Before presenting Ricky Martin's performance at Premios lo Nuestro 2017, Jorge Ramos took the microphone to send a powerful message of union to current US leaders, especially President Donald Trump. In a night that brought together most of the biggest stars in the US Latino firmament, the Univision anchor and declared Trump enemy sent the loudest and most powerful pro-immigrant message.
Relaxed, with one hand in his pocket and the other on the microphone, Ramos used his presence on the stage of the American Airlines Arena to speak bluntly. "We all know what is happening in this country," he said. "There are a lot of people who do not want us here and who want to create a wall to separate us, but this is also our country and we are not going to leave," he said sharply as the crowd reacted approvingly.
"We are about 60 million Latinos and, thanks to us, the United States eats, grows and —as we have seen tonight— sings and dances. When they attack us, we will not sit down, we will not shut up and we will not go. All these groups speak for us and it is very important that they do not remain silent," he continued before giving way to a video touting Latino pride.
Ramos presented the clip of five extraordinary Latinos, including Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, actress America Ferrera, Mexican film director Alejandro González Iñárritu, model Jilliam Mercado, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
But Ramos was not the only one to send a political, pro-immigrant message from Miami to Washington. Bachata superstar Romeo Santos, honored with the Award for Excellence, raised his voice to remind the public that "we need more love, less envy and respect for all."