Ricardo is an undocumented immigrant and works hard at three different jobs — and one of those jobs is at a Trump hotel.
In an incredible video from New Left Media, Ricardo describes working as a busboy at the only restaurant at Trump Soho, and his subsequent reaction to Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants from Mexico — hardworking immigrants like himself — are criminals.
“I am not a criminal. I am not a drug dealer. I am definitely not a rapist,” he says.
Though he cannot vote, Ricardo uses his craft and passion — he has a degree in photography — to give a voice to himself and members of the undocumented community in New York.
In one scene of the clip, Ricardo photographs other immigrants holding signs reading, among other things, “I am not a criminal.”
Ricardo also points out that while some Republicans have criticized Trump for his comments, many of them share the same kinds of extremist positions when it comes to immigrants, Latinos, and immigration.
“I may have an accent, but I’m not stupid,” he says.
Ricardo realizes the risks in going public — specifically, getting fired — but he also wants to speak up for his family and community, and that’s a risk he’s willing to take for them.