In Denver visit, Vicente Fox praises city’s immigration efforts, blasts Trump on NAFTA and border wall

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Tuesday kicked off his multiday visit to Denver this week by praising the city’s efforts to protect immigrants living in the U.S. illegally and blasting President Donald Trump over his proposed border wall and views on NAFTA.

“I believe this city is showing the rest of the United States and the rest of the world that you … do the very best for the people that live in your city, that work in your city — for the people that contribute to the growth of this city,” Fox said.

Fox, a vocal critic of Trump, is in town for a Global Chamber Denver forum focusing on ways to improve and grow the U.S.-Mexico economic relationship. He is slated to spend time with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper during his stay, which spans into Thursday.

Fox’s visit also comes on the heels of a Denver City Council ordinance passed Monday night instructing city employees not to ask people about their immigration status or to share it with federal officials. The initiative also bars Denver’s jails from allowing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents access to secure areas for inmate interviews without a judicial warrant and generally from working with federal immigration officers.

Fox, who was in office from 2000-06, said the ordinance was “great news,” the right thing to do and that it simply follows the rule of law.

Speaking to reporters about Trump’s proposed border wall, Fox used an expletive and called the U.S. president’s efforts misguided.