Dear Donald Trump: Thank You

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Dear Donald Trump,

Thank you.

You have reminded me of how blessed and lucky I am.

My grandparents on my father’s side came to the United States after they applied to be residents and were accepted. This amazing country reviewed an application and granted them resident status. This country accepted my grandparents even though, according to you, they were most likely involved in drugs, crime, and rape. That didn’t seem to impact the decision to let them reside in this country.

My father studied Civil Engineering in Mexico and immigrated to the United States a few years after and also received resident status which led to him becoming a citizen. In case you didn’t know, my father is one of the people responsible for your every day part of life. The buildings you own and work in, the streets you drive on, and the toilet you s*** in…is all because of Civil Engineers like my father. I am sooooo sorry that Mexico sent him to this country. I guess you don’t care much for America’s infrastructure (which, by the way, was rated a D+ on the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure). Every family, every community, and every business needs infrastructure to thrive….I guess except you. Strike 1 for future president status.

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My mother came to this country at the age of 13 on a 6 month visitor visa. Like many other immigrants at the time, her and her siblings extended their visit and stayed in this country. As an illegal “alien” my mother enrolled in school and continued her studies through college.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99–603, 100 Stat. 3445, enacted November 6, 1986, also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law. This act legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language.

My mother was granted citizen status under this act. That day was one of the happiest days of her life. She went on to become the President/CEO of Border Federal Credit Union (BFCU), headquartered in Del Rio, TX, serving 13 Texas counties with over $130 million in assets, 24,500 members and 114 employees. Under my mom’s leadership, BFCU obtained the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation; expanded its field of membership from 3 to 13 Texas counties and implemented various programs that serve the underserved, the unbanked and the youth in her community.

Both my parents serve and hold officer positions on various volunteer boards at the local, state and national level. My father has served as County Survey for Val Verde County for the past couple of years. My mother has made presentations at local, state, national and international seminars, workshops, and conferences on various financial topics and credit union issues. This country was built on this idea of the American dream and both of my parents are living that dream. Strike 2 for future president status.

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As a Latina and a millennial, I realized how much POWER I have.  Like my father, I am a Civil Engineer. I am active on social media. I also serve and hold officer positions on various volunteer boards, like both my parents. I have a blog where I can reach a broader audience on issues I find important. I have POWER to bring change through my work as an engineer and through my writing. When you go and make statements like the one you made about immigrants, it gives me…us…the POWER to use it to bring consciousness to an issue that really needs to be resolved.

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Politicians care so much about capturing the so-called “Latino vote” because the U.S. Hispanic population is exploding. The share of the population that considers itself Hispanic grew by nearly 49 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to census data. For the rest of the population, growth has only been 5.8 percent.

There are far more Mexicans that just want a better future for their family than the Mexicans that sell drugs, commit crimes, and hurt our beloved Country AND most practice their civil right to vote…so I guess there goes your chances of capturing our votes. Sorry. Strike 3 and you’re out.

You see, there are many people born in America and many immigrants from all different places that only have bad intentions for the “American Dream”. There are many criminals, drug users/dealers, and rapists in this country that we want to be rid of. But, sadly, your statements aren’t going to fix this problem. As for immigration reform, we need to use this conversation as a platform to really dig deep into the real issues and come up with a plan to benefit immigrants as well as our amazing country. There are many Mexicans today that want to come to America to realize their dreams. They want to come to America to make something better of themselves and to make America a better place. They want to bring change, vote, and be American. America is a country built by immigrants, so what makes these Mexicans so different?

Thank you for allowing all us Mexicans to show you and the world what kind of people we really are. I am proud to be Mexican, but I am also proud to be an American. My parents came to this country with dreams to make it and they did. America gave them that opportunity. My parents didn’t come to America to cause trouble or to just sit around and reap the “benefits”. They came to work hard and make something better of themselves. They came so that my siblings and I could have everything they never did.

So, here’s to you Mr. Trump! Cheers!

Anali Martinez – The Nueva Latina

29 thoughts on “Dear Donald Trump: Thank You

  1. Eso, the only way to showcase the amazing myriad of people us Mexicanos are is to do better, do good and stand up and be counted – especially on election day! Thanks for keeping up the fight and encouraging other millennial to follow suit!

  2. I love that you wrote this. My children are half Hispanic and what he said made me really mad until I realized how empowered it made Hispanic people like my children.My son is 18 and I am encouraging him to cast his vote for his grandfather who supported a family my cutting lawns until he was 80, for his father (my exhusand) who works 60-80 hours a week to support them. My son will be starting UNT in the fall.

