The 2018 State of the Union ended on an inspiring note, and it wasn't because of President Donald Trump. Instead, it's because of Representative Joe Kennedy III, who delivered an enlightening speech at the end of the night. If you were listening intently, you might be wondering what Joe Kennedy said in Spanish at the State of the Union. While addressing the Dreamers, he said, "You are part of our story and we will not walk away."
That's right: The Democratic congressman who represents Massachusetts' fourth congressional district in the House of Representatives ended the night on a high note. During his speech, he made it crystal clear — in two languages — that Dreamers are totally and completely welcome in the United States of America. After speaking in Spanish, Kennedy reiterated his statement in English, and the audience went wild. I don't know about you, but I got goosebumps.
Kennedy's speech comes on the heels of Trump's State of the Union address, in which he also talked about the Dreamers. However, his statement was a little different than Kennedy's. During the address, Trump said that "Americans are dreamers, too." (I think he might be missing the point here, no?)
Anyway, take a look at an excerpt of Kennedy's powerful end-of-the-night speech below. The moment he begins addressing Dreamers in Spanish, the crowd roars.
As you can see, this is much different than Trump's viewpoint on Dreamers. During the president's speech, he made it more of a point to protect American people rather than immigrants. He said,
My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American dream. Because Americans are dreamers, too.
Not only did Trump's comment spark controversy on Twitter amongst those watching, but it also inspired Kennedy to make it known that Dreamers are an extremely important asset to the country. As he put it, they are "part of our story."
One tweet in particular that stood out from the rest during Kennedy's speech will make you feel super empowered. It was written by Twitter user Andrew Treviño, and TBH, he says what we all need to hear. In his tweet, Treviño responds to Trump's opinion that "Americans are dreamers, too."
The entire tweet says, "
#POTUS said that 'Americans are dreamers too' in the #SOTU. and I respond to that with, 'Dreamers are American too.' Dreamers are our neighbors, our co-workers, our friends, and our family. We all salute the same flag and love this country. That’s why we need a #DreamActNow"
If Kennedy saw that tweet following his speech, you're damn right he'd be proud. Heck, I'm proud right now. Treviño took the words right out of my mouth. DREAMERS. ARE. AMERICAN. TOO.
Based off Trump's decision to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), it's safe to say he doesn't quite agree with the young Kennedy on this one. Because of Trump's decisions thus far regarding DACA, there's a chance undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children will have an uncertain future. However, with more people like Kennedy taking a stand, the future might not look so dismal after all.
During his speech, Kennedy also spoke about the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements (to name just a few topics). He also addressed the Trump administration, and said that for them, "Dignity isn’t something you're born with, but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size. Not to mention, the gender of your spouse, the country of your birth, the color of your skin, the god of your prayers." Boom.
I think Kennedy deserves a mic drop right now... how about you?