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Latino civil rights group's members pushing new direction

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The oldest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S. is facing turmoil over its leader's initial support for President Donald Trump's immigration plan and it comes amid evolving membership.

League of United Latin American Citizens members are pressuring President Roger Rocha to resign after he wrote a letter in support of Trump's proposal on increased border security.

Dave Rodriguez, director of the group's California councils, says the civil rights organization opposes Trump's immigration proposals and wants protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

That's a change from the organization's stances in the 1940s and 1950s when the group supported immigration restrictions.

Jeronimo Cortina, a University of Houston political science professor, says the group has evolved and adopted pro-immigrant positions due to the changing demographics among U.S. Latinos.

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