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Congressional Hispanic Caucus rejects Hispanic Republican

Curbelo. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has decided not to allow Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Florida Republican, to join. "The CHC isn't just an organization for Hispanics; it is a Caucus that represents certain values," the group of 31 Democrats said in a statement.

Curbelo's response: "It is truly shameful the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has decided to build a wall around the organization to exclude Hispanic-Americans who aren't registered in the Democratic Party. This sends a powerful and harmful message of discrimination, bigotry and division."