Since President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, groups have been coming together to show their support for Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees.
In Milwaukee specifically, several activist groups and individuals gathered to protest Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants and his plan to partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow state officers the authority to arrest and detain undocumented people as deputized immigration agents.
In a statement on the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Clarke wrote to Voces de la Frontera, an organizer of the march, “Please accept my regrets. I will be working with agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement helping them identify criminal illegal aliens and therefore cannot attend your rally being held for me.”
On Monday February 13 thousands gathered on Milwaukee’s south side to march as part of a “Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports
The march was organized by advocacy groups including Voces de la Frontera, which says the protest will also target Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
The immigrant-rights group says it wants to stop Clarke “from turning sheriff’s deputies into immigration agents.”
Voces says more than 150 businesses will be closed today and thousands have gone on strike as part of the protest.
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