Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pro-immigrants Marched In Milwaukee Protesting Arizona's SB 1070 And Local Sheriff's Partnership With ICE

Protesters were turned away from the Circle at the Henry S. Reuss Federal Plaza by federal security guards when they briefly stopped to chant "Si se Puede...educación primero no deportaciones" (Yes we first, not deportations)

Photos: HNG

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 29, 2010

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - On Thursday, about 100 pro-immigrants and supporters for comprehensive immigration reform marched in protest of SB 1070 and ethnic studies ban in the state of Arizona. The march was part of the national day of action in the country. They were also opposing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke partnership with ICE and deportations associated with their agreement to house ICE detainees.
The protesters were turned away from the Circle at the Henry S. Reuss Federal Plaza by federal security guards when they briefly stopped. Some protesters were standing in the steps of the federal public outdoor plaza on the corner of W. Wisconsin Ave. and N. 3rd St.
The march was sponsored by Voces de la Frontera, the Mecha student groups from Milwaukee and Madison, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Milwaukee Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!) of Voces de la Frontera and New Sanctuary Movement Project of Voces de la Frontera.
The American Civil Liberties Union had about six legal observers monitoring the protest and march. It turned out to be a peaceful march.
Organizers expected a larger turn out, but yesterday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton to block a number of key SB 1070 provisions making it useless kept many away.
Judge Bolton's SB 1070 injunction ruling blocks officers from asking the legal status of people during investigations, requiring people to carry alien registration documents at all times, making it a crime for undocumented immigrants to solicit, perform or apply for work, and warrantless arrests.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was diappointed with the rulling and directed her lawyers to file an appeal on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Dictrict Court of Appeals in San Francisco. But mostlikely, the federal appeals judge will concur with Judge Bolton.
The march began at 11 a.m. at Zeidler Square Park and proceeded North on 4th Street to the Circle at the Henry S. Reuss Federal Plaza, then continue East on Wisconsin Avenue to the Federal Courthouse. The March ennded at Cathedral Square Park. on North Jackson.

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