Trump: Mexicans Also Bring 'Tremendous Disease'

He accuses media of distorting his immigration remarks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2015 2:09 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at a fundraising event at a golf course in the Bronx yesterday.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – Donald Trump was a little surprised by the backlash to his comments on Mexican immigrants—so he has decided to repeat them and expand on them. In a lengthy statement issued yesterday, the candidate accused the media of "deliberately distorting" his words, before reiterating that the Mexican government is "forcing their most unwanted people" into the US, including many drug dealers and rapists, reports Mediaite, which has the statement in full. "Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border," Trump continued. "The United States has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world."

Trump added that "many fabulous people come in from Mexico and our country is better for it," but "these people are here legally, and are severely hurt by those coming in illegally," reports the Guardian. Some of those who entered the country illegally are working at the construction site of a $200 million Trump hotel in Washington, DC, the Washington Post reports. Some of the workers the Post spoke to were in the country illegally, but many of them gained legal status after crossing the border illegally, and most were outraged by Trump's comments. "Do you think that when we’re hanging out there from the eighth floor that we're raping or selling drugs?" a window worker from El Salvador says. "We're risking our lives and our health."

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