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Immigrants say deportation is "not who we are"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 01:28

Immigrant advocates say calls to mass deportation of undocumented immigrants is ''not who we are as a country'' on the opening night of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Immigrant advocate Astrid Silva denounced proposals from Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to deport all 11-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., saying "this is not who we are as a country." Silva spoke on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She urged delegates to rally behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, telling them that she was confident that Clinton would fight to keep immigrant families together. Silva was one of a handful of undocumented immigrants selected to serve in official roles at the convention, in a bid to highlight the gaping policy divide on immigration between Clinton and Trump. Clinton is hoping to drive Latino voters to the polls on Nov. 8 to shore up her chances against Trump, who has campaigned on a promise to crack down on illegal immigration by building a wall along the Mexican border and deporting millions of undocumented foreigners if elected. The nominations mark the first time a major U.S. political party's convention has featured so many undocumented workers among its ranks. While there was an undocumented speaker at the 2012 Democratic convention, the party has not previously tracked the immigration status of its committee members. Silva was one of at least two undocumented immigrants who are scheduled to speak at the convention. Francisca Ortiz is another; she appeared with her daughter Karla, who was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen.

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Immigrants say deportation is "not who we are"

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 01:28