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Column: Xenophobic spring breakers chant ‘Build that wall!’

Rebecca Noble

A young boy looks through the bars separating the line to cross the border from the rest of Nogales, Sonora Sunday, Nov. 20.

Spring break is a time when college students decide its time to pick up a bottle rather than a paycheck—since daddy makes enough to spare—and completely let go of the small amount of morality and self-respect they seemed to posses. 

“Today I was with Suly, my wife—who is a native of Mexico—watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans—maybe under the influence of alcohol or maybe not—began to sing the infamous ‘build that wall’ chant louder and louder,” said Peruvian Anaximandro Amable to the Yucatan Times.

The incident took place on the Captain Hook Pirate Ship Dinner Cruise, where many of the staff workers and other tourists had complained about the behavior of the American college students.

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Allegedly this was not the only incident the spring breakers had participated in, according to the Yucatan Times. 

“This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is—or should be—totally unacceptable.”

The lack of respect for the Mexican people should come as no surprise after the election of Donald Trump. 

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Trump said during his presidential bid announcement in June of 2015.

If Americans are against Mexicans and Mexico as a whole, shouldn’t they refrain from going to Mexico? 

Americans complain about what Mexicans are supposedly coming here and doing, but they are doing those exact things down in Mexico. Mexican immigrants more often than not come here to get jobs—in most cases more than one—and send their money back to México to their families, thus putting more money into the Mexican economy. They come here and make something of themselves. 

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Alternatively, Americans go to Mexico and make something out of themselves: an ass. They break laws, show disrespect to the people and their culture and blow their money on frivolities. This money thus puts more money in the Mexican economy, the same one they say is unfairly cheating the American economy in deals.

When America sends its people for spring break, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to Mexico. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. Some of them might even be bringing rape.

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