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Hispanic Journalists: Trump’s Treatment of Univision Reporter Crosses Line

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists spoke out against the Trump campaign's decision to forcibly remove Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from a press conference. The association says Ramos—who has emerged as a prominent critic of Trump's immigration plan—was just doing his job.

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists spoke out against the Trump campaign’s decision to forcibly remove Univision reporter Jorge Ramos from a press conference. The association says Ramos—who is a prominent critic of Trump’s immigration plan—was just doing his job.

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos is one of the most respected voices in news, Spanish-language or otherwise.

But a moment of disrespect was the driving force behind some headlines about the anchor on Tuesday—as well as a full-throated defense by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ).

Ramos, one of the most vocal critics of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration, was forcibly escorted out of a press conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Ramos, who has tried to interview Trump for months and has broadcasted criticism of Trump’s immigration plan, asked a question without being called on during the press conference, which led to the scene.

“No, you haven’t been called. Go back to Univision,” Trump was quoted as saying immediately before Ramos was removed.

Ramos was later allowed to re-enter the press conference after other journalists criticized the removal, leading to another heated encounter between the Mexican-born journalist and the billionaire developer, who has suggested ending birthright citizenship as a way to solve the immigration problem.

“If you come across for one day, one day, and you have a baby, now the baby is going to be an American citizen,” Trump said in response to Ramos. “Excuse me,” Trump continued. “There are great legal scholars, the top, that say that’s absolutely wrong. It’s going to be tested. Okay?”

NAHJ strongly sided with Ramos on the issue.

“Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades—asking questions!” NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said in a statement. “Ramos was simply trying to hold a candidate for president accountable for statements he made about a very important topic to the American people. Mr. Trump has avoided Mr. Ramos’ attempts for an interview to reasonably discuss Mr. Trump’s opinions and ideas about immigration and American children born to undocumented immigrants.”

NAHJ’s rebuke is not the first complaint Trump has faced from a nonprofit journalism group. In the wake of some off-color comments made earlier this month about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Al Tompkins of The Poynter Institute, a media-education nonprofit, was among the most prominent critics.

“Journalism organizations should condemn such a personal attack on a journalist who is doing her job,” Tompkins wrote.

NAHJ did just that, rebuking Trump’s comments on Kelly as it rebuked his treatment of Ramos.

Univision reporter Jorge Ramos, a critic of Donald Trump. (NASA HQ PHOTO/Flickr)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a senior editor for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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