Milwaukee was one of 10 cities nationwide where immigrants and advocates protested the "border surge" in the U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill, thanks to WNPJ member groups Voces de la Frontera and Peace Action.
A last-minute amendment added a $47 billion “border surge” that would create one of the most costly and militarized border zones in the world over the next 10 years. The measure would add "20,000 border patrol agents to the more than 21,000 currently deployed, adding 700 more miles of border wall and adding 18 drones to patrol the border," reports NBC Latino.
One of the Milwaukee rally speakers was Tomas Contreras, a small business owner who says he was unlawfully detained at the U.S.-Mexico border for three months.
In the deportation center, "There are no cameras, no medical services, toilets and showers that don’t work," Contreras said. "And I did nothing wrong.”