More than one hundred supporters and family members of immigrants stage rally and sit-in in front of Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's Milwaukee office.
By H. Nelson Goodson
May 30, 2013
Milwaukee, WI - On Thursday, more than 100 supporters and family members of undocumented immigrants staged a rally and a 20 minute sit-in at the 500 block of East Wisconsin Ave. in front of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's (R) Milwaukee office. A group of 18 people sat on Wisconsin Ave. and temporarily blocked traffic.
Police warned the group to move from the street or they would get arrested. The group complied and no one was detained or cited, according to police.
The rally was staged by Voces de la Frontera (VDLF) in front of Sen. Johnson's office in an attempt to halt deportations and for Johnson to support a Senate immigration bill to be debated in June.
Sen. Johnson supports an immigration bill, but the current bill needs to be amended for him to fully support it. Johnson wants a secure border, immigration reform system and a path to citizenship for those whose only federal civil immigration violation was to overstay their visas or crossed into the U.S. illegally to work and provide a future for their children and families.
Sen. Johnson was conducting immigration hearings and was not in Milwaukee during the rally, according to his staff.