“I completely agree with Donald J. Trump’s policies as far as creating a stronger border and enforcing our border security,” said Miriam Cepeda, a 24-year-old Latina and a self-proclaimed “Trump girl” on the South Texas border.
She volunteers for Donald Trump’s campaign in an area where 90% of its population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, residing in Texas’ Hidalgo County. President Barack Obama won 70% of the vote there in 2012. This is also not far from where Trump plans to build his wall with Mexico.
Cepeda is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant who once had a green card, but she doesn’t shy away from the controversial comments Trump has made about Latinos — including when he first launched his White House bid by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
“I completely agree with Donald J. Trump’s policies as far as creating a stronger border and enforcing our border security,” she said. “I firsthand have seen … friends that are getting involved with illegal activity that’s associated with drugs or human trafficking. It’s an issue that people need to realize is reality.”
Cepeda spends most of her time at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley as a graduate student of American History, but lately she’s been spending her days posting Trump signs all over the Rio Grande Valley. Though, the signs usually get trashed by protesters. Buts she doesn’t let it discourage her, as she continues spreading his campaign message to anyone who will listen. It hasn’t been easy for her.
“I get shot down maybe four (out of) five times,” she said about when she campaigns for Trump. “But at the same time, it just takes one positive feedback to keep you going.”