Benita Veliz, 27, just made history.
An illegal immigrant who was brought to Texas as a child, she became the first undocumented person to address a national political convention.
Actually, Veliz WAS an illegal immigrant. She now has temporary residential status under President Obamaâ€™s executive order granting a reprieve to people like Veliz, the young woman said.
Veliz, who said she was valedictorian of her high school at the age of 16, said she feels â€śjust as American as any of my friends or neighbors.â€ť According to her biography on Dreamactivist.org, Veliz described herself this way: â€śIâ€™ve never been married. I donâ€™t have any children. I went straight from high school to college and then to work. The only family I have left in Mexico is on my motherâ€™s side and I have only seen them once or twice in my life, as a young child.â€ť
â€śIâ€™ve had to live almost my entire life knowing I could be deported,â€ť she said on the stage.
Velizâ€™s speech was preceded by a video about immigration with Obama saying, â€śit makes no sense to expel talented young people who have been raised as Americans.â€ť
Democrats have been making a full press for Latino voters, who are key in many swing states. â€śPresident Obama fought for my community,â€ť Veliz said.
Veliz was introducing Cristina Saralegui, an influential Hispanic talk show host who endorsed Obama in June.