March and rally held in support of immigrant essential workers

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Dozens of people marched and rallied in our area Tuesday calling for immigration reform.

They took part in a torch-passing event where essential workers from Minnesota passed off the torch to Wisconsin workers on the Cass Street Bridge.

It’s part of the Relay Across America.

A program was then held in Riverside Park to advocate for immigrant essential workers.

According to speakers at the event, there are about 52,000 undocumented immigrants living in Wisconsin and 35,000 of those are considered essential workers.

“These essential workers live here in the Coulee Region as well as other parts of Wisconsin in the food industry and agriculture. It is because of migrants we’re able to put food on our tables.”

Speakers also talked about how immigrants have shaped our communities.