WASHINGTON -- Republican front-runner Donald Trump has won his first endorsements from sitting members of Congress.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego County) and Chris Collins of New York said Wednesday they are backing Trump for the GOP nomination for president.
Hunter called Trump a strong leader.
Hunter sponsored a bill passed by the House last year that would shut down funding for so-called sanctuary cities like San Francisco that shield immigrants from deportation by federal authorities.
Collins said Trump has demonstrated he has "the guts and the fortitude" to help U.S. companies compete with China and take on foreign threats such as the Islamic State and North Korea.
Democrats accused Republicans of following Trump in demonizing Latinos and dubbed the bill the Donald Trump Act.