Greisa Martínez, the advocacy director for the organization United We Dream, offered a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Martínez called Trump’s decision to rescind DACA “another sign of white supremacy taking over our democracy,” and she drew parallels to the recent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as the presidential pardon of racist Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
She vowed, however, that she and her fellow “Dreamers” — named after people who would benefit from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act — would not go down without a fight.
“It puts people like myself on the pipeline to deportation,” Martínez said of Trump’s decision. “People all across the country are concerned about what’s happening to our democracy. And I will say… we’re ready to fight like hell with everyone else to ensure that we’re protected.”
Martínez also mocked Trump for saying that he would handle Dreamers’ cases with a lot of “heart.”
“If this is the way Donald Trump shows his love, I don’t really want it,” she said.
Watch a portion of the interview below.
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