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Local Civil Rights Advocates Express Concern About Potential Trump’s Policies

The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice says the possibility of mass deportations is one of their greatest fears.

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Johnny Mata, of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice,  and other members of the organization held a press conference in Houston to express their concern about some potential measures Donald Trump could implement as President, such as the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Johnny Mata (center), of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, and other members of the organization held a press conference in Houston to express their concern about some potential measures Donald Trump could implement as President, such as the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The possibility of mass deportations of undocumented immigrants when Donald Trump takes office as President is one of the main fears of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice (GHCFJ), an organization which is formed by more than 20 groups that advocate for human and civil rights.

"There is a lot of concern with people that may not be documented or are in the process of getting documented or had started their paperwork that now that Donald Trump has come in under a very racist agenda, that they will be deported and people are very fearful," said Agustín Pinedo, Director of District 18 for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), during a press conference the GHCFJ held at Talento Bilingüe de Houston, near downtown.

Trump argues his policies will make the country safer and help improve the economy for everyone.

During his campaign, the President elect repeatedly said that he would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

The coalition wants assurances that people who have pre-existing conditions will still have medical coverage if that happens.

During the press conference, Cynthia Cole, a member of the GHCFJ and of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, noted that some minority groups may feel fearful of the future Trump Administration because of certain comments he made when he was on the campaign trail, but she emphasized that every American's civil rights are guaranteed.

"The same Constitution that allowed someone to be elected as the President of the United States of America is the same Constitution that affords you the right to be able to live in this United States of America free of discrimination," Cole asserted.

The GHCFJ also would like that Trump sets the reform of the criminal justice system and the protection of the environment as priorities for his Administration.

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