Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke recently announced a set plan to swear in local law enforcement as federal immigration deputies.
Against the proposal, thousands of Milwaukee residents, joined by numbers of other bussed-in Wisconsinites, marched for nearly a mile until they arrived in front of the Milwaukee courthouse.
‘The Day Without Latinos’ march saw upwards of 20,000 men, women and children walking the streets with both American and Mexican flags. As they walked, they shouted “Si, podemos!”, translating to “Yes we can!”
In response to the organized protest, Sheriff Clarke posted to his Facebook page this sarcastic message for the protesters:
“Please accept my regrets. I will be working with agents from immigration and customs enforcement helping them identify criminal illegal aliens and therefore cannot attend your rally being held for me.”
Fearing Sheriff Clarke’s desires to transition his officers into federally-capable immigration deputies, Jose Flores, who serves as the president of the group “Voces de la Frontera,” has this to say:
“Many peoples got to be afraid, you know,” Flores said “Like many families in this county, there’s a lot of hard workers. They are not criminals. We are not criminals.”
Clarke wrote on Facebook in late January the reasoning behind the push to train his officers as ICE agents with procedural jurisdiction: “the enforcement of President Trump’s recent executive orders in regards to illegal immigration is my primary concern.”
‘No more catch and release of criminal illegal aliens,” Clarke wrote “I will assign as many deputies to this initiative as I can. It is a public safety priority”.
You can catch of glimpse of today’s march below:
H/T: The Daily Mail
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