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Local group takes bus to protest immigration-related bill in Madison

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A group gathered Thursday morning in Green Bay to head to the state capitol to protest a proposed bill regarding illegal immigration.

Hundreds of community members and supporters left from Vida Nueva Methodist Church in Green Bay for the state capitol to protest Assembly Bill 190; a bill that’s been proposed by the Wisconsin State Legislature.

The bill would outlaw local ordinances that prohibit the enforcement of federal or state law in relation to illegal immigration or immigration status.

A Wisconsin Senate Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the bill in Madison today.

The protestors claim that the bill would give sweeping powers to local law enforcement and public employees to interrogate, arrest, and deport immigrant community members, and require local law enforcement to comply with unconstitutional I.C.E. detainer requests.

The group is expected to be composed of members of immigration rights center “Voces de la Frontera,” immigrant families, dairy farmers and workers, religious leaders, law enforcement officials, and community supporters.

The bus is scheduled to leave around 7 a.m, and they are selling tickets for $15.

Another bus will leave Manitowoc at 7:30 a.m. from the Perkins restaurant on South 44th Street, and another will leave Milwaukee at 7 a.m. from 1027 South 5th Street.

if you would like to read more about Assembly Bill 190, you can read it in full here.

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