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 award curriculum that expedites 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 biography but good-for-nothing devised her for the day in June last year when a foolhardy industrialist descended an escalator at Trump Tower and said of Mexicans: Theyre creating pharmaceuticals. Theyre fetching felony. Theyre rapists. And some, I premise, are good people.
She says: I was really angry. I was like, I cannot believe that someone would say this, but I too erroneously didnt take him earnestly. I remembered because he said that, he had no chance, theres just no way that someone who comes out and said today Like, this is going to be over in a few weeks. Hell be one of the first people to drop out before even the first Republican debate. He wont be on stagecoach. And I think that because enough of us didnt take him earnestly, thats why he is in the position that he is today, and I wish 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 adept on the Tv picture. That was the biggest slap in the face because there were so many people who did cut 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 parties, he would have been crucified. If he said that about black people, about lesbian beings, about Jewish parties, about anybody else, he would not have ever been on that stage.
Win or lose, Trump has torn the social textile. Its not just what he said that rages me, its the reaction of our home countries that feelings me even more, and scares me frankly because the reason he is where he is is because the sentimentality hes conveying already exists in our country. Hes just said it loud and shaped it OK for everyone else to say it out loud. He has formed it OK to be a racist. He has given people a programme to stand on and be bigots and be racists and be sexists and be racist. He has specified us back so many years in matters of civil rights.
Trump is exploiting 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 came by 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 came by and we do those jobs in the hope that the next generation can get an education and go to college, and the benefit of future generations after that can run companies and become president of this country. Thats what the American nightmare is about.
People want to mock us for doing those positions but at the same time those are not occupations they want to go do. So they mock us and tell us were stealing their jobs. What occupations are we stealing if those arent places you want to crowd? And by the way, thats not all we aspire to, and also people who do those chores deserve the same amount of glory as anybody else since it is honest employment and theyre making an honest living.