After Donald Trump gave his speech regarding immigration on Wednesday night in Phoenix, in which he insisted that all illegal immigrants should be deported, many of the Latinos who supported Trump, including some of his surrogates working to engender support in the Latino community, began what might become a mass exodus.
According to Politico, Jacob Monty, a member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, resigned, saying, “I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately. What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate … When we met (on August 20) he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers. He didn’t deliver any of that.”
Monty told NBC News, "I am convinced that Donald Trump listens to whomever speaks to him last," adding that after Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday some groups like FAIR and Numbers USA "must have spent time with him after he returned from Mexico and he listened to them." He said when GOP Latinos met with Trump on August 20 they offered him a plan that was "strong on security, that was very compassionate," including a reprieve from deportation for illegal immigrants. "He didn't even listen," Monty said. He said in retrospect he felt that the meeting with Latino Republicans "was a cynical scheme to use us as props like he used the Mexican president as a prop.”
Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, who once slammed Trump but then decided to back him this summer, even going as far as organizing a letter of support that he and other prominent Latino conservatives endorsed, echoed, “It’s so disappointing because we feel we took a chance, a very risky chance. We decided to make a big U-turn to see if we could make him change. We thought we were moving in the right direction … we’re disappointed. We feel misled.” Aguilar pointed out that the Trump campaign had recently said it would treat illegal immigrants in a “humane” way, then added, “did you hear anything in that speech that was compassionate and humane? No. I can tell you there’s a real possibility we will withdraw support from Donald Trump because of that disappointing speech.”
Massey Villarreal, a Houston businessman who had originally opposed Trump, then supported him, was angry. He told NBC Latino, "As a compassionate conservative, I am disappointed with the immigration speech. I'm going to flip, but not flop. I am no longer supporting Trump for president, but cannot with any conscience support Hillary (Clinton).”
"We’re disappointed. We feel misled."
Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles
Both Villarreal and Monty said they will not vote for Hillary Clinton.
In Trump’s speech, he stated, "We will set priorities, but unlike this administration, no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement and Border Patrol and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will be allowed to do their jobs, the way their jobs are supposed to be done," adding that anyone arrested for "any crime whatsoever" would be detained until they could be deported.