Julissa Arce: There were so many other things I wanted to explore. Image: Tommaso Boddi/ Getty Images for INGENUITY
Arce became the co-founder and chairperson of the Ascend Educational Fund, a fellowship programme that facilitates immigrant students, a board member for the National Immigration Law Center. She is very critical of Barack Obama for extraditing more immigrants than any US president in history but good-for-nothing prepared her for the working day in June last year when a impetuous tycoon tumbled an escalator at Trump Tower and added of Mexicans: Theyre fetching medications. Theyre creating violation. Theyre rapists. And some, I premise, are good people.
She suggests: I was really angry. I was like, I cannot believe that someone would say this, but I too erroneously didnt take him severely. I believed because he said that, he had no chance, theres exactly no way that someone who comes out and was of the view that Like, this is going to be over in a week. Hell is just one of the first parties to drop out before even the first Republican debate. He wont be on stage. And I think that because enough of us didnt take him severely, thats why he is in the position that he is today, and I please myself and everyone else had taken him so much more seriously that we did.
Arce was even angrier when Saturday Night Live invited Trump to guest hotshot on the TV establish. That was the most difficult slap in the face because there were so many people who did section ties with Trump the Miss Universe organisation, The Apprentice, so many firebrands but I cannot believe Saturday Night Live would have him on, because if he had said that about any other group of people, he would have been crucified. If he said that about black people, about gay beings, about Jewish beings, about anybody else, he would not have ever been on that stage.
Win or lose, Trump has torn the social fabric. Its not just what he said that angers me, its the response of home countries that rages me even more, and scares me frankly because the reason he is where he is is because the feeling hes showing already exists in home countries. Hes just said it loud and reached it OK for everyone else to say it out loud. He has represented it OK to be a racist. He has given parties a stage to stand on and be bigots and be prejudiceds and be sexists and be racist. He has determined us back so many years to its implementation of civil rights.
Trump is applying immigrants as a scapegoat for everything from unemployment to terrorism, she lends. Arce rails against the cliche that Mexicans do the jobs that other beings wont.
We dont come here to clean houses and to pick strawberries and to mow lawns for the rest of our lives and because we want our children to do that. Thats not why we come here. We come here and we do those jobs in the hope that the next generation can get an education and going to see college, and the next generation after that can run companies and be president of this country. Thats what the American nightmare is about.
People want to mock us for doing those undertakings but at the same occasion those are not occupations they want to go do. So they scorn the americans and tell us were embezzling their jobs. What professions are we embezzling if those arent chores you want to fill? And by the way, thats not all we aspire to, and also people who do those jobs deserve the same amount of glory as anybody else because those are honest jobs and theyre making an honest living.