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Meet the Undocumented Immigrant Who Works In A Trump Hotel

"It doesn’t make me proud to go to work every day under his name."

Meet Ricardo Aca, an undocumented immigrant who works as a busboy the Koi SoHo restaurant, which leases space inside the Trump SoHo hotel in New York City.

Aca is the subject of a short video profile produced by New Left Media in which the Puebla, Mexico native addresses Donald Trump’s assertion that Mexican immigrants are criminals, drug dealers and rapists. "Trump keeps pointing out all these immigrants that have done these terrible things, but those aren’t the immigrants that I know. That’s not what we’re like,"Aca said in the video. "It doesn’t make me proud to go to work every day under his name." 

The New York Times reports that though Aca described himself to be undocumented in the video above, the 24-year-old does have permits that allow him to live and work in the U.S. under the federal DACA program.

A trained photographer, Aca has created a photo series featuring immigrants holding up signs declaring that they are not the criminals, drug dealers or rapists Trump has labeled them to be. 

Though he fears he may lose his job for speaking out against Trump, Aca says he feels compelled to prove the Republican presidential candidate wrong. He does exactly that in the video above.

This article has been updated with additional information from The New York Times regarding Ricardo Aca's immigration status and place of employment.

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