Rosarito & Imperial Beach’s ‘friendship agreement’ counters Trump’s immigration remarks
Two cities along the U. S.-Mexico border, viz. Rosarito and Imperial Beach, signed a "friendship agreement" earlier this week with an aim to counter Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump's controversial comments about unauthorized immigrants.
Announcing his presidential candidacy in June, Trump alleged that Mexico was not sending its "best" people to the U. S. he called Mexican immigrants rapists and drug peddlers.
His controversial comments about Mexican unauthorized immigrants garnered severe criticism not only from democrats and immigrant advocates but also from within his own party.
The "friendship agreement" between Rosarito and Imperial Beach aim is largely symbolic. It aims to promote relationships and opportunities in the beach cities across the border region. But, it is also an attempt to change the tone of the ongoing debate over unauthorized immigration.
At a ceremony in Imperial Beach on September 1, Mayor Serge Dedina said, "I think it represents the seriousness in which agencies and cities take building strong ties along the border. It's a very important movement to do that and to strengthen those ties."
However, Trump continues to campaign against unauthorized immigration. He repeatedly vowed to build a wall between the U. S. and Mexico if elected president.
A spokesperson for Trump's anti-immigration campaign declined to respond to a request for a comment on Friday.
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