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Wisconsin Immigrant Group Leader Dismisses Trump Idea

Trump Proposing To Send Detained Migrants To 'Sanctuary Cities'

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable talks on sanctuary cities with law enforcement officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

The leader of a Wisconsin immigrant rights group is dismissing President Donald Trump’s proposal to send detained migrants to “sanctuary cities.”

Milwaukee County along with the cities of Madison and Racine are generally considered to be sanctuaries in Wisconsin. That’s defined as areas that don’t allow local law enforcement to share information with federal immigration authorities about those in their custody.

Voces de la Frontera executive director Christine Neumann-Ortiz said Monday that Trump’s proposal to relocated migrants to such places is unconstitutional, “absurd” and “political theater in the cruelest ways.”

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There is a Republican-backed bill in the Wisconsin Legislature to outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Wisconsin. It’s failed three times before.

Neumann-Ortiz said her group is focused on winning support for Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to make people living in the country illegally eligible for driver’s licenses and identification cards.

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