President Donald Trump spoke about the unprecedented support that Latino voters in America have shown for his reelection campaign during an exclusive interview on Univision.
The president called the Latino vote “incredible” and noted that Latino voters were skilled workers with “incredible energy. They’re very entrepreneurial.” He added, “They like me – there’s never been anything like it in the Republican Party.”
Univision journalist Enrique Acevedo hosted the discussion with Trump, asking him to hone in on the high levels of support among Latino voters for southern border security.
The president explained, “They want security, they want to have a border. We have tremendous numbers of people, as an example, they live here, whether it’s permanently or part-time – they [Latino voters] don’t want to have people coming in and raiding their house, or doing bad things. They want to see security!”
Additionally, President Trump spoke about how well he got along with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, saying that the latter had “done a fantastic job for Mexico” and that “we just got along.”
Joe Biden has made a concerted effort to repeal many Trump-era border laws since taking office in 2021, notably Title 42, which gave border officials the authority to refuse asylum to undocumented immigrants trying to enter the country.
In 2022, an Axios-Ipsos poll revealed that the Latino population in America was overwhelmingly in favor of keeping Title 42 in place, with 51% of questioned Latino people saying they would want it to remain that way. More specifically, the survey revealed that 52% of Mexican Americans were in favor of keeping Title 42 in place.
Last year, President Trump highlighted the nationwide support he continued to earn from Hispanic voters, stating, “Our support for strong border security is one of the major reasons why Hispanic Americans are joining our movement by the millions and millions and millions.”
Via Axios, Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar (Texas) told the outlet that with Democrats’ refusal to deal with border security, Hispanic voters may “vote for a Republican” and that Democrats could “lose Hispanic voters.”