It was a fun and successful night Thursday when countless of artists performed and sang at the hip Univision awards show “Premios Juventud.” It was also the night where two famous Latinos touched up the current humanitarian crisis.
In the midst of Romeo Santos singing his latest single, Chiquis Rivera taking the stage for the first time and award winners, Pitbull was the one artist who sent out a simple yet heartwarming message.
The Cuban-American rapper, known for his collaborations with some of music’s most reputed stars, received the recognition for “El Idolo de la Juventud” (The Youth’s Idol).
But a storm of applauds filled the room when he dedicated his Premio Juventud to the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the border.
“[This award is for] the children and families trying to cross the border in search of the ‘American Dream’,” Mr. 305, born Armando Christian Perez, said.
More than 52,000 children –primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras– have been caught crossing the United States border alone since October.
News anchor Jorge Ramos also voiced his thoughts on the children at the border, which was described as an “urgent humanitarian situation” by President Obama.
“I want to speak to you and you have all been witnesses,” he began. “Millions of children have been coming to the border, they are coming alone.”
Ramos also mentioned the reason for which these children come to U.S. grounds: to escape violence, gangs and drug trafficking.
“Because they are very poor and because their parents or family members are here,” he added to his message.
The Mexican journalist based in Miami told the audience that it’s not right that some politicians want to deport these children.
In hopes to raise awareness, he said: “We have to treat these children as children. We have to treat these children as our own, our partners, our siblings.” “I think we have to leave aside politics and the first thing that must be done is protect them,” Ramos finalized.
The reporter also expresses his thoughts of the crisis on social media in support of the many undocumented children –mainly between 15 and 17.