Like many of you, when I think of the election, I think of my family.
Like many Latino families, my family’s a happy mixture. My mother is Mayan and Spanish; she immigrated from Guatemala as a young girl. My father is white: his family came from Liechtenstein, Ireland, and Italy. I know very well that no space exists for my family in Trump’s America, a sentiment many of you share. We must remember that this election presents an opportunity for us to create a better future for our families.
We know what a Trump Presidency means for our community. We’ve known from the moment he announced. Trump sees the Latino community as little more than a boogeyman to scare his supporters, and cheap labor to build his hotels. Does it surprise anyone that Donald Trump has so little support from Latinos?
We support Hillary Clinton for President. Many of us proudly say “I’m with Her." Why? We’re with her because she’s committed to building an economy that works for all, not just those at the top. We’re with her because she understands that no one should go into debt pursuing an education. We’re with her because she is committed to creating a broad and equitable path to citizenship. We are with her because Hillary Clinton sees us as a community that deserves respect; a community that’s an integral part of our country.
Election Day is nearly here. Those who fear us, Trump and his supporters, want us to stay at home and not get involved. However the Latino community has never been one to sit still and stay home when the stakes are high. Now more than ever it is time for us to demonstrate our power. Please join me and thousands of others as we work to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President. Hasta la victoria!
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