Chicana Trumps the Trump with Open Letter

Adriana Almanza / Facebook

Like thousands of Latinos, 28-year-old Adriana Almanza was taken aback by Donald Trump’s racial slurs during his speech announcing he was running for president of the United States.

Almanza responded to Trump with a touching open letter on Facebook.

Credit: Adriana Almanza / Facebook 

The Masters graduate living in Michigan introduced Trump to her father, refuting his allegations that Mexico sends drug dealers, criminals and rapists.

Dear Mr. Donald Trump,

I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to my father, Raul Almanza. As you so eloquently put it, he is one of the many that Mexico “sends” to this country.

Yesterday, I turned 28 years old and I was blessed to have had the opportunity to share my special day with my dad as it was Father’s Day, as well. In fact, yesterday wasn’t about me at all.. It was about him. Let me tell you why.

She got real…


Schooling Trump, she told him that Mexico does send its best; honest, dedicated, hard-working and inspirational people like her father.

Raul doesn’t have what you call a “formal education”. He left high school early on to work and contribute to the household financially. But that doesn’t mean anything. When I was young, I would come home where my dad never hesitated to help me with my homework; he instilled in me the importance of education and a degree, even though he didn’t have one. My dad has worked 5-6 days a week since I was a child and I’ve never heard him complain about it one time. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t use drugs. He is certainly not a criminal, rapist or drug trafficker, as your speech suggested.

Mr. Trump, in your speech, you claimed that Mexico doesn’t send the U.S. their best. But I beg to differ. If my dad is any representation of the type of people Mexico “sends”, there is no doubt in my mind this country is getting the best. The problem is that you and I have a different definition of “the best”.

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Then, she took her argument home…

Ora Raul ? ? #MuyGuapoMiApa #PuroGuanajuato

A photo posted by Adriana Almanza, M.Ed (@adriana.gto) on

I sit here now with a Masters degree and a rewarding career. You know what that means? Absolutely nothing. My entire life the only thing I ever wanted was to make my dad proud. I wanted to be sure he knew that his sacrifices would never be taken for granted. We are not rich in wealth, sir. But we are rich in what matters.. knowledge, culture & faith. We come from humble beginnings…and every year we are reminded of that when we travel to Mexico to visit our beautiful family. To us, THAT is what matters.

The best, to me, are those that work hard and still remain humble. That is exactly what my father embodies; that is exactly what the other millions of Mexicans embody.

Perhaps you should get to know more people like my dad; there are millions just like him. Then, you’d see for yourself…& instead of bashing Mexico…you’d thank Mexico…for sending us their “best”.

#HappyFathersDayDad #YouAreTheBest #EvenIfDonaldTrumpDoesntThinkSo

People were moved by her letter, lots of people.

Almanza’s Facebook post has generated over 130,000 shares and sparked over 1,400 comments.

Others were inspired to share their parents’ stories too, like Michelle Sanchez:

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And Tara Flores:

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Credit: Adriana Almanza / Facebook

And Maria Gomez:

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Credit: Adriana Almanza / Facebook

What’s your family’s story? mitú wants to know. Leave your comments below.

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