Three candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination addressed the largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country on Monday in Kansas City, discussing immigration reform, economic equality and Republican candidate Donald Trump’s controversial recent remarks about immigrants.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley spoke at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza. All three criticized income inequality and argued for an increase in the minimum wage.
The trio also addressed immigration reform, which remains a high priority for groups like La Raza. With Latinos making up the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group, the issue will likely be a headliner in the 2016 election — and potentially beyond.
No Republican presidential hopefuls attended the conference, and Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley all took the occasion to link other Republican candidates to Trump, who ignited controversy last month with a tweet disparaging Latino immigrants.