“Ask me about tax reform.”

   U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, glanced around the Little White Schoolhouse in Ripon, humorously encouraging the audience of about 20 people to bring up a topic he evidently wanted to discuss.

   But most of the questions lobbed at the Sixth District congressman during a sun-drenched luncheon forum last week Friday dealt with immigration.

   Grothman and state Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, were in Ripon to speak to and field queries from curious constituents.

   Jason Mansmith, executive director of event host Ripon Chamber of Commerce, asked for Grothman’s thoughts on illegal immigration, acknowledging it’s been a “huge topic.”

   "It’s got to be taken seriously. It hasn’t been taken seriously by presidents of either party,” the congressman replied, stating that one of the reasons is some businesses’ overreliance on undocumented immigrants.

   While asserting that immigrants should be welcomed, Grothman was somewhat skeptical of how beneficial the current influx of people from other countries may be to the United States.

   “There’s just a lot of anecdotal evidence out there that we’re not always getting the best people from other countries,” he said.

Read the full story in the April 13, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.