Latino Celebrities in US Issue Plea to ‘Speak out Loudly Against Hate’

FILE PHOTO: Eva Longoria poses for photo at the premiere for the movie "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Eva Longoria poses for photo at the premiere for the movie "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrara and more than 200 other Latino artists and civil rights leaders on Friday penned a letter of support to the Latino community in the United States after a mass shooting in Texas and immigration raids in Mississippi.

Musicians Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Lin-Manuel Miranda gave their backing to the letter, which called on those outside the Latino community to “speak out loudly against hate.”

“If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone,” said the letter, addressed to the Querida Familia Latina (Dear Latino Family) and published in the New York Times, La Opinion and other newspapers.

The letter followed a shooting in the predominantly Latino border city of El Paso, Texas on Aug. 3 that killed 22 people and is believed to have been racially motivated, as well as the arrest of 680 people in immigration raids last week on seven agricultural processing plants in Mississippi.

Both followed accusations that U.S. President Donald Trump has stoked racial divisions with his rhetoric and his crackdown on immigration at the U.S. border with Mexico.

“We will not be broken. We will not be silenced. We will continue to denounce any hateful and inhumane treatment of our community. We will demand dignity and justice,” the letter said.

It called on allies of the Latino community to “speak out

loudly against hate, to contribute your resources to organizations that support our community, and to hold our leaders accountable.”

Former “Desperate Housewives” star Longoria said in a statement that the U.S. is facing “a moral crisis … and we chose to use this moment to raise our voices and speak up.”

The letter was signed by many of the leading Latino voices and activists in United States, including veteran labor leader Dolores Huerta, novelist Sandra Cisneros and Voto Latino political group president Maria Teresa Kumar.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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Lee Kent
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“If you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of attacks on our community, you are not alone” is exactly how conservatives feel about the US invasion by latinos…

Sherri
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A bunch of rich tools of the global cabal. Guess who is lining up for the jobs the illegals were doing? That’s right! American’s you all claimed “won’t do those jobs”. Yes, they will and they lined up to apply. Anyone part of this “plea” do not care about Americans. They put illegal aliens over Americans!

Charles
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Using lies to gain Democrat votes by letting in and harboring illegals that cost America $ Billions every year. All they want is more and more handouts, more and more illegals.

Don Snyder
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I don’t understand why people get so upset thinking we hat immigrants. This country is mostly made up of immigrants. What we mind, as a country, is illegal entry by these immigrants who refuse to wait in line and come here legally. It can’t be said any simpler than that. Break it down. Illegal bad, legal good. Write it down.

Screwtape
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So all these *ahem* celebrities advocate breaking the law. Here’s a thought you bobbleheads: send a message to come here LEGALLY. All those mentioned either did so or were born here.

Encourage these invaders to follow the laws under which they plan to benefit.

General Confusion
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“It isn’t the President firing up hatred and racism toward anyone, it is rhetoric just like this coming from democrat politicians, Hollywood and the MSM. If anything their accusations and hatred toward this president cause division.” Joey

Joey isn’t JUST confused, he is wrong. He is playing his whataboutism card. Not well, mind you, but he is still trying to divert attention away from the real sources of hate and division that have plagued our nation for over two centuries, but now has the most powerful person in the nation backing them up. What a shame, what a waste!

Cherl
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A lot of words against hate so what is the solution from the Hollywood spotlight seekers who “raise our voices and speak up”? Of course, President Trump gets the blame because he wants to make entering our country done by legal means. That’s not hate nor is he alone in that objective. No other way to spin it.

Joey
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Joey

It isn’t the President firing up hatred and racism toward anyone, it is rhetoric just like this coming from democrat politicians, Hollywood and the MSM. If anything their accusations and hatred toward this president cause division.

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