The pro-immigrant anthem speaks to American dreams (“venimos estudiar, queremos trabajar,” or “we come to study, we want to work”) and Palomo’s own path to citizenship in the United States. The video follows that path, from Monterrey, Mexico to the Nuevo Laredo border, on to San Antonio and Austin. It stars a piñata made in the likeness of the 45th president of the U.S. that comes to life, duels an abuela, and is chased by small children before ultimately meeting its demise.
“Though my music has always been generally apolitical,” Alan Palomo said in a statement, “I realized when recording this song that it was impossible to write biographically (in the rhetorical context of the Trump administration) without being entirely that: political. The story of my family, which before felt commonly American, was suddenly politicized.”
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