Latino voter group launches “F the Wall” campaign

6/2/16 CBS News

Us-mexico-border“F the Wall” is the suggestive shorthand for a new Latino American voter registration campaign that officially goes by the name, “Fight the Wall! Register a Mexican to Vote!”

“Ever since the presidential election’s discourse turned into ‘Deport undocumented workers, build a border wall,’ we’ve been contemplating how we should take that energy…and turn it into greater voter participation through voter registration and turnout,” said Antonio Gonzales, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, the non-profit, non-partisan group that launched the effort.

The campaign aims to register and turn out as many as it can of the 8 to 10 million U.S.-born unregistered Mexican Americans in the U.S. so they can vote in November’s general election.

Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, has built his campaign on the idea of a border wall, but he’s apparently not the only presidential candidate who has inspired the campaign.

“On both sides, there has been a majority of people [saying] build a wall up until now,” said Gonzales, who added that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are “not innocent either” and “haven’t disavowed the wall.”

Founded in 1974, the project estimates that it has since registered 2.5 million people to vote. On average, Gonzales says his group has helped register between 50,000 and 250,000 people each presidential election cycle and has raised between $3 million and $5 million.

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