“What’s going on isn’t fair:” ‘A Day Without Latinos’ demonstrators return to Milwaukee

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MADISON -- On Thursday, February 18th, "A Day Without Latinos" 20,000 people marched at the Capitol in Madison. Some walked off the job, some out of class, but they all had one common goal: to stop a pair of Republican bills that they say target immigrants.Day Without Latinos demonstrators

Demonstrators returned to Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon, optimistic the day's protest made a difference.

"It was wonderful for us because we work so hard and people respond to us," said Louis Villeda.

"It proves that we're all here to let our voices be heard," said April Ahuatzi.

"A Day Without Latinos"

"A Day Without Latinos"

Ahuatzi was one of the thousands of protesters flooding the Capitol, opposing two bills demonstrators call, "anti-Latino."

"What's going on isn't fair. Our voices need to be heard," said Ahuatzi.

"A Day Without Latinos"

"A Day Without Latinos"

Both bills passed the Assembly this week. The first would prevent cities from creating their own photo IDs. The second would fine so-called "sanctuary cities" that prevent police from questioning people charged with a crime about their immigration status.

Republicans say the bills are misunderstood.

"It doesn't talk about law enforcement going to a field, stopping people driving, stopping people on the road, or anything else. That's not in this bill," said Representative John Spiros, (R-Marshfield).

"A Day Without Latinos"

"A Day Without Latinos"

Ahuatizi says they hit too close to home.

"My mom, she's an immigrant. Her being worried, worries me as well," said Ahuatzi.

Across the state businesses shut down, and some schools allowed students to join the "Day Without Latinos" demonstrations.

Protesters now wait to see whether their opposition will made a difference.

"I hope our voices were actually heard," said Ahuatzi.

"A Day Without Latinos"

"A Day Without Latinos"

The ID bill is already on Governor Walker's desk. The sanctuary cities bill awaits a vote in the Senate. A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, says he hasn't heard from any senator that the bill is a top priority right now.

12 comments

  • Fred

    Why would the cops have to ask about immigration status? It’s law that you must have a state or federal I.D.
    If you don’t have a valid I.D. the LEO’s are well within their legal rights to investigate who the person really is. If it turns out your trespassing on US soil….bye bye

  • Michael Neils

    What’s going on isn’t fair. I work hard at my job and pay my taxes while illegal folk do not have to work to get food, education, shelter and clothing. My electric bill has an automatic charge to help those who cannot pay their own electric. This includes illegals. USA does not have the jobs, natural resources, financial resources and refuse for some reason to quarantine or at least do a med check on immigrants like it uses to do. No papers and or poor health stay on the boat. So quit bringing up USA was founded on immigrants. Don’t care if you want to live in the states but please do it the correct and legal way. Yes it takes time. Yes it takes dedication to learn the language and history. The USA cannot keep its legal residents or veterans employed and medically cared for, illegals only add to the burden. We have become a dumping ground for the criminal, the sickly and the mooching. Boston marathon. The Holiday party shooting in CA, the murder of an agent in CA, all done by ran out visa, illegals, and deports that snuck back in.

    • Fred

      It’s much easier to have the teachers learn a second language to properly educate the immigrants………We need to take care of everybody – the tax payers will take care of it…….
      The libs are winning because the majority of people have figured out that you get to live for free with a “D” in office.
      The “R”‘s are just plain mean and want everybody to take care of themselves and be responsible for themselves.

  • Mark

    “What’s going on isn’t Fair” ASHLEY SEARS….. Did you write that “CRAP’ How about “ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL’…..sounds better to me.

  • buzz

    you want everything to be fair, how fair is it that we have to support you? how fair is it that we have to pay taxes and you dont? if your mom is an immigrant and here legally she should have no worries

  • elmariachigringo

    If this really were a “day without Latinos,” it would be a day with 40% fewer rapes, 50% fewer drunk driving deaths, a day without overcrowded classrooms, without 8 hour emergency room waiting times. It would be a day without the courts and social services having to pay millions for Spanish interpreters, without MS13 and 18th St. gang members, a day with 50% less county WIC and food stamp expenditures, a day where an unemployed American born worker has a chance at a job he can feed his family with. You know, I’d be willing to spend a buck more on a Subway sandwich for a whole decade of real Days Without Latinos. Sign me up!

    • Pepper Madra

      That is just not true. Get outside of the major urban areas and you will find that most of the work, fast food workers are white and black youth, hospitality and janitorial work is done by white and black workers.

      I travel a lot on business and pay close attention to those details.

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