A man in Escondido, California, took a stand against illegal immigration and so-called “sanctuary” city policies on Wednesday, telling city leaders all immigrants should become American citizens the right way — like he did.
Escondido man: “I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother. Okay? 45 years ago we were not offered sanctuary… We were told you have to be an American citizen and here’s what you have to do – and we did it.” https://t.co/SUMq7DO1Mu pic.twitter.com/Py3fUroOxp
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“As an immigrant myself, I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother. Okay? Forty-five years ago we were not offered sanctuary. We were not offered an easier, softer way,” he said. “We were told you have to be an American citizen and here’s what you have to do – and we did it.”
He dismissed the idea that other immigrants and “Dreamers” are unable to achieve citizenship like he and his mother did.
“If I can do it, every single person, every ‘Dreamer’ in this room can do it,” he added. “Every person that is undocumented in this room, they can do it too.”
After the impassioned debate, the Escondido City Council voted 4-1 to support the Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California’s sanctuary laws.
The man seen in the video above was not the only citizen to speak up. The San Diego Tribune reported that more than 70 people spoke during the public meeting — and the room was packed.