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Latino Republicans Torn Between Trump and Hillary

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 May 2016 02:49 PM

You're a Latino Republican. It's Nov. 8 and you're staring at the ballot. There are two names for president staring back at you.

"On one side, we have a candidate who insults Latinos, on the other we have one who lies to Latinos," Alfonso Aguilar told Fox News Latino regarding his feelings toward Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Aguilar is the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, and he served in the George W. Bush administration. He says his was the first group to denounce Trump.

Barring Trump retracting everything he has said about deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, Aguilar is faced with encouraging Latino voters to participate in the election — but to leave the presidential part of the ballot empty.

It is a quandary that also afflicts Latino Republican politicians.

Three Miami congressional Republicans are struggling with accepting Trump as their party's presumptive nominee, and two of them have said they will not support him, the Miami Herald reported.

Miami Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen first supported Jeb Bush, then Marco Rubio. 

"My position has not changed," Curbelo told the Herald. "I have no plans of supporting either of the presumptive nominees."

Though Ros-Lehtinen says the same, Diaz-Balart said his "intention" was to vote for the party's nominee.

At least one conservative Latino sees a silver lining. Executive director of the Libre Initiative, Daniel Garza, considers all of this soul-searching a positive.

"(Trump's) positions allow us an opportunity to educate Latinos with more credibility, especially when he’s wrong," Garza told Fox News Latino. "Folks realize then that we really are, above all else, about the policies that lift people, not the candidate."

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