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Latino community in Danbury rushing to register to vote

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Latino community in Danbury rushing to register to vote (WFSB) Latino community in Danbury rushing to register to vote (WFSB)

The opposition to Donald Trump is evident in many Hispanic communities throughout the country and in Connecticut, one organization said registration is up dramatically because of the presidential candidate. 

The traffic at the Multi-Cultural Center of Western Connecticut in Danbury was non-stop on Thursday. Every day, it seems like legal, permanent residents were coming in to apply for citizenship with one goal in mind. 

“You know what, I think I want to vote,” Andrea Contreras with the Multi-Cultural Center of Western Connecticut, said. “So how can I become a US citizen?”

There are 280,000 Latino voters in Connecticut and that number is growing daily. Officials at the Multi-Cultural Center said registration has been up 50 percent from the 2012 election and the nominees still haven't even been officially decided.

“We have three staff members, who are overwhelmed with clients, who want to become US citizens,” Contreras said.

The reason behind the increased voter registration in Danbury, according to many Hispanics, is Trump. 

“I would get Mexico to pay for a wall because Mexico is making a fortune and they gotta stop letting people come in illegally,” Trump said.

At the La Mexicana Market, Edith Bernabe said nearly every day she comes face-to-face with Hispanics, who are purposely registering to vote just so they can oppose trump.

“Too many people don't know if they want to vote or not,” Bernabe said. “But this year, because Trump has started to say things that Spanish people don't like, they'll vote.”

The Multi-Cultural Center of Western Connecticut said its voter registration efforts haven't been ramped up and nothing much has changed on their end. They just think this campaign has hit a nerve in their community.

“It scares a lot of families, who have come here to have a better life and that have done nothing wrong,” Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative Francisco Zapata said.

“All Hispanics,” Bernabe said. “Not only Mexico. Ecuador, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, he's talking about Hispanic people.”

Trump just opened an office in Connecticut on the Berlin Turnpike. Eyewitness News reached out to the head of that office, but has not heard back. But, Trump said he's doing well with the Hispanic vote and points to his win in Nevada as proof.

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