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LOS ANGELES—The placard that Sam Martinez made for Wednesday night's march against President-elect Donald Trump read more like a love letter than a protest sign.

“Mom, Dad—I’m here for you!!!”

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“This is for my mom and dad and all the immigrants out there,” Martinez told me as we weaved through the streets of Los Angeles.

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Martinez said he attended the protest to show his support for his and all undocumented parents who fear deportation or separation from their families under a Trump presidency. Trump has promised to create a deportation squad to round-up and deport more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.—folks like Martinez's mother, who came here from El Salvador.

“I’m here because I want to represent her and my dad and everybody who can't be here.”

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Martinez said his mom had no idea he had gone to the protest, and actually warned him to "stay at home so nothing will happen to you.”

Her words demonstrate a fear that's spreading through the undocumented immigrant community in the wake of Trump's victory. Some people are trying to keep a lower profile than usual, but for many young people like Martinez, now more than ever is a time to come out of the shadows and stand in solidarity.

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Martinez said his friends convinced him to join the march at the last minute, so he rushed to make his sign with poster board and a Salvadoran flag to show that love still trumps hate.

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His sign got several people choked up in the crowd.

“I'm pretty sure there are young sons and daughters out there that are feeling the same way I do about their parents,” he told me.