Transcript for Joaquin Castro Tells Story of His Grandmother's Immigration to America
In 1922. The only grandparent that I would ever know. Came to Mexico came to the United States from Mexico. She was at a rate best or a murderer. She was a six year old orphan. But as a girl she walked past storefront signs that read no dogs or Mexicans allowed. Her life wasn't easy and she didn't always feel welcome. Which he never stopped believing in America's secret promise. That her sacrifices would be rewarded with opportunity for herself. And her family. She kept up her part of that promise by working her whole life Beatty city cooking and cleaning houses. And the fact that her grandson is standing here on this stage tonight. It's proof that America kept its promise to. Four years ago my brother will Leon. Stewart on this stage in Charlotte. He and I know that our story is not unique. This room is filled with many proud Americans who can tell similar stories about their own families. Great grandchildren of Irish immigrants. Who came to cities like new York and Boston and saw signs that read no Irish need apply and just work harder. Grandchildren of Americans who suffered in World War II internment camps the same camps that Donald Trump has defended. And grew up to be business owners war heroes and public servants. Children of immigrants. Who have contributed to our country is doctors. Police officers. And guess what. Even be impartial judges. The their story is our story. It's America's story. And make no mistake the hero that story is never the one whose sides would pay. Thanks year old of that story will never be Donald strong. Americans know that the choice is he offers are false ones. See an America prosperity is not a zero sum game. We can create millions of new jobs and still raise a minimum wage. National security is not a zero sum game. We can keep America safe and still welcome the next generation of immigrants without a religious litmus test. And justice is not a zero sum game. We can back our brave men and women in blue. And still believe that black lives matter. These aren't zero sum games in fact. They are games at all. But you know how many plants Donald Trump has to accomplish these things. Zero. Well Donald Trump is talking about building walls. Hillary Clinton is working to build an infrastructure of opportunity. Away for Americans to get to where they want to go in life. Great schools that prepare us for college and career a strong health care system and I don't care what Donald Trump for Ted Cruz or anybody else says. The affordable care practice here to say because it saved millions of American lives. At an economy. Wearer no one who works full time and works hard lives in poverty. Republicans would have you believe that creating opportunity. Means giving tax breaks to corporations. And the super wealthy. Well. I bet a lot of Americans in my life. And no one has ever told me that their ancestors came here are looking for the lowest corporate tax rate. The promise of America is much bigger than that. And there's room made it there's room here for everyone. Donald Trump isn't going to keep that promise. He's not even gonna try. But Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will. That's why I'm asking all of you to go to I won't vote dot com. Make sure you're registered to blow make sure that the next chapter of our great American story is written by us. My grandmother believed that America was the greatest nation in the world. And I would Hillary so that our grand kids will believe the same thing to.
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