“Before you dismiss me as just another ‘Mexican,’ let me point out that my great-great grandfather came to this country in 1857, well before your own grandfather.”
A U.S. Congressman from Texas of Mexican-American descent has penned a mercilessly unapologetic response to Donald Trump‘s overt racism toward Latinos this morning – in particular his most recent attacks on Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump has called on to step down from one of the three pending lawsuits regarding his fraudulently run Trump University because of his Mexican heritage – writing a scathing open letter harshly denouncing every iota of the GOP nominee’s rhetoric.
Published in several local Texas newspapers, Filemon Vela, D-Texas, begins his response by noting that he counts similarities with Trump, with regards to treatment of our veterans and other bipartisan commonalities.
“Dear Mr. Trump, as the United States Representative for the 34th Congressional District of Texas, I do not disagree with everything you say,” the letter opens, “I agree that the United States Government has largely failed its veterans, and those of us who represent the people in Congress have the obligation to rectify the Veterans Administration’s deficiencies. I also believe that the Mexican government and our own State Department must be much more aggressive in addressing cartel violence and corruption in Mexico, especially in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas. And clearly, criminal felons who are here illegally should be immediately deported. There might even be a few other things on which we can agree.”
“However,” the letter continued, “your ignorant anti-immigrant opinions, your border wall rhetoric, and your recent bigoted attack on an American jurist are just plain despicable.”
“Your position with respect to the millions of undocumented Mexican workers who now live in this country is hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful. If I had to guess, your own business enterprises either directly or indirectly employ more of these workers than most other businesses in our country. Thousands of our businesses would come to a grinding halt if we invoked a policy that would require “mass deportation” as you and many of your supporters would suggest.”
From here, Congressman Vela moves to discuss the “thousands of Americans of Mexican descent that you mistakenly refer to as ‘Mexicans,'” a noted distinction in an era where the term ‘minority’ is becoming increasingly obsolete according to population trends, and how they have “valiantly served the United States in every conflict since the Civil War.” Vela then highlights the heroism of different Americans of Mexican presented the highest medals of honor in recognition of their bravery.
Vela then says that Trump has “descended to a new low” in his racist attack of an American jurist, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, “by calling him a “Mexican” simply because he ruled against you in a case in which you are being accused of fraud, among other accusations.”
“Before you dismiss me as just another ‘Mexican,'” Vela continued, “let me point out that my great-great grandfather came to this country in 1857, well before your own grandfather. His grandchildren (my grandfather and his brothers) all served our country in World War I and World War II. His great-grandson, my father, served in the U.S. Army and, coincidentally, was one of the first “Mexican” federal judges ever appointed to the federal bench.”
As though his sharply worded attack could not combat the bigotry of Trumpism any more succinctly, Vela finally notes that he would “like to end this letter in a more diplomatic fashion,” but that his conscience and devotion to both his American and Mexican heritage, and the insults that Trump has inadvertently directed towards him and millions of other honorable Americans, simply will not allow him to smile politely and make nice.
“I think you, of all people, understand why I cannot,” Vela opined, “I will not presume to speak on behalf of every American of Mexican descent, for every undocumented worker born in Mexico who is contributing to our country every day or, for that matter, every decent citizen in Mexico. But, I am sure that many of these individuals would agree with me when I say: ‘Mr. Trump, you’re a racist and you can take your border wall and shove it up your ass.'”
Well said, Congressman.