Latino activists march in Milwaukee, name for President Biden to behave on immigration reform | WUWM 89.7 FM

Immigrants rights teams plan a day of lobbying on the Wisconsin state Capitol Monday, following the annual Could Day march Sunday of greater than 1,0000 individuals from Milwaukee’s south facet to downtown.

As they crossed the Sixth Avenue viaduct, some marchers chanted their opposition to mass deportations. “Up up with liberation, down down with deportation,” they mentioned.

Latino activists say deportations could be decreased if President Joe Biden and Congress bought behind extra immigration reform.

Marchers go underneath underneath I-794, earlier than turning east on Wisconsin Ave.

Throughout a subsequent rally outdoors Milwaukee’s federal courthouse, Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera mentioned Congress has once more did not go a measure. So, she mentioned it is time for Biden to signal govt orders, together with one to finish the 287(g) program that enables keen native police and sheriff’s workplaces to implement some elements of federal immigration legislation.

“That he use his govt energy to go protections for immigrant staff and their households,” Neumann-Ortiz mentioned.

Neumann-Ortiz additionally led a chant in Spanish, urging Biden to maintain his 2020 marketing campaign promise to finish 287(g). “Biden — cumple tu promesa , cumple tu promesa, cumple tu promesa,” Neumann-Ortiz and the group mentioned.

Waukesha, Sheboygan and 6 different Wisconsin counties have 287(g) agreements with the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety.

After the rally, Neumann-Ortiz echoed what some activists have been saying nationally, that some Latinos will not help Democrats within the fall elections if there aren’t extra steps to guard immigrants. “They (Democrats) have nobody else responsible however themselves for the result within the midterm elections and future elections. They need to get up and so they need to ship on the guarantees,” she instructed WUWM.


After the march, Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera, speaks to the group throughout a rally outdoors the Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee.

At a briefing final week, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the president would welcome each Democrats and Republicans shifting ahead the immigration invoice Biden launched on his first day in workplace.

Biden has tried to finish what’s referred to as Title 42, a Trump administration order that cited the COVID-19 pandemic to right away expel many migrants on the southern border.  A federal decide has briefly blocked Biden’s plan. 

However Sunday’s marchers additionally made clear their disappointment with Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, whose Milwaukee workplace is within the federal courthouse. Neumann-Ortiz mentioned Johnson ought to have voted for Biden’s latest Build Back Better bill that included cash for immigration reform.

“And we felt it was essential he be held accountable for his vote. As a result of too many individuals do not know the way our elected representatives vote in Congress,” she mentioned.

Johnson claims Construct Again Higher would damage the center class as a result of companies dealing with larger taxes would go alongside these will increase to clients. Johnson additionally just lately campaigned for votes from Latino businesspeople on Milwaukee’s south facet.


Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks at Sunday’s rally.

Regardless of Latino activists’ frustrations on the federal stage, they welcomed new Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson to Sunday’s rally. Johnson promised the group Milwaukee could be a welcoming metropolis throughout his time in workplace, and to oppose efforts to frighten or scare immigrants.

Johnson later defined to WUWM that he’ll proceed a coverage began underneath former Mayor Tom Barrett. “We’ve already laid down within the metropolis of Milwaukee our want to not have our police function de facto federal immigration brokers. We’ve a duty to verify we’re defending all people,” he mentioned.

Monday in Madison, Voces de la Frontera will flip its focus to Republicans within the state Legislature for repeatedly blocking the restoration of drivers licenses and in-state tuition fairness for immigrants.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, one a number of Democrats working in opposition to Johnson this 12 months, is scheduled to affix immigration activists at a state Capitol information convention. 

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