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Christine Neumann-Ortiz

Christine Neumann-Ortiz

Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the founding Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera, a low-wage and immigrant workers center with chapters in Milwaukee and Racine, Wisconsin, including a student chapter called Students United for Immigrant Rights with members from 3 high schools. Voces de la Frontera is increasingly recognized as Wisconsin’s leading voice for immigration reform.

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Ni un paso atrás: The struggle for immigrant rights and what lies ahead

By: - January 5, 2022

As we begin a new year, let’s remember the many immigrant workers who supported essential industries during the pandemic, got sick from COVID-19, exposed their loved ones and died working because they lacked protections and access to health care or necessary support because of their immigration status. Many of these workers tirelessly organized, lobbied, marched, […]

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Teen marcher at Milwaukee Federal Building calling for DACA protections, alongside Voces de la Frontera. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Wisconsin doesn’t need English-only law

By: and - January 8, 2020

Three Republican State Senators have ushered in the new year with a nasty and needless bill to make English the official state language of Wisconsin. The authors—Senators David Craig, Andre Jacque, and Steve Nass—dusted off an English-only bill that failed to pass in 2013 and are reintroducing it this session. It has no chance of […]

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The voices behind driver’s license reform

By: - August 16, 2019

Until 2007, undocumented immigrants in Wisconsin could obtain driver’s licenses. But after the passage of the federal REAL ID Act, authored by Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls), states were forced to deny driver’s licenses to people who didn’t have Social Security numbers.  Guadalupe, a single mother of six from Milwaukee, shared in a Wauwatosa […]

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ICE escalation has already begun

By: - July 16, 2019

The morning of May 8, 2019, Paula Hincapie was taking her 5-year-old daughter Layla to school when an unmarked van pulled her over. It was ICE. The dreaded Immigration and Custom Enforcement. The agents handcuffed Paula. With she and her young daughter in the back seat, they drove her car back to the home where […]