Tim Kaine Talks Immigration in Telemundo Interview
"For Donald Trump, Latinos are second-class citizens. We believe we are all Americans. We believe we are strong together," said Kaine in one of his first interviews as Hillary Clinton's vp pick.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine on Monday night appeared on Telemundo, where he gave an interview exclusively in Spanish, discussing immigration and the importance of the Latino vote. The interview marked one of his first interviews since being announced as Hillary Clinton's vp pick.
Kaine, who has been a frequent guest on Telemundo (the NBC Universal-owned Spanish language network), learned Spanish when he was a 20-year-old missionary in Honduras. His fluency in the language has been considered an advantage for the Clinton campaign to counter Trump's anti-immigration remarks.
"For Donald Trump, Latinos are second-class citizens," said Kaine on Noticias Telemundo. "We believe we are all Americans. We believe we are strong together. There is a big difference in this sense between the two parties and the candidates."
Kaine expressed that immigration reform is part of Clinton's plans during her first 100 days of administration. He added that lowering the extreme violence stimulated by illegal drug dealing in countries such as Honduras and Guatemala is high on his list as well.
"In Honduras, where I lived a long time ago, there is a lot of violence right now, and children are coming here from countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala because of that," said Kaine. "I hope I could help work with the governments there to support their efforts at economic development, to combat the violence. Our nations should work together to end this situation."