Univision breaks with Trump over immigration comments

26 june 2015, 10:33

Univision, America's top Spanish-language TV network, severed its ties Thursday with Donald Trump's Miss Universe Organization over the real estate mogul and now presidential hopeful's nasty comments about Mexican immigrants, AFP reports.

In announcing his run for president on Tuesday in a rambling 45-minute speech, Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best."

He added: "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

Joining the uproar over those remarks, Univision said it will not broadcast the Miss USA beauty pageant scheduled for July 12 or any other project associated with Trump.

"Today, the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the company&rsquos business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants," the company said.

Trump had announced in January that the broadcast rights to Miss Universe and Miss USA had been granted to Univision. That came right after the latest edition of Miss Universe, held in Doral, Florida.

Until then, the rights had been held by Telemundo, another Spanish-language network.

Trump's comments triggered criticism both in the United States and Mexico. Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called them "prejudiced and absurd."

"At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country," Univision said.

Trump doubled down on his statements, accusing Mexico's government of putting "tremendous pressure" on Univision and saying he "cannot be silenced."

"Mexican leadership has been doing serious damage to the United States by out-negotiating our representatives and political leaders," Trump said in a statement.

"They are taking our jobs, taking our money and at the same time hurting us at the border with illegals from all over the world freely flowing into our country." 

The network noted it would continue to cover all presidential candidates, including Trump, "to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view."

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