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Immigrant Activists Call for AFL¬CIO To Expel Border Patrol Union After Donald Trump Endorsement (R

BY Mario Vasquez

The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), a union representing 14,000 U.S Border Patrol agents, endorsed Donald Trump for President on March 30. It was the union’s first presidential endorsement. In response, Not1More, a national campaign for immigrant rights, released a statement last week calling for the AFL¬CIO to end its affiliation with the border patrol agents, declaring “there’s no room for hate in the house of labor.”

Although the AFL¬CIO is a “staunch ally to immigrant communities,” according to Not1More organizer Marisa Franco, the NBPC’s endorsement represents a “very clear dilemma inside of labor.” “We wanted to shine a light on the fact that inside of the federation, there is this border patrol union that has a legacy of abuse and brutality in immigrant communities,” says Franco, stressing that the endorsement of Trump is objectionable because of his “racism, xenophobia, [and] misogyny.”

But NBPC is adamant that Trump is the “only” acceptable candidate given his outspokenness on the “destruction wrought by open borders.” They said in an endorsement announcement:

“We need a person in the White House who doesn’t fear the media, who doesn’t embrace political correctness, who doesn’t need the money, who is familiar with success, who won’t bow to foreign dictators, who is pro¬military and values law enforcement, and who is angry for America and NOT subservient to the interests of other nations. Donald Trump is such a man. ...
When the so-called experts said he was too brash and outspoken, and that he would fade away, they were proven wrong. We are confident they will be proven wrong again in November when he becomes President of the United States.”

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