Led by Voces de la Frontera, the local immigrants and workers’ rights defense organization, Milwaukee will participate in a 10-city demonstration against the border militarization component of Congress’ immigration reform bill on Wednesday, July 17.
Several community and border-related groups, as well as residents living along the Mexico-United States boundary, organized the National Day of Action Against Border Militarization to protest the proposed “border surge” in the Senate’s Corker-Hoeven amendment and similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
The amendment, a bipartisan immigration reform package, could increase the number of border patrol agents by 20,000 and add 700 more miles of border wall, which, along with other security efforts, would cost nearly $50 million.
Voces de la Frontera is spearheading the effort here, where the rally will be held at the Milwaukee office of Customs and Border Patrol on South Howell Avenue at 11:00 a.m. During a news conference, individuals who’ve been affected by border violence will speak out on the costs of increased militarization and government spending, and others will highlight the adverse effects the proposed legislation could have on the people living in the surrounding areas.
More information about the Milwaukee protest can be found on the Voces de la Frontera Facebook page.
The executive director of Voces, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, was profiled in the July issue of Milwaukee Magazine.