Karla Ortiz, the 11-year-old daughter of an illegal immigrant, was offered the podium at the Democratic National Convention Monday night. She relayed how when she was younger she would come home and wonder why her parents were always crying. She didn't understand it was because they feared deportation. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her policies, Karla suggested, would help relieve her and her parents’ anxieties.
"She wants me to have the worries of an 11 year-old, not the weight of the world on my shoulders,” she said.
She got a loud, warm applause for her remarks. Some in the audience were even crying.
You may remember Karla from a Hillary Clinton ad earlier this year called "Brave." In the video, she is seen telling the Democratic candidate how scared she was that her parents were going to be deported, which prompts Clinton to beckon her over and asks her to be brave and let her do the worrying.
Karla’s mom Francisca also addressed the crowd and likewise got arena wide applause.
Some viewers, however, were not exactly thrilled.
So the DNC is standing to cheer on someone who is living in our country and actively breaking our laws? Wow. #DNCinPHL— Kristan Hawkins (@KristanHawkins) July 26, 2016
Following Ortiz’s remarks, the DNC aired an aired called “Trump: In His Own Words,” highlighting some of the Republican nominee’s most controversial remarks about illegal immigrants.