George Lopez urges Latinos to speak out against Trump's immigration policy

Comedian George Lopez is urging Latinos not to be silent on Trump administration immigration policy, telling Hill.TV in an interview that aired Wednesday that they need to make their voices heard, specifically at the polls. 

"Unfortunately, I haven't seen any reaction from the Latino community in regards to the thousands of people who are being detained and the children who are not with their parents," Lopez, a Trump critic, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Tuesday. 

"I think the Latino community has a bigger issue of — we go silent, no voice, no change," he continued. "We didn't vote very much. We need to start realizing that our vote is as important as any other American in the United States." 

"There's a lot of people who are undocumented in this country, but it's amazing to me, as I've said, how documented the undocumented people are. We need to make out voice heard, and we need to go out and vote, and not be silent." 

Trump has pushed for stricter immigration policies in recent months, declaring a national emergency earlier this year to circumvent Congress and build a wall along the southern border. 

He has also threatened to seal the southern border entirely in an effort to block illegal entry. 

The president drew backlash this week over reports that he was pushing to restart the policy of family separations at the border. Trump denied that he was trying to renew the policy, telling reporters at the White House on Wednesday he was "not looking to do that."

However, he said that without the ability to separate families who cross into the U.S. illegally, "it brings a lot more people to the border."

— Julia Manchester