Three bills making their way through the Capitol look to curb violent riots, but some free speech advocates are sounding the alarms. These bills would legally define a riot as an assembly of three or more people that are deemed a public disturbance, which include acts of violence and property damage. Anyone found guilty of […]
(WORT) –A pair of bills at the Wisconsin Capitol brought thousands of protesters to the streets Thursday. Demonstrators participating in the Day Without Latinos Rally say pending legislation banning local governments from issuing photo IDs and cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities are anti-Latino and anti-immigrant.
State lawmakers heard public testimony this week on a controversial bill that would penalize local law enforcement for not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The bill’s author suggests that so-called “Sanctuary Cities” like Madison have loose immigration enforcement standards that may provide cover for dangerous undocumented criminals. Immigrant rights advocates in Madison expressed concern that the measure would only drive undocumented immigrants into the shadows, while the Madison Police Chief was puzzled about why legislators considered Madison a “sanctuary” in the first place. Darien Lamen reports.