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Los Angeles Latinos Give Trump A Piece of Their Mind

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.”

READ: Kiss California Goodbye, Latinos Have Taken Over

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.”

WATCH: Donald Trump Says Mexican Immigrants Are ‘Racists’

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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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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