Hispanics will love GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump — in fact, “they already do,” according to the “The Donald” — because the billionaire businessman promises he’ll bring U.S. jobs back to American shores so those here legally will have opportunities to work.
Trump made the remarks during a visit Thursday at the U.S.-Mexico border, where his entourage arrived in a large motorcade escorted by police. He wore a white hat stamped with his campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again.”
“I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan,” Trump said. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”
Trump claimed his visit to the border area near Nuevo Laredo put him in “great danger.” But he added, “I have to do it. I have to do it.”
As WND reported, a border patrol union, the AFL-CIO controlled National Border Patrol Council 2455, revoked its invitation to take Trump on a tour of the border, saying the invitation, while not an endorsement, would still have conflicted with the group’s ability to represent all people.
“After careful consideration of all the factors involved in this event and communicating with members of the National Border Patrol Council at the national level, it has been decided by Local 2455 to pull out of all events involving Donald Trump,” the local union said in a statement reported by WFAA.
The statement went on: “As a local of the NBPC, our purpose is to support and protect the men and women who protect our borders. Make no mistake, our border with Mexico is not secure and there’s no doubt that we need to have an honest discussion about that with the American people. Local 2455 will continue to represent our members to the best of our abilities and will make sure that our members concerns are heard by the American people.”
But that wasn’t Trump’s interpretation of the union’s pull-out.
He said members of Local 2455 withdrew because they were “petrified and they’re afraid of saying what’s happening” at the border.
The Associated Press reported that Trump’s audience consisted of dozens of protesters and supporters.
Some in the crowd reportedly chanted, “fuera,” and told him to get out.
Another person, a supporter, waved a sign that said, “No era insulto,” meaning he took no offense from Trump’s earlier statement about the border issues facing America.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump said in late June. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. 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.”
Some Hispanic residents of Laredo, Texas, weren’t so happy to see Trump on Thursday, AP reported.
Pedro Omar Castillo, 72, told reporters that the billionaire must win the Hispanic vote if he’s going to win the GOP nomination and the presidency.
“But he’s not going to get it because of his words,” Castillo said in Spanish. “He is a racist.”
But another Hispanic resident and oil-field worker, Karine Villalba, 26, reportedly held a sign at the Laredo airport declaring, “I heard your speech & I am NOT offended.”
According to the AP, Villalba said she appreciates Trump’s willingness to be frank when telling the truth.
“Sometimes honestly hurts,” she said.