The country's oldest Latino civil rights organization slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE on Friday for scheduling what it called a "fake Christian campaign rally" at a predominantly Hispanic evangelical church in Florida.
Domingo García, head of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said in a statement that "Latinos everywhere are concerned by President Trump’s fake Christian campaign rally at a Latino Evangelical Church that serves a large undocumented population in South Florida."
The rally is slated for 5 p.m. at the Ministerio Internacional El Rey Jesús Church in West Kendall, Fla., part of the Trump campaign's effort to win over Hispanic voters.
Florida, a state that has voted for the winner in every presidential election since 1996, is about a quarter Hispanic.
Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisCalifornia dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants Anthrax was the COVID-19 of 2001 MORE and Sen. Rick Scott — both Republicans who won tight races in 2018 — benefited from a Florida GOP that's renowned for its bilingual and multicultural messaging capabilities.
Still, Trump's presence at the 7,000-seat church could prove unsettling for the ministry's immigrant parishioners, particularly those who are undocumented.
Head Pastor Guillermo Maldonado told congregants Sunday that undocumented parishioners would be welcome at Trump's rally, according to the Miami Herald.
García said he hoped the congregation would challenge Trump on his administration's restrictive immigration policies and asked Maldonado to join in signing a letter from faith leaders in support of sanctuary policies.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump's rally also comes after an evangelical magazine, Christianity Today, published a scathing editorial calling for the president's removal from office.