Is President Donald Trump Pushing Expats In Mexico To Vote?
Speaker 1: 00:00 As November 3rd, nears many are casting their votes by mail among them are many U S immigrants living in Mexico. And their expectations for this year's election are high as either the reelection or the exit of president. Donald Trump brings a new wave of voters from KJ, zzz, Mexico city Bureau. Rodrigo's Serantes brings us this front terrorist report Speaker 2: 00:24 In Mexico. Some might share the benevolent view that precedent, and that is Manuel Lopez. Obrador has a president Trump after making trade security oil and immigration agreements throughout his term. And visiting him in Washington, D C in what essentially is Mexico state of a union speech Lopez, Obrador applauded Trump and said he has treated Mexico respectfully. And most importantly has praised Mexicans living and working in the U S but others remember Trump from his rhetoric against Mexico, threatening to close trade, building a border wall and attacking Mexican immigrants. Like in one of his most noticed 2016 campaign speeches, Speaker 1: 01:02 Drugs. They're bringing crime they're rapists. And some, I assume Speaker 2: 01:08 People and among those paying close attention in Mexico to the reelection or rejection of Trump this year are more than a million people officially identified as American immigrants. One of them is crease laundry, professor of political science living in Mexico city. He finds it ironic that Mexico tends to be portrayed as dangerous in the U S while tons of American experts like him live, work and thrive in Mexico, laundries and Arizona voter and believes in the importance of his ballot. Arizona is a shifting state with regard to politics. And so I like the fact that I maintain my registration in Arizona. The researcher arrived in Mexico in 2017. He's now in quarantine expecting a child with his Mexican wife, according to data from the us embassy, 10% of Americans have family ties with Mexico. One of the issues that professor has to address with Mexicans is how could someone receive more votes and still lose the election in the U S unlike the Mexican election system, I have to figure out a way to explain the sort of archaic system of the electoral college. Speaker 2: 02:05 Andre says the relationship between Lopez Obrador and Trump might seem a paradox, but reflects the need to continue bilateral economic and political relations trade between both nations represents almost $2 billion on a daily basis, according to you as data. But laundry says, Trump tends to be perceived as a racist and he's defeat could bring better agreements. Part of this election will be symbolic in the symbolic element, might be the most important part. At least as people would perceive it here. Grecia racer is president of Democrats abroad in Mexico city, and he says, his note is more us immigrants interested in voting this year. I see a lot of people registering now and to help out with the Democrats abroad broader organization in Mexico, and we attribute and thank mr. Trump for all of this. Uh, and of course now the goal is to get them out of us. Speaker 2: 02:50 The Democrats in Mexico help us immigrants vote and promote a nonpartisan website or voters can register before ballots arrived by mid September. It's one of the most screwed processes in terms of remote voting in the world. And people need help, right there says the election itself will not be influenced by the relationship between the Mexican and us precedents, but Mexico won't be a priority for the winning candidate because of many other problems, mainly domestic that need to be solved. We need to make sure that we are not spending money on stupid walls or that we're separating families. These are the things that the U S will worry about when it comes to a certain extent, a part of the population in Mexico, Larry Rubin represents Republicans in Mexico. He says his party, social, trying to attract the expert vote for particularly as they've seen a growing interest, I've seen a lot more Republicans wanting to, uh, send out their vote more than the previous elections. Speaker 2: 03:39 And I think it's a Testament to president Trump's stellar record in achieving a number of accomplishments. Ruben says the big difference between this election and the past one is that people already know how president Trump operates. I am sure that he is not a racist at all. I've had the opportunity to work closely with him and with the party. So I know the real president Trump, the Obama administration was perceived as distant towards Mexico. The protections of Mexican nationals reached one of its highest peaks in history and cross border crime investigations like operation fast and fear is became a scandal. Uh, at the end of the day, what I see of Joe Biden is he was the number two for eight years. And the relationship with Mexico could have not been colder. American voters in Mexico are required to deliver or mail their ballots to the us embassy or consulate, or even directly to the United States. I'm Rodrigo Cervantes in Mexico city.