Friday, April 19, 2024

Trump’s Immigration Proposals Illicit Backlash From Latinos

BIRCH RUN, MI - AUGUST 11:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a press conference before delivering the keynote address at the Genesee and Saginaw Republican Party Lincoln Day Event August 11, 2015 in Birch Run, Michigan. This is Trump's first campaign event since his Republican debate last week. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on NBC’s Meet The Press got more specific about his proposed immigration plans, while at the same time angering many Latino voters and national organizations who say Trump is espousing policies firmly outside the mainstream and championed by the far right.

“Trump has reignited the GOP’s longstanding obsession with mass deportation” said Democratic National Committee (DNC) Hispanic media Director Pablo Manriquez.

The current leader in Republican presidential polls said that he was in favor rescinding President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs. In addition, on the campaign trail, Trump is advocating for speedy, mandatory deportation, harsher punishments for those who overstay their visas, and a wall across the southern border of the United States with Mexico.

Trump’s proposals were met with sharp condemnation from the nation’s leading Latino lawmakers and organizations. “We need real leadership in developing productive immigration reform” said Roger Rocha Jr., president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in a response to Trump’s Sunday show appearance. The New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, was more pointed in her critique of the candidate as she sought to paint the business man as the face of the Republican Party, saying that “Donald Trump’s race to the bottom has once again hit a new low” while labeling him anti-family and pro-deportation.

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