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.”