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Texas Teen Tells Her Class She’s Undocumented In Her Valedictorian Speech

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“They told me I couldn’t, so I did.”

Larissa Martinez graduated at the top of her class at MicKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas, with a 4.95 GPA.  The Texas teen’s accomplishments paid off. She was admitted to Yale on a full ride. Martinez accomplished all of this while being undocumented, a fact that was a secret up until her valedictorian speech.

Martinez bared her soul over the course of her nine-minute speech, telling her classmates that she and her family (her mother and sister) fled Mexico to escape an abusive and alcoholic father, and how she had to give up part of her childhood to raise her younger sister, as her mother worked all the time to afford their one-bedroom apartment. Midway through her speech, Martinez confessed that she was an undocumented immigrant, and asked the crowd for their compassion.

“The most important part of the debate and is often overlooked is that immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are people, too,” she said, clearly fighting back emotion. “People with dreams, aspirations, hopes and loved ones. People like me. People who have become a part of the American society and way of life and who yearn to help make ‘America great again’ without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice.”

As soon as Larissa Martinez finished her speech, the building erupted in a standing ovation. Before you click the play button, we suggest you grab a tissue.


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This Might Be The Internet’s Greatest Clapback To Immigrant Haters

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This Might Be The Internet’s Greatest Clapback To Immigrant Haters

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This may seem like old info to you, but many assume that when you’re talking about immigration, you’re talking about Mexicanos. However, Asian-American immigration advocate organizations are bringing more visibility to diversity in immigration with the new movement #ImmigrationStoryIn5Words.


Explaining your story in just five words might not seem like enough, but these tweets totally capture the essence of being an immigrant…


This tweet totally nailed the feeling of millions of immigrants.

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And, sadly, you never have to look too far for proof.


Some hit closer to home than we realized.

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The reason you’re switching between seven different apps is to stay in touch with los abuelitos y los primos.


Politicians are jumping in to share their stories.

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Because they also come from other countries ?. We see you, Rep. Judy Chu of California.


Of couuuuuurse haters were also jumping in.

https://twitter.com/james141980/status/739954959177809920

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People like this dude ^^ prove that not everyone knows that not all immigrants are Latino. And pobrecito, he hasn’t realized he’s also a product of immigrants.


Shoutout to Keith for making this solid Hamilton reference about the greatness of immigrants.

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We work twice as hard to get the job done, but we do it, and we do it with pride.


This tweet kept it SUPER relevant.

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Because what makes America already great is that immigrants can come here and become whatever they want.


There are also serious stories explaining the immigration.

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And others are humanizing the immigrant experience.

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Truer words have never been tweeted. ?


And you can’t talk about immigration without mentioning stories of sacrifice and unconditional love.

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A lot of us can relate to these.


This man right here just wanted to point out a small detail…

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…how much immigrants have helped build America.


Then there was this hater who you can tell is trouble just from his pic.

https://twitter.com/Beau_Delorage/status/739945135648215042

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Who hurt you, boo?


But he was shut down with just five words. ?

https://twitter.com/stephberrryy/status/739946395822481408

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¡Dale!


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