SoCal Mexican-American delegate among thousands supporting Trump

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A Mexican-American millennial is one of several Southern Californians among the thousands of delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, ready to show support for Donald Trump.

A Mexican-American millennial is one of several Southern Californians among the thousands of delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, ready to show support for Donald Trump.

Malibu resident Chris Garcia is of Mexican descent and unlike most Mexican-Americans, he agrees with Trump's plan to toughen immigration policies.

Garcia said his family members have had negative experiences with gang members who are in the this country illegally. Now, they are all supporting Donald Trump.

"We're legal immigrants, and we understand there are certain people coming across the border who are not friendly to our country," Garcia said.

Garcia also supports Trump's education policies. He believes someone with business experience is more suited to lead the United States than a veteran politician.

After years of activism within the Republican Party, Garcia is an alternate delegate for California this year and is excited to vote for Donald Trump.

He said he'd also like to possibly run for office one day himself.

"If there comes a time in my future that the party does call on me, I wouldn't turn that down," Garcia added.

Downtown Los Angeles resident Alyssa Selogie is a millennial, a woman and a California delegate planning to vote for Donald Trump.
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Alyssa Selogie is a Southern California millennial among thousands of delegates in support of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.


She acknowledges most in her age cohort supported Bernie Sanders, and many women are excited about the possibility of the first female president, but Selogie feels Trump's executive leadership experience is key.

"I don't vote based on sex, race or any one issue," she said.

Some of the concern in Cleveland was whether Trump supporters and anti-Trump supporters would come in conflict with each other, but officials stated there were thousands of police officers on duty.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story stated Garcia supported Trump's plan to build a wall and deport millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally. Garcia later clarified to ABC7 that he supported Trump's plan to toughen immigration policies.
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