In San Miguel, Donald Trump is “Persona Non Grata”
By Jesús Aguado
Donald Trump, the Republican candidate to the presidency of the United States of America, visited Mexico—invited by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto—on August 31, and the negative comments from Mexicans were in the millions.
Enrique Peña Nieto “opened the doors of our country to a person who offends Mexicans, whom he calls rapists and criminals,” said Mayor Ricardo Villarreal, “and due to the fact that in this city Mexican Independence was born, we must give again the national example; we have to be brave and that bravery implies closing our doors to the Republican candidate,” he said.
On September 16, in a city council meeting, councilor Gerardo Arteaga proposed to the members to declare Trump as “persona non grata” in the city. Arteaga handed over a document to each member of the council explaining the reasons for his proposal. He said that the candidate’s campaign is one of hate against Mexicans who only committed the crime of leaving their country looking for a safer and better life. It was also said that his campaign damages the relationships between Mexico and the USA. The proposal was approved by all the members of the council.
Mayor Villarreal told Atención “Trump has many apologies to offer and whenever he offers them, we will open the doors to him again. This municipality does not celebrate those who attack it,” he said. Mayor Villarreal also made it clear that San Miguel has been an open place where more than 15 thousand expatriates from 60 nationalities can coexist, “but we ask for respect. Trump insulted us in our house, and we do not want him to come.”
The local administration has autonomy for the agreements, and for that reason, Villarreal said that if US citizens want to protest, they are not allowed to do that by the constitution. “Only Mexicans can protest; only they can say if the decision was right or wrong. To the citizens of the state, who know Mexicans—humble, hardworking and honest people—I request them to ask their candidate to stop the insults against Mexicans.”