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Hispanic Christian leader critiques Trump on immigration

Hispanic Christian leader critiques Trump on immigration

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- An Hispanic Christian leader who has met with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush says Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration is "counterproductive," but he doesn't believe the GOP presidential front-runner is a racist.

The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told CBN News that Trump's reference to murderers and rapists crossing the border was "demagoguery" that misrepresents the vast majority of illegal immigrants.

Rodriguez says most of them are "actually born-again Christians committed to biblical orthodoxy or very staunch conservative Catholics."

Rodriguez says that while he doesn't believe Trump "has a bit of racism at all," it's important that illegal immigration be stopped without separating undocumented parents from their American-born children who are U.S. citizens.

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