Sanders tells Latino group Trump 'will not be president'

Sanders tells Latino group Trump 'will not be president'
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Addressing the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO), the Democratic presidential candidate said that Latino immigrant families live in "fear" and "sadness" and "what has exacerbated that fear is the presence of Donald Trump."

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While presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall MORE did not accept NALEO's invitation to speak at the event, Sanders made no mention of her in his speech, instead focusing on policy proposals and Trump's candidacy.

"I had hoped, and I think most Americans had hoped, that by the year 2016 maybe we would be beyond having candidates make bigotry the cornerstone of their campaigns," said Sanders.

Trump was also invited to speak but did not accept.

The Vermont senator was the lone major party to address NALEO's 2016 conference, but Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe Trump strategy: Dare the Democrats to win Trump challenger: 'All bets are off' if I win New Hampshire primary Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE is slated to speak at the event later Thursday. 

Republican presidential nominees John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCummings to lie in state at the Capitol Elizabeth Warren should concern Donald Trump 'bigly' Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 addressed the group, as did President Obama in both years.

Sanders outlined four major issues confronting the Hispanic community: the need for comprehensive immigration reform, an inclusive economy, criminal justice system reform and the financial crisis in Puerto Rico.

The House passed bipartisan legislation meant to help Puerto Rico get out of debt on June 9, and it is now slated for review by the Senate. Sanders said in his speech that bill is "a very, very, very bad piece of legislation" and through it, "we are treating [Puerto Rico] as an absolute colony."

Sanders also slammed the Obama administration's deportation policies, saying immigration raids "must end" and advocating for temporary protected status for Central American families fleeing violence in their home countries. 

He argued in favor of the president's executive actions on immigration, saying that "if Congress does not do its job," the next president must also "use the executive powers of that office" to reform the immigration system.