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Wisconsinites to rally for immigration reform on Oct. 5

Immigrant families and organizations in rallies on Oct. 5 will call on the president to use his executive authority to end deportations and on Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to introduce an immigration bill with a path to citizenship this month.  

Ryan previously said that he expected movement on legislation in October.

On Oct. 5, as part of a national day of action on immigration, rallies will take place in at least four Wisconsin cities.

"This is the civil rights fight of our time in a defining moment, and Republican Party members must understand that they cannot get away with simply saying “I tried” and political posturing for the next election," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera.

"Nearly 75 percent of Latino voters voted for President Obama in the wake of passage of deferred action for immigrant youth that granted them legal status, due to community pressure like the escalations planned throughout October. If Congress doesn't act, then we demand executive administrative relief for 11 million – under an administration that has separated more families through deportation than any other."

In Milwaukee, the immigration attorneys will be on hand to help legal permanent residents preparing to become U.S. citizens fill out paperwork for N-400 forms, and fee waivers.  An opening agenda for media and public on citizenship and the need for immigration reform will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. at Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S. Fifth St.

In Racine, elected officials, students, religious leaders, and more will rally for reform that includes a path to citizenship. They specifically will be calling for action in the U.S. House. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Ryan's district office, 216 Sixth St.

In Kenosha, students, religious leaders, business owners, families in deportation proceedings and immigrant leaders will hold a prayer vigil and rally calling on the president to act swiftly for relief. The "Obama, Stop the Deportations!" rally will take place at 1 p.m. at the Kenosha County Detention Center, 4777 88th Ave.

Green Bay also will be the site of an event, but details were coming together.

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