Texas congressman Filemon Vela is not happy with Donald Trump—and that's putting it very, very mildly.
The two-term Democrat, who represents Texas's 34th congressional district along the state's far southeastern border, penned a fiercely worded open letter to the presumptive Republican nominee and former Celebrity Apprentice host in which he bluntly called Trump a racist and told him to “take your border wall and shove it up your ass.”
Vela began the letter by citing some areas of policy agreement between himself and Trump, including deficiencies in the Department of Veterans Affairs' ability to provide medical care to service members and the need for both the U.S. and Mexican governments to address drug cartel-related violence. “However,” Vela wrote, “your ignorant anti-immigrant opinions, your border wall rhetoric, and your recent bigoted attack on an American jurist are just plain despicable.”
“Your position with respect to the millions of undocumented Mexican workers who now live in this country is hateful, dehumanizing, and frankly shameful,” Vela charged. “The vast number of these individuals work in hotels, restaurants, construction sites, and agricultural fields across the United States. If I had to guess, your own business enterprises either directly or indirectly employ more of these workers than most other businesses in our country. ... That is precisely why the Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees that these workers deserve a national immigration policy that would give them a pathway to citizenship.”