Audio: Vicente Fox Talks DACA, Immigration, and the American Dream

January 29, 2018
Vicente Fox with Patricia De Lima and Chepe of El Zol 1079's "El Meneo"

By Gabriela Arevalo

Almost 12 years have passed since the end of his presidency, but if you ask someone on the street to name the leader of Mexico, it wouldn’t surprise us if they answered “Vicente Fox.”

The 75-year-old politician, who was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, has become one of the strongest Hispanic voices against the politics of Donald Trump, who built his presidential campaign on the premise that Hispanic immigrants, particularly Mexicans, are bad for the country. “They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists,” Trump stated as he promised that Mexico would pay for a border wall.

Patricia De Lima and Chepe of “El Meneo” spoke with Vicente Fox about immigration, DACA, and the American dream, listen to the interview below:

Fox has been a champion for the Mexican people, and in turn, has become a hero for many Latinos in the United States for how he has defended immigrants from “public policies that cut us down.” He says that if he were president today, his first priority would be “to defend the dignity, the honor of Mexicans in Mexico and here in the United States. I think that a boor like that who, for starters was so offensive towards Mexico, towards Mexicans who don’t understand where that hate he has towards us stems from. Most likely it’s that he’s racist, discriminates, and he does it because he’s white and the rest of us are brown or black or yellow.”

Though he recognizes that the administration’s message has changed and now the White House claims to want to find a solution for the Dreamers, Fox warns that Trump is “very fussy and we have to proceed with caution, because now he says ‘if you give me 25 billion dollars, I’ll let you have DACA.’ First we’re nothing, not people… he’s exchanging dreams, hopes, youth, human beings for money. Money for a wall. In other words, that shouldn’t be the trade-off, that shouldn’t be the exchange. He should accept that these people are worthy and worth a lot, and authorize and open a path for them to become American citizens.”

Fox has written a book, “Let’s Move On,” where he speaks on populism, racism, and immigration. As the grandson of an immigrant (his grandfather was born in the United States and moved to Mexico in 1895), it’s difficult for Fox to understand the mentality of those who are anti-immigrant. “In this country everyone has an immigrant origin, everyone starting from President Washington, President Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson, all of them. At the end of it all is Mr. Trump who is also from an immigrant family,” says Fox.

While he keeps fighting for Hispanics, his message for them is simple. “I love them, I admire them, I respect them. They’re my heroes.”