DREAMer Astrid Silva is one of the most powerful activists fighting for the rights of immigrants and their families. Her powerful speech at the DNC proved just why voting for Donald Trump would be incredibly dangerous.
Astrid Silva took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention on July 25 to share her story about growing up in the United States as an undocumented immigrant, and stress why Hillary Clinton was the candidate for her. “When I was four, my mother and I climbed into a raft to join my father in America,” she told the delegation. She’s lived in the US since 1992, and still lives in fear to this day that her family will be torn apart, her family sent back home.
“My family believed so deeply in the promise of this country that we disked everything for the American dream,” she said. And despite the fact that they have lived in the United States for over 20 years, “[My parents and I] live in constant fear that their grandson, Noah, will be ripped away from them. So when Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million people, he’s talking about ripping people apart.
Astrid’s speech definitely struck a chord with the innumerable undocumented immigrants living in the United States, and especially their children. Astrid is the organizing director at the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, and has testified multiple times before Congress to ask for more deferred action and a revamped immigration process in the US.
If President Obama‘s DREAM act had passed, children of undocumented immigrants, like Astrid, would be protected in the United States, and not punished or deported. However, the Obama administration implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA immigration program in 2012, which has fortunately covered Astrid.
Along with Astrid, 11-year-old Karla Ortiz and her mother, Francisca Ortiz, spoke. Karla is an American citizen, but her parents are undocumented. Karla brought the house down with her eloquent, bilingual speech, in which she expressed her fears about “coming home and finding it empty.” The audience cried and stood up as little Karla spoke. “I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can grow up to help other families like us. I have hope. Esperanza.”
It’s a stark contrast to one of the persistent messages at the Republican National Convention the week prior: Trump’s promise to build a massive wall between the US and Mexico. While the RNC preached exclusion, the message of Monday night was “United Together.”
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