Photo: Grammy-Nominated Artist Gustavo Galindo Shows Support for Latino Youth, DREAM Act
Singer Gustavo Galindo, who was nominated for a Grammy for his disco debut, came out on Tuesday in favor of the DREAM Act after meeting with a group of Hispanic students in Chicago.
The performer said in an interview with Efe after the meeting with the young people that he is a “super fan of the DREAM Act” and that the United States is growing thanks to “those people who want to work and who want to fight to have a better life.”
“Without them, and without that youth, this country’s not going to grow any more. The DREAM Act is as important to the United States as to the Latino culture,” he said.
The legislation, which would offer a path to legal residence for qualified undocumented students, remains stalled in Congress.
The Mexican-born, U.S.-raised Galindo showed up at Benito Juarez High School as part of the national “Celebrity Music Teacher for a Day” initiative.
Through this campaign, which was carried out earlier in New York, Dallas and San Francisco, Galindo gave some advice about the creative process.
The singer also spoke about the importance of immigrants preserving their cultural identity and accepting the music of both sides of the border.
“Our musical cultural heritage is rather rich. Those two cultures have to be taken advantage of,” said Galindo, who named Soda Stereo, Joaquin Sabina, Bob Dylan and U2 as his musical influences.
The musician added that his music is born after “grabbing the Mexican heart and mixing it with that force of American rock.”