medina_s_trumpLaunching his presidential campaign, Donald Trump infamously stated that Mexico sends “rapists” to the United States. Before the Donald Trump supporters start to once again deflect what Trump actually said, here are the exact words that offended me the most; “They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.” Those are his actual words. He added “criminals,” “problems,” “drugs” and other similar words, which, I suppose, can be construed as examples. However, he minced no words with “they’re rapists.” Today, I celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day and I think it is the perfect day to show Donald Trump some examples of the type of people that Mexico sends to the United States.

There is no greater sacrifice that any individual can make then to die for his own country. However, when an individual dies for an adopted country, then that sacrifice is even greater as it is a true testament of the true spirit of the individual.

Mexicans, both undocumented and legal immigrants have fought and died for the United States since the US was formed as a country. Many remain unnoticed because not much of an attempt has been made to document and track the many undocumented that enlist in the US armed forces.

There have been at least seven Mexican citizens that have been awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award the United States bestows upon those defending the country during times of war.

They are Pedro Cano, Jesus S. Duran, Silvestre S. Herrera, Marcario Garcia, Jose F. Jimenez, Isaac Payne and Alfred V. Rascon. All of them were born in Mexico. Silvestre Herrera was undocumented at the time of his heroism that led to the highest award.

The latest Mexican to give her life to her adopted country is USMC Cpl. Sara Abigail Medina who gave her life at the age of 23. She died on May 12, 2015. Cpl. Medina was part of Joint Task Force 505.

Who was Cpl. Sara Medina?

Medina was born in Durango, Mexico. She moved to Aurora Chicago in 2010 with her family. Medina graduated from East Aurora High School in 2010. After graduation, she enlisted in the Marine Corps. At the age of 23, recently having been engaged, Medina died in a helicopter crash while performing her duties as a Marine in Nepal.

This is the type of Mexican that Mexico sends to the US.

So yes, Donald Trump’s generalization of all Mexican immigrants offends me simply because of the sacrifices made by Mexican immigrants in service to the United States.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...

9 replies on “This is the Type of People Mexico Really Sends to the US”

  1. Since everyone here is an immigrant, so what? Every person here who has sacrificed for their country did so as an “immigrant” from elsewhere. Just be a legal immigrant and you’ve got nothing to worry about.

  2. Agree with Jerry.

    Sent ? They’re fleeing the country(ies) because their government(s) are negligent in providing for their people. Force the governments to take responsibility and they won’t have to “send” anyone.

    Not that the US is better shape. We’re infected with same incompetent, greed, self serving, corrupt, lying, untrustworthy, immoral, chaos, no jobs. So I bet the search for a better life is a shocker when they realize, it’s no better here. The only hope is that the country will change at all levels and get rid of the bums.

  3. I think the key phrase is Mexico sends. There was a concerted effort under the Fox administration to encourage folks who were hard to employ to illegally migrate to the US and sent remittances back. Maps were printed and distributed. I believe that is what Trump refers to when he says Mexico sends. The individuals you refer to chose to come here, all but one legally. It would be interesting to find out if those living or the gold star families consider them to be Mexicans or Americans.

  4. An undocumented/illegal immigrant from Mexico committee 4 rapes in Manhattan Heights a few years ago. The victims were severely brutalized. The same man committed similar crimes in Fort Worth. Several years ago the “railroad murderer,” an illegal immigrant from Mexico killed several women in Texas. There are many other examples of murder, rape and major crimes committed by illegal immigrants. There are also many other examples of unselfish Mexican immigrants of fine character with outstanding ability, like Sara Medina.

    Both good and bad people immigrant from Mexico to the US illegally. Just as you, Martin, would not leave your doors unlocked to allow easy access to murderers, rapists and thieves, the US must protect its borders.

    1. Agreed, and we need to figure out how to keep immigrants coming here legally because they are needed. But we also need to understand that immigration is not a national suicide pact, either.

      We were all immigrants once just like we were all tribal once.

  5. Doesn’t Trump have his own blog where some of your regular readers can have a more caring audience? It seams to me that these individuals are in the wrong forum, “Viva Mexico”.

  6. Reading this article cost me 5 minutes of my life I can never get back. Decided to waste a couple more telling you don’t waste our time with this crap in the future. Obviously to any moron some good and some bad people “sent” over from Mexico or any other country for that matter! Slow day for content eh?

  7. Pedro, are you suggesting only Mexicans cross the border without documents ?

    Shouldn’t it be viva immigrants ? But also why are you in the USA if you’re love is for Mexico ? I certainly wouldn’t live in another country and yell USA.

    It’s you that is on the incorrect blog. We believe in freedom of speech! Btw you apparently have not seen the derogatory comments by Hillary nor Gov Clinton ordering the state troopers to target Hispanics.

  8. One eyed jack, I sympathize with you. Your population numbers continue to decline and this is making you paranoid. Open your eyes and accept reality.

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