She may be just 6 years old but little Sophie Cruz has already roused crowds with her compelling words.
Cruz brought messages of solidarity and hope at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and urged the public to keep fighting for the rights of immigrants.
“We are here together making a chain of love to protect our families. Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed,” the pint-sized activist, who was accompanied by her parents and her younger sister.
“I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love… let’s keep together and fight for the rights. God is with us,” Cruz added.
The little girl gave her stirring speech in two languages, English and Spanish, and ended with the chant, “Sí, se puede” (Yes, we can).
At the end of the speech, some of the people in the crowd were reduced to tears. The little girl’s speech also got her rave reviews online.
#SophieCruz is a lovely little girl, she deserves to be raised in her country with her own people and a sense of pride in what's hers.— Gab/WifeWithAPurpose (@apurposefulwife) January 21, 2017
Cruz first caught the attention of the press in 2015, when she wrote a crayon-scrawled letter to Pope Francis and urged him to speak to the president and Congress about legalizing her parents, Raul and Zoyla Cruz, who were both undocumented citizens.
She later also visited former President Barack Obama, this time without her parents, because of their undocumented immigration status (White House security only allows people with Social Security numbers to pass through the gates).
Cruz’s voice was all the more powerful as Donald Trump has threatened multiple times to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million people as president.
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