An army of Latino celebrities and civil rights leaders are urging Latino voters to disregard the GOP and elect a candidate “who support our community.” In an newly penned open letter, Colombian idol Shakira, legendary musician Carlos Santana, Parks & Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and other notable voices, such as America Ferrera, George Lopez, Dolores Huerta and Zoe Saldaña, express their strong stance against Trump’s rise within the Republican Party.
“We must not … let Trump’s xenophobia overshadow the extreme policies being pushed by every single one of the GOP’s leading presidential candidates,” the letter declares. “Latinos should understand that Donald Trump embodies the true face of the entire Republican Party.”
The letter states that the leading Republican candidate is “fear-mongering” with his views and campaign tactics. The public document, which includes cosigns from other famous names like America Ferrera, Benjamin Bratt, George Lopez and Zoe Saldana also condemns his immature reaction to Univision reporter Jorge Ramos’ questions during a press conference last year and denounces his varied hate speeches.
“From accusing Mexicans of being rapists to kicking Jorge Ramos out of his press conference, Trump has spent the entirety of his presidential bid stoking unfounded anti-immigrant fears and deeply offending our communities,” the letter continues.
But Trump isn’t the only target. The letter also shames the only Latinos in the race Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (Texas) for not offering any kind of plan dedicated to immigration reform.
“[Trump’s] statement that “you do not have a multicultural society” is indefensible, while Marco Rubio maintains that “we must secure our border with a wall.” Rubio even ruled out any path to citizenship or legal status during his term(s) as president if elected,” the letter states.
Read the entire letter over at Univision.