it’s real money that they can use for their family or save or do whatever they want with their own money.”

“I know the history of Ellis Island, I know there were rooms where people were quarantined and weren’t allowed to come into our country. And yet we’re letting people come across on a daily basis.” State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield

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Ricardo Torres covers federal, state and Racine County politics along with the Village of Mount Pleasant. He bleeds Wisconsin sports teams.

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