One Latina lawyer is defying stereotypes by campaigning for Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
A.J. Delgado grew up with Cuban immigrant parents. Her father drove a bus for a living and her mother worked in a factory. She didn’t speak English until Kindergarten. Most political experts would expect her to rail against Trump, but now she is a surrogate promoting the candidate. Delgado sat down with The Daily Caller News Foundation at the Republican National Convention Monday.
“The reason I feel it is so incumbent on me and I have a duty to really get out there and get Trump’s message out there, is because I am constantly irritated and angered by the false notions that minorities, be it African Americans, Asian Americans or Latinos don’t support Donald Trump,” Delgado told TheDCNF.
She said Trump will have serious minority support come election day. She pointed to the unemployment rate in the Latino community, arguing that illegal immigration hurts the Latino community the hardest.
“The reason is Latinos are very much in favor of immigration control,” Delgado told TheDCNF. “We are the ones who are largely affected when undocumented immigrants compete with us for jobs.”
She said she supports Trump because he wants to bring jobs back to America and will restrict foreign workers from taking American jobs, whether it is by restricting immigration or reducing outsourcing. She also said Trump’s wall on the Southern border will help Hispanic communities by keeping out the drugs that pour across the border from Mexico.
Delgado said she has taken heat for being a Latina who supports Trump.
“Just yesterday somebody called me a ‘Tio Tomás,’ which in Spanish the literal translation is an ‘Uncle Tom,'” Delgado told TheDCNF. “I almost don’t hold it against those who do use those slurs because there has been so much media misinformation about Trump’s views.”
Hispanics who came to the U.S. legally resent those who came illegally, according to Delgado.
“Despite being a rich, Anglo, New Yorker billionaire, [Trump] truly does care about helping minorities, helping blue collar workers,” Delgado said. “And falsely the media has put out this notion that he is somehow anti-Latino just because he is anti-illegal immigration.”
Delgado said the assumption she would support illegal immigration because she is Hispanic is offensive.
“That is insulting because you are saying if you are a Latino, you either came here illegally or you are in favor of illegal immigration, which means you are in favor of lawlessness and disrespecting the nation’s laws,” Delgado told TheDCNF. “And that to me and many Latinos is insulting. We are not in favor of breaking this nation’s laws. We respect this nation. We respect its laws.”
“It is completely false that Trump is anti-Latino, but unfortunately because the liberal media keeps putting that notion out there, you do have people who think that think someone who is pro-Trump is somehow a traitor to their ethnic group, but it is not the case,” she continued. “It is actually that you are a champion of your ethnic group because it is Trump who is really going to help the Latino community.”
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