A six-year-old girl captured the hearts of demonstrators at the Women’s March in Washington DC on Saturday as she delivered a message of hope.

Sophie Cruz, the daughter of two undocumented immigrants from Mexico, made an appeal to ‘protect our families’ in a speech she delivered in both English and Spanish.

It’s not the first time she’s made waves as an activist. The six-year-old first gained media attention in 2015 when she delivered a letter to Pope Francis about immigration reform, and she went on to meet Barack Obama in 2016.

Sophie Cruz, the daughter of two undocumented immigrants, made an appeal to ‘protect our families’ in a speech she delivered in both English and Spanish at the Women’s March in DC

 Cruz took to the stage on Saturday and addressed the thousands of protesters with poise

With her family members standing beside her, Cruz said: ‘Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed’

Cruz took to the stage on Saturday and addressed the thousands of protesters with poise.

With her family members standing beside her, Cruz said: ‘We are here together to make a chain of love to protect our families.

‘Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed.

‘I also want to tell the children not to be afraid, because we are not alone. There are still many people that have their hearts filled with love…

‘Let’s keep together and fight for the rights. God is with us.’

She repeated the speech in Spanish, and chanted ‘Si, se puede’, or ‘Yes, we can.’ 

Social media exploded with adoration, with some Twitter users heralding her as ‘our future’ while Nella Zuniga wrote: ‘I wanna be #SophieCruz when I grow up’

Social media exploded with adoration, with some Twitter users heralding her as ‘our future’ while Nella Zuniga wrote: ‘I wanna be #SophieCruz when I grow up.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘That moment when a young child gives an infinitely better speech, IN 2 LANGUAGES, than the President #sophiecruz #WomensMarchOnWashington’

This isn’t the first time Cruz has been catapulted to the world stage – she broke through the pope’s ironclad security operation when he visited Washington DC in 2015. 

She handed over a letter pleading for him to intervene in her parents’ battle to stay in the United States after they arrived in California from Mexico more than a decade ago. 

The note called upon the 78-year-old pontiff to help her mother and father, as well as the millions of others who are in the U.S. illegally, to remain in the country. 

This isn’t the first time Cruz has been catapulted to the world stage – she broke through the pope’s ironclad security operation when he visited Washington DC in 2015

She handed over a letter pleading for him to intervene in her parents’ battle to stay in the United States after they arrived in California from Mexico more than a decade ago

It stated: ‘I believe I have the right to live with my parents, I have the right to be happy. 

‘All immigrants just like my dad help feed this country. They deserve to live with dignity. They deserve to live with respect. They deserve an immigration reform.’ 

She also handed the leader of the Catholic church a bright yellow t-shirt that read: ‘Pope: rescue DAPA, so the legalization would be your blessing.’ 

The schoolgirl was part of a group of activists from La Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, a West Coast-based immigration advocacy organization.

In 2016, Cruz was invited to the White House for Cinco de Mayo.

She met with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden while her parents waited outside since they could not pass the security checks without social security numbers.   

In 2016, Cruz was invited to the White House for Cinco de Mayo. She met with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden without her parents, who could not pass security

 

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