Los Angeles Latinos Give Trump A Piece of Their Mind

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Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Los Angeles, arriving at the Luxe Hotel on Friday to deliver a speech to the Friends of Abe, a group of entertainment industry conservatives. CHIRLA (Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) seized the opportunity and organized a protest to tell Trump one thing: he is not welcome in Los Angeles.

The Organizers had a Clear Message

Diana Colin, 27, State-Wide Organizer for CHIRLA

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“We’re here to send him a strong message. L.A. does not welcome hate. L.A. is a pro-immigrant city and a pro-immigrant state here in California. We pass pro-immigrant policies and we elect pro-immigrant representatives.”

Families Stood Together

Andrea Tanyo, 15, Los Angeles (pictured right with her family)

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“My mom is an immigrant, but she’s never done anything bad. She’s a hard worker. If I was sitting across from Donald Trump, I would say not to say what he said ever again because it is rude to people and to Mexicans because it is not true.”

Some Demanded Respect

Eli Alejandro, 38, Los Angeles

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“Latinos have a lot of power. We are doing a lot of business here and we contribute a lot economically. We want respect. We don’t need somebody like him in politics.”

Others Can’t Believe Trump is Taken Seriously

Johana Mendoza, 19, Los Angeles

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“I think it is an embarrassing to consider someone as racist as he is as a presidential candidate. I have many friends who are undocumented college students and I don’t think it’s fair to label someone when you don’t know their story or you’re not able to take a day in their shoes.”

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Some Say Trump is a Fear Monger

Joshua Gonzalez, 21, Calabasas

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“People already fear us because they think we are gang members or whatever. Now, with these false statements, people are going to think that we are that; we’re drug dealers or we’re rapists and it creates problems for us.”

Some Protesters Swelled with American Pride

Jose Maleonaeo, 73, Los Angeles

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“We’re all immigrants. A lot of Latinos are immigrants. I picked cotton. I did all of this to build the country up. I am not from Mexico. I am from Texas.”

Others Were there to Support their Spouses

Crystal Guerra, 25, Fontana, Calif.

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“I came here to support my people: immigrants, and Mexico, and, especially, my husband. My husband does not drink, he does not smoke. He’s a hard worker and that’s all he does.”

Not All Latino Protesters Were Against Trump

Maria Lumdquist, 52, Los Angeles

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“He will make America like it was before: good. Not like now. Look at what happened in San Francisco. There’s people in jail and they get deported and come back.”

But Pro-Trump Protesters were Outnumbered

Jade Perez, 19, Anaheim

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“I’m happy to see that there are a lot of people gathering to fight for this cause. I believe that we are hard workers and that we came to pursue a better future for ourselves.”

Some Addressed Donald Trump’s Hypocrisy

Martha Muñoz, 54, Hawthorne

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“Latinos are contributing a lot to the U.S. and they are the working hands that bring the wealth. I see it in the fields, especially the farming fields. Only Latinos, Mexican mostly from Mexico. They bring them here to work and that food that these people are serving on their tables is harvested by my people. We’ve been contributing a lot.”

This Adorable Little Dude Joined the Protest with Dad

Erik Schou, 44, Los Angeles

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“I think it’s horrible what he’s saying; it’s horrible what he’s doing. He’s prosecuting all immigrants. At one point and time, we were all immigrants. Only the Native Americans are the true Americans.”

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Some Feel Latinos are Used as Political Pawns

Maria Sandoval, 42, Los Angeles

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“It’s not fair that he is using us as a prop for his political campaign. He is using us for attention so he can win the electoral campaign. Why is he attacking Mexicans? Or why is he referring to the Mexican community?”

Many Wanted to Stand Up for their Communities

Nancy Rosales-Hernandez, 23, San Fernando Valley

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“I personally am affected by what Donald Trump said and I feel like it is time for us to support our community. That’s why I am here. I, myself, am an immigrant and I am a student as well and I am the daughter of immigrants.”

Others wanted Trump to Know How Hard They Work

Maria Galvin, 46, San Fernando Valley

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“We employ people. For example, my husband has a shop and he employs three citizens. We have been paying taxes for 16 years. We contribute a lot.”

Some were there Representing Immigrants from Previous Generations

Hector Perez, 22, Anaheim

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“I came out here today on behalf of my grandpa because he’s an immigrant … I am where I am today because of him. He’s a contributing member to society just like everybody else I’ve seen. You can’t even tell he’s an immigrant anymore.”

Others were there to Support Friends

Moises Cabral, 41, Whittier, Calif.

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“[A close friend] was the first person who was really close to me that said he was undocumented. When he said that I didn’t even know what undocumented meant but when he told me he was from Mexico and he didn’t have any papers, then I knew what I meant. I still remember him. When I look at the children growing up, I see a little bit of him.”

And Quite a Few Wanted to Take a Few Hacks at this Piñata

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with reporting by Guadalupe Contreras

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