Donald Trump’s strong opposition toward immigrants has been heard around the world and it’s clear that it struck a cord with Alma Siller Contreras, who returned her US visa a week after the inauguration, Latina.com reported.
The 59 -year-old Mexican woman frequently visited the US to shop and visited family in Arizona, Las Vegas, and New York on the weekends. Although she enjoyed all that the US had to offer, she strongly disagreed with Trump and couldn’t continue to visit with him in the White House.
On January 30, 2016, Siller Contreras stopped by the US consulate in her hometown of Hermosillo, a town over two hours from the border, and turned in her visa with a handwritten letter.
In the letter she wrote:
"I’m returning my visa voluntarily because I’m offended by your new president Donald Trump’s attitude towards my country, Mexico, and its people. This is my way of protesting and expressing my support for my beloved country and its inhabitants."
The act of protest wasn’t made in the spur of the moment. It was conceived when she first heard Trump call Mexicans rapists, drug dealers, and criminals. During Trump’s presidential campaign, Siller Contreras recalls saying:
"He has a hatred in his soul. This isn’t normal. He’s not prepared to be a leader of a country. This is dangerous."
It was then that she decided what she needed to do: “If he wins, I’m going to return my visa.” Although her husband reassured her that Trump wouldn’t win the presidency, Sillas Contreras wanted to stay true to her word.
Sillas Contreras has become the latest person who has demonstrated their loyalty toward Mexico.
The Los Angeles Times attributed Trump’s hateful rhetoric to the rise of Mexican patriotism in the southern country and in the US.
Many admire what she has done, but she insists that it wasn’t a courageous act. Sillas Contreras made it clear that she doesn’t expect others to do the same:
"Every person has to follow his or her own soul. I wouldn't ask anybody to return their visas, not even my children."
But turning in her visa is a call to action for Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, who has faced pressure from Trump and the Mexican people. "He should be a bit more aggressive in defending us," she said.
Sillas Contreras plans to apply for a new visa once Trump is out of office. "If I get it, great. If not, it's fine too; my decision is made."