South Florida radio show host and former CNN News Anchor Rick Sanchez, has just penned an opinion column over at Fox News Latino, which he states that because of his controversial statement about Mexican and other Latinos, Donald Trump has united Latinos across the U.S.
While I respect Mr. Sanchez, and applaud him for what he has contributed to journalism, he is wrong with his claim that Trump has united Latinos because of what he said while announcing his presidential candidacy.
Mr. Sanchez does not speak for me (a Hispanic) or all of the 54 million Latinos in the United States, nor does he speak for the millions of others living in Central and South America, including the Caribbean.
Donald Trump has single-handedly united Latinos from coast to coast-Rick Sanchez
First of all, let’s dissect Mr. Trumps very words.
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.
In Trump’s own words he states that Mexico is sending immigrants across the border with “lots of problems.”
I would assume that these problems Trump talks about are economic in nature, as well as health oriented problems. An ABC affiliate in Arizona reported that U.S. Border Patrol agents are seeing real cases of chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, scabies, and other infectious diseases, including “different viruses,” that have been found among the illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland Security has even issued protective guidelines for their medics and border agents to follow.
Our workforce has been provided and encouraged to use personal protective gear including latex or non-latex gloves, long-sleeve shirts, and to take precaution including frequent hand washing.-DHS
Trump then made the comment that “killers” and “rapists” were also crossing over.
They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably— probably— from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
He did not specifically say that every single person entering the U.S. from Mexico was “bad.” Trump should have probably said that the majority of illegal immigrants crossing the southern U.S. border were “good people.”
I will assume that when Trump said “they’re bringing” he is referring to the Mexican government, corrupt military personnel, drug cartels, and human traffickers, who work alongside these cartels.
The “killers” Trump is referring to are the Mexican drug traffickers, whose deadly drug war has spilled over in the U.S., and the murderous El Salvador-base MS-13, as well as other Latino street gangs that help bring drugs across the border.
The crimes committed against Americans along the southern U.S. border and in American cities by illegal immigrants has been well documented.
The federal government has even admitted to releasing thousands of criminal illegal immigrants, who have committed crimes like rape and murder.
In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials freed 193 people who had been convicted of homicide, 426 of sexual assault, 303 of kidnapping and more than 16,000 with drunken-driving records.-USA Today
Trump also mentions the Middle East.
Let’s not forget about the radical Islamists, who have sworn death to America, have been working south of the U.S. border.
Earlier this year, The Washington Post reported on the apprehension of radical Islamists along the U.S. southern border.
A top Texas law enforcement agency says border security organizations have apprehended several members of known Islamist terrorist organizations crossing the southern border in recent years, and while a surge of officers to the border has slowed the flow of drugs and undocumented immigrants, it’s costing the state tens of millions of dollars… Border security agencies have arrested several Somali immigrants crossing the southern border who are known members of al-Shabab, the terrorist group that launched a deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya, another Somalia-based group once funded by Osama bin Laden.
We have identified who the killers are that cross into the U.S. Who are these rapists that Trump talks about?
Fusion TV, which is owned by ABC and Univision, has even documented the rape epidemic in Mexico. Illegal immigrant woman and girls from central America and Mexico, who travel to the U.S., are being raped along the way through Mexico, and many are being forced or tricked into prostitution once the crossover, or before they are allowed to enter the U.S.
“Women and girl migrants, especially those without legal status traveling in remote areas or on trains, are at heightened risk of sexual violence at the hands of criminal gangs, people traffickers, other migrants or corrupt officials,” the 2010 Amnesty International report stated. “…Many criminal gangs appear to use sexual violence as part of the “price” demanded of migrants. According to some experts, the prevalence of rape is such that people smugglers may require women to have a contraceptive injection prior to the journey as a precaution…”-Fusion
Many of these rapists are also the same individuals who are smuggling drugs into the U.S. smuggling drugs, not to mention fueling the human trafficking epidemic.
Where is the Mexican government and their military?
Corruption within Mexico military ranks is so rampant, that U.S. agencies have cut off support for Mexican army units.
Human rights violations, corruption, and collaboration with cartels is so common among some sections of the Mexican military that multiple U.S. agencies have stopped funding them. The U.S. Army recently declared an entire battalion of Mexican Army troops ineligible for American assistance-Latin Times
The Mexican government has turned a blind eye to the heinous human rights abuses going on within their country, or are just so corrupt, that they would rather benefit from financial boon that drug trafficking and the sex trade are.
Donald Trump could have better articulated his concerns with illegal immigration, but instead of pointing the finger at what Trump said, Rick Sanchez and others who feel offended by his words, and have used them for political gain, should really be pointing the finger at the atrocities that the Mexican government is allowing to occur within their own country.
If all Americans, regardless of political party affiliation, were to call out the Mexican government and the drug cartels for being the criminal elements that produce and facilitate the crimes that are spilling over into the U.S., then this act alone will unite all Latinos across the Western Hemisphere.
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