ALERT: Wisconsin Republicans to Hold Hearing on Anti-Immigrant Bill Tuesday

ALERT: Wisconsin Republicans to Hold Hearing on Anti-Immigrant Bill Tuesday

Inspired by Donald Trump, Republicans are pushing forward a bill to make police and local officials to ask people about their immigration status

 

Republicans in Madison are holding a public hearing tomorrow, December 15th, at 9:30am in Room 400 Northeast of the Capitol on Trump-inspired anti-immigrant legislation.

Can you join us to testify against this legislation and in support of Wisconsin’s immigrant communities?

The bill, AB 450, is a racist, anti-immigrant bill that could force local police and government officials to ask people about their immigration status and arrest undocumented people so they can be deported, including victims of crime. Among other outrages, the bill could keep undocumented victims of crime, domestic violence survivors, and their loved ones from contacting the police.

In 2013, Voces de la Frontera member Salvador Flores was robbed at gunpoint in his front yard. It was a traumatizing experience for him and his family. “It’s very scary going to the police when you’re undocumented,” says Salvador’s wife Rafaela. “You’re afraid they’re going to ask you if you have papers and you’ll get deported. The police shouldn’t be asking about people’s immigration status. All community members need to be able to trust the police so they can report crimes and be open about what is going on. We are all safer when all people can report crimes.”

The family was able to safely tell the police what had happened, in part because the Milwaukee Police Department has a public policy of not asking victims of crimes about their immigration status. AB 450 would make MPD’s policy illegal.

We need you to attend the hearing or call representatives in support of thousands of community members like the Flores family!

Can you: 

 

  • Attend the hearing at 9:30am in Room 400 Northeast of the Capitol in Madison? Can you invite others to attend with you?If you attend the hearing, please testify against this bill!
    • For Milwaukee members, a carpool will leave from Voces (1027 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee) at 7:30am Tuesday morning. We expect to be back in Milwaukee by 3pm. If you would like to leave from Milwaukee, please rsvp to Sam Singleton-Freeman at sfreeman@vdlf.org or by phone at 414-469-9206.
  • Please forward this to your email list serves.
  • Please call the representatives who are supporting this reprehensible attack on undocumented victims of crime!
Rep. Spiros: (608) 266-1182 Rep. Kremer: (608) 282-3659
Rep. Jacque: 608-266-9870 Rep. Gannon: 608-264-8486
Rep. Horlacher: 608-266-5715 Rep. Craig: 608-266-3363
Rep. Tittl: 608-266-0315 Rep. A. Ott: (608) 282-3603
Rep. Murphy: (608) 266-7500 Rep. Kleefisch: (608) 282-3638
Rep. Rohrkaste: (608) 282-3655 Rep. Edming: (608) 266-7506
Rep. T. Larson: (608) 266-1194 Rep. J. Ott: (608) 266-0486
Sen. Nass: (608-266-2635) Sen. Vukmir: (608-266-2512)
Sen. Stroebel: (608-266-7513)

 

This bill will encourage racial profiling, take authority away from local police, and make us all less safe by making many members of our communities afraid to report crimes. We need your support! Thank you, and remember, ¡la unión hace la fuerza!

Sincerely,

Voces de la Frontera

 


PUBLIC HEARING

Committee on Urban and Local Affairs

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

9:30 AM

400 Northeast

***Assembly Bill 450

Relating to: prohibiting local ordinances, resolutions, and policies that prohibit immigration status inquiries and reports to, and cooperation with, other units of government about the presence of illegal aliens, authorizing certain elective officeholders to commence an enforcement action, and providing a reduction in shared revenue payments.

 

 

By Representatives Spiros, Kremer, Jacque, Gannon, Horlacher, Craig, Tittl, A. Ott, Murphy, Kleefisch, Rohrkaste, Edming, T. Larson and J. Ott; cosponsored by Senators Nass, Vukmir and Stroebel.

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