Three of the five singers in Fifth Harmony are Latina, which speaks volumes to how this all-girl group embraces individuality and unapologetically showcases their cultural identities.
They especially make it a point to connect with the Latino community — from releasing Spanish tracks to performing at Latino-specific events like the Latin Grammys. So it comes as no surprise that singer Camila Cabello wrote and shared her immigration story on Popsugar called "Our Dreams Were Bigger Than Our Fears."
It's full of pride, nostalgia, and straight up honesty, and what she reveals is something many immigrants feel at their core.
Cabello is Cuban-Mexican and lived in both Havana and Mexico City until she was 7 years old.
Her mother was from Cuba and her father from Mexico.
With only a couple hundred dollars, her family decided to immigrate to the United States. Cabello and her mother crossed the border from Mexico to the U.S. but her father did not.
She depicted how anxiety-ridden her and her mother were as they waited in a tiny room to be granted permission to enter the States, before taking a 36 hour-long Greyhound bus to Miami.
Her father joined them in Miami a year and a half later. She explained, "He went through such hardship to cross the Mexican border and had it harder than my mom and I did, literally risking his life for his family to physically make it here."
Her parents worked their asses off to achieve the American dream — and it wasn't easy.
Before Cabello's father reunited with them in America, her mother juggled working as a sales associate at Marshalls, taking English classes at night, and helping Camila with her homework.
She had been an architect in Cuba, but had to start from the ground up. As did her father once he arrived: One of his first jobs was washing cars.
"But we kept moving on up. . . with the Latin community in Miami, helping each other up as we did it."
Like most parents, Cabello's mom and dad were working to provide her with what they never had. Eventually they opened up a construction company together and named it after their daughters.
They told her to focus on her studies so that she could have a world of opportunities at her disposal.
Her parents' struggle and drive inspired her to take a chance and try something new: She auditioned for the "The X Factor."
She didn't know if she could sing, but her parents still took her to Greensboro, North Carolina to audition when she was in the ninth grade.
Safe to say the fearlessness she acquired from her parents paid off.
She may be successful, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten about her roots.
I am so proud to be Cuban-Mexican. This country was built on immigrants. People who were brave enough to start over. How strong we are to leave behind everything we know in hopes of something better. We are not fearless, we just have dreams bigger than our fears. We jump. We run. We swim, we move mountains, we do whatever it takes. And so next time, when anybody wants to tell you they want to build a "wall" on our border, remember behind that wall is struggle, determination, hunger. Behind that wall, could be the next cure for cancer, the next scientist, the next artist, the next drummer, the next anything they work hard enough to become!
Stories like Cabello's are vital to the current dialogue surrounding immigration issues.
Her experience is one that many Latinx community can relate to, and we love that a person with her status and following used their platform to continue the conversation.