Local groups head to Milwaukee for “Day Without Latinos, Immigrants, & Refugees”

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Bus loads of people from Northeast Wisconsin will be heading to Milwaukee on Monday morning to join thousands of others in the Day Without Latinos strike.

People will be rallying to “#StopClarke,” which is the hashtag being used with the event.

At the event is expected to be thousands of immigrant workers, business owners, and their families.

They will be marching along 5th Street in Milwaukee, ending with a rally at the county courthouse.

We’re told this is all happening in the first place because Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is expected to sign an order that would effectively turn all sheriffs deputies into immigration agents.

Buses heading to the rally will be leaving today from Appleton, Green Bay and Manitowoc.

“My husband was deported,” said Jennifer Estrada, a community leader in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “I know what that feels like and the impact it had on my children. Immigrants are the backbone to the dairy industry in my area and without them, the economy would get worse for all of us. People should not be afraid of law enforcement, they should not live under the threat of their families being torn apart. I am proudly marching on Monday to say no to Sheriff Clarke’s plan to enroll in 287g. If it starts in Milwaukee, it will spread to other counties.”

There will also be multiple businesses closed for the March
 

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Feeling protected, safe, and welcomed is how many say America makes them feel.
 
 “This day is very important because we need to send a message to Trump and the sheriff,” says Julio Vazquez who is currently living in Appleton.
 
But when new laws give law enforcement more power, and immigration becomes a key issue, that security disappears.
 
“I don’t like feeling scared. ‘Be careful! Watch out the police! Be careful for that!’ I don’t like it,” adds Vazquez.
 
That’s why thousands of immigrant workers, business owners, and their families, headed to Milwaukee on Monday, participating in the state wide ‘Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees’ rally, hoping to “#stopclarke.”
 
“The community wants to stop sheriff Clarke from implementing this in Milwaukee because we know if Milwaukee approves it it will go quickly around the whole state,” says Norys Pina who is living in Appleton.
 
Sheriff Clarke is expected to sign an order that would effectively turn all sheriffs deputies into immigration agents, making some in Wisconsin fear for their future.
 
“I fear for the future of my kids. They were born here so they’re used to being here and if we had to go back to Mexico it might not be the same,” says Nashiely Perdomo, who also lives in Appleton.
 
The goal, they say, is to stop officials like Clarke and President Trump from putting these types of laws in place, and to show “the power of the people of Wisconsin.”
 
The march started at 11 AM and will end with a rally at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. 
 

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