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Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Joins with Anti-Defamation League in Historic Joint Statement

December 19, 2023
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Washington, DC — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) jointly condemn the recent inflammatory and deeply troubling anti-immigrant remarks made by former President Donald Trump during a speech in Durham, New Hampshire. Trump stated, "They let — I think the real number is 15, 16 million people into our country…. They’re poisoning the blood of our country. That’s what they’ve done. They poison mental institutions and prisons all over the world, not just in South America, not just to three or four countries that we think about, but all over the world."

"Donald Trump's remarks in recent days accusing immigrants of ‘poisoning the blood of America' are reminiscent of the language of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime," said Domingo Garcia, LULAC national president. "Trump's words very intentionally create hatred of the other and are nothing more than fear-mongering. They play to the lowest and most sinister human emotions to incite hatred and cause harm or worse to innocent men, women, and children. LULAC urges all Americans, irrespective of party affiliation, to resoundingly denounce and reject unequivocally this kind of hate speech. There can be no place within our country for dividing people based on their genetics, appearance, culture, color, or language," added Garcia.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, added: "ADL will continue to condemn anti-immigrant ideology and xenophobia. Such nativist talking points have the potential to cause real danger and violence. We have seen this kind of toxic rhetoric inspire real-world acts of violence in places like Pittsburgh and El Paso. It should have no place in our politics, period. America is stronger as a pluralistic society that welcomes immigrants."

Lydia Guzman, LULAC National Immigration Committee Chair, said, "Trump's anti-immigrant speech is an attempt to dehumanize immigrants, as was historically done to justify heinous acts against immigrants and others. Every American should vehemently denounce this horrible language; it does not reflect the values of this great nation of immigrants. These attacks on our community will serve to mobilize the Latino vote."

LULAC and ADL call upon all Americans to reject hate speech and unite against divisive rhetoric that threatens the fabric of our diverse and inclusive nation.

*As 501(c)(3) organizations, ADL and LULAC take no position in support of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.



The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/

About ADL

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism, and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.