Donald Trump, who has drawn waves of criticism from the Latino community for his remarks on immigration, today reached out and met with the head of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
"At the request of the Trump campaign, USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez met privately with Donald Trump today in New York,” said a statement from the business group about the GOP presidential candidate.
“When it comes to immigration, we've repeatedly found ourselves in disagreement with Mr. Trump,” said the release. “His advisors stressed however, that our disagreement was based on the media's mischaracterization of his stances. We wanted to hear Mr. Trump clearly articulate his views, away from the public spectacle, the media, and the debate floor.”
The press release stopped short of divulging any details of the meeting or any conclusions other than saying they discussed “the importance of the Hispanic electorate, immigration, the economy, and other issues.” And the chamber announced that Trump and Palomarez agreed to a public Q&A session on October 8th.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber is an influential group that is non-partisan and the statement said that Palomarez wanted to “ask Donald Trump for clarity on his policies, how he intends to effectively execute them, and who his policies would impact.”
Trump has called for a wall to be built along the southern U.S. border, the deportation of those here illegally and the elimination of birthright, U.S. citizenship for children born in the U.S. to immigrants.