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Latino celebs: Trump, GOP are 'deeply offending our communities'

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Feb. 12, 2016 at 5:42 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- An open letter signed by several Latino celebrities slams Donald Trump's anti-immigrant stances, and say other GOP candidates "went off the deep end with him."

The letter was put out by a progressive group called People for the American Way, and signed by actresses America Ferrera and Zoe Saldana and musician Carlos Santana among others.

"There's no coming back from this. We've seen clearly that all the leading Republican candidates have sided with the far-right at the expense of the Latino community," the letter begins. "They're capitalizing on negative stereotypes and inaccurate information about our community in order to win votes from the GOP base."

While taking time to criticize Trump, the letter doesn't spare other contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, either.

"Candidates -- including supposed 'moderates' like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio -- used dangerous, divisive rhetoric and proposed harmful policies in their efforts to win over Trump's radical supporters. Jeb Bush's unapologetic use of the term 'anchor babies' aligns with his belief that undocumented immigrants here in the U.S. should not have a path to citizenship," the letter continues. 'His statement that "we should not have a multicultural society" is indefensible. Marco Rubio said that 'we must secure our border, the physical border, with a wall, absolutely.' He's ruled out any path to citizenship or legal status during his term(s) as president if elected. Chris Christie suggested that immigrants should be tracked like FedEx packages."

Ferrera has been encouraging young people to get out the vote in the upcoming election.

"When we show up and start using the power that is there for us, on election day, politicians and government and policy won't be able to ignore us," she told high school students in Las Vegas earlier this week.

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