Hispanic Group Pressures NBC to Dump Donald Trump

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Spanish-language network Univision cut ties with the mogul's Miss Universe Organization on Thursday.

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda issued a statement Saturday calling on NBC to cut ties to the Miss Universe Organization, which counts Donald Trump as a part-owner.

The coalition of 39 different Latino advocacy groups praised Univision for ending its Miss Universe deal Thursday following Trump's disparaging remarks about Mexican-Americans. In his speech earlier this month announcing his presidential campaign, Trump said that immigrants from Mexico are "bringing crime" and are "rapists."

"Aspirants to the highest office in the land must not use a national electoral platform to spew venomous speech about Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans," said NHLA chair and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement executive director Hector Sanchez. "As a Mexican immigrant to this country, I can personally attest to the falsity of Donald Trump's statements."

Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, said: "Univision Communications’ courageous action to sever ties with both the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants — which are partly owned by Donald Trump — is civil rights leadership in the digital age. We implore NBCU to follow Univision’s lead and take a similar stance and sever their financial relationship with Mr. Trump, in light of the bigoted way he has denigrated Mexicans and Mexican-Americans."

In a letter directed at Univision president Randy Falco on Friday, Trump responded to Univision ending its deal by stating that Univision's employees and representatives are not to step foot on Trump National Doral property.

The Miss Universe pageant is set to air July 12 on NBC.

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