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REALITY CHECK: Hateful Rhetoric from Trump Campaign Impacting Immigrant Children


WASHINGTON - October 19, 2016 -

“Donald Trump’s talk of a wall terrifies many of my students. Every day I hear their fears of what a Trump presidency would mean for their families. Hillary Clinton knows commonsense immigration reform is what’s best for our children, not brutal measures that cater to extremists.”—Dan Stevenson, Middle School Educator, Branch, Iowa

THE FACTS:

• A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, titled “The Trump Effect,” shows troubling data regarding the effect in schools of Trump’s hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric.
o More than two-third of teachers in the survey reported students – typically immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have spoken about fears of what this election could mean to their lives and their family’s lives.
o More than a third reported increased anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment in schools.
https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/splc_the_trump_effect.pdf

• In an August speech about Trump catering to the dangerous and racist alt-right movement, Hillary said his campaign was built on “prejudice and paranoia.”
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/25/politics/hillary-clinton-alt-right-speech-donald-trump-kkk/

• Mike Pence voted against the DREAM Act while he was in Congress, effectively telling immigrant students who’ve been in America’s classrooms for years that they didn’t belong here.
https://projects.propublica.org/represent/votes/111/house/2/625/?nyt=true


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