Donald Trump's speech seeks to cause fear and terror in communities around the country, undocumented immigrant Astrid Silva, who was chosen to deliver the Democratic response in Spanish to the US president's speech, said today.
Silva, a Nevada activist, recalled that she came to the United States at the age of four and this is the only home she has ever known, so she was proud to represent the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are an integral part of the nation.
For the young woman, the president's speech before the two chambers of Congress was divisive, and serves as a reminder 'that the plans and vision of President Trump and the Republicans go completely against our values as Democrats, as Americans and as human beings.'
'The United States is not a country guided by hatred, fear and division, as he makes it look like. Our country is guided by respect, hard work, sacrifice, opportunities, and hope,' said Silva, who is at risk of deportation under measures of the current Government.
To say of the activist, 'in this country there is no place for discrimination, racial prejudice or persecution, but this is what the administration of President Trump has brought about for Latinos and immigrants.'
'During his first few weeks as president, Trump signed executive orders that put our entire community in danger. He took actions that specifically aim to harm the immigrant community and refugees,' she said.
According to Silva, the president is spending resources to transform working families into targets for deportation, he wants to spend billions of dollars to build an unnecessary wall, and he is seeking ways to deny entry to our Muslims brothers and sisters.
'President Trump and the Republicans can use calmer rhetoric and appear moderate, but we know that the wind blows words away. Actions are what matter,' she said.