HNBA President: "Trump's Words Provoke Anger and Endorse Acts of Violence"
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Robert T. Maldonado, National President for the Hispanic National Bar Association, issued the following statement responding to presidential candidate Donald Trump's latest proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
"From building a wall across the border and systematically deporting 11 million immigrants, to corralling and cataloging Muslims in the U.S. while banning any from entering the country, Mr. Trump continues his xenophobic and racist rants that recall an era universally condemned by the world, "said HNBA National President Robert T. Maldonado. "The HNBA stands with the Muslim community and with the Constitution which respects religious freedoms and with our American tradition of embracing immigrants. Mr. Trump is exploiting and catering to the most base fears of some Americans, to the detriment of our nation and our democratic process. Even worse is that his words provoke and endorse anger and acts of violence on some of our most vulnerable. We urge the Republican National Committee to stand by their statements that Mr. Trump does not represent the GOP and remove him as a Republican presidential candidate."
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.