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Trump Gets Sudden Endorsement, Vow of Support From 14 Hispanic Leaders

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By    |   Monday, 18 Jul 2016 01:00 PM

A cadre of Hispanic leaders have promised their vote and support to Donald Trump while casting Hillary Clinton as an operative who pays lip service to immigration reform for political gain, The Washington Times reports.

Alfonso Aguilar and Massey Villareal are among 14 conservative Latino leaders Monday who signed a letter in support of Trump at the outset of the GOP convention, despite their staunch opposition to the GOP nominee during the Republican primary.

"During the primary, we took an active stance opposing the candidacy of Donald Trump," they say in the letter. "We were offended by some of his statements and views on immigration. We said in no uncertain terms that if he became the GOP nominee, we would not support him, campaign for him, or vote for him."

The two main reasons for the sudden turnaround — Trump has softened his stance on immigration, and Clinton cannot be trusted, the leaders wrote.

"Clinton doesn't want a solution to immigration. Instead, she wants an issue to use for political gain to carry the favor of Latino voters," the letter states. "Ironically, even on immigration, we may fare better with Trump … He is practical and a deal-maker. He said recently that he doesn't want to deport every single undocumented immigrant, and that he only called for the removal of those with criminal records."

Arcadio Casillas, a delegate to the GOP convention and chairman of the New York State Republican Party's finance committee, told Fox News Latino that the "incendiary" comments Trump made about Mexicans are forgiven.

"They say the Republican Party is racist," Casillas told Fox News Latino. "I don't buy that, and I'm Latino. Trump is not your typical politician. Democrats and Republicans alike have lost touch with the working people.

"This administration has divided the country, it's like the Wild West now."

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