Business magnate and now potential candidate for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump, has recently made controversial declaration about Mexican people. This time, Mr. Trump referred to the Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. The infamous speech took place during the announcement of his presidential bid:
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. 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. Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Post, Trump proved to be a menace to the Republican Party, considering the Hispanic vote might be crucial during the 2016 election.
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are some of the contenders for the spot. Jeb Bush another aspirant (one with better odds I might add) spoke fluently in Spanish during his kick-off speech, showing the importance the Latin-American voters have for his bid.
But Trump seems to have a different approach altogether. He took the opportunity to declare his intentions to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S. Let us not forget the Mexico-U.S. border is considered to be the busiest in the world.
I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words. Donald Trump.
Nevertheless, I want set the record straight on the issue. I am a Mexican and I do not feel aggravated by Trump’s statements and campaign promises. On the other hand, I feel the utmost respect for his freedom of speech and we have to accept freedom of speech sometimes comes with an unavoidable side effect: you’ll eventually end up reading or listening to distasteful remarks or even stupid annotations.
I do believe Trump’s far-right agenda is as dated as the floppy disk and might be appealing only to a very limited portion of the voters, so right now I am not concerned about his intentions.
Voters from Hispanic background will have their say in the polls and are likely to remind the Republican Party the history of the U.S. has been written many times with the blood and sweat of immigrants who play a fundamental role in the American society. My utmost respect goes to them also.
June 17th, 2015.