Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony wrote a powerful open letter to Donald Trump letting him know exactly what she thinks of the executive order he signed on Friday, January 27th, 2017, that temporarily bans non-U.S.-citizens (including green card-holding permanent residents, international students and refugees) from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
The 20-year-old Cuban-American did not mince words. The letter, which was published by People, opens with:
Raise your hand if you are an immigrant, or the sons and daughters of immigrant parents, or the grandchildren of immigrants, or the great-grandchildren, or great-great-grandchildren? Wait…are everyone’s hands up—including yours, Mr. Trump—except for the Indigenous people of the Americas?! Because they should be.
She gives a brief, yet sobering history of how “this country was built and continues to survive off the backs of immigrants and refugees.”
The open letter isn’t just for Trump; it’s a call to action for all of us:
If you are going to these protests, if you need health insurance for yourself or a sick loved one, if you are a woman, if you are a person of color, if you are disabled, if you practice any sort of religion, if you care about the air you breathe and the water you drink, if you showed up to that women’s march in whatever city or state or country or town you came from, you need to fight back.
And if you’re not sure what you can do, Jauregui writes:
Jauregui has a strong and beautiful voice regardless of whether she’s using it to sing or fight oppression.
Last, but not least, I leave you with a photo of myself. This was single handedly the most incredible day of my life. For so long I felt so alone and hopeless in my belief in humanity and love and this day proved to me just how wrong I was in thinking I was alone. I witnessed so many powerful women, men, and queer folk alike of all different genders, races, religions, classes, sexualities, you name it..come together for one common goal, equality and justice and peace. It left a fire in my soul that can never be extinguished and a reminder in my heart that my voice can NEVER be silenced. We ARE the people, THIS IS what Democracy looks like. And I will NEVER be silenced by fear or hatred or bigotry or any other infringement on our rights as human beings because we have one sole purpose in this world and that is to LOVE one another and LOVE ourselves and realize humanity's potential. FUCK THE SYSTEM AND THE PATRIARCHY. This pussy will never be grabbed or silenced. I MARCH and fight with my brothers and sisters and I will always be proud of my voice. I hope you are too❤️