“I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave.”
The Democratic National Convention kicked off yesterday, and despite speakers like Bernie Sanders and Michelle Obama, the highlight was undoubtedly when an 11-year-old daughter of undocumented parents took the stage. The theme of the first night was “United Together,” which naturally featured a number of Latino speakers. But Las Vegas native Karla Ortiz took the cake.
Ortiz spoke about the daily terror of having undocumented parents, “On most days, I’m scared, I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave, and I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty?” Karla said, standing by her mother’s side. “‘Valiente. Brave.’ That’s what Hillary Clinton called me when I told her I was worried my parents would be deported. Even when I was little, my parents were always crying, but I didn’t understand why.”
“Soy Americana” she proclaimed to raucous cheers. “I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can grow up and help other families like us.” In the meantime, Karla believes that Hilary is the answer to their struggle. “She told me that she would do the worrying for me,” she said. “Because, she told me, she wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old,” Karla said. “Not the weight of the world on my shoulders.”