LMU wall defaced with anti-immigrant, pro-Trump messages

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A wall at Loyola Marymount was intended to display messages in support of immigrants but was defaced with anti-immigrant graffiti. (KABC)

A wall that displayed messages for an immigration awareness event at Loyola Marymount University was defaced with anti-immigrant and pro-Donald Trump messages, sparking sharp anger on campus.

The temporary wall was put up on campus Sunday for No Human Being is Illegal Week, the school newspaper, The Los Angeles Loyolan, reported. It displayed messages such as "stop deportations" and "No human being is illegal."

But vandals later spray-painted "Trump" on the wall, crossed out some pro-immigrant messages and altered others to read "deport illegals."

"A lot of people were very upset and hurt that this wall had been defaced," said student Amanda Lopez, an editor at the Loyolan.

Campus security officials are reviewing surveillance footage. Some student activists say it's no surprise that the Trump name is linked with anti-immigration vandalism, given the candidate's political views.

Organizers decided not to take the wall down early because they didn't want to capitulate to the vandals. It will be taken down as it had been scheduled, on Friday.

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