Milwaukee protesters denounce Trump immigration crackdown

Police chief seeks to reassure immigrant

Protesters in Milwaukee have demonstrated against President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.

More than 100 protesters rallied outside of the federal courthouse in Milwaukee on Saturday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports many of the protesters were Iranian-born University of Wisconsin system faculty and graduate students.

Protesters chanted and carried signs saying “No Ban No Wall” and “I’m a Scientist, Not a Terrorist.”

Soroush Aslani, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, said he has canceled a trip next month to visit family in Canada, because he’s afraid he won’t be able to re-enter the U.S.

On Friday, Trump issued an executive order that suspends the entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days. The order also halts the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely and bars entry into the U.S. for three months from several predominantly Muslim countries.

The city’s police chief is seeking to reassure a Latino organization that his department will not change its procedures in response to Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Chief Edward Flynn spoke Saturday to several hundred people gathered at the general assembly of Voces de la Frontera. Flynn told the group that the Milwaukee Police Department does not enforce the status violations of immigration laws.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Flynn said his department believes its responsibility is to “protect the residents of our city,” and to do that, residents must trust police and be willing to report crimes and be witnesses.

Flynn said in an interview that he disagrees with Trump’s directives.