Uniting in the Face of Hate, LULAC Responds to Trump Nomination
July 22, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump delivered his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. In response, LULAC National President Roger C Rocha, Jr. and LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes issued the following statements:
"Donald Trump's acceptance speech sets out a vision that will not ‘make our country great again’ but rather rejects the values we hold dear,” said LULAC National President Roger C Rocha, Jr. “Trump justifies his hate and condemnation against the Latino community as political correctness. He fancies himself as the ‘law and order’ president whose plan for immigration reform includes mass deportation and building a wall. Facts and the truth are irrelevant to Trump's uninformed policies. Studies have continually shown that immigration increases wages and reduces labor shortages in low and high-skilled markets. In fact, if anyone has taken advantage of the system, it has been Trump. His multiple bankruptcy filings have been used to cancel contracts and avoid paying average Americans for work performed at Trump facilities. If elected president, Trump's divisive policies will bankrupt our country both morally and economically, and the damage will be felt for generations to come."
"Donald Trump's fanatical acceptance speech advocates for a divisive American police-state terrorizing its most vulnerable residents with additional pain and suffering simply because they are of a different race or ethnic heritage than the majority population,” stated LULAC National Executive Director Brent Wilkes. “Long on impossible promises and short on achievable specifics, Donald Trump’s speech has brought an end to the party of Lincoln and replaced it with his twisted brand of authoritarianism.”