Courage? Oh yes — she’s got it.
Larissa Martinez has kept a secret from her fellow students at McKinney Boyd high school near Dallas, TX. During her Valedictorian speech, she finally told all.
Well, after all of these years, I have finally mustered up the courage to stand before you and share a struggle I’ve had to deal with each and every day … I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows of the United States.
Undocumented immigrants are people, too.
People with dreams, aspirations, hopes, and loved ones. People like me, people who have become a part of the American society and way of life, and who yearn to help make America great again, without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice.
And she includes this important fact:
We are here without official documentation because the U.S. immigration system is broken, and it has forced many families to live in fear. I myself have been waiting 7 years for my application to even be processed … we are trying to do it the right way, but we don’t know how.”
On November 8, 11 million people — folks just like her — are depending on us to do the right thing. I’m in. You?