Protests in Fresno over the presidents plans to deport undocumented immigrants. And to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.
Hundreds made their voices heard in rallies.
More than a 150 people lined up in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Fresno.
They held signs and flags of the United Farm Workers union. The UFW organized the protest.
They’re worried that President Trump’s plan to deport undocumented immigrants will target farm workers.
“Why focus in on the poorest of the poor and the people that really harvest our fruits and vegetables here in this nation?” said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers.
“This is a fight for the soul of America. We are all immigrants in this country,” said advocate and lawyer, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
The demonstrators got support from Robert F. Kennedy, Junior who said his father backed the United Farm Workers union when it was lead by Ceasar Chavez.
“If we really wanted to get rid of immigrants there’s a way to do it. All you do is penalize the employers. And every immigrant in this county will self deport,” Kennedy said.
One farm worker we spoke with said that he and his friends came to this country to work.
“They pick fruit, they pick vegetables, they work hard to support their families. And it’s very possible that a piece of fruit that Donald Trump puts in his mouth has touched the hand of a farm worker,” he said through translator Grace Solis.
Hours earlier and less than a block away, protestors set up in front of Fresno’s city hall.
They’re upset that Mayor Lee Brand has said Fresno is not a sanctuary city.
Cities that are offer safe harbor to those who would be deported under federal policies.
“It’s really important for us to send a strong message for local elected officials in Fresno that their silence is not what we want right now. What we need is action. And what we need is for them to stand up for our community. And if they don’t, we will hold them accountable,” said protest organizer Luis Ojeda.
President Trump has promised to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities.
Some state leaders want to declare California a sanctuary state.
Sanctuary cities in California include Los Angeles and San Francisco.