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Source: Houston Chronicle; By Oliia P. Tallet; January 10, 2017; Updated: January 10, 2017 3:08PM

The president of the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Laura Murillo, told members of President-elect Trump's transition team on Tuesday that Latinos are disappointed by their lack of representation in the new presidential cabinet and at all levels of government.

"We want to be part of this country's fabric and not just a thread," Murillo said at the transition team's Washington, D.C., meeting with Hispanic leaders.

As president of the chamber, which represents approximately 90,000 businesses in the greater Houston area, Murillo has previously criticized Trump's actions.

In November, during the HHCC Annual Awards and Gala, Murillo told to an audience of about 1,300, mostly Hispanics, "Never let it be said we are criminals or rapists."

It was a clear reference to the June 16 speech in which Trump announced his presidency. In it, he said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

Murillo was one of about 60 Hispanic leaders that meet with the transition team, including representatives of the National Council of La Raza, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Washington Post reported that officials from the Trump team included the Republican National Committee's Jennifer Korn; Mercedes Schlapp, a Fox News contributor and longtime Trump backer; and Katrina Campins, a Latina from season one of The Apprentice. The newspaper said that a few Latino leaders, such as Roger Rocha, the president of LULAC, "argued in favor of the administration working together with Hispanic leaders where there are areas of agreement."

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