May Day marchers to protest deportations, family separations

Wisconsin Gazette

Activists for immigration reform will march to the Milwaukee County Courthouse on May 1 — May Day — to call on the president to issue an executive action on deportation relief and to announce a campaign to hold Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke responsible for separating immigrant families.

A news release from the grassroots group Voces de la Frontera said marchers will assemble at about 10 a.m. at the Voces office, 1027 S. Fifth St. From there, marchers will go down Fifth Street, cross the Sixth Street bridge, and head to the courthouse, 901 N. Ninth Street. A rally will take place at noon.

The Milwaukee event is part of a national campaign taking place in more than 100 cities.

“Our families cannot wait another day,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera’s executive director. “Given Republican obstructionism in the House to move legalization forward, the president can and must use his executive authority to stop the suffering now — as he has done for passage of living wage and deferred action for immigrant youth. He can also shut down costly enforcement programs such as Wisconsin’s so-called ‘secure communities’ and grant legal status for those who would qualify for immigration reform.

“On May Day, we’re taking this message to straight to the corridors of power to demand that not one more Wisconsin family be torn apart due to cruel and senseless laws that the majority of the country agrees need to change.”

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