As I have posted many times before, Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by attacking Mexican immigrants. He called Mexicans, like me, “rapists” and said that México sends the worst people. Some readers have taken me to task by arguing that it isn’t about immigrants like me. It is about “following the law”. Others have argued that Trump did not mean that all Mexicans are “rapists” or that I took the quote out of context.

Although the quote is very accurate, there are those that continue to argue otherwise.

But Donald Trump’s nexus for hating immigrants begins with Mexicans. That explains why Donald Trump is fixated on the southern border while ignoring the northern border all together.

Today I am adding additional proof of how the whole Trump immigration platform is about Mexicans.

Reuters reported on April 15, 2019 about the experience of one Mexican man. The article, “Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change” by Yeganeh Torbati and Kristina Cooke showcases the experience of Mexican citizen Arturo Balbino who was seeking a marriage visa at the U.S. Consulate in Cd. Juárez.

According to the article, Balbino is married to a U.S. citizen and has U.S. citizen children. Arturo Balbino was being interviewed for his visa application, one of the last steps before he was to receive a visa to enter the United States. At the interview, Balbino provided written proof that he had a guaranteed $18 an hour job waiting for him and his father-in-law had provided an affidavit guarantee he would support his son-in-law if needed in the future. The father-in-law makes about $90,000 a year, “tens of thousands of dollars more” than the law requires for a household the size of Balbino’s.

Arturo Balbino’s visa application was denied based on the ground that Balbino could become a drain on U.S. taxpayers by using government financial assistance.

Arturo Balbino followed the law to enter the United States. The U.S. government denied his application arbitrarily, not on legal facts but on the discretion of an official. The Trump Administration is making visa determinations on the “likelihood” that someone may become a “public-charge” regardless of the facts of the individual case.

The Reuters article points out that anecdotal evidence suggests that fewer visas are being issued to Mexicans. In Balbino’s case, his children’s use of Medicaid programs and food stamps seems to have been used against him to deny his application.

It is important to note that his children are U.S. citizens as well as their mother. Under the law, they are entitled to Food Stamps and Medicaid. But, their use of lawful benefits has now stranded their father away from them without recourse.

Along with Balbino’s denial example, at the expense of his U.S. citizen children and the anecdotal evidence that suggests Mexicans are being targeted poignantly explains why the argument to do it legally is a red herring used to keep Mexicans out of America.

The evidence is clear, Donald Trump hates Mexicans like me. That is the reality I live under today.

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...