Brenzy Solorzano is here to redefine what it means to be undocumented.
In fact, in a video posted on Monday by mitú, the Los Angeles-based Latina makes a case for why she is in fact actually “documented.” She also wants to let people know that she’s certainly not in the United States looking for a hand out either.
And to the critics who think otherwise, she says:
I just wanna let you know that I am not freeloading off your f***king government because as far as I’m concerned, if I’m going to school and I’ve never gone to bed without a meal in my stomach and I keep a roof over my head, that’s because I’ve earned it all by myself.
Solorzano also explains in the video why she’s never liked being referred to as a “dreamer” by politicians when she actually considers herself a “do-er.” At the end of the video, she urges viewers to recognize why immigrants like her cannot be undocumented.
“So maybe if you took a look beyond what’s in front of your eyes, you’d understand that there’s no such thing as being undocumented, that borders only exist because we create them,” she said. “To be documented is to choose to live, to dream, to exist, to fight, and aspire with no barriers. That’s why I am here. I am DOCUMENTED, and no one― no one― can take that from me.”
Watch the full video above.