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Texas Rep. Filemon Vela to Trump: Shove Border Wall

| by Michael Allen
Rep. Filemon VelaRep. Filemon Vela

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas wrote a scathing open letter to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump June 6.

"Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your a--," Vela wrote, reports The Texas Tribune.

Vela said that he agreed with Trump on issues such as veterans' care, Mexican drug cartels and deporting undocumented felons.

"There might even be a few other things on which we can agree," Vela wrote, notes POLITICO. But he added:

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However, your ignorant anti-immigrant opinions, your border wall rhetoric, and your recent bigoted attack on an American jurist are just plain despicable...

Your position with respect to the millions of undocumented Mexican workers who now live in this country is hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful...

If I had to guess, your own business enterprises either directly or indirectly employ more of these workers than most other businesses in our country.

Thousands of our businesses would come to a grinding halt if we invoked a policy that would require "mass deportation" as you and many of your supporters would suggest.

That is precisely why the Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees that these workers deserve a national immigration policy that would give them a pathway to citizenship...

Why any modern-thinking person would ever believe that building a wall along the border of a neighboring country, which is both our ally and one of our largest trading partners, is frankly astounding and asinine.

According to The Texas Tribune, Vela also stuck up for U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump has attacked for his Mexican heritage, and recalled his own heritage:

Before you dismiss me as just another "Mexican," let me point out that my great-great grandfather came to this country in 1857, well before your own grandfather.

His grandchildren (my grandfather and his brothers) all served our country in World War I and World War II. His great-grandson, my father, served in the U.S. Army and, coincidentally, was one of the first 'Mexican' federal judges ever appointed to the federal bench.

I will not presume to speak on behalf of every American of Mexican descent,  for every undocumented worker born in Mexico who is contributing to our country every day or,  for that matter, every decent citizen in Mexico.

Neither Trump or his campaign have responded to Vela's letter.

Sources: The Texas Tribune, POLITICO / Photo credit: Office of Congressman Filemon Vela Jr./Wikimedia

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