Carlos Santana, Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera and George Lopez are among the celebrities who have signed on to an open letter chiding GOP presidential candidates for “pandering to the anti-immigrant base of the Republican Party that idolizes Donald Trump.”
Also signing were Ivonne Coll, Dolores Huerta, Aubrey Plaza and Zoe Saldana. The letter was released on Thursday by People for the American Way, the progressive group that was co-founded by Norman Lear.
“There’s no coming back from this,” their letter states. “We’ve seen clearly that all the leading Republican candidates have sided with the far-right at the expense of the Latino community. They’re capitalizing on negative stereotypes and inaccurate information about our community in order to win votes from the GOP base.”
While the letter states that the “downward spiral began with Trump,” “stoking unfounded anti-immigrant fears,” it also says that “candidates – including supposed “moderates” like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio – used dangerous, divisive rhetoric and proposed harmful policies in their efforts to win over Trump’s radical supporters.”
“Even if the eventual Republican nominee backtracks on his or her anti-immigrant sentiments, we must not forget that we’ve now seen that in the face of bigotry, the Republican candidates have chosen to turn their backs on our community,” the letter states.
The complete letter is here.