Hispanic group has open ears at White House

Monday, January 30, 2017
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Border fence imagePresident Donald Trump may be fighting the Left over his immigration plans and policies, but he's getting praise from a Hispanic organization. 

Trump campaigned on deporting illegal immigrants and building a border wall with Mexico, but the new president and his administration are respectfully listening to other views.

"When it comes to immigration," says Tony Suarez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, "we have not always agreed on the methods that they're going to use necessarily. But what we do appreciate about the Trump administration is that there's been an open door for us to discuss policy with him."

White HouseSuarez tells OneNewsNow that there is a plea for the new administration to understand concerns about breaking up families, in particular the so-called "Dreamers" who were born in the U.S. to illegals.

A story by the Reuters news service reports that Trump's advisors are divided over the issue with a "moderate" faction and "hardliners" disagreeing over the appropriate action. 

Suarez says he supports deporting illegals who have committed violent crimes, and he says his group doesn't object to a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

"Our position has always been with Mr. Trump," says Suarez, "that if you're going to build a wall, you also have to build bridges into the Latino community."

Suarez says the "tenor" of the administration is that Trump and his advisors are listening to his group's concerns, a sentiment made in recent day by union officials and others who have met with Trump since his Jan. 20 inauguration.  

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