“California abides by federal laws and the Constitution,” they said. “Illegal immigrants don’t vote,” they said. So why then, is a presidential candidate from Mexico campaigning in California? Probably because everything they say is a lie.
Ricardo Anaya Cortes is hoping to be the next progressive leader of Mexico. The presidential hopeful shared his vision for a better country last week in a place full of his potential constituents-the not-so-great state of California.
During his campaign stops, Cortes criticized President Donald Trump and lobbied for keeping illegal immigrants in the United States. The Mexico native spoke with numerous activists in Los Angeles, including Obama’s former Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. Following his meeting with Napolitano, now the president at the University of California, Cortes suggested in a tweet that it is “important to support DREAMers” and that Mexican migrants “deserve respect.”
The relationship between the U.S. and Mexico became strained after Trump took office in January. The president’s tough immigration policies and his promise to build a wall on the U.S. Southern border have drawn the ire of Mexican officials.
In defiance, Mexico pledged to spend $50 million to keep illegal immigrants in the U.S.
Cortes Slams Trump and Nieto
During his visit to California, Cortes criticized current Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto for being “too nice” to Trump. He was particularly disturbed by how well the U.S. president was received during his 2016 visit.
“After Donald Trump had been insulting and revolting at the best that Mexico has in the United States, they dared to roll out a red carpet to receive him in Los Pinos, as if he were a head of state,” he told the Center for Immigration Studies.
In addition to slamming Trump, the National Action party candidate pandered to Mexicans by telling illegal immigrants their homeland views them as national heroes.
“I want to ask you, with my heart in my hand, that every time you hear an aggressive or denigrating expression, remember that there, in Mexico, you are the heroes of the country, the brave, the enterprising, the generous, those who dared to cross the border to give their family a better future,” said Cortes.
Right. If they’re so great, then shouldn’t Cortes be trying to create a better future for these awe-inspiring patriots in Mexico. Why encourage them to illegally stay in the U.S. when they have so much to offer?