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[VIDEO] Parents Break Down In Tears Over How Their Daughter Is Honoring Them At Her College Graduation

Vivian Felix is getting ready to graduate from college and, like most college grads, wants to give thanks to her parents. The California State University of Los Angeles (Cal. State LA) graduate decided that the best way to honor her parents was to make sure they crossed the stage with her in her own unique way. Grab the tissues because we have some immigrant parents crying at the reveal.

Vivian Felix is giving her immigrant parents the love and respect they deserve at her graduation.

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According to Felix, her parents sacrificed so much for her to be able to grow up and go to college in the U.S. Now that she is graduating and fulfilling their dreams, she wanted to give them their own chance to shine during her graduation.

She did this by decorating her graduation sash with mementos that represent her heritage and family history.

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Felix’s graduation sash includes the Mexican flag and a little bit of the serape that is synonymous with Mexico and Mexican culture. Her parents are immigrants and make the same journey north that so many families make to seek out a better life.

“Both my parents are from Mexico,” Felix says. “My mom is from Michoacan and my dad is from Durango.”

She even included their names on her sash and that’s when the emotions really hit their peak.

“I wanted my parent’s names on something of mine to walk that stage with me,” Felix recalls about her getting ready for graduation. “When I heard we could customize my graduation sash, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to honor them this way.”

She even made sure to give them more love on her graduation cap.

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“They had no idea I was doing this,” Felix admits. “I added my parent’s name because it’s the least I can do for all their struggles and efforts they’ve gone through for me and my brother.”

The tweet is bringing people to tears.

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Honestly, who doesn’t cry when they see parents crying? There is something so heartfelt and tender when you see a Latino dad start to cry. We all know that they are truly sensitive people and have a lot of emotions but don’t like to show them. The only times they cry are when it involves their kids and it is one of the sweetest displays of love.

It’s obvious that her parents are very proud of her and her accomplishments.

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“I would tell my parents, ‘Thank you,'” Felix says. “I hope they know that me going to school and graduating is for them, and to know that their sacrifices mean something.”

She has a special message for the children of immigrants who are pursuing their dreams.

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“We only have this privilege and opportunity because of them,” Felix says. “Their lives were much different than ours at this age, so the fact that they made this sacrifice solely for us is something that should be honored daily.”

You can check out the full video and the tears from Felix’s parents below.

“My parents have seen the tweet, but they are only on facebook (el face),” Felix says. “They don’t really know how twitter works, but they are glad it is getting a lot of attention, and they hope it inspires others to honor their parents.”

Spoken like true Latino parents. Congratulations, Vivian!

READ: This Afro-Latina Has Gone Viral After Dedicating This Over-The-Top Graduation Photoshoot To Her Culture

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Harvard- Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

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Harvard- Bound Latina Daughter Of Undocumented Immigrants Accepted To Four Ivy League Schools

With her family crowded around her computer, Santa Ana High School senior Stephany Gutiérrez anxiously checked the status of her college applications. Like most students, Gutiérrez had her heart settled on top schools but unlike so many, she was accepted into not one but four Ivy League colleges.

In an emotional video, Gutiérrez and her family react as they check the status of her admission to find that she was accepted into Columbia University, Brown, and Dartmouth.

Gutiérrez was recently accepted into Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, and Columbia.

The daughter of undocumented immigrants and with dreams to become a pro-bono attorney, Gutiérrez was accepted into four of the five colleges she applied to. No surprise, she also got into her first choice, Harvard.

“It was difficult, my parents are still illegal immigrants here in the United States. Their support in particular has been excellent, my father and mother have always told me that education is the way to get ahead,” Gutiérrez explained in a recent interview with Univision.

In the video, Gutierrez reads off her acceptance status to each school to her extremely thrilled parents.

“I got in!” she can be heard saying of her acceptance to Columbia University and then the other Ivy League schools.

“It took like an hour or two for the news to settle in,” Gutierrez explained in an interview with CBS. “I was in disbelief. I was like, wait, actually, let me go back and read all of it, maybe I missed a part, but, yeah, it’s starting to settle in. It’s very exciting.”

Gutierrez’s mentor Gloria Montiel-Itzel, an alumna of both Santa Ana High School and Harvard, underlined in a recent interview that it takes more than good grades to get into Ivy League schools.

“I think it’s a commitment to something other than themselves,” she explained about Gutierrez and two other seniors (Oziel Flores and Cielo Echegoyen) in her class who were also recently accepted to Harvard. “And I think all three of them, in different ways, have really shown that they care more about their community, their school and making things better for others, and I think that’s something that Harvard really loves.”

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

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Mexican Politician Accused Of Rape Vows To Block Elections Unless He’s Allowed To Run

It’s an election year in Mexico and that means that things are heating up as candidates fight for the top spot. At the same time, Mexico is experiencing a burgeoning fight for women’s rights that demands accountability and justice. Despite all the marches and protests and civil disobedience by hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, it remains to be seen how much change will happen and when. 

Case in point: Félix Salgado, a candidate for governor of Guerrero who has been accused of rape and sexual assault but maintains the support of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO). Now, after being disqualified from the race because of undisclosed campaign finances, the candidate is vowing to block any elections from taking place unless he is allowed to continue his campaign. 

A disqualified candidate is vowing to block elections unless he’s allowed to run.

Félix Salgado was running to be governor of the Mexican state of Guerrero when he was faced with allegations of rape and sexual assault. The commission that selects party candidates allowed him to remain in the race and he continues to maintain the support of President AMLO – who is of the same political party, Morena. 

However, in late March, election regulators ordered that Salgado be taken off the ballot due to a failure to report campaign spending, according to the AP. Mexico’s electoral court ordered the Federal Electoral Institute (FEI) to reconsider their decision last week. Salgado is already threatening to throw the election process into chaos.

“If we are on the ballot, there will be elections,” Salgado told supporters in Guerrero after leading a caravan of protestors to the FEI’s office in Mexico City on Sunday. “If we are not on the ballot, there will not be any elections,” Salgado said.

The AP notes that Salgado is not making an empty threat. Guerrero is an embattled state overrun with violence and drug gangs and many elections have been previously disrupted. Past governors have been forced out of office before finishing their terms. Salgado was previously filmed getting into a confrontation with police in 2000.

It was just weeks ago that the ruling party allowed Salgado’s candidacy to move forward.

In mid-March, Morena confirmed that Félix Salgado would be its candidate for governor in Guerrero after completing a new selection process in which the former senator was reportedly pitted against four women.

Morena polled citizens in Guerrero last weekend to determine levels of support for five different possible candidates, according to media reports. Among the four women who were included in the process were Acapulco Mayor Adela Román and Senator Nestora Salgado.

Félix Salgado was the clear winner of the survey, even coming out on top when those polled were asked to opine on the potential candidates’ respect for the rights of women. He also prevailed in all other categories including honesty and knowledge of the municipality in which the poll respondents lived.

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