The Latino community in the United States is plotting to vote against Donald Trump, the presumptuous presidential candidate of the Republican Party if he is finally picked as the presidential candidate for that party.
The Latinos complained that Mr Trump had been critical of them, accusing them of being criminals, rapists and general trouble makers.
The Senior Communications Director at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Mr Julian Teixeira, said this when he addressed foreign journalists on a reporting tour of the 2016 US elections.
The NCLR is America’s largest Latino advocacy organisation, and advocates in favour of progressive immigration reform policies, including a path to citizenship and reduced deportations.
Trump to build wall
The Republican presidential candidate warned that he would build a wall that would curb illegal immigration, and will cost between $8 billion and $10 billion but officials in Mexico have repeatedly said they had no intention of paying for it.
But Mr Trump threatened that as president, he would block remittances by US-based Mexican workers if Mexico’s government refused to pay for the wall he wanted to build along the roughly 2,000-mile border.
Mr Teixeira accused Mr Trump of “not doing a good job”, saying Mr Trump had been very insulting by “painting every Latino with the same brush.”
He said the Latinos were not a punching rod, and that the only way to punch back was through voting, adding that
even though the NCLR could not direct Latinos as to who to vote for, they would not allow Trump to have his way.
Mr Teixeira said currently out of the 24 million Latinos resident in the US, 12 million of them had registered to vote and that the association was embarking on an aggressive educational campaign to get Latinos who were not registered to do so to enable them to vote.
He said the association was encouraging Latinos to naturalise and register to vote, adding that Latinos were not different from other voters.
“We are engaging in educational campaigns at the least opportunity as well as moving from door to door in the Latino communities to impress upon them to go out there and register,” he said.
Latinos and elections
Mr Teixeira noted that Latinos were a significant group in determining who entered the White House, recalling that President Barrack Obama won the 2008 and 2012 elections because of the Latino vote.
“Trump thinks he can win this year’s elections without the Latino votes. Without our vote, Trump cannot go to the White House,” he stressed.
Mr Teixeira hinted that his association was liaising with other minorities such as the Black Americans and the Asians to team up to resist any politician who would disrespect them.