Avenal boxer José Ramírez recently entered a sold-out boxing event to promote his pro immigrant stance in support of DACA recipients.
As the 2012 U.S. Olympian has done for nearly five years, Ramírez again took center stage at a boxing event in support of immigrants and immigration reform.
Ramírez, the son of Mexican immigrants, is not a DACA recipient, but the former farm worker and coffee house worker, has used his celebrity status promoting water to Central Valley farmers. Numerous of his boxing events have been dubbed “Fight For Water.”
This time it’s for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients.
“When I had a house in Fresno, I was having a couple of students that were through the DACA staying with me for free rent,” said Ramírez, age 25, as one of the evening’s bouts commenced (Jan. 11).
President Donald Trump wants an immigration bill to have increased security on the south border to include a wall, a new DACA program, ending chain migration and the visa lottery system.
The president’s intentions on the bill and recent derogatory comments about immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti and some African countries sparked responses.
“That man; our president, has done a very good job in dividing this country into many things; he’s brought a lot of racism back,” said Ramírez, a former Fresno State student.
“He’s brought a lot of negativity to this country, a lot of disagreements to this country, and this country isn’t nothing he’s making it to be. This country is a united states; that’s how we’ve become a powerful and beautiful country.”
Throughout the U.S., there are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients.
“If they don’t make a decision to bring DACA back then they could be deported any second,” added Ramírez.
“They’re doing something for the community; they’re the future of the United States. A lot them are college students striving for a better future. We can’t send them back to their countries after all their hard work. We’re talking about future teachers, lawyers, and even the Ag (agriculture) business. They’re the future of America. If we just throw them under the bus, that’s just unfair.”
Ramírez was also angered over Trump’s tossing of rolled paper towels to hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico.
“It’s not just what he thinks, but the way he acts. The way he presents himself as a president; when he went to Puerto Rico, and started throwing the napkins like it’s a game. He has no charisma. He has no personality. He has no character. He has no morals. It’s just disappointing to watch that a guy like him made it all the way to becoming our president,” said Ramírez.