|A young supporter of immigrant rights.|
On Monday afternoon, I rode out , members of the New Sanctuary Coalition of NY, who stood on the steps of the church to say that they are fed up of being castigated by politicians.
Members of immigrant communities often work for minimum wage or less, sometimes two or three jobs. At the press conference, immigrant communities planned come forward to show their commitment to being part of our communities. They hope to be recognized for these contributions to the local and national economies, while asking for transparency from all citizens, including presidential candidates.At the same time, they are conscientious and careful to file their tax returns because they realize it is their civic responsibility. They work to build and strengthen their communities, even in the face of potential deportation.
Juan Carlos Ruiz translated his words into Spanish.
“We are here to ask Mr Trump to release his taxes,” charged Liz Cortez. “What is Trump waiting for?”
She concluded, “We will not be treated like criminals”
The whole press conference applauded. The US is a nation of immigrants. It is important for all elected leaders and potential leaders to understood this, the group concluded.
Already a backlash is brewing against the anti-immigrant rhetoric. Recall in California after the anti-immigrant Prop 187 passed in 1994. The policy signaled a significant political shift as immigrants got organized and pushed anti-immigrant politicians out of office.
“Longtime Latino advocate and founder of Los Amigos of Orange County reflected that “In the long run it [Prop. 187] did us a lot of good…it sparked an ignition, a fire, to do what we wanted to do but were not able to do.” Latino opposition to the ballot initiative galvanized activists, who launched citizenship drives across the state that led to greater political participation. There are 3.7 million Latino registered voters in California, an increase of more than 2 million since the mid-1990s, for example. And 1.7 million Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) are registered voters in California, an increase of 845,000 since the mid-1990s. Prop. 187’s harm to the Republican Party, especially among the growing Latino population in California, wasn’t immediate, but it was long lasting and has become known as the “Prop 187 Effect.”
The same thing may be happening today.
As Caroline Shepard explains.
“I am sick to my stomach thinking about Trump's threat to send 100% of people living here illegally back. BACK?? Back where? We all know these people. They would be forced to leave their children and go to places they haven't been for years and years. There is often no place back. These aren't just the wrongly demonized South and Central Americans living here; these are people from all over the world trying to make a life for themselves. I am ashamed. Where would you be had Trump been President when your relatives came over? Have some empathy. Trump is a world wide embarrassment. And for those that are NOT voting, please remember that Adolf Hitler was democratically elected with only 30% of the vote.”