Pitbull dedicates award to unaccompanied minors

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…
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Pitbull dedicates award to unaccompanied minors

Pitbull and Jorge Ramos touch upon the unaccompanied minors crisis and send heartwarming messages at Premios Juventud awards show. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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.

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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).

Upon receiving the award, which was presented to him by actor William Levy, Pitbull said “this award has no price!”

Pitbull in Premios Juventud.

Pitbull receives “Idolo de la Juventud” award in Premios Juventud on Thursday, July 17 in Miami, Fla. (Photo: Twitter/@Univision)

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.”

unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S. border

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz., that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

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.

SEE ALSO: More unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. than ever before

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.

SEE ALSO: Advocates fear unaccompanied minors lack immigration attorneys

The reporter also expresses his thoughts of the crisis on social media in support of the many undocumented children –mainly between 15 and 17.

Jorge Ramos talks about unaccompanied minors.

Jorge Ramos is torn by the current humanitarian crisis involving thousands of undocumented children crossing the border. (Photo: Twitter/@JorgeRamosNews)