“I am the proud child of Honduran immigrants, I am profoundly grateful for the access and opportunity that exists in this extraordinary nation,” Ferrera admitted on Wednesday night (July 28). “I was educated in public schools. My talents were nurtured through a public arts program. And you know what? Occasionally, I needed a free meal to get through the school day.”
Ferrera’s experience, historically disallowed from the mainstream, is shared by millions of Latinos throughout our nation. “Not everyone looks at the millions of young people like me—children born into struggling families, children born to immigrant parents, children who are immigrants themselves—not everybody looks at them and sees an investment,” she continued, hinting at Republican candidate Donald Trump’s xenophobic attitude toward Mexicans, and more.
Earlier in their speech, Ferrera and Dunham took turns taking aggressive shots at Trump, immediately pulling in the attention of their audience. “Donald’s not making America great again,” Ferrera added. “He’s making America hate again. And the vast majority of us, we cannot afford to see his vision of America come to be.”