An illegal transgender immigrant declared that she belongs in the U.S. — regardless of what President Donald Trump says.
Washington, D.C., resident Catalina Velasquez spoke to The Washington Post about her right to live in America.
“I am entitled to be here, unapologetically so,” said Velasquez. “And I love this country.”
Velasquez, a self-proclaimed anti-Trump transgender activist, is in charge of a political, media and diversity consulting firm. She gave a speech at the White House when Barack Obama was president.
“This is not the first time we have had a bigot in office,” Velasquez went on. “I think we will survive it. But like before, it will come at the expense of many lives, and it will be lives like mine.”
Velasquez, a DACA recipient, came to the U.S. illegally from Columbia. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Trump signed an executive order in January calling for a wall to be built along the U.S- Mexican border. He also approved the hiring of 5,000 more border patrol agents and gave local law officers the power to enforce immigration law.