Opposing Arizona-like Anti-Immigrant Policies at Lobby Day 2011
For WNPJ's 20th anniversary, a grassroots lobby day was held on February 23, 2011. One of the focus issues was the opposition of Arizona-like Anti-Immigrant Policies. Below is information that was created for the lobby day and to help with on-going advocacy.
Issue Backgrounder: Immigrant Rights
- Immigrants are an important part of Wisconsin. Though the demographics of those migrating have changed, the importance of immigrant communities to our state endures. In addition to being culturally and socially important, studies show that undocumented migrants comprise 40% of labor in Wisconsin’s dairy industry. They also provide crucial work power in other industries including tourism, agriculture, landscaping and construction. Wisconsin has always been a state that welcomes immigrants and should continue to do so.
- Racial profiling makes us all less safe. As has been widely and repeatedly documented, people of color are much more likely to be pulled over or questioned by police than are white people. The Pridemore bill will only exacerbate this problem. The bill would encourage law enforcement officials to focus on appearance rather than behavior or other actual risk factors. Additionally, anti-immigrant policies cause fear among communities of color. This deters people from reporting crimes to police, unwittingly creating an atmosphere where criminal behavior can flourish.
- Immigration should remain a federal issue. While the federal government hasn’t passed comprehensive immigration reform, it doesn’t make sense for states, counties or cities to create their own policies. If every government had its own immigration policy, it would create an unmanageable logistical situation for people ranging from law enforcement officers to school teachers. It would also confuse citizens and immigrants alike. If we’re unhappy with the current situation, we should push for federal immigration reform.
- Join WNPJ’s immigrant rights work group, by contacting the office at (608) 250-9240 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Do you like writing? WNPJ’s immigrant rights work group has a writers bureau, which sends letters to the editor to challenge negative coverage of immigrants and immigration issues. Email email@example.com to get involved.
- Support organizations focused on immigration issues, including the following Wisconsin groups:
- Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice: (608) 255-0376, www.workerjustice.org
- LUChA – Latinos United for Change and Advancement: (608) 212-2391
- Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Agnes, Justice, Peace and Ecology Office: (920) 907-2315, www.csasisters.org
- Workers Rights Center: (608) 255-0376, www.workerjustice.org
- Voces de la Frontera: (414) 643-1620, www.vdlf.org
- Union de Trabajadores Immigrantes: (608) 345-9544, www.immigrantworkers.org
- South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO: (608) 256-5111, www.scfl.org
- Plowshare Center: (262) 547-5188, www.plowsharecenter.org
- School of the Americas Watch – Madison: (608) 663-3233, www.soaw.org