Eugenio Derbez Denounces Donald Trump Over Immigration Remarks

Eugenio Derbez - H 2014
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Eugenio Derbez - H 2014

Trump repeatedly has used derogatory terms when referring to Mexico and immigrants recently.

Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez has joined the list of people snapping back at Donald Trump’s ill-fated comments about Mexican immigrants.

“I’ve been trying to work in his country for the past 12 years, and it hasn’t been easy,” said Derbez on Saturday during his acceptance speech for an Outstanding Achievement Award given to him by NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

One of THR’s Top 25 Latinos in Entertainment and the director-star of the 2013 Spanish-language box-office hit Instructions Not IncludedDerbez took the microphone and swung back at Trump to a laughing audience, as can be seen in the footage of the ceremony uploaded to Derbez’s YouTube channel on Monday.

“I’ve dealt with rejection, ignorance and even disrespect to our Latino community. For example, people like Donald Trump, who thinks that every single Latino in this country is Mexican. He thinks that there are just different kinds of Mexicans: Colombian Mexicans, Puerto Rican Mexicans, Dominican Mexicans,” he said.

“[Trump] also claims that all the Mexicans in this country are either drug dealers or rapists,” added Derbez. “You’re wrong, Mr. Trump. We’re honest and hardworking people. And Latinos are also waiters and cooks in all the restaurants in the U.S., so be careful next time you eat in a restaurant because you might need to swallow your words … and something else.”

Trump repeatedly has used derogatory terms when referring to Mexico on social media, and his remarks during his speech on June 16 — in which he associated all Mexican immigrants with drugs, murder and rape — drove Latinos up the wall, sparking outrage in Mexico, as well as an array of public rejections, jokes and severed business associations with partners such as NBC, Televisa and Univision.