Camila Cabello had a moment last night. She and her fellow Fifth Harmony members were on hand to perform "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at the White House's National Tree Lighting ceremony, but it was meeting President Barack Obama that affected her most.
"today i got to hug and thank Barack Obama with tears in my eyes for everything he does in supporting immigration," the "Sledgehammer" singer captioned an Instagram photo of her hugging the President at the event Thursday night (Dec. 3).
The POTUS recently announced an executive order on immigration reform that could affect as many as 3.7 million undocumented immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens and have lived in the country for five or more years, the Migration Policy Institute says. The Washington Post reports that an additional 1.5 million people could be protected through the proposed expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Cabello continued: "i am a daughter to a Cuban mother and a Mexican father who left everything they knew with only the clothes on their backs to come to a land where they only knew the words 'yes' and 'no'. as a family we built a new life from the ground up in hopes of getting the opportunities to be the people we couldn't be in our own countries."
The POTUS' move has already met opposition. On Wednesday, 17 states, led by Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott, filed a joint lawsuit to block the executive order.
The 17-year-old singer ended her 'gram caption with a hopeful message: "it is 2014 and i am a Cuban Mexican proud American citizen.
"i look behind me and I see the White House, but i also see my parents and other immigrant families taking a last look at the home country. i look in front and see the president and his family. but i also see us-and the families to come- wiping the sweat off our brows, looking up, and thanking God that we made that choice."