Juan Hernandez, who was an advisor to former Mexican President Vicente Fox, weighed in on Donald Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Pena Nieto and the immigration debate in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
“Well, it sounds I know kind of funny but in Mexico people are saying, ‘Pena Nieto has a lot in common with Trump – we Mexicans don’t like either one.’ Pena Nieto is down in the 20s in his approval in Mexico,” Hernandez told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.
Hernandez explained why he is not supporting Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in this presidential election.
“As Latinos, we’re so tired of the insults on the one hand, from the right, from the [?] – and I’m a Republican – but from this guy Trump. But also by the way, by the unkept promises of the left. And by the way, that’s why I am supporting Gary Johnson today.”
Hernandez responded to the frustrations over immigrants who came to America illegally and are now taking jobs away from Americans.
“Yes, of course, I understand, but we’ve been speaking through both sides of our mouth. We keep saying [to] immigrants, from Mexico especially and Latin America, don’t come, don’t come, but if you can make it, there is a great reward. And by the way, there will be later on a way for you to legalize it, become a U.S. citizen.”
And Hernandez says this is a view held by Democrats as well as Republicans.
“We’ve done it, the Republicans have done it, Democrats have done it. I mean, Obama, he told us that he would give us Latinos a space at the table. I was with McCain against Obama, but I thought, ‘well maybe this gentleman is going to give us a space, maybe he is going to promote immigration reform,’ and he did not – eight years of telling us he would.”
Hernandez then took on Trump over the presidential candidate’s assertions about illegal immigrants in the U.S.
“It is so unfair what Trump is doing, that he is trying to give the image of the undocumented as being people that are criminals, that are rapists. I’m sorry, but according to immigration reform and many other studies the group that least commits crimes in this nation are the undocumented. And there are of course reasons for that; they’re going to work very early in the morning, they do not have [a] driver’s license, they’re staying at home during the weekends of course, because they want to stay out trouble. But they are a blessing to our nation, they do not take jobs, they help to create jobs.”