If the United States doesn't "do something" about illegal immigration, there "will be taco trucks on every corner," Latinos for Trump co-founder Marco Gutierrez told MSNBC Thursday night. Himself an immigrant from Mexico, the Donald Trump supporter also defended the candidate's hardline proposals aimed at curbing immigration and deporting millions.
“My culture is a very dominant culture,” he said on the All in with Chris Hayes show. “And it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re gonna have taco trucks every corner.”
He added: "We [Mexicans] have a lot of good things that we bring to the United States, but we also have problems."
"Wait a minute ... I don't even know what that means and I'm almost afraid to ask," said Joy Reid, the show's guest host.
"I'm offended," said Dominican-born New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who was also on the show. On Friday, Espaillat tweeted a photo of himself eating a taco at a New York taco truck.
Gutierrez's comment immediately sparked controversy, including the hashtag #TacoTrucksOnEveryCorner and dozens of memes on social media.
"I cannot wait for taco trucks on every corner! Let's win this election!" Cristobal Alex, Clinton's deputy director of voter outreach and mobilization, wrote on Twitter.
This week, Trump made clear that he's sticking to an immigration policy focused on mass deportations, not a path to legalization for the undocumented. "There will be no amnesty," he said during a rally in Phoenix Wednesday.