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'A Day without Latinos' Rally Planned in Madison
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/18/2016

Immigrant laborers from across Wisconsin will be at the State Capitol on Thursday to protest against a pair of bills being considered by the Legislature. Organizers of the 'A Day without Latinos and Immigrants' say the rally will be held at 10:00 a.m., where workers will share their thoughts on AB 450 and SB 533.

The first bill would address the issuance of local ID cards by local governments to immigrants. The other measure would prohibit municipalities from creating laws restricting law enforcement officers from inquiring about the immigration status of people whom they contact.

Those who are coordinating the event say they have commitments from local restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses to close on Thursday in support of the protest. They also expect construction, hotel, manufacturing and farm workers to attend the rally.

However, critics of the event say it promotes racial profiling and creates unnecessary fear.

The photo ID bill has already been approved by both houses of the Legislature and is sitting on Governor Scott Walker's desk. The sanctuary cities bill still needs to be approved by the Senate.

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