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Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, has called for an immigration policy that “secures the border and also includes a path for citizenship,” according to a campaign ad released in May 2022. 

Critics have cited a photo of Barnes holding an “ABOLISH ICE” T-shirt referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement agency. But he insisted in a February 2022 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is “not a part of the Abolish ICE movement.”

Barnes has spoken about his views on immigration in this interview and others, elaborating on how ongoing labor shortages and “traumas” like family separation necessitate “comprehensive immigration reform.” 


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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.