The New York Immigration Coalition issued this statement on the expulsion of Jorge Ramos from a campaign event:
The New York Immigration Coalition joined immigrant rights advocates across the country to announce that the Coalition and its members are deeply disturbed by the rightward trend of extremist and discriminatory statements issued by Trump and other GOP presidential candidates on the campaign trail.
Yesterday, distinguished Emmy Award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos was insulted and forcibly ejected from a press conference held by Donald Trump. Last week, two Boston men mercilessly beat a 58-year old homeless Latino man with a metal pipe and urinated on him while he was sleeping. One of the attackers, Scott Leader, told police they had committed these heinous crimes because, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported.” In response to this vicious attack, Trump had only this to say: his supporters “love this country and want this country to be great again.”
The New York Immigration Coalition condemns this brutal attack, and the hateful rhetoric that incited it. “As we have seen time and time again, anti-immigrant rhetoric is not just harmless controversy on the airwaves, but instead creates a climate that encourages violence against immigrants,” said Steven Choi, NYIC Executive Director. “We urge all of our elected representatives to reject this hateful, racist rhetoric, and instead stand for what truly makes America great – that we are a nation of immigrants, a nation that welcomes newcomers and extends equal opportunity to all.”