Rep. Filemon Vela tells Donald Trump what to do with his border wall.
Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) wants Donald Trump to hear what he has to say, so he’s going to put it in language that even Mein Trumpf and his supporters can understand.
The Texas Tribune reports this Hispanic congressman from a South Texas border town got fed up with the GOP frontrunner’s racist remarks and penned a scorching open letter. But first, Filemon Vela points out that he and Donald Trump do share a handful of views in common:
As the United States Representative for the 34th Congressional District of Texas, I do not disagree with everything you say. I agree that the United States Government has largely failed our 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.
But that’s where their common ground ends. Filemon Vela’s heard enough of Donald Trump’s ignorance, racist remarks, and anti-immigration, know-nothing rhetoric.
Your position with respect to the millions of undocumented Mexican workers who now live in this country is hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful. The vast number of these individuals work in hotels, restaurants, construction sites, and agricultural fields across the United States. 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. That is precisely why the Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees that these workers deserve a national immigration policy that would give them a pathway to citizenship.
As for that damned wall Donald Trump promises to build and insists Mexico will pay for, Filemon Vela finds the very idea “frankly astounding and asinine.”
While you would build more and bigger walls on the U.S.-Mexico border, I would tear the existing wall to pieces. No doubt Mexico has its problems, but it is also our third-largest trading partner. U.S. Chamber of Commerce has documented that this trade relationship is responsible for six million jobs in the United States. In 2015, the U.S. imported $296 billion in goods from Mexico while exporting $235 billion in products manufactured in this country to Mexico. The Great Wall of China is historically obsolete, and President Ronald Reagan famously declared, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall ” while urging the Soviet Union to destroy the barrier that divided West and East Berlin. Why any modern-thinking person would ever believe that building a wall along the border of a neighboring country, which is both our ally and one of our largest trading partners, is frankly astounding and asinine.
As if this weren’t bad enough, His Hairness’ recent vile tirade against US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is hearing the Trump University cases, was the last damned straw.
You have now descended to a new low in your 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. Judge Curiel is one of 124 Americans of Hispanic descent who have served this country with honor and distinction as federal district judges. In fact, the first Hispanic American ever named to the federal bench in the United States, Judge Reynaldo G. Garza, was also from Brownsville, Texas, and was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
Donald Trump enjoys slamming immigrants and dissing Hispanics, especially Mexicans. But Filemon Vela points out that his grandfather arrived in the US in 1857, “well before your own grandfather” (Frederick Christ Trump landed in Seattle in 1885). Unlike Donald Trump’s father and grandfather, Filemon Vela’s grandfather and father both proudly served in the military.
Finally, Filemon Vela brings his hammer down and closes his letter to Donald Trump mentioning that although he doesn’t feel he can speak for all Mexicans or Americans of Mexican descent, he feels many “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.’
To read the letter in its entirety, see ValleyCentral.Com.
Featured image: cc 2016 Gage Skidmore (Donald Trump) and Public Domain official photo (Filemon Vela).