Just in time for the third and final presidential debate this Wednesday, taco trucks are circling Trump’s International Hotel in Las Vegas.
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Dubbed the “Wall Of Tacos,” the peaceful event was coordinated by the Culinary Union 226, an activist organization that, according to its website, “has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nevada hospitality workers and their families with union wages and benefits.” One of the main talking points for Wednesday’s third and final debate is immigration, a subject that is very important to the Culinary Union.
“We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” Culinary Union’s political director Yvanna Cancela told BuzzFeed.
— The Culinary Union (@Culinary226) October 18, 2016
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Accompanying the Culinary Union in its protest are other heavy hitters of the activist world: Latino Victory Project, PLAN Action, Center for Community Change Action, American Bridge, iAmerica Action, and For Our Future.
Also attending the event is Democrat Ruben Kihuen, who is currently running for Congress in Nevada.
— Ruben J. Kihuen (@RubenKihuen) October 18, 2016
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In an interview with Buzzfeed, Kihuen explained his participation in the wall of tacos.
We’re protesting Donald Trump’s hotel here in Vegas where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and shamefully Trump has failed to sit down at the table with them. As he has demonized Hispanics, women, veterans, and the disabled, we will send him and those who supported him like my opponent Congressman Cresent Hardy a message that we’re here and we vote.
Taco Trucks have become an unlikely hero of the 2016 election cycle.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) September 2, 2016
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When Trump supporter Marco Gutierrez warned that if Mexican immigration went unchecked, our country would be swarmed with taco trucks, social media rushed in to defend the adorable trucks. If you’re curious to see how that all played out, check out mitú’s coverage here.
In case you’re wondering, Gutierrez is aware of the “Wall Of Tacos” protest and even plans on making an appearance.
— Marco4Trump Ⓜ️ MAGA (@MarcoGutierrez) October 18, 2016
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In the tweet, Gutierrez seems excited by the idea of having a taco truck nearby, which contradicts his previous warning of having taco trucks on every corner.
Like the Culinary Union, the other organizations involved in the “Wall Of Tacos” event are hoping to get their message to the people.
Trump workers on the picket line demanding a fair contract now! #BoycottTrump #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #MAGA #StartHere #FairContractNow #NoContractNoPeace #FairLabor #LaborMovement #FairWages #Union #1u #CulinaryUnion #UnionStrong #Golf #TrumpGolf #Trump #Trump2016 #DonaldTrump #TrumpLasVegas #Vegas #TheStrip #VegasStrip #NV #Nevada
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“Everyone coming together,” iAmerica president Rocio Saenz told Buzzfeed, “is really about sending a message that we reject Trump and the politics of hate.”
When asked for comment, Trump’s campaign said, “thanks for setting up shop right outside!”
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