FOX NEWS LATINO MILWAUKEE (AP) – Immigrants’ rights supporters lost a key battle to get ID cards for people who are living in the U.S. illegally when the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill to ban counties issuing such cards, but activists say they’re not giving up the fight.
Led by Voces de la Frontera, advocates hope a sustained show of force — which started with a major protest at the state Capitol last month — will prompt Gov. Scott Walker to veto the measure. If that doesn’t work, they say they’re going to shift their focus to cities with significant Latino populations, such as Milwaukee and Madison.
Supporters say local ID cardholders would be able to open bank accounts, enter schools and accurately identify themselves to police, among other benefits. But opponents say the Republican-sponsored proposal will prevent fraud and confusion, because the cards are easy to fake and counties don’t have the authority to issue such documentation.