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"Go back to Univision!"


Trump vs Ramos

Alberto Avendaño-oped | 8/31/2015, 11:48 p.m.
"Go back to Univision!"
La caricatura de Jorge Ramos es de GOGUE. La frase: "Go back to Univision" es de Donald Trump. | ETL

The aspiring presidential candidate for the Republican Party, Donald Trump, has achieved what many politicians can only dream of: leading the polls and becoming the focus of unrelenting media attention.

On August 25th, the latest chapter of the Trump soap opera included a xenophobic or anti-Mexican theme (“Go back to Univision!”), a declaration of love for his thousands of Hispanic employees (“I love them…they love me”), a stab at Jeb Bush — currently Trump’s primary competitor for the Republican nomination — by calling him “incompetent,” an explanation of how Trump would build a 1,200 mile wall on the southern border (“Very easy, I am a builder”), and the rationale as to why Trump, and only Trump, is capable of solving the immigration crisis in the United States and any other problem that is presented before him in the Oval Office (“I am a great manager…I hire incredible people”). This extensive declaration of Trump’s principles was articulated in one rushed conversation with Univisión journalist Jorge Ramos.

A few minutes earlier, Ramos had been escorted out of the room by a member of Trump’s security team. Ramos was heated and Trump would not give him the floor. Outside of the room, followed by a camera, Ramos was berated by a man who told him, “Go back to your country!” Ramos countered by informing the man that he is an American citizen, to which the man said, “Whatever!”

After those tense moments, a member of the Trump campaign indicated to Ramos that he could now return to the press room. What ensued was a hasty exchange between the microphoned politician and the un-microphoned reporter. The debate, though unbalanced, shined a light on worthy themes that must desperately become integrated into the national dialog. For instance, Trump spoke on the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — the amendment that guarantees American citizenship for children born in the United States regardless of the origin or legal status of their parents. And the immigration issue always perversely labeled by politicians like Trump as a criminal matter, regardless of statistical evidence and diverse economic research to the contrary.

Rewriting the Constitution and reforming a broken immigration system will not be accomplished through Trump's incessant yelling, populist slogans, or the spreading of apocalyptic scenarios: Malicious hordes of illegals jumping over fences and looking for a place to pop out a baby, rape women or commit all kinds of crimes.

One of Trump’s biggest flaw, —which is admired by his thousands of supporters—, is the way in which he articulates and perceives real problems that directly affect many American families. Trump could reasonably discuss how he hopes to mitigate the problems associated with the 14th amendment or how he plans to establish a rational and humane guest worker program. In fact, one of the great Republican voices, Helen Krieble, has for many years promoted a plan known as The Red Card Solution, which connects foreign workers with American businesses that are looking for labor. However, the Republican Party and Mr. Trump have not given any attention to Krieble’s proposed program. It appears as though the only “humane” method for the “great manager” to act on the issue of immigration is through mass deportation. Without a doubt, a Trump administration would shatter any deportation records set under the Obama administration.