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Trump says Hispanics love him

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, July 23 2015 Jul 23, 2015 July 23, 2015 3:34 PM July 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

LAREDO, Texas - Donald Trump has paid a visit to the Mexican border -- where he predicted that Hispanics would love him.

In fact, he says, "they already do" -- because he says as president, he would take back jobs from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally.

The Republican presidential contender told reporters, "There's great danger with the illegals." But he claimed to have a "great relationship" with Hispanics, even as Latino leaders have criticized him for painting Mexican immigrants as criminals.

In advance of his visit to Laredo, Texas, Trump set up a dramatic scene, saying he was putting himself in "great danger" by coming to the border area.

A local union of border patrol personnel had pulled out of events involving him. Agents had planned to accompany Trump to the border and meet with him, but canceled after consultations with their national union.

Trump said it was because union members were "afraid of saying what's happening" at the border.

Meanwhile, some of Trump's Republican rivals continue to draw distinctions with him. Speaking partly in Spanish, Jeb Bush told an audience in New Hampshire that a Republican will never be elected president without campaigning with open arms.

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