Immigrant and refugee rights groups expressed fear about a Donald Trump presidency at a news conference Thursday.
Estella Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza, said the Latino advocacy group met with community members after Trump won the election. Ortega heard pain, shock, and disbelief.
“As we continue to work for justice and inclusion, it just became a lot more harder and dangerous with a Trump administration,” Ortega said.
The groups present represented a wide range of cultures and ethnicities, including Mexicans, Muslims, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and Africans. Newly elected Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Seattle councilmember Lorena Gonzalez were also in attendance.
While we don’t know exactly what changes Trump will make when he takes office, Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica, expects the changes to be significant.
The groups will try to organize more rallies, education events, and outreach in anticipation of those changes.
“It's really up to us,” said Monica Ng of the Pacific Island Coalition, “to figure out how do we stand for justice?”