Donald Trump has been named persona non grata in two Mexican cities.
The municipality of Oaxaca and that of San Miguel de Allende made the move in the wake of the U.S. presidential candidate’s quick visit to Mexico City August 31 to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto.
The day after Trump’s visit, Oaxaca municipal councillors questioned Peña Nieto’s reasons for inviting him, given what they saw as his repeated grievances against the Mexican people.
“It is an outrage for the president of Mexico to invite a man that has consistently and repeatedly offended, affronted, humiliated, insulted and bad-mouthed our compatriots and the people of Latin America in general,” read the proposal presented to the council members.
The document, approved by council on September 1, acknowledged that only the president has the authority to expel a foreign individual from the country.
But the intention of council members was to express their solidarity with the 1.2 million paisanos, or compatriots, who work in the United States.
“[The declaration] contains our solidarity and support, our appreciation and our admiration for the sacrifice millions of compatriots undergo to give their families a better quality of life,” council members said.
The same move was made soon after in San Miguel de Allende, in the Bajío state of Guanajuato.
Councilors said they were responding to the candidate’s xenophobic attacks and insults against Mexicans, describing it as a hate campaign that puts people’s lives at risk.
They also warned that the relationship between both countries will be at risk if the Republican win the election in November.
The council’s declaration noted that 13,120 of San Miguel de Allende’s 164,000 inhabitants, or 8%, are U.S. citizens.
“Our city has been, is and will continue to be a land open to the world, welcoming everyone with a heartfelt hug, no matter their origin, religion, race, ideology, orientation or language,” said the document, which received unanimous approval.
“San Miguel is a land proud of its diversity, plurality and inclusion; San Miguel is proof that respect for the rights of others can be a reality,” it said.
“A person that alienates the rights of Mexicans and maintains a xenophobic discourse cannot be welcomed to our country. For this reason we declare [Trump] persona non grata.”