Undocumented Immigrant Makes History At DNC

By Latinovations

Benita Veliz became the first-ever undocumented immigrant to speak at a national party convention Wednesday night when she introduced talk show host Cristina Saralegui at the Democratic National Convention.

Veliz, a 27-year-old who came from Mexico to the United States as a child, spoke during the DNC about her story growing up as an American, graduating valedictorian of her high school, going to college at the age of 20, and avoiding deportation already once.

“I feel just as American as any of my friends or neighbors,” said Veliz. “But I’ve had to live almost my entire life knowing I could be deported just because of the way I came here.”
Veliz, who now has temporary residential status under President Obama’s executive orderurged him to pass the DREAM Act, which would allow many undocumented immigrants legal residency and citizenship if they attend college or perform military service, among other requirements.

“President Obama fought for the DREAM Act to help people like me,” said Veliz. “President Obama fought for my community.”

This article was first published in Latinovations.

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

Mobilization Effort in Texas Encourages Young Latinos to Vote

Victor Landa October 7, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas group cultivating Latino voters under age 35 has ramped up its grassroots efforts to get them registered and out to vote in the November election. […]

Don’t Call Texas’s Latino Voters the “Sleeping Giant”

Victor Landa October 15, 2020

If you ask him to check a box, Peter Guzman considers himself a Democrat. Yet though he is now thirty years old, he has voted only twice in his life. […]

Republicans May Send Latinos to the Democrats with SCOTUS Replacement

Victor Landa October 7, 2020

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump’s selection of conservative replacement Amy Coney Barrett has left Democrats in a state of shock. Although a majority of Americans say that […]

Outrage, Lawsuits Follow Governor’s Ballot-Dropbox Ban

Victor Landa

AUSTIN, Texas — The head of the Texas League of Women Voters does not think a last-minute directive to limit ballot dropboxes will stop residents from voting on Nov. 3. […]