Protesters Build Human Wall Around the RNC

July 20, 2016

On Wednesday, people linked arms in protest of Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall between the United States and Mexico

On Wednesday, people linked arms in protest of Donald Trump's proposal to build a wall between the United States and Mexico



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DHARNA NOOR, TRNN: I’m here in Cleveland, Ohio. Just a few blocks away at the Quicken Loans Arena the Republican National Convention is taking place. Last night, Donald Trump officially secured his nomination for the Republican candidacy for the U.S. election. Around me are a number of protesters. They’ve built a human wall to show that they do not approve of Trump’s immigration policy, the policy that asks a wall be built on the border of the U.S. and Mexico.

PROTESTERS: [Chanting] Wall off Trump.

PROTESTER: President Obama is the deporter in chief. He’s putting–he has put a band-aid on the wound of a lot of undocumented people, like myself. I have DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But just yesterday they announced, the Republican nominees just announced, that they want to get rid of DACA and DAPA. So I will have nothing to back me up if one of these, if Trump gets elected.

The assumption is that we take jobs, that we, we’re violent, that we’re criminals, that we’re part of gangs. But I, personally, I’m a student, and studying political science and Spanish so I can understand their mentality better. This, they create this to kind of separate our people. They create this to instill fear in the, the white people. I don’t want to say American, because America is North America and South America. That’s what I learned in school.

PROTESTERS: If we don’t get it, shut it down!

PROTESTER: I’m just here to stand in solidarity with my undocumented brothers and sisters. There is some tiny part of me, like many Bernie supporters, or post-Bernie supporters, who see some affinity there in Donald Trump. His stand against globalization. But throwing out the baby with the bathwater, there, where I refuse to stand against globalization on the backs of racism and bigotry and Islamophobia. That’s not the way to get this done.

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