I had the honor of speaking about immigration reform and education this evening at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton later this week will accept the nomination for president. Being part of this event and representing NEA members is awesome; Clinton will be the first woman in our nation’s history to be a major party’s candidate for president. Together, Clinton and her running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, to be champions for public education. Speaking about keeping immigrant families together made the experience even more humbling.
(In case you missed it: Thank you C-SPAN! :)
Remarks as prepared:
Muy buenas tardes, compañeros.
What an honor to be here representing the nearly three million educators of the National Education Association.
My story isn’t so different from my students’ stories: My mom is an immigrant. My dad served in the Army. My parents worked hard so that their six kids could have a chance to get ahead. And they were so proud when I became a teacher.
But today, too many students in our classrooms feel like they won’t get the chance I got, especially those from immigrant families. They tell us they’re afraid that their parents might be taken away, that they might be deported for not having the right piece of paper.
Hillary Clinton believes families should be together. She believes in our DREAMers. And she believes educators should be focused on education – not deportation.
Donald Trump sees things…differently. My mom says that if you can’t say something nice about somebody, at least make it funny. But I can’t make this funny. Donald Trump sees immigrants as criminals, drug dealers, rapists. He’d round up families and deport them. He’d build a wall.
We’re better than that. Our kids deserve better than that.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to divide people with walls of hate. She wants to build bridges to a better future for all. That’s why America’s educators are with her!
We will do everything in our power to build a bridge to a future where Hillary Clinton is our president!