Civil Rights & Immigration

Members of the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera and allies at a press conference on the bill imposing penalties on sanctuary cities (Photo courtesy of Voces de la Frontera).

Anti-sanctuary legislators warn of dangerous ‘criminal aliens’

BY: - December 18, 2019

A small group of Latino Wisconsinites, some in suits and ties, some in jeans, and some wearing T-shirts with the logo of the immigrant-rights group Voces de la Frontera, filed into the State Capitol Tuesday, for a hearing on a bill that would make it illegal for cities and towns to refuse to cooperate with […]

Voces de la Frontera the day José de la Cruz-Espinoza was released. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission votes to approve immigration policy changes

BY: - December 17, 2019

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission voted on Dec. 12 to approve changes to the police department’s standard operating procedure for immigration enforcement, called SPO-130, proposed by the group Voces de la Frontera. If approved in an upcoming meeting this Wednesday, Dec. 18, police would be required to have a warrant signed by a judge […]

The de la Cruz family re-united. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Milwaukee man arrested by ICE reunited with his family

BY: - December 12, 2019

José (Alex) Alejandro de la Cruz-Espinoza, 38, a Milwaukee man who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in September, has been released on bond. De la Cruz-Espinoza spent over 70 days inside an immigration detention facility in Dodge County, after agents arrested him in front of his wife and young daughters. “I was […]

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Eau Claire athletics program to undergo outside review after racist incidents

BY: - December 10, 2019

Intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will undergo an independent review by an outside agency after racist messages were circulated on campus among a group of university football players. University Chancellor James C. Schmidt announced the review Monday, along with the formation of a 16-member task force of students, faculty and staff to […]

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UW-Eau Claire sanctions students in racist incident

BY: - December 9, 2019

Disciplinary sanctions have been levied against students involved in racist Snapchat postings at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire last month, the university announced Friday, but officials withheld details citing federal student privacy laws and the advice of the UW system’s general counsel’s office. “In the spirit of transparency, I asked the general counsel to determine […]

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U.S. House passes legislation to crack down on voter suppression

BY: - December 8, 2019

The U.S. House passed legislation on Friday that would give the federal government broader authority to police voting rights violations across the country.  The bill, a top priority for House Democrats, passed by a vote of 228-187, with just one Republican — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — breaking party ranks to vote for the […]

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Racist messages prompt outcry, investigation at UW-Eau Claire

BY: - November 26, 2019

This article includes reporting by staff of the UW-Eau Claire student newspaper The Spectator, including Managing Editor Rebecca Mennecke, Lea Kopke, and Ta’Leah Van Sistine.   A series of racist social media messages, accompanied by images of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning, has sparked a week of discussion and protest at the University of Wisconsin-Eau […]

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The N word

BY: - November 14, 2019

It has just two syllables but the word itself has a power fraught with history and pain. As an African-American journalist, I have observed over the decades as the word has been used to both to galvanize and to inflame. It is a word that has spawned multiple essays, opinion pieces, books and even university […]

Capitol rally to support Dreamers as the U.S. Supreme Court takes up cases against the Trump administration's push to end the DACA program. 11/12/19

Sen. Johnson leans on conservative talking points to slam DACA

BY: - November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday assailed an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation.  Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, opened a committee hearing on migration at the Southern border […]

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

Dozens rally in front of Milwaukee Federal Building for DACA

BY: - November 12, 2019

Bus loads of activists and supporters, including dozens of high school students, congregated in front of Milwaukee’s Federal Building Tuesday morning, calling on the government to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Voces de la Frontera Action, an arm of the group Voces de la Frontera, spearheaded the event, which was part […]

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court may side with Trump

BY: - November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known as “Dreamers” to remain in the country without immediate fear of deportation. Lawyers defending the program — known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA — argued Tuesday that the […]

Rep Cabrera, Rep Brostoff, Sen. Larson and immigration rights advocates in Milwaukee

DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday

BY: - November 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — Can President Donald Trump put an end to legal protections for a group of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States years ago as children? The U.S. Supreme Court will consider that question Tuesday — and its answer will determine the fates of hundreds of thousands of young adults across the […]