Video: San Francisco Giants’ Sergio Romo Speaks Out for Undocumented Youth
San Francisco Giants’ closer Sergio Romo, of whom the description “cute” has often been applied, has gone political by cutting a video for The Dream is Now campaign, which describes itself as “an effort of concerned citizens who believe we need to fix America’s broken immigration system, giving undocumented youth and their families the chance to earn their citizenship. We support common sense immigration reform that includes the principles of the DREAM Act.”
The DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrant students who were brought to the U.S. as minors, has not been able to gain Senate approval. The so-called Gang of Eight’s current immigration reform proposal, though, incorporates many of its components. And last year President Obama enacted a two-year deportation deferral program for certain immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 years old. California passed its own version of the DREAM Act in 2011.
What’s perhaps most interesting here is that the video is appearing on the Giants’ website and has an MLB.com watermark on it. We have a call out to the Giants now.
In the video, Romo says, “When I hear of a student being undocumented, I take it as kids going to school, they’re just trying to learn and get better, so I don’t find anything negative in that.” He signs off with, “I”m Sergio Romo, pitcher of the world champion San Francisco Giants. Today I’m standing proud with the Dream is Now campaign, because I strongly believe that there should be a pathway for approximately 2 million undocumented students to earn their United States citizenship, so that they can lead a productive life and give back to the only country they know as home. They deserve a chance to live their dream, and we will all win if they do.”
In 2012, Romo, who is a first-generation Mexican-American, caused a small stir when he appeared at the Giants’ World Series victory parade wearing a shirt that said “I Just Look Illegal.”