As a Mexican, I must say that all that talk about building a wall between the US and Mexico, that the presidential candidate Donald Trump has made over and over again, still gives me the chills. If such a wall had been in place years ago, many Mexicans would have never made it to the US soil, and maybe not even my parents. I am also an American, and I must say that I am really worried with the criminal activities gangs pertaining to minorities constantly engage in.
I understand why Donald Trump talks about safety. Letting criminals inside the country is not good policy. Actually, it is bad policy, the type of policy that hurts people, hurts the economy and hurts the communities. My parents are honest people and they have worked in a honest manner all their lives. That is why I cannot side with those who come into this country only to sell drugs, weapons and spread crime.
On the other hand, I have no clear idea about what Donald Trump intends to do for minorities. I know for sure that he wants to earn more Hispanic votes, and for that, he is saying all kinds of things. He says, for instance, that minorities will feel safer on the streets if he wins. He also says that minorities will be assisted in getting better paid jobs. I have nothing against such statements. I am glad a presidential candidate is thinking about these issues. However, what I don’t understand is how exactly Donald Trump is going to do all these.
Getting rid of bad elements in our communities is going to take time, and I doubt it will all happen overnight. I fear the politics of mass deportation Donald Trump is speaking about. When such things are done quickly and without proper thought and preparation, who can guarantee that people who are honestly earning their living will not be torn from their families and thrown over the border?
I guess that what I don’t like about Donald Trump’s talk about minorities is that he tends to take things too lightly. I know that each political candidate to such an important position in a state must send clear, simple messages, but in my ear, what he says sounds like something he is just saying, without any intention of doing it right. Also, it looks as if this candidate is not taking too many steps to open communication with minorities. It feels as if he doesn’t want to invest energy in doing so. Most probably, because he knows he is not going to score high with minorities, he doesn’t even bother. And this doesn’t sit well with me for someone who wishes to be the president of all Americans, no matter their ethnicity.