La Crosse’s Human Rights Commission tackles immigration

Immigration has been a hot topic for presidential candidates with Republican front-runner Donald Trump proposing to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

In La Crosse, the Latino community is speaking out against not just physical barriers, but emotional ones.

The city’s Human Rights Commission held a community listening session Thursday night to hopefully break down those barriers.

Participants were able to share their concerns as well as experiences they’ve had living in the La Crosse area.

And while making progress can sometimes be a long journey, commission leaders say hearing from the public is the first step in the right direction.

“We want to listen to the community, hear what their concerns are and be able to communicate, whether it’s to the council, whether it’s to the mayor, or whether it’s to other organizations, what we feel might be some solutions,” said Fabio Burgos.

The Human Rights Commission hopes to hold more listening sessions in the fall.