VIDEO: Thousands estimated to have joined in Milwaukee's 'A Day Without Latinos' March

Thousands were estimated to be taking part in Monday's "A Day Without Latinos" march in Milwaukee. (Watch below.)

The march began at 11 a.m. in Walker's Point and reached the Milwaukee County Courthouse. It was blocks long as it stretched down the 6th Street Viaduct toward downtown during the noon hour.

Speakers at the Courthouse offered comments in both English and Spanish, and came from numerous backgrounds including the Muslim community. Musicians performed protest songs. Initial word was that protests were peaceful.

"Today has been amazing. You have Latinos and non-Latinos participating in the parade, folks from both political parties representing," said former national vice president of LULAC Darryl Morin on WTMJ Today.

"There is a lot of fear, particularly with the raids that have occurred throughout the country," Morin added.

"There is a (government) need to get the criminal element, violent criminals out of the country, but the overwhelming majority (of immigrants) are peaceful people who have been here for here...who are trying to make a better life for them and their families."

Voces de la Frontera helped organize the march, which involved some businesses with Latino workers closing so their employees could march. Some teachers had their students also participate.

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The organizers said the march was in protest of Sheriff David Clarke's plan to have deputies assist in immigration enforcement. Protesters demanded the resignation of Sheriff Clarke during the rally at the Courthouse.

Clarke shared his response on Facebook.

"There is a lot of fear, particularly with the raids that have occurred throughout the country," Morin added.
 
"There is a (government) need to get the criminal element, violent criminals out of the country, but the overwhelming majority (of immigrants) are peaceful people who have been here for here...who are trying to make a better life for them and their families."
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