Fourteen thousand protesters descended on Wisconsin's state capitol on Thursday to protest bills they deem "anti-immigrant."
They called the protest "A Day Without Latinos" The thousands of people packed the rotunda of the Capitol building and spilled onto the streets of Madison.
The Milkwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that some businesses in the state's dairy industry gave their workers permission to attend the rally with full compensation. Other businesses and restaurants surrounding the capitol closed in support of the protests, Fusion reports.
The two bells in question would allow police officer to ask arrested or detained persons their immigration status and would ban local governments from giving undocumented immigrants municipal IDs.
"In 2006, we defeated [a bill] by mobilizing a massive Day without Latinos," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, a Wisconsin immigrant rights group. "It is urgent that we do the same on February 18th."
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