Renowned Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui was nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to be part of his administration. The 46-year-old’s name appeared on the nominees’ list that the White House published on September 15 for key positions in the Trump administration.
If approved, Verástegui will be a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Hispanic Prosperity.
On July 9 of this year, President Trump signed the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative. As part of that, an advisory commission—to be comprised of Verástegui—was created to focus on Hispanic prosperity.
Verástegui is a well-known Mexican actor in both television and film. In 2003 he starred in the American movie Chasing Papi and three years later co-produced and starred in Bella, a successful movie that received several international awards and recognition.
Other notable appearances by Verástegui in American film and television include productions such as Charmed (2004), The Butterfly Circus (2009), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015), and Kevin Can Wait (2017).
For his artistic career and work as an activist, Verástegui has received several awards and recognitions, including a Premio Lo Nuestro in 2002, and a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2006.
He has also been honored for his charitable work on several occasions, including the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Award from the Italian Parliament, the Tomás Moro Award for his defense of human life and the family, and an “Honoris Causa” Doctorate for his work in education, social service and sustainable development.
The Hispanic Prosperity commission created by the White House will probably include Verástegui. It will be composed of no more than 20 members to be appointed by the president. It may comprise individuals “with relevant experience or subject matter expertise in promoting educational opportunities and economic success in the Hispanic American community.”
The commission shall include the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Education, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, or their designees, as directed by executive order.
Pro-Life Verástegui is a renowned pro-life activist who has traveled the world to raise awareness of the real intentions behind campaigns to legalize abortion. “It is an issue of human principles, of human rights … the most important right is the right to be born, if you are not born, what is the use of continuing to fight for other rights. You have to be born first and then everything else,” said the actor in Argentina in August 2019.
He was there to participate in a massive pro-life march. “We all have to defend life, as a politician, as an artist, as a driver, everyone,” he said in a dialogue with the Spanish version of The BL.
In that sense, he emphasized that the abortion agenda is part of a broader plan: “If the life of the unborn is not defended, tomorrow we’re going to kill each other because tomorrow they will pass a law of which he was born. If the parents do not have money are going through a crisis, why not give them then the permission that if they by consent want to get rid of their baby already born, well, you can also do, because ‘poor baby will live in hell. So it’s better to put him to sleep. We are already talking about these laws,” he warned.
“I don’t know what’s going on in the world. The only thing I know is that the world is upside down, and if we don’t get up and start defending life first, which is the most important thing, life is defended and then other things come, I repeat, we are going to kill each other,” he added.
Recognition of the Trump Administration
When President Trump presented the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative in July, Verástegui attended the White House and thanked the president for his pro-life position. “As you know, most Mexicans support the right to life and we are very grateful for all that you are doing to defend human life in the United States and around the world,” reported the Mexican website Siete24.
The artist also attended the White House in September last year. He was present at the official residence to participate in an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage.
During his visit, he advocated for the “dreamers” or beneficiaries of the DACA program.
“We request you to let your heart lead you in addressing this crisis. We realize that a solution requires an agreement with Congress and cannot be achieved unilaterally. But here both heart and head call for legislation to ratify their legalization,” he wrote in a letter to the president.
In a November tweet last year, Trump said, “Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”
Verastegui has also made public his support for the Trump administration.
Let’s make America and Mexico great together! @realDonaldTrump @Mike_Pence Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Religious Liberty, Pro-Hispanic Prosperity, and Pro-Ending Child Trafficking. Viva México 🇲🇽 and Viva United States 🇺🇸 God Bless America, God Bless Mexico and God bless the world! pic.twitter.com/uy2ebJwEZf
— Eduardo Verástegui (@EVerastegui) August 6, 2020
“Let’s make America and Mexico great together! @realDonaldTrump @Mike_Pence
Pro-Life, Pro-Family, Pro-Religious Liberty, Pro-Hispanic Prosperity, and Pro-Ending Child Trafficking. Viva México and Viva United States 🇺🇸 God Bless America, God Bless Mexico, and God bless the world!,” he wrote on Twitter including a photo with the U.S. president and vice president.