Alejandro G. Inarritu, Hispanic Leaders Denounce Donald Trump
"Verbal attacks [by] Mr. Trump are not based on proven facts and statistics but [his] very personal and unfounded opinion."
Almost 70 prominent Hispanic leaders, artists and intellectuals, including Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu, have condemned Donald Trump and his campaign for president.
In a letter penned by novelist and journalist Hector Abad Faciolince, posted Tuesday by Univision — which states the network is not associated with the statement — the group of 67 called the billionaire businessman's disparaging remarks about undocumented immigrants from Mexico "hate speech" that appealed to the "basest passions, such as xenophobia, sexism, political intolerance and religious dogmatism," according to the translation.
"Verbal attacks [by] Mr. Trump are not based on proven facts and statistics but [his] very personal and unfounded opinion," according to the letter's translation. "[He] not only disregards Hispanic immigrants ... but exhibits a dangerous attitude against his opponents, who [he] accused of being stupid or weak."
Some of those listed on the letter include Chilean ambassador to France, Jorge Edwards; former Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan; actor Diego Luna and novelist Homero Aridjis.
Trump — who has claimed numerous times that Hispanics love him and he has their vote — has been under fire since making remarks at the beginning of his bid for the White House that most undocumented immigrants from Mexico are criminals.
A petition started by Latino and immigration advocacy groups — which has more than 145,000 signatures — demands NBC and Saturday Night Live drop Trump from hosting the popular sketch show this week. The groups argue Trump should not be given an additional, wide-reaching platform to share any of his views.
Trump said SNL would never drop him, and he called the groups cheering for his ousting "scammers."
Read the full letter translated from the group of 67 below:
"The undersigned, Hispanics occupy positions in the academy of the United States, as well as intellectuals, artists and scientists from Mexico, Latin America and Spain, refuse to keep silent about the alarming statements of the candidate for President of the USA Donald Trump. Since announcing his candidacy, has accused Mexican immigrants to be criminals, rapists and drug traffickers, he has promised to deport 11 million of them and talked of building a big wall all along the border with Mexico. Your hate speech appeals to the basest passions, such as xenophobia, sexism, political intolerance and religious dogmatism. All of which inevitably reminds campaigns in the past have been directed against other ethnic groups, and that resulted in the deaths of millions of people. In fact, physical attacks against Hispanics and called to prohibit the use of the Spanish public has already begun. Verbal attacks Mr Trump are not based on proven facts and statistics but in its very personal and unfounded opinion. Not only disregards Hispanic immigrants (then they could pursue other ethnic groups) but exhibits a dangerous attitude against his opponents, who accused of being stupid or weak. The interviewers, he has accused of shady grounds and expelled from a press conference to a prominent Spanish journalist who raised an uncomfortable question. Trump has launched vulgar comments about women. His bodyguards and supporters attack peaceful demonstrators. The expulsion of Mexican immigrants would be catastrophic for states like California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where most of the manual work is Mexican. In California, for example, those immigrants harvested 200 agricultural products, served in hotels and restaurants, pick up trash, exercise, in short, jobs that local Americans refuse to play. California is the leading manufacturer of wine and many agricultural products in the country. It is also the first recipient of tourism. These sectors generate $ 70,000 million annually, but Mexican workers the state's economy would go to ruin. Something similar would happen in the rest of the country. Many of the signatories are Hispanic immigrants have been welcomed in this great nation and contributed to our work in various fields, knowledge, progress of science, prosperity, entertainment and welfare of all the inhabitants of the United States. The conduct of Mr. Trump is unworthy of a candidate for the presidency of the most powerful country in the world. We condemn this attitude and hope the American people cease to tolerate their absurd positions. "
Hector Abad Faciolince
Ramon Diaz Alejandro
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon
Roberto Gonzalez Echeverria
Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
Antonio Muñoz Molina
Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Antonio Santamaria Garcia
Guillermo Soberón Acevedo
Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Mario Vargas Llosa