NEW YORK – A former Mexican congressman ventured into Trump Tower on Wednesday to mount a protest against President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gerardo Fernandez Noroña walked into the Trump Tower lobby and sat down in front of the elevators.
He then unfurled a map showing the borders of Mexico and the United States as they stood in 1830, when much of the contemporary U.S. Southwest, including Texas and California, was Mexican territory.
“We are in agreement about paying for the wall, but the wall will have to follow the line of this map of Mexico in 1830,” the former lawmaker said as a companion used a cellphone to film the protest.
Trump initially vowed to compel Mexico to pay for construction of the border barrier, though he subsequently acknowledged that the U.S. government would have to bear the cost of the project.
Fernandez Noroña, who says he plans to run in the 2018 Mexican presidential election as an “independent candidate of the left,” demanded that Trump “respect the independence and sovereignty” of the Aztec nation.
Mexicans will not allow their country’s oil, minerals or other natural wealth to cross Trump’s proposed wall into the U.S., Fernandez Noroña said as he security guards escorted him out of the building.