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Latino civil rights leader rescinds Trump letter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The leader of the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. has rescinded a letter endorsing President Donald Trump’s immigration framework that includes a border wall.

Roger Rocha, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he rescinded the letter Wednesday following blowback from members.

Rocha wrote Trump this week that the civil rights group would support his plan for a wall and immigration restrictions in exchange for protecting young immigrants brought to the country illegally.

The comments drew strong reactions from group members and activists across the country who say such policies would hurt Hispanics.

Rocha says LULAC members were confusing the letter’s request to negotiate with a comment Trump made about immigration at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

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