Gina Mei
June 25, 2015 7:36 am

Last week, billionaire businessman and TV personality Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States. His speech covered multiple topics — but perhaps most notably, Trump decided to delve into his version of discussing immigration reform: By attacking Mexican immigrants in an absolutely inexcusable way.

“When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best,” he said, according to Mic. “They are sending people that have lots of problems. They are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists, and some are good people, and I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.”

One woman in particular has refused to take these offensive comments sitting down. In a flawless Facebook post from earlier this week, Adriana Almanza decided to show Trump just how wrong he was in  — by telling him about her incredible father, Raul.

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“I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to my father, Raul Almanza,” she begins. “As you so eloquently put it, he is one of the many that Mexico ‘sends’ to this country.”

Almanza goes on to completely dismantle Trump’s sweeping stereotypes of Mexican immigrants, and talks about the years her father spent working hard to help provide for his parents and siblings back home. When he became a father, Raul remained equally selfless and hardworking, as well. From the time Almanza was young, her father helped her with homework and made sure she understood just how essential her education was — even though he himself had to drop out of high school in order to help support his family.

“My dad has worked 5-6 days a week since I was a child and I’ve never heard him complain about it one time,” Almanza writes. “He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t use drugs. He is certainly not a criminal, rapist, or drug trafficker, as your speech suggested.”

The post has received over 100,000 shares and 200,000 likes to date — so clearly, her message and story have resonated with many. (As the daughter of an immigrant myself, I can completely relate to Almanza’s awe and respect for her father.)

According to the Pew Research Center, there are an estimated 11.2 million undocumented immigrants in the United States — about 3.5% of our country’s population. Discussing immigration and immigration reform has never been as essential as it is today, especially given just how many people — how many families — these issues affect.

Rather than treating immigrants with respect, Trump reduced millions of people to tired and problematic stereotypes — and Almanza’s post perfectly nails everything that’s wrong with that (. . . which is impressive, because obviously, it’s a lot).

“Mr. Trump, in your speech, you claimed that Mexico doesn’t send the U.S. their best. But I beg to differ,” Almanza writes. “If my dad is any representation of the type of people Mexico ‘sends,’ there is no doubt in my mind this country is getting the best. The problem is that you and I have a different definition of ‘the best.'”

“The best, to me, are those that work hard and still remain humble,” she continued. “That is exactly what my father embodies; that is exactly what the other millions of Mexicans embody.”

To read the rest of her incredible post, click here.

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(Image via Facebook.)

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