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Mexico Aiding In Stoping Trump Efforts

Mexico is stepping up its efforts to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination. Officially, Mexico says it respects U.S. sovereignty and won't try to influence the presidential race. Despite that, Mexican diplomats are currently mobilizing for the first time to assist immigrants in achieving U.S. citizenship.

At an event on March 19, Adrian Sosa a spokesman for the consulate in Chicago said: "This is a historic moment where the Mexican consulate will open its doors to carry out these types of events in favor of the Mexican community."

In Dallas, 250 permanent residents attended the consulate's first "citizenship clinic" in February. Another 150 attended its second clinic in March. In Las Vegas, the turnout was at around 500. Many U.S. allies are worried about Trump's success in the Republican primaries.

Joel Diaz is a Mexican-American who has been a permanent resident of the U.S. for six years. On Saturday, he took his wife and four adult sons to register as U.S. citizens to vote against Trump. Diaz, 47, an evangelical pastor said "We're very worried. If he wins there will be a lot of damage against a lot of people here, and to us as Hispanics, as Mexicans."

Laura Espinosa, deputy consul in Mexico's consulate in Las Vegas said, "Those who use this to vote, that's up to each individual." The government in Mexico City is holding off engaging in Trump directly until he becomes the nominee.

Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University said, "Trump is exactly the kind of Republican who could mobilize legalized immigrant voters and others sympathetic to liberalized immigration policy. This has been one issue where he has not been very vague and taking an extremely tough and aggressive stance. I suspect that if he was the nominee you could see very high turnout in states for Democrats as a result of this issue."

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