The Mexico City legislature has voted to ban U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from the country. The legislators have no federal authority, making the ban a symbolic gesture.
When the business mogul entered the presidential race in June 2015, he outraged both Mexican-Americans and the people of Mexico when he accused the country of intentionally spreading crime into the U.S.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… they’re bringing drugs,” Trump said. “They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Those comments effectively ended any positive relationship the GOP front-runner could have had with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
The ban on Trump passed on March 2 by unanimous decision. Deputy José Manuel Delgadillo of the National Action Party called the ban on Trump a “point of agreement” meant to encourage President Nieto to take on Trump’s rhetoric, the Huffington Post reports.