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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Donald Trump presents an immediate threat to our communities

In his first wide-ranging interview since being elected, Donald Trump just said he will deport between two and three million people immediately

Nov. 14, 2016

Statement from Presente Action’s Executive Director, Matt Nelson:

"When President Obama hands President-elect Trump the keys to Obama’s massive deportation machine, Trump intends to initially deport 3 million people, and this is not an empty threat. It took eight years, two terms, and untold suffering in immigrant communities for President Obama to deport two and a half million people.

"The people Donald Trump is surrounding himself with, including white nationalists like Steve Bannon and nativists like Kris Kobach, suggest he will carry that threat out. We reject Trump’s plan for America, we'll resist him every step of the way, and we urge millions to join the resistance at TrumpStrike.org! That’s why more than 100,000 people have signed onto TrumpStrike.org, the Presente.org-led pledge of resistance, in just the past few days. It will take a mass movement to disrupt and halt Trump's dangerous agenda, and we must act now.

"Donald Trump’s defenders will say he’s just promised to deport “criminals” but we know from experience that this is false and is rooted in racism and xenophobia. There are very few undocumented immigrants with criminal records, even if you include “crimes” related to immigration violations, which nativists have purposely expanded to further criminalize immigrant communities.

"The Obama Administration must immediately step up and protect immigrants from Trump’s planned attacks on our communities. This is a defining moment from President Obama’s legacy, will be willfully blind to the damage Trump intends to inflict on our people, will he side with Trump, or will he take action to protect those most vulnerable?”

See our campaign here: TrumpStrike.org

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