A prominent Hispanic business leader says President-elect Donald Trump's transition officials have a loud and clear message for Latinos: "The war is over."
Javier Palomarez, head of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, made the assertion after a meeting Tuesday between Hispanic leaders and Trump transition officials in Washington, D.C., CNN reported.
"To their credit, I have to admit – I just got to be honest – they quickly put it behind us," Palomarez told CNN. "They quickly said, 'Listen, you were a warrior and warriors do war, but the war is over.'"
Palomarez said immigration, deportation, and other issues of concern to Hispanic Americans were among the items discussed, adding: "And we're looking and hopeful to collaborate with you on a wide array of issues and in that spirit."
The Chamber had endorsed Hillary Clinton in the general election, CNN noted, but Palomarez said he agreed to give the transition team advice because they have proven they are willing to listen.
"To me, you don't change the dialogue until you have a dialogue," he told CNN.
Palomarez also said campaign officials told him they will not deport children of undocumented immigrants back to their home countries.
"The Trump team agrees: They're not in the business of deporting children, of picking on children, of breaking up families," Palomarez told CNN.
And he added Trump's transition team was listening to the Hispanic community's concerns about a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
"What they said to me was, 'We're listening loud and clear, Javier. We get it,'" he told CNN. "And that's all I need to hear."
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