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Enrique Peña Nieto's invitation to Donald Trump is a betrayal

“One hundred and sixty eight years ago, Antonio López de Santa Ana gave away half of our territory. This past Wednesday, the President Peña Nieto, gave away what little dignity remained because the rest, had been taken already.”
Award-winning Mexican film director, producer, screenwriter, and former composer known for films like ‘Amores Perros,’ ‘Babel,’ ‘Birdman’ and 'The Revenant.'
US presidential candidate Donald Trump follows Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto after a meeting in Mexico City on August 31, 2016 Crédito: Yury Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

This past Wednesday evening I read the news on my cell phone screen in disbelief. I was traveling by train from Solana Beach to Los Angeles. Paradoxically, countless dots of scattered color paraded in the immense tomato fields that extend through the coast of the Pacific. The cheerful clothing of thousands of Mexican and Central American migrant workers glittered beneath the sun, contrasting with their hard and strenuous labor.

I felt a profound sadness, indignation, and shame.

The invitation of Enrique Peña Nieto to Donald Trump to our country is a betrayal.

It is endorsing and legitimizing a man who has insulted, spat on and threatened us for more than one year before the whole world.

It implies endorsement of a political campaign fueled by hatred towards us, half of humanity, and towards the most vulnerable minorities on the planet.

It puts at risk the future and the lives of 16 million Mexicans.

Forty percent of the Mexican and Central American Immigrants, more than being undocumented, are refugees. Boys and girls fleeing hunger, rape, extreme misery and threats against their lives by gangs in countries that like ours, have denied them work and a secure and dignified life.

Even more than a problem of security and terrorism, this is a humanitarian crisis.

I have never seen a Mexican begging for alms on a street in the United States in my life. They work hard and with honesty, contributing and benefiting enormously the economy of both countries. They remain an invisible community of 11 million.

Trump should have been named a “Persona Non Grata” by our Government long ago. By exalting hate and division in his country and distorting this reality without any compassion, North American television networks, international corporations, heads of state and countless members of his own party have broken relations, contracts and all types of association with this individual, who in terrifying sociopathic and fascist outbreaks has contaminated the world and wounded the fundamental values on which North Americans pride themselves. However, our President has unexpectedly invited him to visit our country giving him an opportunity and platform which he has taken advantage of to rally and crown himself in Arizona, promising his followers mockingly, that the “friend” who just opened the doors of his home to him, did not know that he is going to pay for a wall and that he would send back in return his millions of filthy criminals.

Our President, with his inseparable and insubstantial rhetoric language, did not articulate, require, or demand anything concrete. Trump has had the unprecedented honor to be the first North American candidate to visit our country, tainting forever the memory and history of our nation. One hundred and sixty eight years ago, Antonio López de Santa Ana gave away half of our territory. This past Wednesday, the President Peña Nieto, gave away what little dignity remained because the rest, had been taken already.

As a result of this act and as a Mexican citizen, I must assert that Enrique Peña Nieto does not represent me anymore. I cannot accept being represented by a president who rather than defend and dignify his compatriots, is the same who denigrates them and puts them at risk by inviting someone that like him, is not worthy of representing any country.

In these difficult times, it is worth remembering the wise words of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

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