‘Day Without Latinos’ protesters march to Milwaukee County Courthouse, denounce Sheriff Clarke
Thousands of protesters gathered on S. 5th St. and marched toward the Milwaukee County Courthouse Monday as part of a “Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees” protest in Milwaukee.
The marchers made their way over the 6th Street viaduct and gathered at the courthouse for a rally.
The march was organized by advocacy groups including Voces de la Frontera, and focused on Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. Speakers denounced Clarke’s plan to enroll his deputies in a federal program that allows them to act as immigration agents.
Earlier Monday, Clarke voiced support for an immigration crackdown launched in the past several days by ICE agents.
” Nobody has a RIGHT to come to the U.S.,” the sheriff wrote on his department Facebook page. “You can however make a REQUEST to come here through our immigration service.”
Clarke also said: “There must be a zero tolerance for allowing people to illegally enter this country and establish permanent residency.”
Clarke sarcastically referred to the protest on his Facebook page last week, saying “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.”
State Reps. David C. Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) march with “Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees” protesters. Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Associated Press contributed to this report.