Several Hispanic advocates for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE said they may abandon the Republican presidential nominee after hearing a speech in which he quashed speculation that he may moderate his position on immigration.
“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” Jacob Monty, a former member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, told Politico Wednesday.
“When we met [earlier in August], he was going to approach this issue with a realistic plan, a compassionate plan, with a plan that was not disruptive to the immigrants that were here that were not lawbreakers. What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate. He didn’t deliver any of that.”
Monty, a Houston-based attorney, resigned from Trump’s advisory council after hearing the billionaire’s remarks in Phoenix, Ariz., Politico reported.
Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, told the news outlet that he is also “inclined” to stop backing Trump.
“It’s so disappointing, because we feel like we took a chance, a very risky chance,” he said late Wednesday. "We decided to make a big U-turn to see if we could make him change.
“We thought we were moving in the right direction,” Aguilar added. "We’re disappointed. We feel misled.”
Aguilar said he was not speaking on behalf of any organization and had not yet made a final decision about supporting Trump.
“I can tell you there’s a real possibility we will withdraw support from Donald Trump because of that disappointing speech. Did you hear anything in that speech that was compassionate and humane? No.”
Politico said that neither Monty nor Aguilar plan on backing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Trump last month voiced openness to “softening” his immigration stance ahead of the general election. He had previously called for a "deportation force" to remove the 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the United States.
Trump’s remarks late Wednesday, however, ended speculation that the real estate tycoon would move to the center on the topic.
“Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country,” he said. "Otherwise we don’t have a country."