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Pro Illegal Immigrant Calls for 'SNL' to Dump The Trump Grow Louder

Pro Illegal Immigrant Calls for 'SNL' to Dump The Trump Grow Louder

By Meredith Blake for The LA Times

Donald Trump is scheduled to host "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7, but if a growing chorus of critics have their way, he won't be. 

Latino advocacy groups, politicians and some media observers are calling for NBC to disinvite the tycoon turned reality TV star turned Republican presidential front-runner from the gig, citing inflammatory remarks Trump made about Mexican immigrants in the speech announcing his White House run in June.

The controversy ignited after Trump's appearance was announced Oct. 13. Days later, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 civil rights and policy organizations, fired off a letter to "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels and NBCUniversal Chief Executive Stephen Burke, urging them to rescind the invitation. 

"We are appalled that you would enable Trump's hateful speech for nothing [more] than a ratings ploy," read the letter, which argued that the appearance would "validate" Trump's stated opinion of immigrants. 

In recent days, the calls for "SNL" to dump Trump have grown louder still.

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