Unemployed workers led protests against the governor of Wisconsin at his inauguration. Hundreds were arrested. Protesters met the new Gov. as he left a prayer breakfast and hung out with the dude throughout his inaugural.
700 People Protested At Wisconsin Governor Walker's Inauguration Over Lost Jobs And Proposed Anti-immigration Bill
Voces de la Frontera gearing up for possible lawsuit against any anti-immigration bill that will be approved by the Republican controlled state legislature and Governor Walker.
By H. Nelson Goodson
January 3, 2011
Madison - On Monday, more than 700 people from numerous groups, unions and organizations, including Voces de la Frontera protested outside the Wisconsin State Capitol while Governor Scott Walker (R) was being sworn in during his ceremonial Inauguration. The vigil and protest was organized for good jobs, and livable neighborhoods by Voces de la Frontera, League of Young Voters, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, Community Action Now and MICAH, according to organizers.
"The majority of participants from milwaukee were unemployed,Milwaukee residents who came to take action to hold Governor Walker accountable for the jobs he killed prior to even being inaugurated.
The day began with a vigil during the governor's prayer breakfast. Then we rallied in mass on the steps of the capitol before marching and surrounding it," said Nicholas Goroff who attended the Wisconsin high speed train job loss protest.
The groups were advocating for jobs in Wisconsin and to let Governor Walker know that they were disappointed with his decision to reject $810 million from the federal government to create a high speed train in the state. The feds took back the project funds and allocated it to other states. As a result, Walker's decision caused a projected 5,000 lost jobs, and a boost to tourism along the Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Twin Cities route, according to protesters.
Walker during his inauguration said, "Wisconsin is open for business" and vowed to bring "jobs, jobs and more jobs" back (over 250,000 jobs) to Wisconsin. But with the recent loss of more than 5,000 jobs, Walker is facing an uphill struggle with the current $3.6 billion deficit.
Primitivo Torres, President of the Voces de la Frontera Board said, "Voces joined the massive vigil and protest in Madison to let Governor Scott Walker know that we will not stand with our arms crossed while jobs are being lost and an anti-immigration bill is being proposed for the State of Wisconsin." Primitivo confirmed that National Immigration Law Center (NILC) has already committed with us on filing a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin, if an Arizona type law were to be introduced and passed in our state.
The Wisconsin American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has also vowed to file a lawsuit against the State of Wisconsin and Governor Walker, if a similar Arizona SB1070 law is passed in the state.
Several state representatives are planning to introduce a similar Arizona immigration enforcement law (Wisconsin Immigration Enforcement Law) in the session beginning this year. The bill is being introduced by Wisconsin State Representative Donald Pridemore (R-Hartford) who vowed to introduce a similar Arizona SB 1070 law in the January session.
Pridemore's Wisconsin's version of SB 1070 will allow local law enforcement officers to detain suspects for 48 hours when they come into contact with them in minor or serious infractions of the law, if officers suspect they are in Wisconsin and in the country illegally.
In other immigration related news, on Wednesday, GOP legislators from 14 states will introduce in Washington D.C. during a National Press Club conference a birthright U.S. Citizen bill to force the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on a challenge of the 14th Amendment legalization of children to undocumented parents.