After Donald Trump, GOP presidential candidate and bone-in ham, said that Mexicans were sending criminals and rapists over the border, NBC and Univision cut ties with Trump and his Miss Universe Organization. Miss USA contestants, though, are just going to stick around and compete anyway, because that’s kind of their whole thing.

Several hispanic contestants (and one Albanian contestant) sat down with the Associated Press to discuss how and to what extent Trump is a terrible waste of resources.

“It was hard to hear,” said Natasha Martinez/Miss California of Trump’s comments. “I think it’s important to understand that immigrants come here looking for a better life, and they do make these hard sacrifices like leaving their kids and their countries for long periods of time in hopes that they will be reunited and that they will be able to have a better life here in America.”

The AP reports:

Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra said she was determined to stay in the pageant for herself and her supporters back in Texas. She said she worked hard to get to this point and she “wasn’t going to let anybody down.”

Polikseni Manxhari emigrated to the U.S. at the young age of 5 from Albania and is now representing Massachusetts.

She said she’s already brushed aside Trump’s comments and is determined to stay focused on her mission — to live out her pageant dream and “inspire all immigrants to know that they can come here and make something of themselves and live the American dream.”

The pageant will be broadcast on July 12 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Reelz, a channel that sounds like it probably covers serious news with thought and integrity.


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