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Texas Republican Hispanic Leaders Upset Over Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 05:34 PM CST

Some Texas Hispanic leaders within the Republican Party say they've had enough. Many are speaking out against what they call anti-immigrant rhetoric among some Republican candidates.

Marisa Olivares Rummell is the Texas Chairman for the Republican National Assembly. She says, "It's just how they are painting, the brush they are using, like we're all part of a cartel. That is so far removed from the truth. This is what they're using as their platform."

Rummell is among several Republican Hispanic leaders who are upset when they hear candidates pushing to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants or calling the influx of undocumented Mexican immigrants an "invasion from Mexico."

She says, "(the comments are) very hurtful and it makes it very difficult to explain to a young Latina and explain why I am a Republican."

Travis County Republican Party Chairman Rosemary Edwards says there is no intention to upset voters.

She says, "I think if you dig down at how practical the Republicans are on this issue it might be a matter of messaging. I think there's so many conservative values we share with the Hispanic community."

While Rummell says she's never considered voting Democrat, she fears others will if things don't change.

"The Republican Party needs to realize that we are a viable group in great number and many of us are well educated, we have great backgrounds, we have a lot to contribute. And if they don't wake up to that fact it's going to be the end of the Republican Party," says Rummell.

By Lydia Pantazes

Texas Republican Hispanic Leaders Upset Over Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

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