Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave. The nonprofit, which runs
a charter school in addition to a number of community programs
serving the local Hispanic community, will soon begin renting
office space to Voces de la Frontera.
Spoto/ Freeman Staff
— Voces de la Frontera is slated to open its first Waukesha office
sometime next month, Jose Flores, co-president of the
organization’s Waukesha County chapter, has confirmed.
working in the community for years, Flores said the organization
thought the time had come to open a permanent location. The new
office will be located at La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave.
immigrant rights group has long used La Casa’s community center
for forums and other events, but Flores said Voces was prompted to
open a more physical location in the city after learning that
Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson had applied to participate in
the controversial 287g program.
by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the program essentially
allows the sheriff’s department to honor all ICE requests called
“detainers” and transfer undocumented immigrants into
immigration custody from the county jail.
has said 287g will not result in a local force dedicated to
deporting non-criminal undocumented immigrants, but the
participation in the program has nevertheless sparked fear in
Waukesha’s Hispanic community, Flores said.
added that he has heard of recent incidents involving ICE agents in
Waukesha that resulted in several community members facing possible
deportation proceedings as a result of driving violations.
hope is that with an actual office in Waukesha, Voces can do more to
help those facing deportation.
are not working (with La Casa) but La Casa has been helping the
Latino community for a long time now, and La Casa knows about what
is happening in Waukesha right now,” Flores said.
Casa President and CEO Anselmo Villarreal said Thursday that La Casa
already has a few nonprofits that it rents space to.
added that while La Casa, which also serves the Hispanic community,
doesn’t always agree with Voces on all the issues, “there are
definitely some critical issues” involving the Hispanic community
that the two groups do agree on.
issues include the need for comprehensive immigration reform and
concern over the 287g program.
sheriff is a very good friend of mine, I work very closely with him,
and we agree to disagree on that issue,” Villarreal said of 287g.
said there are many people within the La Casa community facing
immigration issues of one or sort or another, and La Casa will
continue to work with those community members to resolve those