Thousands of undocumented immigrants have refused to let Trump’s president-elect status bring fear and panic into their hearts. Instead, they informed the world that they’re here to stay –pushing against the Republican’s racist and xenophobic statements.
NBC News Latino reports the hashtag #HeretoStay came to be early Wednesday morning (Nov. 9) as the polls showed Trump’s shocking defeat over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump jump-started his campaign with racist rhetoric against the Latino community when he called Mexicans rapists and made promises to deport undocumented immigrants by shutting down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, the order allows over 700,000 young recipients who entered the country before their 16th birthdays (or 2007) to have temporary residency in the country for two years.
Deferred Action for Parents and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) can also face a short future under his presidency.
Regardless of the clouds of uncertainty, allies and young immigrants refused to let up.
Check out their touching promises below.
We are still undocumented, unafraid and unashamed. #HeretoStay
— Erika Andiola (@ErikaAndiola) November 9, 2016
To my fellow Muslims & Immigrants. Know yourselves & never become who they say you are. Stand strong & fight with peace & love. #HeretoStay
— LIPH (@CaliphGK) November 9, 2016
I’m 18.. I’ve lived here for 17 years… This is my home.. #HereToStay
— Chavez (@ChavezTheRapper) November 9, 2016
I’m undocumented and #Heretostay
— Greisa Martínez (@Grei_sa) November 9, 2016
As much as I say I’m going to leave this country if Trump wins, I won’t. My parents sacrificed a lot to come to this country. #HeretoStay
— JHA ? (@_ayeeyocii) November 9, 2016
I’m going to tell my kids that in 2017, we fought back and protected each other. #HereToStay
— Francisco Aviles P. (@avilesf2018) November 9, 2016