A coalition representing the Latino and Muslim communities of Nebraska is speaking out against President Trump’s policies.
Speakers at a Capitol news conference say immigrants, whether legal or not, as well as refugees need a voice.
Marta Nieves, Latino Caucus chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party says the Trump Administration has unfairly targeted people of color.
“However, I am grateful that people of all faiths, locally and in our nation, are rising up to demonstrate, to resist, and persist to take action,” Nieves says.
In a prepared statement, the coalition says Trump Administration policies are “Draconian and punitive in nature, and will do irreparable and unnecessary harm to innocent children and families who have made the United States their home…”
An Imam from Omaha, Muhammad Sackor, says he has received numerous letters of support since Trump moved to create a travel ban aimed at a number of majority-Muslim countries.
Retired University of Nebraska professor Marty Ramirez says something fundamental is going on.
“We’re going through an identity crisis in this country,” according to Ramirez. “Who is an American? What is an American? Who defines an American? This is a stark reality going on in this country right now.”
Ramirez says the anxiety and stress is tremendous among immigrants, whether legal or not.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]