New York lawmaker says Donald Trump’s 'anti-immigrant' policies would 'set us back'

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Donald Trump might be leading the polls (well, not the Latino polls), but he's not going to get New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's support any time soon.

During a recent appearance on Fusion's AMERICA with Jorge Ramos, the speaker criticized the Republican candidate's "terrible" rhetoric founded on "anti-immigrant" talking points.

"The policies and the statements that he espouses are ones that we should be very afraid of," she said. "It's a very ugly precedent that's being set [by advocating for the criminalization of all immigrants, documented or not], and I don't really thing that's going to go very far."


Mark-Viverito is referring to a host of inflammatory statements that Trump has made, ranging from his plan to force Mexico to build a border wall to his remarks about Mexican immigrants bringing drugs and rape into the U.S. with them.

A number of companies have since cut ties with the GOP frontrunner, including Univision (a co-parent of Fusion), NBC, and Macy's. This is how Mark-Viverito thinks businesses should be responding to Trump's comments. "He needs to become a pariah," she told The New York Daily News in July. "People should not want to socialize with him. People should not want to do business with him."


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