Wave Your Latino Pride & American Flag This Fourth

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Donald Trump’s remarks in mid-June calling Mexican immigrants criminals compelled Latinos to share stories about our beliefs, work ethic and pride. Because of Trumps’ insults, these seven Latinos are finding a deeper meaning to this Fourth of July.

 

Jose, 27 – The Veteran

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“I’m a veteran, so to me [4th of July] is kind of personal in a way because I grew up here and America has given me a great life. I live a better life now than I probably would have if I lived in Mexico, so I’m happy my parents came here.”

Christian, 23 – The Success Story

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“The United States gave my family a lot of opportunities to succeed in life. My parents didn’t come here to rape people. They didn’t come here to sell drugs. My dad has been working since he was 17. I’m happy to be an American.”

Lizbeth, 19 – The Hard Worker

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“My parents are immigrants and it took them 15 years to get their papers and they’re not criminals. They actually worked hard to get to where they are right now. Coming here made them have a better life than what they had in their country. I’m proud to say my parents are citizens of the USA and I’m happy they got their papers so they can say they’re proud Americans as well.”

Luis, 21 – The Believer

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“I have friends that are in the military and I’m proud of anybody who’s in they military because they’re sacrificing their lives for us and to keep this country great. I live in the best country in the world.”

Jason, 20 – The Scholar

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“America has given me education. I’m proud of the opportunities in education America has given me. I’m proud I’m living here and I’m happy to be given these opportunities that other people are busting their asses off for doing labor work every day.”

Susan, 20 – The Patriot

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“I’m proud to be American, but I’m also very proud to be Latina. We’re hard workers and whatever [Donald Trump] says, he’s pretty ignorant about it because he has no idea. I’m a proud Latina American.

Johnny, 21 – The Go-Getter

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“I’m of Mexican [descent] and a proud American and I don’t consider myself a criminal. Many of my friends just graduated from UC Irvine, [UC] Merced and they’re not criminals. I’m most proud to be American because of the opportunities in education I’ve received.”

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