The National Council of La Raza -- a leading immigrant advocacy group -- says it will not invite either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to its annual conference in July. The group has long extended invitations to presidential candidates in the past.
In a statement released today, National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguia, declared that her group has blacklisted Trump from speaking at its conference because of his alleged "concerted effort to denigrate and demonize not just immigrants, but the entire 55 million-plus Latinos in this country."
And because La Raza is an ostensibly nonpartisan group, despite its endorsement of policies closely aligned with the Democratic Party's platform, Murguia said an invitation to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Clinton will also be withheld.
"While it is unfortunate that our attendees will be unable to hear from the candidates since we believe that our community and electoral process is best served when both parties are competing for the Latino vote, we stand proudly behind this decision," Murguia declared.
In years past, presidential candidates who have spoken to the group include Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Vice President Al Gore. President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush have also delivered keynote speeches at previous annual conferences. La Raza said that the decision not to invite Trump or Clinton was unanimously affirmed by La Raza's board of directors. The conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, shortly before both parties host their national conventions in July.
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