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Everyone needs to see Camila Cabello’s impassioned Grammys speech

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Camila Cabello took to the stage at the 60th annual Grammy Awards to deliver an impassioned defence of illegal immigrants, saying America was “built by dreamers” and is “for dreamers”.

Pop star Camila Cabello was asked to introduce a performance by U2 at Sunday’s Grammys – and she used the opportunity to defend the “dreamers” that were brought to the US illegally as children.

“Tonight in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers, for dreamers, chasing the American dream,” she said.

“I’m here on this stage tonight because just like the DREAMers my parents brought me to this country with nothing in their pockets but hope. They showed me what it means to work twice as hard and never give up. And honestly, no part of my journey is any different from [the DREAMers].

“I’m a proud, Cuban-Mexican immigration born in eastern Havana standing in front of you on the Grammy stage in New York City and all I know is just like dreams, these kids can’t be forgotten and are worth fighting for.” 

Following Cabello’s introduction, U2 performed Get Out Of Your Own Way, which addresses the threat of racism and far-right politics.

As the song ended, Bono said: “Blessed are the s**hole countries, for they gave us the American Dream.”

The musician was, of course, referencing the alleged comments made by President Doanld Trump as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal to protect participants of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

“Why do we want all these people from s**thole countries coming here?” the POTUS reportedly said at the time.

The DACA policy – established by the Obama administration in June 2012 - allows individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

To be eligible for the program, recipients may not have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records – and there is no evidence that individuals covered by DACA are more likely to commit crimes than the general population of the United States.

Despite this, though, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September 2017 that the DACA program will officially end in March 2018.

Since then, the open borders lobby, corporate interests, Republican establishment, and Democrats have worked to try to scramble together an amnesty plan that legalises the DACA illegal aliens.

In fact, the recent government shutdown was sparked when the Senate blocked a short-term spending bill: Democrats had voted against the measure because it did not include protections for the DREAMers, who now have temporary legal status under an Obama-era program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The shutdown lasted through Monday evening when Congress approved a new short-term spending bill that will expire in February.

You can find out more about the ongoing immigration dilemma here.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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