Politics

Mexican Government Calls Trump's Immigration Plans 'Plain Ignorance'

| by Ethan Brown

The Mexican government criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recently unveiled policy proposals for America’s immigration system and the U.S.-Mexico border on Aug. 19, stating that Trump’s views were bigoted in some fashion.

The Mexican Foreign Relations Department said that Trump’s views on immigration “reflect prejudice, racism or plain ignorance,” the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this week, Trump released proposals that call for the removal of “birthright citizenship” status for children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States, increasing the presence of border patrol officers and increasing the rate of deportations. As he has stated since he launched his presidential bid in June, a Trump presidency would build a wall between the United States and Mexico and force the latter nation to pay for the project.

“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 Department continued.

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle last month, Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade also referred to Trump’s immigration views as racist and ignorant. In that interview, Meade was discussing Trump’s initial comments about the Mexican government from his June 16 inaugural announcement of his presidential campaign.

Speaking from Derry, New Hampshire on Aug. 19, Trump further explained his policies on illegal immigration.

“If I win, Day 1 of my presidency, they’re getting out and getting out fast,” Trump told the crowd. Discussing the wall that he has proposed on numerous occasions to separate the United States and Mexico, Trump said “It’s gonna be a real wall. Not a toy wall like we have now.”

In his formal paperwork explaining his views, Trump said that in order to pay for the wall, his administration would increase payments related to illegal wages, increase work visas for Mexican CEOs, and increase fees for border-crossing cards, CBC News reported.

Moreover, Trump said he would eliminate President Barack Obama’s recent executive order that granted legal citizenship status to millions of children of illegal immigrants. Also, he explained that he would triple the number of border patrol officers, end work visas for foreign-born students, defund sanctuary cities that defy federal immigration law and end automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants that are born in the United States.

Sources: CBC News (2), The Associated Press via Yahoo! News, The Guardian / Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Gage Skidmore