MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Immigrants and their supporters were converging on the Wisconsin Capitol as part of a nationwide day of action to rally for a Gov. Tony Evers proposal to make driver’s licenses available to people who are living in the country illegally.
Rally organizer Voces de la Frontera says that tens of thousands of people are on strike Wednesday, forcing more than 175 businesses to close. Thousands are expected for the annual May 1 rally.
The push this year is for Evers’ driver’s license proposal.
Immigrants without proper documentation could receive driver’s licenses in Wisconsin until 2007. That’s when the Legislature changed the law to require residents to prove they were in the United States legally.
Evers says his proposal to make the licenses available is common sense, but he also expects Republicans who control the Legislature to block it.