Donald Trump’s remarks about Hispanics — “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,” he said of Mexican immigrants last summer — have been called racist and shocking. Sixty-two percent of Hispanic voters in a recent CBS News poll say they view him unfavorably.
Yet along the Texas-Mexico border, Trump enjoys a well of support among Hispanic Americans that some might find surprising.
"I'm a former chief of police in a border town. I'm Hispanic, I'm proud to be Hispanic and I'm 100% behind Trump."https://t.co/8YtBU7j17m
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2016
Texas has the second largest Latino population in the nation, including nearly five million eligible Hispanic voters. In the Texas Republican primary March 1, Trump came in a distant second, winning just six of the state’s 254 counties. He did better than average in border towns with a high proportion of Hispanic voters.
Tony Castaneda, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, cast one of those votes for Trump.
“I’m a former chief of police in a border town. I’m Hispanic, I’m proud to be Hispanic and I’m 100 percent behind Donald Trump for his candidacy to the White House,” Castaneda told CBS News.