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Milwaukee County Exec Candidate Removed from Voces de le Frontera Event after Rants about Immigrants

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Purnima Nath, a candidate for Milwaukee County Executive, was removed from a Voces de le Frontera event at South Division High School Saturday after apparently ranting about “illegals.”

Hispanic News Network reported Saturday that Nath was attending a Voces de la Frontera Action and Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES) Annual Assembly when she confronted some teens in attendance and began yelling that they were “illegals.”

It’s not clear what led to the confrontation, but in a Facebook post Saturday, Nath said “the students went out of their way to make a scene.”

In a video posted to the HNN site and attributed to Milwaukee County Board Candidate Andrea Rodriguez, Nath can be heard saying she is an immigrant who “came the right way” and that “breaking the law is wrong.”

“You called us illegal,” Rodriguez says repeatedly. In the video, Nath does not deny calling those in attendance “illegals.”

Nath is the founder of the annual IndiaFest, the Chairwoman & President, Spindle India, Inc., and Producer of IndiaFest Milwaukee.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is not seeking re-election. State Senator Chris Murphy, State Representative David Crowley, Glendale Mayor Brian Kennedy, Milwaukee County Clerk’s Office employee Peggy Wittman and Milwaukee County Board Chair Theo Lipscomb are also running for the post.