Trump courts the Hispanic vote: ‘I love immigrants’

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump, who

officially launched his campaign for reelection this week, pitched himself

to Hispanic voters Thursday during an interview with the US Spanishlanguage

network Telemundo.

I love immigrants, Trump said, when presenter Jose DiazBalart asked the

president about his administration's policies on child separation, on the

DACA program protecting people brought to the US illegally as children

which the president ended and on his zerotolerance border plans.

You mean illegal immigrants, Trump said. Because I've been very good to

immigrants.

This country is based on immigrants, he said, insisting he'd welcome even

more to help fill the industrial jobs he says he's brought back to the US

during his tenure.

During the interview his first with a Spanishlanguage TV network

Trump boasted of his popularity among Hispanics, claiming a 17percent

polling improvement among the group, and said his presidency has seen the

lowestever rate of unemployment among Hispanics.

And that popularity is all thanks to his immigration and border policies,

Trump said.

Because Hispanics want toughness at the border, he said. They don't want

people coming and taking their jobs. They don't want criminals to come,

because they understand the border better than anybody.

Asked about tweets earlier in the week in which Trump claimed that

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would begin deporting millions of

illegal aliens, the president said he wasn't just talking about people from

Latin America.

Many of them are from China, Trump said. Many of them are from other

parts of the world that you wouldn't even believe.

Trump praised Mexico's recent efforts to reduce the flow of migrants

through their northern border into the US after the White House threatened

the country with punitive tariffs.

And he said he believes 2020 Hispanic voters will appreciate his strong

stances on Venezuela and Cuba.

Because I've been tough on Cuba, Trump said. Not the way Obama did it,

which was a disaster.

Vice President Mike Pence is set to travel Tuesday to Miami, home to a

large Cuban immigrant community, to launch a proTrump initiative called

Latinos for Trump.

The president himself kicked off his 2020 reelection campaign Tuesday in

Florida, a key state where the Hispanic vote is powerful.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)