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Mark-Viverito: Trump's Helping Dems Win Latino Vote

Mark-Viverito: Trump's Helping Dems Win Latino Vote [Photo: NY MTA, Wikimedia Commons]

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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has a surprising message for Donald Trump: thank you.

Mark-Viverito, a liberal Democrat and immigration advocate, has repeatedly criticized the Republican presidential candidate.

But on Thursday she said she was dedicating an immigration speech to Trump, who has vowed to crack down on immigration.

Mark-Viverito is delivering a speech Friday in Washington to the New Leadership Project, which works to train recent immigrants for civic leadership opportunities.

She said that she feels that Trump's harsh rhetoric is galvanizing Latinos to get involved in the 2016 election.

Mark-Viverito has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton and appeared at a presidential debate in Las Vegas this week on her behalf.