LULAC, community representatives raise issue with Pres. Trump’s executive order on immigration

MILWAUKEE -- The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and community representatives gathered at Milwaukee's City Hall on Wednesday morning, February 22nd to address what they call serious issues with President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order on immigration.

The community activists called on President Trump to abandon his executive order that aims to increase border security and the number of undocumented immigrants deported.

"These executive orders are sweeping, reckless and cruel. They have no regard for the impact that it will have on families," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz from Voces de la Frontera.

LULAC news conference in Milwaukee

LULAC news conference in Milwaukee

In a set of guidance memos released on Tuesday, February 21st, the Department of Homeland Security said ICE agents will now have the authority to go after anyone suspected of living in the country illegally. In the past, only those convicted of serious crimes were removed.

Darryl Morin, Past National Vice President for LULAC

Darryl Morin, Past National Vice President for LULAC

"There are some individuals that might have alternative motives, and that's what we're really concerned with when you give someone unchecked, sweeping discretion that they have," said Darryl Morin, past national vice president for LULAC.

The memos also mention the 287-G program which enables local law enforcement officers to perform the duties of ICE agents.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has come out against the program, saying it will deter victims of crimes from contacting police while Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he plans to enroll his department in the initiative as a public safety priority.

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Activists said they agree that there shouldn't be open borders, but argued this order is the wrong approach.

"We call on Trump to move carefully and to develop compassionate immigration policies, including a systematic fair pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants," said Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

The White House kitchen can produce most anything, but it looks like President Donald Trump keeps running back to an old favorite: meatloaf.

President Donald Trump

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. ICE agents said the immigrant, a legal resident with a Green Card, was a convicted criminal and member of the Alabama Street Gang in the Canoga Park area. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of immigrants living in the United States. Green Card holders are also vulnerable to deportation if convicted of certain crimes. The number of ICE detentions and deportations from California has dropped since the state passed the Trust Act in October 2013, which set limits on California state law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Speakers at Wednesday's news conference also encouraged Wisconsin residents to contact their elected officials and ask them to reject the executive order.

5 comments

  • rocking aunt

    “I ran to do what I could to help all the residents of this city get what everyone wants for themselves and their families. And that’s a dry, warm place to sleep, a job at a fair wage, a park to enjoy a warm February day, and access to some basic services.”
    We all want that. Just be LEGAL. No one wants an illegal (deported twice) reffing a soccer game, or to have their ss# stolen so an illegal can “work” .
    Perez? Who VOTES for you? Only legal citizens(hopefully)THEM and the ones becoming legal you should help.

  • Opinion8d

    What an ignorant group -what is the problem with upholding current laws!??!?!? Then add in Ms. Khan’s meaningless comments -yeah, ‘back in the day’ things were different. But that was then…and funny, people were still turned away back then if they were sick. If you don’t like our immigration laws -change the law. If I don’t pay taxes for 10 years, and the IRS comes knocking, should I be given a pass because of the hardship it will create??.

  • justsayin

    Only the lawless want exemptions from the law. Here’ s a hint for those wishing to come and stay in the USA- to avoid deportation and the emotional damage it may do yo your family, immigrate legally. Simple, ain’t it?

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