Watch Joe Kennedy III address DACA recipients in Spanish: ‘We will fight for you’

Fall River  MA  01/30/18    Congressman Joe Kennedy III will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union from  at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.   (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)
Rep. Joe Kennedy III delivers the Democratic response to the State of the Union from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River. –Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

In case you hadn’t heard, Rep. Joe Kennedy III  is fluent in Spanish.

The Massachusetts congressman used that skill to draw a contrast Tuesday night while delivering the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, during which the Republican president delivered the tinged line, “Americans are Dreamers too.”

Speaking from a Fall River vocational school, Kennedy broke into his second language to directly address so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and whose future has been thrown into uncertainty by the current immigration debate.

“To all the Dreamers out there watching tonight, let me be absolutely clear,” he said. “Ustedes son parte de nuestra historia. Vamos a luchar por ustedes y no nos vamos aljar.”


Raising his voice, Kennedy then repeated the English translation: “You are part of our story. We will fight for you and we will not walk away.”

Watch Kennedy’s full speech below: