Mexican presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya Cortés campaigned in the U.S. throughout the weekend, blasting President Donald Trump and calling on protection for illegal immigrants.
Anaya met with a group of businessmen and activists across the city of Los Angeles.
The group included former President Barack Obama-era Department of Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, who is the current president of the University Of California, Fox News reported.
The presidential candidate spoke about “the importance of supporting the Dreamers and agreed that Mexican migrants deserve respect,” Anaya said in a tweet.
The presidential candidate will take on current President Peña Nieto.
Anaya believes Nieto has been too nice to Trump and criticized him for allowing Trump to visit Mexico in 2016.
One of Trump’s main promises during his 2016 presidential campaign was to build a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Eight prototypes for the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico are now finished and stand tall in-between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
“After Donald Trump had been insulting, and revolting at the best that Mexico has in the United States, they dared to roll out a red carpet to receive him in Los Pinos, as if he were a head of state,” Anya told the Center for Immigration Studies.
Mexicans who have entered the U.S. are “the heroes of the country,” Anya said.
The visit comes as Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have continued to call for illegal criminal aliens to be deported.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also continued to perform sweeps across the U.S., arresting hundreds of illegal immigrants.
The presidential election will take place on July 1.
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A version of this article previously appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.
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