Donald Trump's recent remarks on immigration and specifically Mexican immigrants have evoked widespread outrage. That's why Sergio Mejía created the "Meet an Immigrant" video to point out the offensive stereotypes Trump perpetuated.
In his presidential run announcement, Trump labeled Mexican immigrants as: "people that have lots of problems..." and that they're "bringing drugs, bringing crime, they're rapists and some I assume are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting."
Mejía stood in a seemingly busy area outside, blindfolded, in handcuffs and dressed in a jumpsuit with a sign next to him that read: "MEET AN IMMIGRANT. DO YOU REALLY SEE ME AS A DRUG LORD, RAPIST, CRIMINAL?"
People walking by certainly did not ignore him...
In the video, people are seen reading the sign, taking pictures and approaching Mejía to engage in conversation. One woman expressed the solidarity she felt with Mejía by shaking his hand and explaining that she too is an immigrant.
"I'm an immigrant too," she said. "Yes I am, I'm from England."
Other people showed their appreciation by shaking his hand and saying words of encouragement like: "I see you as one of God's children," and "You're not a drug lord or rapist." One lady even offered to give him a hug.
Mejía's is among a number of people who have publicly condemned Trump's comments.
Stereotypes and generalizations are often created by messages funneled through the media and through public figures. Mejía is joined by many aiming to debunk the stereotypes Trump relayed and instead call attention to the vibrant, successful, diverse and hard-working immigrant communities.