For many immigrants, the talk during the 2016 election about building a wall on the American-Mexican border has been disheartening. But the nation at large had to hold back a gasp when a surrogate for one of the presidential candidates said that Hispanic culture, left unchecked, would lead to "taco trucks on every corner." (Twitter, for its part, was overjoyed at the prospect.)
Hours before the final 2016 presidential debate, five taco trucks lined up in front of the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas to protest anti-immigrant rhetoric with a special rally called "A Wall Of Taco Trucks."
The rally was organized by Las Vegas' Culinary Union, which boasts a large membership of immigrant workers. 400 people participated in the protest, including food truck entrepreneurs and several workers at the Trump International Hotel.
"We're reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November," Yvanna Cancela, the political director for the majority Latino and predominantly immigrant union, told BuzzFeed.
At least 50 immigrant activists and leaders bused all the way from Los Angeles to join the protesters on Wednesday.
In addition to the food and the speeches, the rally was an opportunity to help local people register to vote.
Immigrants will have a big say in the outcome of the 2016 election. In California, one out of every five eligible voting-age citizens will be foreign-born.
"We are here to support our families and friends fighting for immigration reform, and we are here supporting the cause," Latin fusion truck owner Ernesto Saaveda told NBC News. "We have to keep going, and we can't give up on dreams in the U.S."
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