The Muslim and Mexican immigrant experiences come to life in this video.
Emilio Rojas knows the plight of immigrants in the United States. The Venezuelan rapper’s father is an immigrant and his niece and nephew have a Muslim father living in this country. It’s no surprise that minority communities are facing increased hate crimes and hostility since the election of President Trump. According to an FBI report, hate crimes against Latinos and Muslims saw increases since the 2016 election. Then, in September 2017, the Trump administration announced the rollback of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program has helped almost 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as children to get work permits, attend school, and get driver’s licenses. The announcement to eliminate this program is what convinced Rojas to create “Walk Through Fire” to further the discussion of what is at stake for millions of people during these turbulent times.
“Immigrants and people of color contribute so much to this country, whether it be the economy or the overall cultural experience. Removing that voice from our communities deprives everyone of something valuable,” Rojas said in an email statement. “The more I heard about the ICE raids and the illegal activation of policies by officials, the more urgent this song and video became to me. I am sick of hearing people being illegally arrested and detained by authorities employing unlawful and excessive force. The goal with this song is to further the dialogue and remind people of the humanity. It’s easy to forget that people are attached to these high politicized issues.”
Check out the full video above.