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Carlos Montes to speak in Milwaukee: building the fight for ‘Legalization for All!’

By staff |
October 9, 2013
Poster for speaking event with Carlos Montes
Poster for speaking event with Carlos Montes in Milwaukee (Fight Back! News)

Milwaukee, WI - The immigrant rights group Youth Empowered in the Struggle at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is finishing preparations on campus to host veteran Chicano activist Carlos Montes, who will be speaking here on Oct. 11.

Montes will be speaking on a vital issue of the day – immigrant rights.

Montes has a long history of activism, ranging from the fight for the Chicano self-determination, to the anti-war movement, to the battle to achieve full equality for the undocumented.

He currently advocates for the legalization for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., while at the same time opposing the increased militarization of the US-Mexico border and the implementation of another guest worker program, as proposed by the U.S. Senate immigration bill. The network Legalization for All (L4A) is the medium by which these demands are being expressed and fought for nationwide.

The hopes for the passage of an immigration reform bill this year are small. The L4A Network recently released a statement demanding president Obama to provide relief to the 11 million undocumented with the implementation of a program similar to the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which offered the chance for those who qualified the opportunity to obtain a work permit and protection from deportations.

Montes’ visit to Milwaukee aims to gather immigrant rights proponents, Chicano activists and community members to fight for the demand of “Legalization for All.”

Youth Empowered in the Struggle at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee started in the fall of 2011 as an immigrant rights group, and joined the L4A network in the early 2013.

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