Los Janesvilleros: How Paul Ryan's hometown embodies a changing America

Dave Warren, the owner of Dave’s ACE Hardware stores in Rock County and an ardent Ryan supporter on most issues, says that he’d like to see politicians come up with a better solution for Hispanic immigrants who want to work in the area legally.

“For the most part, I’m a pretty conservative guy, but since this issue is hitting home with me, I do have some empathy,” said Warren, who was born in Janesville but now lives in the neighboring town of Milton.

When I spoke with Warren, he was waiting for a phone call from the immigration attorney representing a friend who was apprehended while trying to cross the border back into the United States a few months prior. Warren said he hadn’t realized his friend -- who left three children and a wife in Janesville -- didn’t have papers.


“I’m not condoning the people who come here illegally, but we just want him to be safe,” Warren said.

So what do Latinos in Ryan’s hometown think about him during an election where the Hispanic vote is so important?

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