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Walker says state can't help Walworth County man awaiting deportation

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Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin attorney general say what's happening to a Lake Geneva businessman, who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when he went to pay a traffic ticket, is out of their hands. 

"The federal government has failed on this for decades, and it's why we face the ongoing problems that we have today," Walker said.

Eduardo Gualajara Castro, a father of four went to the county courthouse last month to pay for a traffic ticket. He never walked out on his own accord.

Instead, he was taken to a Louisiana detention center, where he awaits deportation.

When asked if he has thought about stepping in, Walker said, "From our standpoint, legally, it's the federal government. There's no recourse at the state or the local level."

State Attorney General Brad Schimel agreed, saying, No state or local law enforcement is going out and rounding up based on ICE detainers. That's not happening. If you have a warrant, that's a different story. That's signed by a judge.

Castro, who has lived in the area for more than 17 years and is in the process of applying for a visa, was detained in April at the courthouse in Elkhorn by ICE agents, a statement from immigrants' rights organization Voces de la Frontera said.

"ICE is seeking to deprive our children of their father," Castro's wife, Adriana Robles, said in the release. "They are depriving him of the chance to be with his children. My husband is a hard worker, who has provided jobs for others while trying to do better for himself and his family."

Voces said Castro received a ticket for DUI more than 12 years ago. He paid the fine, attended classes and didn't have any other problems with law enforcement officers aside from his recent ticket for driving without a license.

Voces de la Frontera said ICE agents probably found Castro by searching online court records.

An online petition created on Castro's behalf pleads with ICE Louisiana field office director David Rivera to release him.

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