Trump reaches out to His­pan­ics

His ap­peal echoes re­cent over­tures to African-Amer­i­cans

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 - By Bill Bar­row and Er­rin Haines Whack

TAMPA, Fla. — Vis­it­ing a bat­tle­ground state he can’t af­ford to lose, Don­ald Trump promised His­pan­ics “a much bet­ter l i fe” Wed­nes­day in a Florida speech that con­tin­ued his re­cent ef­fort to soften his tone and broaden his sup­port 11 weeks be­fore the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

And, in an in­ter­view, he sug­gested he would “work with” some of the im­mi­grants in the United States il­le­gally, stop­ping short of propos­ing a le­gal path to re­main­ing in the coun­try but sug­gest­ing a star­tling about-face from his pre­vi­ous hard-line mass de­por­ta­tion pro­posal.

Yet the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date also re­peated his prom­ise to build a wall along the U.S.- Mex­ico bor­der to keep out im­mi­grants, un­der­scor­ing the tricky bal­anc­ing act he faces in re­tain­ing back­ing from con­ser­va­tives while beck­on­ing to mod­er­ates for their votes.

“I am go­ing to fight to give ev­ery His­panic cit­i­zen a much bet­ter fu­ture, a much bet­ter life,” Trump told a crowd in Tampa as polls show him trail­ing in the crit­i­cal state. “You have the right to walk out­side with­out be­ing shot. You have a right to a good ed­u­ca­tion for your child. You have the right to own your home. You have the right to have a good job.”

Trump’s ap­peal to His­pan­ics largely echoed his re­cent outreach to AfricanAmer­i­cans. He rarely tried Don­ald Trump, seen speak­ing Wed­nes­day in Tampa, Fla., said he’d fight to give His­pan­ics “a much bet­ter life.” to ex­plic­itly lure mi­nor­ity vot­ers dur­ing his un­likely rise to the GOP nom­i­na­tion ear­lier this year.

But, fac­ing a big­ger elec­torate, Trumphas sug­gested His­pan­ics have been taken for granted by Democrats. He said the 600,000 Lati­noowned businesses in Florida would ben­e­fit un­der his eco­nomic plan, but he of­fered few specifics.

“His­pan­ics are tired of be­ing used by these phony politi­cians,” Trump said. “I say, what do you have to lose? I will fix it.”

His­pan­ics make up a siz­able and grow­ing per­cent­age of Florida’s pop­u­la­tion. Trump will have a nar­row path to the White House with­out win­ning the Sun­shine State, which he dubbed “his sec­ond home” Wed­nes­day.

Trump made no men­tion at the rally, at­tended largely by white sup­port­ers, of his re­marks Tues­day that he would con­sider “soft­en­ing” laws deal­ing with im­mi­grants in the coun­try il­le­gally. But in an in­ter­view on Fox News Chan­nel, he said that while he would not al­low cit­i­zen­ship, he would “work with” those in the coun­try il­le­gally.

“Let megoastep fur­ther,” Trump said. “They’ll pay back taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty ... but we work with them.”

In the early days of the GOP pri­maries, Trump vowed to use a “de­por­ta­tion force” to round up and de­port the mil­lions of peo­ple liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

Trump is ex­pected to dis­cuss his im­mi­gra­tion pro­pos­als more thor­oughly in Phoenix Aug. 31.

Ari­zona Repub­li­can Party Chair­man Robert Graham con­firmed the event and said the speech would cover “pol­icy.” Two of­fi­cials with knowl­edge of the Trump cam­paign’s plans con­firmed the topic was im­mi­gra­tion. They weren’t au­tho­rized to speak on the record about cam­paign plans.

At a rally later Wed­nes­day in Jack­son, Miss., Trump said only that “any im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy I sup­port as pres­i­dent must pass these three tests,” be­fore say­ing it must im­prove the wages, safety and qual­ity of life of U.S. ci­ti­zens.

At the rally in over­whelm­ingly African-Amer­i­can Jack­son, Trump made a sim­i­lar outreach to black vot­ers and called Clin­ton “a bigot” for al­legedly tak­ing for granted the sup­port of mi­nor­ity vot­ers.

Trump aides con­firmed he will soon tour churches, lo­cal businesses and char­ter schools in black and His­panic ur­ban neigh­bor­hoods. Dr. Ben Car­son, a close ally and for­mer GOP pri­mary ri­val, said he will ac­com­pany Trump on at least one visit.

Trump, in Mis­sis­sippi, linked the move­ment fu­el­ing his cam­paign to the United King­dom’s vote to leave the Euro­pean Union — and brought Nigel Farage, an ar­chi­tect of Bri­tain’s suc­cess­ful “Brexit” cam­paign, up on stage.

LOREN EL­LIOTT/TAMPA BAY TIMES

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