On Tuesday, Jorge Ramos, an anchor and reporter for Univision, asked Donald Trump tough questions about his immigration policy — but not before being escorted out of the press conference by security. Ramos was removed from the event in Iowa after he tried to ask Trump a question out of turn. He was later invited back in and was able to ask his questions, but the earlier drama didn't go unnoticed. Trump might not want to hear what he has to say, but these awesome quotes from Ramos should make him think again before discounting the journalist.
Ramos is considered one of the most influential Hispanic journalists, and immigration is an issue he's clearly passionate about. Born in Mexico City, he came to the United States as a student — and immigrant — in his 20s. Since then, he has skyrocketed in success and popularity. In 2010, Pew Research Center found Ramos to be the second-most-recognizable Hispanic leader in the country, and Time named him to their list of 100 Most Influential People in 2015. He speaks out against Trump often. Trump has fired back, but that hasn't stopped Ramos from pushing the candidate on the tough questions that matter to him, particularly when it comes to immigration. He often speaks from his personal experiences, ranging from his thoughts on immigration to his standards of ethical journalism.
Once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one.
You have to go through a mental and emotional process to recognize who you really are. I finally recognized that I cannot be defined by one country.
The United States gave me opportunities that my country of origin could not: freedom of the press and complete freedom of expression.
My only advice is, follow your dream and do whatever you like to do the most. I chose journalism because I wanted to be in the places where history was being made.
The best of journalism happens when we take a stand: when we question those who are in power, when we confront the politicians who abuse their authority, when we denounce an injustice.
On Asking Tough Questions
The most important responsibility we have as journalists is to question those who are in power. I honestly believe that.
I don't think we've asked the right questions, the tough questions, at the right time, in Washington.
Sometimes you have to ask the question as if it's going to be your last question — as if it's going to be the last time you talk to that person.
On The Latino Community
It is a privilege to work as an anchor for Univision, but more important, I am amazed by how Latinos are transforming America.
You cannot be a Latino, graduate from Harvard, and have a normal life. No — I'm sorry to say — but you can't. There are so many problems in our community and so many things that have to be fixed in our country, that we need you for that.
Ramos has become a champion for the Latino community and an advocate for holding politicians accountable for their beliefs. It's no wonder Trump has a problem with him. Still, it's good to know that not even Trump can silence a prominent figure like Ramos.