    • It is really empowering. I love how Hispanic people from all backgrounds came forward to respond with their comments. It’s great to see all the support out there. And that is great!I am glad he is going to vote and going to college. Way to defy the statistics!

  3. I love this! Very empowering to read! Donald Trump is a disgusting person on so many levels. You are more successful that a lot of people I know in my life, and that is something to be so proud of. What an elegant and classy way of sticking it to Trump.

    • Thank you so much!! Thanks for reading, commenting, and liking! It was really empowering to write this. I feel like not all sides of the story are being shared, so i wanted to share mine. Thanks again for reading!

  4. Thank you for writing this! It’s great to see so many people turn this event into a positive situation rather than just throwing slime back at Trump. And as a fellow STEM professional, YAY for Latina women succeeding in a male dominated field!

  5. Awesome and empowering! Never liked Trump, and now with his comments about Mexicans, he is way down there! But you are an extremely intelligent young lady that put him in his place. My parents also came from Mexico, attended school to learn about America and the English language. They were all legal residents. Two months after they got married my dad was drafted (during WWII) in Oct. 1943. My mom was was expecting me; my dad came home only twice before being shipped overseas; he saw me once; he was killed in action in Nov. 1944, I was 16 months old. My dad was a legal resident but had not yet become an American citizen, yet he was drafted, and served and died for his country. …..the USA. I am very proud of my dad, and wish I had known him. They were both 24 at the time. My mom raised me, she was the most wonderful mother in the world and she never remarried, always worked two jobs. I always send my love to them in Heaven.
    Donald Trump needs to get his facts straight before he opens his mouth about all Mexicans. In this case, MONEY does not talk, Mr. Trump!

  6. I love your story and I am also one who comes from Mexican immigrants. I come from a home where we were seasonal workers. Migrants, working in fields picking strawberries and tomatoes under the hot sun for most of the day. I am glad to say those days are behind us now. My brothers are now business owners, I am a mother of 5 whose fortunate to be able to stay home and raise my children, my husband does very well and is self employed. We have all risen above and beyond what our parents expected or ever hoped to dream for us.
    I love that Hispanics are standing up and telling their stories to show our nation who we are. I do not however believe that Donold Trump meant every immigrant… media chooses to makes things worse. For example how long was his speech? Did you hear all his message? I believe he was addressing some real problems. Lets be real, there are bad apples out there as in every ethnicity in this world. I do not like it but its a fact. Trump most assuredly needs help with getting his point across. I got what he was trying to say. I do not like and will not vote for Donald Trump. Nor, do I believe he has a chance, but let’s look at the real issues. We need not fall into this media crap.
    We are many we can make a difference. This is America, my America, your America, OUR America!! Our vote together can make a difference but we need to choose wisely, and really look at the issues at hand and not fall for what “the media” chooses to focus on. I can go on and on but you understand what I’m trying to say. Thank you for sharing, your family is truly blessed as are many who have similar stories.

    • I completely agree!!!! I feel like him making these statements opened up the dialogue for better immigration reform. There are many immigrants of many different backgrounds who are not good people and we need to focus on letting those good people who want to make America better and start weeding out the bad apples. Hopefully something will come of this next election on immigration and immigration reform.

  7. He wasn’t talking about you or yours! As long as great people like you and your family choose to make people believe that his statements are about you or yours, the bad guys will win. That is the truth!

    • The thing is that Mr. Trump only called out Mexicans in general. There are many immigrants of many different backgrounds who are not good people and we need to focus on letting those good people who want to make America better and start weeding out the bad apples. Hopefully something will come of this next election on immigration and immigration reform.

      • He said Mexico because there is a big problem on the border… like drugs and criminals coming through. He never said he had a problem with people who immigrate here LEGALLY, like your family did. There is a problem with people coming here illegally and disregarding the laws we have in place. The laws in place help weed out the bad to let the good in.
        Like you said there are other bad people with different backgrounds as well which is why he has talked about those issues as well.

  8. Ur a very attractive young lady now i remember u and ur little brother from church ur parents have had a great impact on del rio so u should b very proud of them and i am proud of u knowing ur somebody in society from ur parents upbringing and u spoke ur paece very well i commend to and ur family.

  9. BRAVO! I bet your parents are very proud of you….. not only for having a successful daughter but one who is not afraid to stand up for ALL OF US! Dios te bendiga siempre!

  10. All latinos need to be united and share more inspiring stories like this one because we are a great culture with amazing values and the world need to read more about them. Thank you so much for sharing!

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