Milwaukee county executive signs anti-discrimination resolution: “An American issue”

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signed an anti-discrimination resolution introduced by Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic in a ceremony on Wednesday afternoon, February 15th. Those supporting this resolution said it is designed to send a message of inclusion to the people of Milwaukee County and throughout the world.

With his pen, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele made a statement.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele signs anti-discrimination resolution

"I think it's worth a statement. In fact, I think we'd have more explaining to do if we didn't put out a statement," said Abele.

Chris Abele

Chris Abele

On Wednesday, Abele was flanked by County Board Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, and several community advocates as he signed the Milwaukee County anti-discrimination resolution.

"There is so much divisiveness happening nationally and even in our own county," said Dimitrijevic.

It is a response to President Donald Trump's immigration-related executive orders, one of which could involve Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies joining forces with the feds.

Marina Dimitrijevic

Marina Dimitrijevic

"Basically having these great men and women who patrol our freeways act as ICE agents and Homeland Security -- that's unacceptable," said Dimitrijevic.

Abele said the resolution underscores the position that Milwaukee County is greater due to its diversity.

"This is not a Republican issue. It's not Democrat issue. It's an American issue," said Abele.

The Milwaukee County Board voted on Thursday, February 2nd to approve the resolution which pledges Milwaukee will remain a place where undocumented immigrants are welcome, regardless of the law.

This anti-discrimination resolution did not come without debate.

When supervisors voted on the measure last month, County Supervisor Deandra Alexander voted against it saying, "at the time the measure could do a lot of detriment to Milwaukee County services."

Supervisor Steve Taylor felt the resolution had no teeth at all, and called it a waste of time.

The final vote on this measure was 12-7.

11 comments

  • CYNIC

    It always puzzles me how an elected official can simply choose which laws to ignore or enforce. Isn’t it their job to work for the citizens to make communities better, safer, more productive? You’d think following the law would be a good first step. I hope Milwaukee loses a boatload of federal money. Once some of their budget evaporates and people are affected, maybe they’ll finally wake up and stop electing these crooks. But we all know that won’t happen. They will continue to blame others for their problems and prostrate themselves before their politician gods. Sure am happy I don’t live or work in Milwaukee.

  • justsayin

    The elected traitor democrats have now established the platform for anyone running against them in the next election. I can’t wait.

  • Ellen b

    Maybe we should sign an anti dumb official bill that would effect all the idiots that don’t deserve it. So you protect the illegals instead of fixing a city that’s seen killings and thrives when most of them are illegals and other morons yeah thanks for protecting real legal working Americans

  • Matt

    How DARE WE discriminate against illegal aliens that have commited violent crime s against American s! Let’s just legalize rape while we’re at it.

  • Jen

    The whole board should resign and let Sheriff Clarke run the county and the city. What do they really do over there at the county, enforce stadium taxes, manage bus routes and sign resolutions….just sayin.

  • Abele up to useless distractions again...

    Abele is all about getting good publicity to hide the fact that he doesn’t execute the real duties of his job. He wants to increase fees and taxes because he refuses to control his spending. Instead he blames shortcomings in the budget on the Sheriffs department and tries to use them as a scapegoat to hide the fact that there are services that spending is way out of control on (such as the bus system.. drivers making over 100k a year!) that he won’t do anything about. But he can take the time to sign a useless measure that can’t be enforced saying that the county will ignore Federal law.
    Do we need anymore reasons why Abele needs to be voted out of office? Can we get him tossed out?

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