“WHY I VOTE” EPISODE 5: BECKY G ON IMMIGRATIONOctober 21, 2016
Throughout the election season, the topic of U.S. immigration laws has raised significant questions. The number of immigrants entering the country, their impact on the workforce, and the costs and benefits of their arrival have all been hot topics during the campaign.
For musician/actress Becky G., whose full name is Rebecca Marie Gomez, this year’s election is key. It’s her first opportunity to vote, and given her Mexican heritage, immigration is a particularly significant subject to her. More than 40 years ago, Becky’s grandparents risked their lives to come to the U.S. in hopes of a better life, more opportunities, and equal rights.
As a second-generation American, Becky credits much of her work ethic and success to her grandparents, and their will to thrive as U.S. citizens. In the emotional clip, Becky says, “The immigration system can be bettered, or made a bit more efficient, or more effective for more people. All these things factor into why I’m voting.”
Previous episodes of “Why I Vote” featured Vic Mensa sharing his personal experiences with police brutality, T.I. telling his own story of growing up in Atlanta at the beginning of the government’s “War on Drugs,” Kesha discussing LGBT rights, and American Authors talking about gun safety.
Upcoming episodes of “Why I Vote” will feature John Legend, and Rise Against, Andra Day and Common.