Hispanic Caucus chair declines Trump White House invite

Hispanic Caucus chair declines Trump White House invite
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Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico says EPA abandoned state in fight against toxic 'forever chemicals' Walmart to stop selling guns in New Mexico New Mexico governor to Nike after Arizona snub: 'Let's talk' MORE sent a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE Thursday rejecting an invitation to a reception honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lujan Grisham, who is also the Democratic nominee for governor in New Mexico, slammed some of the White House’s policies and Trump's rhetoric. 

“During your presidential campaign and as president, you demonized and dehumanized the Hispanic community and spread fear and untruths.

Members of both parties criticized Trump on Thursday for denying on Twitter that nearly 3,000 people died after two hurricanes and saying that the number.

The president said the number was done "by Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible."

Lujan Grisham criticized Trump's tweets about the hurricanes and his rhetoric about immigration.

"You have ignored and recently tweeted lies about the devastation and loss of life in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, compared immigration to an infestation, and attacked a judge because of his Hispanic heritage," she wrote. "That rhetoric is not only unbecoming of the President of the United States; it has no place in American political discourse."


“We are not a nation of fear, cruelty, division, or prejudice.  We are a nation of dignity, humanity, tolerance, and hope, and those shared, essential values transcend our political differences,” she added.

Grisham also specifically attacked the administration’s undermining of the Obama-era DACA program that granted legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to America as children.

Critics have claimed that the White House focused more on hurricanes as they struck states such as Texas and Florida than it did when they struck Puerto Rico.