Mexican government on Wednesday issued a statement regarding Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest controversy concerning immigration policy and his plan to build a wall on the U.S. – Mexican border.
Donald Trump, the real estate businessman and the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Elections has gained considerable support by Neocon Republicans for his tough policy agendas on immigration, economy and foreign policy. His appearance on the primary Republican debate on FOX stirred a lot of people who are concerned that Donald Trump as president would cause a lot of trouble, because he is simply out of control.
His latest plan on immigration policy is to increase visa fees for Mexicans, so that they have a part in the financing for the building of a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants from passing. His initial comments about Mexicans during his announcement campaign speech in July were perceived as rather racist, because he referred to the Mexican nation as rapists, criminals and that they bring disease to America. He then reiterated and said that he has Mexicans that are working for him and that they are hard-working people, but that it seems to him that the Mexican government’s idea of sending the best is somewhat questionable.
During the Republican first debate he said that the wall he would build would have “a big beautiful door” for all the hard-working Mexicans that are willing to get American citizenship legally. He also pledged that as President he would immediately deport all illegal immigrants.
Human rights groups and the Mexican government were disgusted by such comments and according to Reuters, Mexico’s foreign ministry stated that “We continue to stand by our position that these comments reflect prejudice, racism or plain ignorance.” The Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade while giving an interview for the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper stated that Trump’s statements are very racist and that they have to be perceived as dangerous.
According to Reuters, the Mexican government further stated “Anyone who understands the depth of the U.S. – Mexico relationship realizes that those proposals are not only prejudiced and absurd, but would be detrimental to the well being of both societies.”
The bigotry of Donald Trump seems to have gotten a momentum during the first months of the presidential race for the White House and he has gained enough support to surpass the early Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush and place himself as a serious contender for the party’s nomination and sets himself as a favorite for the general election in November of 2016. According to national polls, he is 6 points behind Democrat Presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.