>This Gold Will Irk the Xenophobes

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You know, those who demonize the immigrants.

Henry Cejudo won the gold medal in 121# wrestling.

Photo from Outsports Daily Dozen

Henry is of Mexican descent, born to undocumented immigrants who entered the country well before he was born in Los Angeles.

Of course Henry is a U. S. citizen. He was raised in poverty and bypassed college to concentrate on the Olympics. His mother raised 6 kids on low paying jobs, and at times the family slept 4 to a bed.

“This is cool. Coming out of a Mexican American background, it feels good to represent the U.S.,” Cejudo told the L. A. Times. “Not too many Mexicans get the chance to do that.”

“He has done an unbelievable job coming from the environment that he came from,” his coach, Terry Brands, said. “Could be in prison. Could be a drug runner. Could be this, could be that. He’s done an unbelievable job of not being a victim.”
Yet here he is, gold medal winner.
Watch his gold medal match here.
Congratulations to Henry Cejudo, the latest American Dream-maker.
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