Video: San Francisco Giants’ Sergio Romo Speaks Out for Undocumented Youth

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Sergio Romo at the Giants’ World Series Victory parade in 2012. (Photo: Michael Marconi)

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.”

  • Willis James

    He supports the Dream Act. Lots of us support the Dream Act and many other elements of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill.

    However we don’t support it many faulty elements and fear in its present form, it will only result in yet another version of the failed 1986 “reform”, wherein little effort was taken to secure the border and to enforce complicance in the workplace.

    Just this past week, the PBS News Hour had a series of reports that were most troubling.

    Clearly their report about the security of the border indicated it is far from being closed off.

    Both sheriffs, including the one who favored passage, indicated the border was still open to a great degree. The LA Times did a article indicating that over 50% of those crossing are getting through.

    I might also add, it was finally on Monday the 27th of May that we got to view the first real discussion about the effect of the new proposed immigration numbers of low-skilled workers and how it would impact low-skilled American citizens and legal residents.

    When is the last time you ever heard or saw any feature on KQED examining the impact of these provisions on our own poor lower skilled workers, who stil have a unemployment rate of over 16% in California.

    Go look at the 9 minute report.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/politics/jan-june13/immigration_05-27.html
    About time the forgotten working and unemployed low-skilled Americans were represented in this ongoing discussion.
    Time to include some strong provisions that are staffed and funded, to make sure the lower-skilled American workers don’t once again end up on the short end of the stick with frozen wages and high unemployment.
    Seems almost no one in KQED ever even reports on them.
    All we hear about are those concerned about HB1 visas.
    No one seems to represent the lower skilled and lesser educated working poor.
    So yes, immigration reform, but with real provisions so we don’t end up with a repeat of 1986.
    Don’t sell out low skilled workers just to gain political advantage.

  • mrwritesf

    I’m thinkin’ he may have bought himself some trouble in using either the Giants and MLB as “official”(???) backing. Oh, and cute? Not. So. Much.

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