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Undocumented Valedictorian Going to Yale Gives Speech

Student Who Will Attend Yale on a Full Scholarship Reveals She's Undocumented During Valedictorian Speech

Larissa Martinez, who will be attending Yale University on a full scholarship this Fall, gave an incredibly powerful speech at graduation. The valedictorian of McKinney Boyd High School in Dallas, TX, graduated with an impressive 4.95 GPA and is an undocumented immigrant, which she revealed at the podium. "I am one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows," she said. "I decided to stand before you today and reveal these unexpected realities because this might be the only chance I get to convey the truth to all of you, that undocumented immigrants are people, too."

Martinez and her mother moved to Texas in 2010 on a tourist visa and her citizenship has been pending ever since. The recent grad is challenging stereotypes and proving that permanent legal residency shouldn't define nor prohibit a person from pursuing the same rights. During her inspiring speech, she also took a stab at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump regarding his stance on immigrants. "America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice."

Unsurprisingly, she received a standing ovation. Watch the moving speech for yourself above (starting at 21:53).

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