A presidential candidate in Mexico is reaching out to his countrymen… who live in Los Angeles.
Ricardo Anaya Cortes crisscrossed the city—which is the second-most populous city by the number of Mexican nationals, after Mexico City—to drum up support for his presidential run.
Anaya Cortes planned the campaign events to draw attention to illegal immigrants living in the United States—and wasn’t afraid to ding Trump, whom he said had “dedicated himself to insulting our community.”
He also made sure to appeal directly to illegal immigrants living in the United States, calling them “heroes” of Mexico.
“I want to ask you, with my heart in my hand, that every time you hear an aggressive or denigrating expression, remember that there, in Mexico, you are the heroes of the country, the brave, the enterprising, the generous, those who dared to cross the border to give their family a better future,” he said.
The campaign stops come after a new law in Mexico that allows Mexican citizens to register to vote at local consulates, rather than in Mexico. As a result, more than 7 times as many Mexicans living in the United States have registered to vote in the next election—meaning that a sizeable number of voters now live in Los Angeles.
Anaya Cortes, who is running as part of the conservative National Action Party, said that he wants good relationships with the United States—but has taken a hard-line on Trump, calling him “insulting” to the Mexican people for his anti-illegal immigration stance.