Jorge Ramos lecture, February 21, 2017

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Univision Spanish-language news anchor and reporter Jorge Ramos is best known in the English-speaking world for being forcibly removed from a Trump press conference. On February 21, 2017, he made an appearance in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as part of the annual lecture series organized by the San Miguel de Allende Center of PEN International.

Ramos has lived in the United States for 30 years, primarily in Miami and Los Angeles, and is a US citizen. He talked about how journalism is a dangerous occupation in Mexico. By comparison, he feels safe in the US, despite his high profile and the widespread anti-Mexican sentiment.

He said that we cannot remain neutral, that works against our interests. As for himself, “I am not going to sit down, I am not going to shut up and I am not going away.”

He talked a bit about the ridiculousness of the border wall, that half of the undocumented immigrants come to the US in airplanes. He went into how Mexico could resist by permitting refugees from Honduras and elsewhere in Central America to transit through Mexico unimpeded, and Mexico could discontinue its war on the drug cartels.

He said, “the population shift in the US is simply a fact and Trump cannot alter it and after a while many presidents will be named González and Pérez and Lupe and María and Jesús and Juan.”

He displayed video clips of his removal from the Trump press conference:

And his documentary “Hate Rising”:

At the end of his presentation, Ramos said he is worried about the weakness that the Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has shown to Trump.

“I think that Peña Nieto has been terribly wrong in his dealings with Trump. he has performed with indecision. You have to confront bullies, Peña Nieto did not. He has not come out to defend Mexicans.”

Mexico has a presidential election in 2018. Ramos believes that the winning candidate will be the one who demonstrates the ability to stand up to Trump.

“This is the problem; we don’t know if everything will be OK. There are many good things for Mexicans to fight for, but until now the Mexican Government has lost all the arguments and Trump has not changed his point of view. Mexico’s policy-makers believe that they can fix things by going to dinner with Trump’s son-in-law, and Trump believes the same,” Ramos said.

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