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Emilio Estefan Producing Protest Song ‘We Are All Mexican'

Veteran music producer Emilio Estefan says he wrote a song called "We're All Mexican" to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic people in the United States.

Speaking in Spanish on his Facebook page Thursday, Estefan said the song is a way to "show the world the pride we have, not just for the Hispanic community, but all Mexicans for all they have done for this country."

He said the song carries a message of unity: "It's about love and the love we feel for this country."

Estefan told Billboard.com that the new track will feature his wife, Gloria Estefan, and other Hispanic entertainers, including Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean.

"There's a message being sent out to the world where people are giving opinions that are plain wrong," Estefan, winner of 19 Grammy awards, told Billboard. "We need to lift up our pride and show the world what we're doing."

At his campaign kickoff announcement in June, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Mexico is "sending" rapists, criminals and drug dealers to the United States.

Estefan told Billboard he has known Trump "for many, many years." He said the song "is not so much an answer to [Trump] as it is an answer to the sentiment that we've progressed [as Hispanics] and we need to let people know that."

"We're All Mexican" will be released in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. 15.

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