A Mexican lawmaker who helps control the nation's policy on migrants said President-elect Donald Trump is right to want to deport Mexicans from the U.S. because they have a "bad reputation." Iris Aguirre Borrego, who represents the Mexican state of Zacatecas, faced removal from the right-wing Social Encounter party for her pro-Trump remarks after many Mexicans have labeled Trump a racist for his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric.
If Trump moves forward with his plans to immediately deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants, Mexicans only have themselves to blame, Aguirre said. The pushback came after she said the U.S. has become “too liberal” and that Trump would “put things in order,” TeleSur reported Sunday.
“(Leaders in the U.S.) are taking extreme decisions because sadly Mexicans are involved in very shameful activities in the U.S.,” said Aguirre. “I think it's the Mexicans who to take advantage of supermarkets, it's Mexicans who have a bad reputation, and sadly this is one of the consequences,” she continued in remarks that seemed to suggest Mexicans were stealing from stores.
Aguirre, who sits on Mexico's legislative committee for migrants, said Trump's Election Day victory was necessary for the U.S., “to return to the principles of the country that were being lost, that sadly other presidents let happen.” After social media users demanded she apologize and began calling her "Lady Trump," Aguirre later said media outlets had manipulated her comments.
Trump has vowed to build a 2,000-mile wall between the U.S.-Mexico border and make Mexico City pay for it. He also wants to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, limit remittances that support millions of Mexican families and crackdown on illegal immigration. Annual trade between the U.S. and Mexico is worth roughly $11.2 billion every week.
"We have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we're going to incarcerate," Trump said in a recent interview on CBS's 60 Minutes. "But we're getting them out of our country, they're here illegally."