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MFV Reaction to President-Elect Donald Trump

11.09.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2016

Contact:

Anna Castro | annac@mifamiliavota.org | 619.228.5332

MFV Reaction to President-elect Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following statement of Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:

“Tonight, across the country Latinos will hold our children and our family members a little tighter. In an election marked with so much hate, Latino voters responded with overwhelming love for this democracy by voting in record numbers. We voted for our future, for the future of our children, for the promise of comprehensive immigration reform, for access to quality and affordable education for our children, for better salaries, for accessible healthcare for all, for voting rights, and for the environment.

“But for the future to be bright, we must continue to organize and find a way to unite. This election was significant not just to Latino Americans, but to women, Muslim Americans, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Americans with disabilities, and immigrants. This election was significant to the millions of Americans who felt sickened by the use of hate as a weapon by President-elect Donald Trump. Our children deserve to grow up in a country where equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law is not just a goal, but a reality and the first step is to realize how much we benefit from each other’s differences.

“Mi Familia Vota’s mission is to build Latino political power to enact policies that will positively benefit our communities. President-elect Trump decisively tried to prove that Latino Americans could be scapegoated without consequences. Tonight, we unquestionably answered back that we will not be silenced or disrespected by anyone who seeks to rob us of our status as Americans and as a vital part of this country’s civic life. In order to form a more perfect union, Latino voters resoundingly rejected the politics of hate.

“As Latino Americans, we must reckon with what the results of this election mean for the future of our country. President-elect Trump promised to build a wall around our southern border, negating the lived experience of border communities who suffer more from Border Patrol’s over-militarization than from the fictional account that Donald Trump has popularized.

“President-elect Trump threatened mixed status families with a massive deportation program that would cost nearly $900 billion in lost revenue over 10 years, according to the Center for American Progress. If he and the Republican party believe that they can make these threats a reality, they are sorely mistaken. Our community proved today that we will not be intimidated by the threats of a bigot and a party that has lost sight of the fact that the strength of our democracy stems from our diversity.

“The Latino community has already begun to mobilize. The movement that produced record-breaking voter turnout will mobilize to protect the Constitutional rights guaranteed to all in the United States. We are not going anywhere.”

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