Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

U.S. president launches bid to woo Hispanic voters

U.S. president launches bid to woo Hispanic voters

President Donald Trump told Telemundo in an interview that aired Thursday that former President Barack Obama also detained migrant children in cages at the border.

Aspects of Trump's immigration strategy have faced intense criticism, including the short-lived zero-tolerance policy that resulted in children being separated from their parents while crossing the Southern border.

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Though the Trump administration has always been criticized for last year's family separations and treatment of migrant children, the Obama administration also used those same cages.

During his 2016 campaign launch, he said Mexico was sending "rapists" and criminals across the border. "Many of them are from other parts of the world that you wouldn't even believe".

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Miami on Tuesday to roll out the "Latinos for Trump" campaign, a nationwide project aimed at engaging Hispanic communities.

The Trump rally in Orlando, Florida, comes just after his campaign fired several pollsters whose internal polls, leaked to the press, contained discouraging data on the president's re-election options in several key states.


And he said he believes 2020 Hispanic voters will appreciate his strong stances on Venezuela and Cuba.

"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die", wrote Trump, an outspoken supporter of gun rights and the beneficiary of $30 million in National Rifle Association campaign spending.

"The worst thing Julian Castro can say is, 'I have the Latino vote in the bag because of my last name and because I was mayor of San Antonio, '" Arturo Vargas, NALEO's CEO told The Intercept previous year.

Meanwhile, it is reported that a fish fry in SC on Friday will draw the largest crowd of Democratic presidential candidates yet and give them a chance to gauge their support among black voters who will be a crucial voting bloc in the early primary state next year.

The NALEO forum and next week's debate present a particularly unique opportunity for Castro, the field's lone Latino candidate, who, in polls, has sat in the middle of the crowded group for much of the year, despite his early entrance into the race and diverse resume.

SC holds the fourth nominating contest early next year, the first in which a significant proportion of the Democratic electorate - about 60 per cent - is black.

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