López Obrador Tells US Hispanics Not to Vote for Desantis

Florida Governor and U.S. presidential candidate Ron DeSantis. Photo: Twitter


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who constantly accuses other countries — including the United States — of trying to interfere in internal Mexican affairs, called on Hispanics in the United States on Wednesday, May 24, to “wake up” and not vote for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in his 2024 bid for the U.S presidency.

López Obrador said that Latinos in the United States should refuse to support DeSantis “because of his continued attacks” on illegal migrants.

Earlier this month, DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1718 to combat the dangerous effects of illegal immigration caused by the federal government’s reckless border policies.

That legislation makes using E-Verify mandatory for any employer with 25 or more workers, imposes enforceable penalties for those employing illegal aliens and enhances penalties for human smuggling.

Additionally, this bill prohibits local governments from issuing official identification cards  to illegal aliens, invalidates ID cards issued to illegal aliens in other states and requires hospitals to collect and submit data on the costs of providing healthcare to illegal migrants.

DeSantis has also drawn attention to the link between undocumented migration and the rise of fentanyl consumption in the United States, which last year killed at least 110,000 people in that country.

Most of that fentanyl was trafficked through Mexico to the United States.

Notwithstanding, López Obrador has adamantly denied that fentanyl is produced and/or trafficked through Mexico, despite solid evidence that it is.

DeSantis, who formally announced his presidential campaign for the Republican candidacy on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, has proposed closing the U.S. border with Mexico to combat the fentanyl crisis and the Mexican drug cartels.

“I hope the Hispanics of Florida wake up and don’t give (DeSantis) a single vote, that they don’t vote for those who persecute migrants,” AMLO said during his daily press conference Wednesday.

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