Imagine a 'Day Without Latinos' — This is One State's Reality Today

Imagine a 'Day Without Latinos' — This is One State's Reality Today

ON Monday, the state of Wisconsin will have to figure out a way to make up for thousands of absent Latino workers who are currently fighting for their rights and others.

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#UnDiaSinLatinos, or #ADayWithoutLatinos, is a state-wide protest. Several thousand demonstrators are currently marching toward the Milwaukee County courthouse.

The rally was organizaed by a few advocacy groups, including Voces de la Frontera, which says the protest will also target Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s plan to enroll his deputees in a federal program that will allow 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."

"There must be a zero tolerance for allowing people to illegally enter this country and establish permanent residency," he added.

Voces says that more than 150 businesses will be closed on Monday and thousands have gone on strike as part of the protest. 

"It's very important that we organize," Luz Sosa of Voces said. "And people fro around the state are going to be coming to Milwaukee to show the power of the people and stop certain laws that are going to be put in place."

Refugees have been invited to join Latinos in their march as well, "because Trump's executive orders do target very much those two populations," said Christina Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces.

Last February's "Day Without Latinos" rally took place at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, where an estimated 20,000 people drove out in buses and cars throughout the state to show solidarity. 

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"It's a very specific call to action," said Neumann-Ortiz. "It is not just a march; it is a general community-wide strike, and is something we've used at critical moments when we feel there's a real danger."