Pence to help launch 'Latinos for Trump' in Miami

Pence to help launch 'Latinos for Trump' in Miami
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Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal Pence says US is 'locked and loaded' to defend allies Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom MORE will attend a kickoff event next Tuesday in Miami for "Latinos for Trump," a campaign effort to engage Latino voters ahead of the 2020 election.

The event will take place at a Miami hotel one day before the first of two Democratic debates are held in the same city. Florida will serve as a crucial swing state in the 2020 presidential race, but the Trump campaign said "Latinos for Trump" will be a nationwide project.

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"The strong Latino support for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE and his policies will be instrumental in re-electing the president for a second term," Hannah Castillo, director of coalitions for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.

Collins echoed some of Trump's common arguments of why minority groups should support his reelection, pointing to low unemployment rates among Hispanics and the president's support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó over embattled President Nicolás Maduro.

But Trump has also drawn criticism for some of his comments and policies toward Latinos dating back to his 2016 campaign launch, when he asserted Mexico was sending "rapists" and bringing crime across the border.

He has maintained that hardline rhetoric on immigration since taking office, referring to Central American migrants as "criminals" and "thugs." He has threatened to shutter the border with Mexico and cut aid to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in an effort to curb the flow of migrants.

In an interview with Telemundo set to air Thursday night, Trump asserted that Latino voters supported his rhetoric and threats to deport scores of immigrants in the country illegally.