Gary is an author, trial lawyer, Mequon-area resident and town of Cedarburg supervisor. He is a columnist for the News Graphic and writes for several Wisconsin area magazines and is a national columnist with The American Thinker and PJ Media. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and has three sons ages 18 to 28. Gary won Ozaukee County in his bid for the Wisconsin Assembly's 60th District in 2011, but came up just 58 votes short.
The ignorance and misinformation surrounding the common sense passage of Arizona’s Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, which requires police officers, who in the course of a lawful law enforcement action come to a “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal alien, to ask for a driver’s license to verify that the person is in this country legally, has spread like a virus. The measure has sparked fierce debate across the country. Here in Wisconsin – far from the front lines of illegal immigration in Arizona – we have done our part to encourage a growing illegal immigration problem which is no longer limited to our nation’s borders.
The first signs of the virus were documented when the Milwaukee Area Technical College District board of directors wasted more taxpayer dollars and approved a resolution on May 25 directing the already bloated college's administration to boycott Arizona in response to the state's newly passed immigration law. Somebody in the over-funded technical school had to spend our tax dollars figuring out and publicizing that through the fiscal year, MATC had spent $72,453 on goods and services from Arizona-based businesses. The MATC resolution is another in a long line of creative ways this technical school has arrive at to waste the tax dollars they are entrusted with. It is clear they do not have enough to do. The resolution was proposed by MATC board member Peter Earle, a lawyer who didn’t take the time to actually read the Arizona law, one of the symptoms of the virus. Board member Ann Wilson said she voted in favor of the boycott because she's concerned about the possibility of “civil rights violations” of those here illegally, but ignoring the civil rights violations and unsustainable costs heaped on the backs of law-abiding taxpayers – another symptom of advanced infection.