Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today sat down with David Ortiz for a recent interview. In it, Ortiz talked about Donald Trump and his comments about immigrants and immigration in the past year or so. He is quite understandably not a fan:
“When you speak like that about us, it’s a slap in the face. I walk around sometimes, and I see Mexican people trying to earn a living in an honest way. And to hear somebody make those kinds of comments, it hits you . . . As Latin people we deserve respect, no matter where you’re from. And especially our Mexican brothers, who come here willing to do all the dirty work.”
Ortiz went on to talk about how, whoever comes here, from wherever they come, does so with a single goal, and that’s to realize the American Dream. It’s not at all difficult, it would seem, to be able to appreciate that and respect the dignity of those who want to make their lives better even if reasonable people can disagree about the laws which should apply to those seeking to come here.
Ortiz became a U.S. citizen in 2008. In my view he understands and appreciates what it is to be an American far better than a lot of natural born and self-proclaimed patriots.