Immigrant Rights

Across the nation, towns reject anti-immigrant laws

The Houston suburb of Tomball, Texas became the latest community to reject anti-immigrant ordinances, turning down proposals to make English the town's official language and to prohibit undocumented immigrants from renting property or owning businesses. Local lawmakers in Nebraska, Idaho, and Ohio have recently pulled back from efforts to enact harsh anti-immigrant measures after the towns of  Farmers Branch, Texas and  Hazleton, Pennsylvania racked up millions in legal costs defending their own anti-immigrant ordinances against legal challenges. The public backlash against Arizona's anti-immigrant SB1070 has also raised worries among residents about potential damage to their town's reputation. "Why put this wonderful city on the national map of racism and hatred?" asked Tomball resident David Smith.

WNPJ Blog: Finding inspiration in Arizona

Kristen Petrosius (center) at a civil resistance
action in Arizona

Kristen Petroshius of the Madison Groundwork anti-racist collective was one of more than 80 people recently arrested in Arizona for engaging in acts of civil resistance against the state's new anti-immigrant racial-profiling law, SB1070. The Phoenix protesters targeted the Fourth Avenue Jail run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has led a wave of police repression against immigrants and people of color in the state. In deciding to risk arrest, Kristen had to confront the fears that keep many of us from taking action against injustice, and found inspiration and role models in those who shared her jail cell. Read and comment here...

Brewers pitcher pledges to boycott if 2011 All-Star game not moved from Arizona

The national Move the Game campaign won another important supporter  when Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo (left) pledged to boycott the 2011 All-Star game if he is named to the All-Star roster and the game is not moved from Chase Field in Phoenix. Gallardo is just one of many Major League players who have spoken out against Arizona's immigrant racial-profiling bill SB1070 and have called for the 2011 All-Star game to be moved out of the state of Arizona. "If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott," Gallardo says.

UPDATE: WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera has launched a petition to Baseball Commissioner and Milwaukee resident Bud Selig, demanding he relocate the 2011 All-Star Game (sign the petition here...).

Nationwide movement calls on Milwaukee's Bud Selig to "Move the Game"

Responding to Arizona's new anti-immigrant law, SB1070, which requires police to stop, question and even detain any person if they have "a reasonable suspicion" the person is undocumented, dozens of civil rights, immigrant rights, labor and sports groups have called on Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, former owner of the Milwaukee Brewers and still a Milwaukee resident, to move the 2011 All-Star Game from its planned location at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix. The "Move the Game" campaign has has won the support of many Major League players, including the Major League Baseball Players Association. You can sign the Move the Game petition here...

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2010/07/12: Journal Sentinel: More illegal immigrants being deported for lesser offenses, advocate says

Many illegal immigrants in Wisocnsin now find themselves in deportation proceedings for traffic and various other minor infractions, Christine Neumann-Ortiz,(pictured), director of Voces de la Frontera, a WNPJ member group, says.

"In the past few years, we have seen a disturbing trend of escalated arrests of non-criminal immigrants who, through collaboration of local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), end up in deportation proceedings," she wrote in a letter to Milwaukee County Board Chairman Lee Holloway and other county supervisors. UPDATE: County supervisors ask sheriff for more information.

Milwaukee School Board votes to join Arizona boycott

WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera reports on the Milwaukee School Board's vote to join the growing Boycott Arizona movment:


As MPS parents and children held signs reading, "Wisconsin is Not Arizona" the Milwaukee Public School Board, representing 82,500 students, the largest and most ethnically diverse public school system in Wisconsin, voted 5-2  with one abstention to condemn Arizona's racial profiling legislation, SB1070, and HB2281 which bans ethnic studies. The Board also voted to support a national boycott of Arizona until these laws are repealed.

Thank Milwaukee Area Tech College for "Boycott Arizona" vote

By a vote of 6-1, the Board of Milwaukee Area Technical College voted to join the growing "Boycott Arizona" movement and ban any purchase by the college of goods and services from Arizona-based businesses.

Tens of thousands, including Wisconsin activists, march in Phoenix against racial-profiling law targeting immigrants

Tens of thousands of people, including members of WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera, (some of whom are pictured) participated in the May 29 National Civil Rights March in Phoenix in response to Arizona's new law which requires police to stop and question any person if they can claim to have "reasonable suspicion" that the person is in the country illegally. The law also makes it a crime to assist or transport any undocumented person.

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