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Latinos Are On Strike In Wisconsin To Protest Their Sheriff’s Interest In Working With ICE

Thousands of people flooded the streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin today as part of a protest called #DayWithoutLatinos. The protest was a direct response to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., who wants to make his officers participate in the Secure Communities Program, or 287 (g). The program deputizes police officers and other members of law enforcement to act as federal immigration agents. It was implemented by George W. Bush in 2008, according to Politifact. Sheriff Clarke said he’s in full support of President Trump’s promise to ramp up and strongly enforce immigration policies.

Milwaukee’s predominately-Latino south side was full of protesters showing their solidarity with immigrant and refugee Wisconsinites.


According to NBC, thousands of Wisconsinites from around the state came to Milwaukee by bus to protest the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s interest in cooperating with President Trump, who recently signed an executive order that attempts do away with “sanctuary cities.”

The protest was organized by the immigration rights group Voces de la Frontera.


“Trump wants to paint immigrants as something we should be afraid of,” Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the director of Voces de la Frontera, told NBC. “When people do this general strike, what they show is that on the contrary, immigrants are lifting up this economy and when they withhold their contributions we see a decline.”

The protesters believe law enforcement officials shouldn’t be used to do the work of immigration agents.


“287 (g) might be a law but it is an unjust law,” Milwaukee County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde told WPR. “I say that we can just add this one extra thing to the list of reasons why Sheriff Clarke should resign now.”

This isn’t the first time Wisconsin has seen its Latino population fight back against such laws.

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In 2016, Milwaukee saw a #DayWithoutLatinos in protest against Assembly Bill 450 and Senate Bill 533. AB 450 was a bill that would have allowed Wisconsin police to investigate people’s citizenship and detain and deport those who were undocumented. SB 533 effectively blocks the state from issuing any identification cards to anyone who is undocumented.

Protesters in Milwaukee not only had each other for support, but the support of state officials, including Senator Chris Larson.


“We wanted to show them that they can look up and realize that they are not alone,” Sen. Larson told NBC. “That there are leaders in their community who are standing up and will stand up with them to make sure they are not alienated and deported without due process.”

Several businesses in the area joined in the strike to further show the impact of these immigration policies.


“We are not waiting for history to happen,” Sen. Larson told NBC.


“We are showing right away that this is not tolerable and we will not go quietly and allow this to happen,” Larson added.


READ: In Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Ban, 1,000 NYC Bodega Owners Closed Up Shop For A Day

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Trump Supporters March on Washington in ‘Million MAGA March’ to Protest Biden Win

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Over the weekend, thousands of Trump supporters took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to gather in what they dubbed the “Million MAGA March”. Protestors cheered as Trump’s motorcade drove by the crowds on his way to his golf course in Virginia.

The “MAGA March” Trump supporters gathered to protest what they believe is a “rigged” election.

They are united under the phrase “Stop the Steal,” which is inspired by the President’s assertations that the election was “stolen” through various nefarious methods. The “methods” Trump has alleged are massive voter fraud (untrue), faulty voting machines (untrue), and shady election workers (untrue).

Unfortunately, due to the sea of misinformation on the internet, these MAGA marchers are convinced that democracy has been thwarted. They don’t believe there is any way that Trump could have lost the election if the election was free and fair. No matter what evidence they are presented with, their world view remains the same: Trump was cheated.

According to reporters on the ground, dozens of members of the Proud Boys group were in attendance–the white nationalist group that Trump gave a shout-out to during the first presidential debate.

Also in attendance were QAnon conspiracy theorists, boogaloo boys, and Confederate sympathizers. And of course, there were just those who were there to support the president without being part of any far-right groups.

After nightfall, smatterings of violence broke out between the marchers and counter-protestors. According to The Washington Post, activists “spewed profanity and shouted threats, threw punches and launched bottles.” At least 20 people were arrested. According to The Post, at least one counter protestor was stabbed.

While the protestors (and Trump himself) boasted to the public that there were hundreds of thousands of attendees, the Washington D.C. park service estimates that less than 12,000 people were present. For comparison, roughly 470,000 people attended the 2017 Washington Women’s March after Trump was elected.

The diminutive size of the so-called “Million MAGA March” got more than a few laughs on the internet.

Once again, Twitter users got a kick out of Trump’s insistence that the crowds he draws are huge–when they’re usually pretty underwhelming.

Jokes abounded about the Trump’s counting skills–which seemed to have been failing him a lot lately.

Is it possible that he got his diploma at one of his defunct for-profit universities? That would explain his struggle identifying simple figures.

But this man made an astute observation about the amount of people there.

No matter how you count it, the numbers add up in the end.

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