Before opening his mouth again, Donald Trump should walk one day in the shoes of the immigrants he insults
 
Before opening his mouth again, Donald Trump should walk one day in the shoes of the immigrants he insults
 
Paul F. Chavez, president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Chavez’s son, issued the following statement from the foundation’s headquarters at the National Chavez Center, also the Cesar Chavez National Monument, in Keene, Calif.



Before opening his mouth again, Donald Trump should walk one day in the shoes of the immigrants he insults.

Immigrants take jobs other American workers won’t take for pay other American workers won’t accept and under conditions other American workers won’t tolerate. Entire sectors of the U.S. economy would collapse without their labor and sacrifice.
 
Before opening his mouth again to insult immigrants from Mexico—and now all immigrants—Donald Trump should walk a day in the shoes of these hard-working, taxpaying people.

The fear- and hate-mongering coming from the mouth of this real estate mogul may sway some Republican voters,
but it disgusts decent Americans. Donald Trump’s vile bullying also cannot dishearten millions of Latinos who are heeding Cesar Chavez’s words, “You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”

It is Latino voters—and not the narrow-minded, frightened voters to whom Trump appeals—who are on the ascendency in this country. It is the immigrants—and the sons and daughters of immigrants— who are increasingly influencing America.

Donald Trump should spend just one day making beds and cleaning rooms in the big hotels that he owns. Donald Trump should spend just one day toiling in the fields during 100-plus degree temperatures to produce the fresh fruits and vegetables served in his restaurants. Donald Trump should spend just one day caring for the young children of his wealthy friends in their homes or for their elderly parents in nursing facilities. Donald Trump should spend one day serving members at the golf establishments he owns. By spending time with these faceless laborers anyone would see their humanity, their spirit and their likeness to all of us.

We applaud Latinos and Americans from all ethnicities and walks of life who are asking businesses such as Macy’s, Univision, PGA Tour and NBC to confront racism where it counts the most: in the pocket book. We are proud of the Latino celebrities, businessmen and women and national Latino serving organizations that are distancing themselves from Trump and demanding respect. By standing up strongly against hatred, all of us find strength in what unites us as a nation. Isn’t that the most meaningful celebration of Independence Day?

This Fourth of July let us be thankful for the many freedoms we enjoy in this great country such as a democratic process for electing leaders and a competitive business system where we can pick and choose with whom we spend our hard earned dollars. Also, lets thank Donald Trump for this opportunity to come together to denounce his ignorance and flex our spending muscle.


   


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