'A Day Without Immigrants': Workers march to Milwaukee courthouse, advocating path to citizenship

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A political battle on Capitol Hill in Washington is getting some attention here in Wisconsin.

We saw a march on Milwaukee's south side on what organizers call "A Day Without Immigrants."

Immigrant workers gathered at the office of Voces de la Frontera on the south side Monday, Oct. 11.

They were asked to participate in a statewide general strike and a march to the federal courthouse. 

Their goal was to send a message to the Biden administration and to Democrats in Congress.

They want the majority party to pass the President's Build Back Better reconciliation budget bill, including a path to citizenship for millions.

"We are not fooled by excuses," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera. "We know they have the power, they were elected to deliver and we fully expect them to deliver."

"Everybody pays taxes here, and we're just part of the community," said Antonio Diaz, Van Horn Latino car dealer. "A lot of these families have been here for more than 20 years or longer than that, and we need a change. We voted for this administration and a promise that they were gonna help us."

The reconciliation bill faces strong opposition from Republicans, who insist that the $3.5-trillion price tag is too high.

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