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Donald Trump loved and hated by Hispanics in border city

1 year 5 months 3 weeks ago July 24, 2015 Jul 24, 2015 Friday, July 24 2015 July 24, 2015 3:24 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jill Colvin

LAREDO - A day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's visit, some residents of Laredo, Texas, are calling the billionaire businessman a racist, while others are cheering his hardline immigration views.

Interviews with more than a dozen local residents highlighted deep divisions in the small border city, where Hispanics represent roughly 95 percent of the population.

The reaction also underscored the danger Trump represents to the GOP and its push to improve its relationship with Hispanic voters heading into the 2016 presidential contest.

Trump has refused to apologize for describing Mexican immigrants as "rapists" and "criminals" during his announcement speech last month.

He spent several hours Thursday afternoon touring the U.S.-Mexico border. He bragged to reporters about the danger he faced, declared Hispanics love him, and stopped traffic with a presidential-size motorcade.

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