For months Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt FEC: Cruz campaign didn't violate rules with fundraising letter labeled ‘summons’ Cruz criticizes O'Rourke on Dallas shooting: Wish he wasn't 'so quick to always blame the police officer' MORE (R-Texas), and even Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNYT says it was unfair on Haley curtain story Rubio defends Haley over curtains story: Example of media pushing bias House lawmakers urge top intel official to probe national security threat of doctored videos MORE (R-Fla.) have used the power of fear to catapult themselves to the top of the polls and even to victory in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Now, it’s time for us to decide what type of nation we want to be. Are we a nation that is just, fair and compassionate or are we a nation of Trump and Cruz hate, filled with intolerance for our communities? This Saturday, Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islanders and all working families in Nevada can make their choice known loud and clear during the caucus.


There are 28.5 million Latinos nationwide who will be eligible to vote by November. That is more Latino voters than ever before in history. There are more than 9 million Asian American and Pacific Islander voters across the country, again more than at any other time in history. And we are not alone -- joining us, are the millions of Americans who will not be bowed by hate, who will stand up to fear with strength.

The future is ours to decide. Cruz’s victory in Iowa and Trump’s nearly 20-point victory in New Hampshire is our call to action. Not just as Latinos or Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but as Americans who will build our own wall against hate.

Our future is not going to be a future of hate, but a future of love and acceptance where our children can thrive. A future that allows us to have quality child care and a great education and a future where families live and work without fear of being deported.

Our vote sends a clear message to extremists like Trump, Rubio and Cruz – who are competing for our vote while at the same time promising to repeal DAPA and DACA, and mock those fighting for $15 an hour so their families can escape poverty – that we will never forget what you stand for and how you have demonized our families.

The best way to show Trump and Cruz that we will not stand for their hate and radical agenda is to get out and caucus for a champion who can take this moment head on and lead us into the future. That champion is Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE.

There is too much at stake to let this moment pass us by. Caucusing for Clinton will help us build a better future for Latinos, Asian American and Pacific Islanders and all working families across this country. Clinton will not only fight for us, but get the job done, so we can raise the minimum wage, pass common sense immigration reform with a pass to citizenship, and have access to affordable, quality child care and long-term care.

SEIU has already knocked on over 36,000 doors in Nevada and will continue through Caucus Day. We have talked to hard working mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who understand that this is their moment and why it is so crucial they get out and caucus for Hillary on Feb. 20.

Eight years ago, the Latino community came out and voted for a man, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGetting politics out of the pit To cure Congress, elect more former military members Democrats should end their hypocrisy when it comes to Kavanaugh and the judiciary MORE, who inspired us and gave us hope that our country could be better. Now, his legacy is on the line and millions of Latinos, Asian American, Pacific Islanders and immigrants are ready to fight back against hate. We will not stop organizing voters and engaging in this debate about our future until we elect a president who shares the values our country was built on.

Now is our time to put a stop to this hate. Nevadans can be the first to do so this Saturday, Feb. 20.

Sáenz is SEIU International’s first Latina executive vice president. She also serves as the president of iAmerica and iAmerica Action.