Julissa Arce: There were so many other things I wanted to explore. Picture: Tommaso Boddi/ Getty Images for INGENUITY
Arce grew the co-founder and chairperson of the Ascend Educational Fund, a award program that facilitates immigrant students, a board member for the National Immigration Law Center. She is very critical of Barack Obama for evicting more immigrants than any US president in biography but good-for-nothing educated her for the working day in June last year when a impetuous tycoon tumbled an escalator at Trump Tower and said of Mexicans: Theyre producing stimulants. Theyre raising violation. Theyre rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
She says: I was really angry. I was like, I cannot believe that someone would say this, but I also erroneously didnt take him seriously. I envisioned because he was of the view that, he had no chance, theres just no way that someone who comes out and says that Like, this is going to be over in a week. Hell be one of the first beings 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 gravely, thats why he is in the position that he is today, and I care 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 stellar on the TV display. 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 labels 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 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 exasperations me, its the reaction of our country that exasperations me even more, and scares me frankly because the reason he is where he is is because the sentiment hes uttering already exists in our home countries. Hes just said it loud and moved it OK for everyone else to say it out loud. He has cleared it OK to be a prejudiced. He “ve been given” people a platform to stand on and be bigots and be prejudiceds and be sexists and be racist. He has set us back so many years in terms of civil rights.
Trump is using 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 said he hoped that the next generation can get an education and go to college, and the next generation after that can run companies and become president of this country. Thats what the American daydream is about.
People want to mock us for doing those places but at the same period those are not activities they want to go do. So they mock us and tell us were embezzling their jobs. What chores are we plagiarizing if those arent enterprises you want to load? And by the lane, thats not all we aspire to, and likewise people who do those errands deserve the same quantity of dignity as anybody else because those are honest employment and theyre paying an honest living.