Hundreds of Latinos gathered at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe in Dallas on Monday, to protest against the Republican presidential candidate front-runner Donald Trump, regarding his comments on immigration.
Some demonstrators came to a rally organized at American Airlines Center Arena, which was attended by Trump, only two days before the second Republican Debate is to be aired on CNN on Sept. 16.
According to the Latino civil rights group that organized the rally, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the demonstration is organized against Trump’s plans to deport all undocumented immigrants and to build a wall along the border between the US and Mexico.
Domingo Garcia, the president of the organization said “Donald Trump has become a very diverse and very intolerant figure in American politics.”
Donald Trump on Aug. 30 said "I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back the country so they can be legal," during an interview with CNN, when he was asked about his immigration policy.
He has said that his immigration plan is based on the deportation of undocumented immigrants to help “the good ones” to legally enter the country.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said in a video on Sept. 1, that Donald Trump's views on illegal immigration were "too pessimistic."
Trump’s statements on Mexicans also drew nationwide criticism, since he announced his presidential bid.
During his speech announcing his bid for US Republican nomination on June 16, he accused Mexicans of being responsible for drugs and crime in the US.
"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said.
Trump has been criticised not only for his immigration policies, but also for his rhetoric against women.
After the Republican debate on Fox News, which was moderated by Megyn Kelly, Trump made comments about her during an interview with CNN on Aug.7, and blamed her for asking unfair questions.
He said, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever."
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard executive and the only female Republican presidential candidate, criticized Trump for his words on Megyn Kelly.
She said Trump’s statements about Megyn Kelly were inappropriate and offensive in an interview with CNN on Aug. 9.
Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor, also called on Trump to apologize.
However, later on Aug. 9, Trump appeared on a talk show aired on ABC and said that he “referred to nose, ears”, and rejected to apologize for his comments.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos polling, Trump has support among nearly 31 percent of self-identified Republicans as of Sept. 1, with Bush at nearly 12 percent, following behind both is former neurosurgeon, Ben Carson.