- The Washington Times - Monday, April 4, 2016

A construction worker briefly flew a Mexican flag from the top floor of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver Saturday, hoping to send a message to Donald Trump that immigrants played a crucial role in his success.

Diego Saul Reyna, a steel framer originally from Chiapas, Mexico, displayed the flag from the roof of the 63-story project, which is currently under construction.

“[F]rom the concrete pouring, finishing, drywall, taping, wood forming and general labour, Mexicans were there, building it, doing good work,” Mr. Reyna wrote in a Facebook post that’s been shared more than 2,500 times.

Mr. Trump, we did our best work, your tower here in Vancouver is premium quality, and we were a crucial part of it, not just Mexicans but immigrants as a whole, like your ancestors were, you are not native american, the insults you have said about us, have not changed our work ethics, while working on your tower Mexicans didn’t steal anything nor raped anyone, we just did the best work we could possibly do, for my ourselves, our families and the future tenants in your building,” he wrote.

Mr. Reyna was given access to the Trump Tower’s 20th floor and then walked up to the roof, the Huffington Post Canada reported. The flag has been reportedly removed.

Mr. Reyna said he doesn’t actually work at the site, but he has several Mexican and Muslim friends who are employed there.

“They kept telling me their frustration, their anger and their hurt, but they can’t say anything,” the 30-year-old told the Huffington Post. “So I did it because I don’t work there.”

The Vancouver project bears Mr. Trump’s name, but it’s being developed by The Holborn Group.

“I’m not concerned about Trump rising to power. I’m concerned about his values and his points of view extending to our country,” said Mr. Reyna, who became a permanent resident of Canada in 2011, the Huffington Post reported. “Here in Canada, we are very well integrated ethnically, and I think, as he labels negatively an entire ethnic group, that could jeopardize our society. … That can spill into our society.”


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