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Phoenix Mayor: Trump's Rhetoric Dehumanizes Latino, Muslim Communities

Opponents of Donald Trump held a press conference Wednesday morning, ahead of the Republican presidential nominee’s visit to the Valley that evening. 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton described Trump’s temperament and immigration policies as dangerous for the country. Stanton said he’s spoken out against Trump each time he’s visited the Valley.

“But now he’s the nominee,” he said.

So, the stakes are especially high, and Stanton thinks people need to know “the hateful rhetoric that we have seen, coming from him and his campaign is beneath the office of president of the United States, to dehumanize the Latino community and our Muslim community and so many others.”

Ramon Chavez, who also spoke, said he worries Trump would rescind the DACA program – which gives young undocumented immigrants like him protection from deportation. 

“That most likely will mean that we’re out of a job, that we won’t be able to afford school, that we won’t be able to pay our bills. Our families will suffer. I know mine will suffer if that happens,” Chavez said. “So it just would be a complete nightmare. A lot of us would have to return, to Mexico, and that’s something that – you know I love my home country, I love my land- but this is my country now, and I’m very grateful to be here.”

Trump is scheduled to talk about immigration during his speech at the Phoenix Convention Center.

When senior field correspondent Stina Sieg was 22, she moved to the desert. She hasn’t been the same since. At the time, the Northern California native had just graduated from college and was hankering for wide-open spaces. So she took a leap and wrote to nearly every newspaper in New Mexico until one offered her a job. That’s how she became the photographer for a daily paper in the small town of Silver City. And that’s when she realized how much she loved storytelling. In the years since, the beauty of having people open up and share their stories — and trust her to tell them — has never gotten old to Sieg. Before coming to KJZZ, Sieg was also a writer and photographer at newspapers in Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Moab, Utah; and the Smoky Mountains town of Waynesville, North Carolina. She always had her hand in public radio, too, including hosting Morning Edition on a fill-in basis at WNCW in North Carolina. It’s still the best music station she’s found. When she’s not reporting, chances are Sieg is running, baking, knitting or driving to some far-flung town deep in the desert — just to see what it looks like.