Donald Trump officially entered the already-crowded GOP presidential race this morning. The 69-year-old, worth an estimated $9 billion, announced his presidential bid at Trump Tower in NYC. His message? Immigrants bad. Trump good.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. (Points to crowd) They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that (sic) have lots of problems. And they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs; they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting and it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us… not the right people. It’s coming from more than Mexico.”
Trump is the son of an immigrant: his mother was born in Scotland and moved to New York at age 18.
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Who says you have to be Mexican to love its music? Whether it’s rancheras, Norteño or banda, Mexican is infectious. These five singers had little to no ties to Mexico but once they got a taste of its culture, they were hooked:
When Little Joe – a Tejano music legend – fired the Latinaires, the band rebranded as Tortilla Factory. Butler, who donned a charro outfit during performances, told the Austin Chronicle he first heard Tejano music in Arkansas: “I must have been 8 or 9 years old – me and Mom and my brothers out in the cotton fields picking cotton. At that time, they brought up workers from Mexico to help with the cotton harvest. They’d sing out in that sun all day, and I fell in love with the sound.”
El Charro Negro is still singing.
Photo Credit: Tortilla Factory
In 2013, Tortilla Factory released a 40th anniversary album featuring Butler, who is now into his 70s. He’s still got it. That’s him on the cover.
Dwayne Verheyden was born in the Netherlands. How the hell did he fall in love with Tejano music? The way most kids usually do: his father was a huge fan. “It was kind of a normal thing for me, because I listened to this music everyday,” said Verheyden in a YouTube interview. So basically, the soundtrack to his childhood was Tejano legend Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez.
Born in Texas and raised in Long Beach, California, the 48-year-old was exposed to plenty of Mexican music during his youth. When he heard Vicente Fernández, he was hooked. “A few years ago, I was at a party at a friend’s house and I heard the powerful voice of Don Chente singing ‘Nuestro Juramento’ and ‘Lástima Que Seas Ajena.’ I was paralyzed. I still remember it and I get goosebumps. I knew that I had to sing that music,” said Timoteo to People en Español.
Known as Mateo “El Gringo,” Stoneman learned to play guitar while in jail for theft. After his release, he watched local musicians performing for tips in restaurants. Inspired, Stoneman began performing old-school boleros in Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.