Junot Diaz, Iñárritu and 65 Other Latino Leaders Call Out Donald Trump With Scathing Letter

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As Donald Trump continues to spread his vitriolic views, Latinos keep calling him out on his racist bullshit. On Tuesday, 67 of the loudest voices in the Latino community joined together to lambast Trump.

Intellectuals, artists, and scientists from all over Latin America and Spain– including Demian Bichir, Junot Díaz, and Elena Poniatowska – said they wouldn’t stay quiet as Trump accused Mexican immigrants of “being criminals, rapists and drug traffickers,” and proposed deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“Trump’s hate speech appeals to xenophobia, sexism and political intolerance; it recalls historical campaigns against other ethnic groups that led to millions of deaths,” the letter reads. “Physical attacks on Hispanics and public assertions that Spanish should not be spoken in public have already occurred.” The letter goes on to condemn Trump for spreading unproven assertions and reducing his opponents to being “stupid” and “weak.”

The letter tries to appeal to reason, something that is often missing from Trump’s comments. “The expulsion of Mexican immigrants would be catastrophic for states such as California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where Mexicans carry out most manual work. In California our immigrants harvest 200 agricultural products, serve in hotels and restaurants, and collect garbage…. Without Mexican workers, the economy of the state, followed swiftly by the rest of the country, would go to ruin.”

Recently, Anthony Bourdain also defended Latino immigrants and their strong work ethic. He explained that without Latinos, who are willing to start at the bottom, the entire restaurant industry would collapse.

Here is the full list of the Latinos who signed the letter:

Héctor Abad Faciolince

Manuel Alcántara

Arturo Álvarez-Buylla

Homero Aridjis

Ariel Armory

Roger Bartra

Demián Bichir

Silvia Borzutzky

Carmen Boullosa

Martín Caparrós

Jorge Castañeda

Jennifer Clement

Junot Díaz

Ramón Díaz Alejandro

Jorge Duany

Jorge Edwards

Sebastián Edwards

Joaquín Estefanía

Julio Frenk

Francisco Goldman

Francisco González Crussí

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Teodoro González de León

Roberto González Echeverría

Enrique Krauze

Mario Lavista

Antonio Lazcano

Emmanuel Lubezki

Valeria Luiselli

Diego Luna

Nora Lustig

Carlos Malamud

David Mares

Ibsen Martínez

Óscar Martínez

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma

Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Verónica Montecinos

Antonio Muñoz Molina

Moisés Naím

Enrique Norten

Silvia Pedraza

Elena Poniatowska

Alejandro Portes

Luis Prados

Rodrigo Rey Rosa

Rafael Rojas

Vicente Rojo

Ranulfo Romo

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea

Antonio Santamaría García

Arturo Sarukhán

José Sarukhán

Fernando Savater

Javier Sicilia

Eduardo Silva

Guillermo Soberón Acevedo

Edward Telles

Mauricio Tenorio

Antonio Ugalde

Diego Valadés

Álvaro Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa

Enrique Vila-Matas

Rolando Villazón

Juan Villoro

Gabriel Zaid