It is no surprise by this point in his candidacy that Donald Trump is no friend to Latinos. Along with his rants about building a wall between the US and Mexico, he has attacked the Mexican people personally. In June of last year he was infamously quoted saying, “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 them. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
Former CLAS Director Carmelo Mesa-Lago, the director of the University Center for International Studies, Ariel Armony, and other 65 prominent latinos from the United States, Latin America and Spain released a statement criticizing the “hate speech” of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Let me just tell you,” trumpeted Donald Trump at the Republican presidential debate in November, “that Dwight Eisenhower—good president, great president; people liked him. ‘I Like Ike,’ right? The expression ‘I Like Ike’—moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country. Moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again, beyond the border. They came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.”1