California Attorney General Xavier Becerra used his national stage to reach out to immigrants in the first-ever live Spanish language response to President Trump's State of the Union Tuesday night.
Becerra spoke at his alma mater, McClatchy High School in Sacramento. A group of teenagers sat quietly and watched while Becerra delivered his live rebuttal in their school's library. But once the camera was off they burst into excited chatter.
Senior Mirelle Gutierrez is Latina and said Becerra’s speech felt hopeful at a time when she’s hearing a lot of negative things about people like her.
“The fact that I’m constantly seeing myself being targeted on the screen, it’s really nice to know that we actually have someone out there who is just like us who is fighting for us," she said.
Senior Hanaa Al Nassiry’s grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Yemen. And even though she’s not Hispanic, she said she relates to Becerra, whose parents were also immigrants.