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Krauze still thinks that Mexico's response to Trump's attacks is insufficient

In his new book “La Mesa: Historias de nuestra gente”, Krauze presents the story of dozens of Hispanics who came to the United States to make a new life.

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Krauze said that he seeks to show the good side of migration, the fight of people to improve their own life and the one of their families. (Photo: Germán Espinosa / EL UNIVERSAL)
English 19/06/2016 14:00 Ariadna García Actualizada 14:04
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The only way to deal with the prejudice that exists in the United States against Mexican and Hispanic immigration in general is to publicize their success stories. Mexico's government must give a much stronger response to Donald Trump's attacks, Mexican journalist and writer León Krauze said.

In his new book “La Mesa: Historias de nuestra gente”, Krauze presents the story of dozens of Hispanics who came to the United States to make a new life, away from poverty in their hometowns.

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Krauze, who three years ago began telling stories of migrants on TV channel 34 in Los Angeles, California, said that he seeks to show the good side of migration, the fight of people to improve their own life and the one of their families, to counteract the negative speech of the Republican hopeful against migrants.

"If the policies proposed by Donald Trump had been applied in the 19th. century, he would not exist. If I could have him in front of me [Donald Trump], that would be the first thing I would tell him. The United States is a country formed by immigrants in every sense, even in the sense of the physical conquest of the territory," the journalist added.

Krauze considers that the response of the Mexican government to Trump's attacks was late and insufficient, even though several personalities, including him, warned about it.

"I think it is still insufficient," though "I am confident on the work of the new ambassador [Carlos] Sada. I think the answer has to be much stronger. Frankly I would like that they resort to what I consider the ideal way to refute prejudice: sharing the experience of Mexican immigrants and Mexicans in general."

“We have few time left to tell these stories, because we have a politician that has spread prejudice at the gates of the White House,” Krauze added.

"I do not care about Donald Trump, because he is just a person who found a message that resonated, and a good salesman, he will not drop that phrase. I am more concerned about the American people, the electorate, that must be informed and moved,” he explained.

Krauze warned that the tycoon's prejudice speech could go from the political sphere to action, aggression and even though he considers unlikely that Trump becomes president, he says that the issue can not be ignored.

The journalist said that for now he will continue with his “traveling table”, that he places on California streets to invite Hispanics to tell their stories of life and success in the United States.

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