If you’re looking for a counter-example to Donald Trump’s assertion that Mexico only sends people who have “a lot of problems” to the United States, look no further than Larissa Martinez.
Martinez, who moved to the United States from Mexico City in 2010, is the valedictorian of her high-school class. She is also, as she revealed during her graduation ceremony speech, an undocumented immigrant.
During her speech, she sought to dismiss any notion that being valedictorian means she’s someone who has always had her life together. At the age of 11, she was still living in Mexico City with her abusive alcoholic father. One year later, she moved to McKinney, Tex. with her mother after entering the country through a tourist visa. In addition to the struggles that come to adapting to a new culture, Martinez said she also had to spend a lot of time helping raise her little sister while her mother worked all day.
It was after this that she revealed that she is “one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants who’s living in the shadows of the United States.” She said that she wanted to reveal this about herself to “convey the truth that undocumented immigrants are people too.”
After this, the auditorium burst into spontaneous applause.
Although she didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, she did forcefully challenge the premise of his campaign.
“America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice,” she said.
Check out the whole video below — Martinez’s speech starts at 21:53.
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The last weekend in August marks the start of Burning Man, a week-long, festival in the Nevada desert consisting of freewheeling performance art, fanciful costumes, and a lot of drugs. The anarchic party with more than 50,000 attendees constitutes a pilgrimage for many attendees, lured by the promise of leaving the “default world” behind in exchange for a transformative or even spiritual experience.
Truckers are facing a ‘bloodbath’ in their industry — and it’s turning many in the pro-Trump group against him: report
Truckers are numerous, conservative, and hurting. And despite their widespread support for Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016, a new report from Business Insider suggests the pain in the industry might be turning these workers away from the president.
The political trends in trucking are not insignificant. According to the American Trucking Associations, there were an estimated 3.5 million truck drivers in 2018. RTS Financial has found that there are 7.4 million jobs total “tied to the trucking industry.” And Business Insider reported that nearly 90 percent of truckers are registered voters, higher than the general population.
WATCH: Trump’s collusion with Russia is now a topic for impeachment — along with obstruction and racism
President Donald Trump's interactions with Russia are now a topic of the impeachment investigation.
"There was an important development in support for impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives today," MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported Tuesday. "Important both in who the new support comes from and what that support is based on."
"Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Illinois is one of the freshmen Democrats who flipped a Republican district last year in winning her election. She brings the total number of House Democrats supporting impeachment now to 126 -- a majority of the Democrats' 235 members of the House," he explained.