Clinton to Latino audience: Trump has doubled down on anti-immigrant policies

Story highlights

  • The comments are an attempt by Clinton to undercut the Republican nominee with Latinos
  • Protests took place both inside and outside Clinton's event at East Los Angeles College

Los Angeles (CNN)Hillary Clinton told a Latino audience here on Thursday that Donald Trump is doubling down on his promises to deport immigrants and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The comments -- which came during a contentious rally that saw a series of protesters -- are an attempt by Clinton to undercut the Republican nominee with Latinos and cast doubt at Trump's ability to moderate his views now that he has all but clinched the Republican nomination. Trump and his aides have hinted that he would moderate his views as the nominee in an attempt to woo less conservative voters, something the Clinton campaign wants to prevent.
    "We have to recognize that the kind of language coming from Donald Trump is hateful and we need to repudiate it. Now every election is a choice, and just yesterday, Donald Trump doubled down on his plan to create a deportation force to round up millions of people."
    Clinton then listed Trump's immigration positions, including his promises to build a wall along the border and "scrap" President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration.
    "Well," Clinton said to cheers, "the best way to prevent that from happening is to make sure he never gets near the White House."
    Protests took place both inside and outside Clinton's event at East Los Angeles College in the heavily Latino neighborhood of Monterey Park. Dozens of protesters, with officers mounted on horseback standing in front of the event, chanted and spoke outside.
    At least five protesters attempted to interrupt Clinton's remarks inside the event. Most of their chants were drowned out by Clinton's supporters and the candidate only obliquely mentioned them.
    "I think we would be a lot better off if we actually talked to each other instead of yelling at each other," Clinton said. "Let the other side do the yelling."
    Clinton did, however, keep her remarks shorter than normal, wrapping up what is usually a 25-minute speech in 15 minutes.
    Clinton's event is part of a two-day swing through California, whose primary will be held on June 7. Clinton headlined two fundraisers in Los Angeles on Thursday and met with top African American city officials. Clinton will travel to Northern California on Friday, where she will headline a rally in Oakland.