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Friendly relations with Mexico began with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

Friendly relations with Mexico began with Presidents Roosevelt and Truman.

Trump’s Mexican Comments Forgets History

Jim Smith/El Hispano

Philadelphia –  On March 3, 1947, President Harry S. Truman addressed an audience at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico city: “To my good friend (Mexican) President Miguel Alman and to all the people of Mexico, I say from the bottom of my heart: Thank you for your gracious welcome.”

After recalling the “tragic” war between Mexico and the United States, Truman said, “All our peoples have a common belief which we call democracy. Democracy has a spiritual foundation because it is based upon the brotherhood of man…and dignity of the individual.”

A recipient of Mexico’s Aztec Eagle, President Truman asserted, “Together we must live, together we must prosper.”

Announcing his candidacy for President this week, multi- millionaire Donald Trump shunned this “good neighbor” policy forged between Mexico and the U.S. under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman: “They are not our friends,” said Trump. They are killing us economically.”

“When Mexico sends its people, they aren’t  sending their best,” said Trump. “They are sending people that have lots of problems.  And they are bring those problems with them. They are  bringing drugs, they are bringing crime and their rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

The close relationship with our southern neighbor has been continued in subsequent administrations, both Democrat and Republican.  President Kennedy followed Roosevelt and Truman’s precedent with a visit to Mexico in 1962. While First Lady wife Jacqueline won over tumultuous crowds, the President noted that both nation were “children of revolution.”

And more recently, Pres. George Bush solidified what he called an “especial relationship” with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) made with Mexican President Carlos Salinas. President Obama has not diverged from this course, participating enthusiastically -along with Canada- in what they have labeled the “Three Amigos Summit.”

On Friday, Univision released a statement announcing their decision to sever relations with the Miss Universe organization, which is part-owned by trump, explaining that it was “based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.”

Donald Trump would return to hostile relations of the past.

Donald Trump would return to hostile relations of the past.

Local Opinion:

“He has just insulted millions of honest hard-working and documented Mexican-American citizens,” said J. Garcia.

For Miguel Silva, “He  is blaming foreigners and just selling his name.”

“He is just trying to get attention.  Nobody is paying attention to him, so this is his strategy,” said Raul Aguilar, a South Philadelphia shop owner.

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