'Day without Latinos' rally today in Madison

Posted at 5:41 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 10:16:36-05

Thousands of Wisconsin Latinos will rally at the state Capitol Thursday.

Latinos and immigrants from around the state are traveling to Madison to rally against proposed state legislation they say is racist.

Buses in 12 cities in Wisconsin, including Appleton and Green Bay, are departing Thursday morning and are headed for the state Capitol.
The Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and other similar organizations are expecting factories, dairy farms, fast food restaurants and hotels will be among business impacted when participants take the day off to rally in Madison.
The groups oppose an Assembly bill that they say would lead police to investigate a person's immigration status and detain undocumented people for deportation.
They say a proposed Senate bill would block counties from issuing local identification cards to people who don't have access to a state ID.
Wisconsin’s dairy industry is also taking a hit, saying it relies heavily on its Latino workers.

“Whenever you have uncertainty that Wisconsin is not a good state to work in that's not good for our industry,” said Tim Trotter with the Dairy Business Association.

Organizers say they are expecting at least four thousand people in Madison today. The rally in Madison is expected to get under way at 10 a.m.