This Construction Worker Hung A Mexican Flag In A Trump Building To Make An Important Point

No one put this in the blueprints.

The 63-story Trump Tower Hotel in Vancouver is slated to open in the fall, but it's already making headlines because of the Mexican flag a steel frame worker placed on the top floor.

30-year-old Diego Saul Reyna, who is originally from Mexico, did not work on the construction of the new Trump Tower, but he knew plenty of people who did. Reyna says he's seen people of "every race" work on that building, including some immigrants from Mexico.

"They kept telling me their frustration, their anger and their hurt but they can't say anything," Reyna told The Huffington Post.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner for president, has made a number of controversial remarks on the campaign trail about immigrants, including those from Mexico.

"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists," Trump said in the June 2015 speech  announcing his candidacy.

For Reyna, placing the Mexican flag on the hotel was an attempt to change the conversation and reveal the truth.

"I put a Mexican flag on the roof of the Trump Tower in Vancouver, just to show that he is benefiting from us and that we are working hard on his projects and that we are not all criminals," Reyna told the CBC.

He posted a photo of himself posing next to the flag on Facebook, along with a powerful message directed at Trump.

"MR Trump, we did our best work," he wrote on Facebook. "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."


"I'm not concerned about Trump rising to power," Reyna told The Huffington Post. "I'm concerned about his values and his points of view extending to our country."

Many Canadians are similarly critical of Trump. A December 2015 poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed believed that Trump's name should be removed from his towers in both Toronto and Vancouver.

Reyna told the CBC that he hopes his message of "love and unity" will reach Trump through the power of social media.


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