Sergio Romo supports immigration reform in new video


Sergio Romo celebrates his 16th save Tuesday night. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Over the last couple of years, athletes have taken increasingly public roles with videos in support of same-sex marriage and against bullying.

Now, San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo has recorded a video in support of immigration reform. The video appears on MLB’s YouTube channel.

“I’m first-generation Mexican-American. Both of my parents were born in Mexico,” he says in the video. “My dad always spoke of the American dream as a man hard working, earning his keep, being able to take care of his family in a respectful manner.”

Romo, a United States citizen who wore a T-shirt proclaiming “I just look illegal” during the Giants’ World Series parade last fall, made the video for The Dream Is Now campaign, which supports finding a route to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

“When I hear of a student being undocumented, I take it as a kid going to school, just trying to learn to do better so I don’t find anything negative in that,” says Romo, who was born in California. Two million undocumented people “deserve to a chance to live their dream and we will all win if they do.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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