Hillary Rodham Clinton

Damian Lopez Rodriguez: A son, a soldier, a dreamer - Oct. 26, 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton
October 26, 2016
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Campaign status: Lost

ANA: What Mr. Trump says is a lie.

TRUMP: When Mexico send its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.

ANA: My son didn't die stealing. He didn't die committing a crime. He died defending this country.

RAFAEL: No one knows what it's like to lose a child unless you have lost one.

CRANE: Donald Trump never knew Damian Lopez Rodriguez, but I did. Damian was in my American History class his junior year in high school. He epitomizes what is good about this country. I'm thankful I knew him.

RAFAEL: He was very friendly, very sociable, very caring of others. He was very loved by a lot of people.

ANA: He came here undocumented. Everyone wants the best for their kids.

RAFAEL: They were happy. They started school and picked up English. They had a lot of friends.

CRANE: Damian also had a love for this country.

ANA: When he was 18, he told me, "Mom, I joined the Army."

RAFAEL: He wanted to serve the United States. Even when he knew the U.S. was at war, he went and enlisted.

ANA: Damian was very proud of his uniform. And he would tell me to take a photo, and I was just taking photos of him. I was proud to see him in uniform. They gave him orders to go to Iraq. A few months went by.

RAFAEL: It was Good Friday. April 6th, 2007.

ANA: I saw two Army soldiers. I ran quickly to the door, and I said, "Damian, what happened to my son?" I knew in my heart already.

RAFAEL: I was getting an order when the restaurant phone rang. She told me, crying, "They killed Damian." It's horrible, because he was so young. He had so much left, so many dreams.

ANA: He died defending this country, this country that welcomed him, adopted him, that saw him grow.

CRANE: Damian was granted full citizenship because of an Executive Order signed by President Bush in 2002, to speed up the naturalization process for immigrants who served in the U.S. military. He was granted his citizenship after his death. It was the right thing to do. It is a dream that we all have, to have citizenship. He did it. He wanted to be a citizen to have the right to vote. He'll be voting from above. He'll vote.

TRUMP: They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. Roaming free, to threaten peaceful citizens. The illegals kill their children. They have to go. We're going to have a deportation force. A new, special deportation task force. They're going to be deported. Look, we either have a country, or we don't.

RAFAEL: Mr. Trump doesn't know about all the sacrifices Hispanics make. My son is Hispanic. He gave his life for him, for his freedom.

CRANE: I just think it's important that Donald Trump take a step back and think about what really makes America great, and I think it's the people who live here. These are not the people that you defined as rapists and murderers and criminals. They are as good of people that we have to offer in this country. They are what makes this country great.