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Activists in Mexico Urge American Expats to Vote Against Trump's 'Global Threat'

Agence France-Presse
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September 26, 2016



The anti-Donald Trump Avaaz campaign has come to Mexico City, assisting U.S. expats in registering to vote, in the hopes that the Republican nominee will be defeated. Nathan Frandino reports. (Reuters)

A human rights group is urging the nearly one million US citizens who live in Mexico to vote in hopes of keeping Republican Donald Trump out of the White House, organizers said Sunday.

"We are going to mobilize the almost eight million Americans who live abroad, a million of them in Mexico, and we want them to vote to stop Donald Trump," said Joseph Huff-Hannon, a campaign leader at Avaaz, an activist organization for political, environmental and human rights issues.

Under the shadow of Mexico's Angel of Independence monument, about 200 people gathered to register to vote next to a billboard-sized placard featuring an anti-Trump cartoon, one day ahead of the first presidential debate between Trump and his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton.

The bureaucratic complications of registering to vote when Americans are abroad can discourage people from casting ballots and the Avaaz campaign is aimed at making the process easier.

Trump has vowed to cut off billions of dollars in remittances sent by migrants to Mexico to make their country pay for a massive wall across the border. He has also called Mexican migrants "rapists."

...Trump has fervently ruled out any legal status for undocumented migrants. In practice this would mean an extension of a precarious limbo status for millions of migrants, mainly of Mexican origin, who have been waiting for years or even decades to come out of the shadows.

Federal Voting Assistance Program: Voters can contact FVAP's call center at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find FVAP on Facebook and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

Read the rest at GMA News

Related: Donald Trump Keeps Asking Foreign Leaders for Money. The Latest: Vicente Fox (The Washington Post)

Related: Mexicans Prefer Clinton to Donald Trump, Poll Shows

Related: Merida Expats Join Growing Movement Opposed to Trump (TYT Newsroom)

Related: From Abortion to Zika, All the Reasons You Shouldn't Cast a Vote for Trump (Rolling Stone)

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