Hillary Clinton pulled at the Latino heartstrings at a campaign stop in San Antonio Thursday.
The audience waited patiently in 90º temperatures listening to Selena Quintanilla’s hit Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.
Then, Sebastien de la Cruz hit the stage to sing the national anthem. De la Cruz was 11 years old when he made national headlines in 2013 for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” while wearing a mariachi outfit at game three of the NBA finals.
On Thursday, de la Cruz hit the stage wearing a mariachi outfit again, before former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro introduced Hillary Clinton. Castro has endorsed Clinton and has been named as a possible vice president for the former secretary of state.
“In 2016 the Latino community is going to play a critical role in electing our president,” Castro said in his introduction.
But the audience cheered louder when he started speaking in Spanish. Castro told the audience the difference between Clinton and other candidates is that she respects the Latino community.
“I will defend President Obama’s executive actions,” Clinton told the audience, referring to the president’s deferred action programs that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Clinton said she would “stand up against any effort to deport DREAMers and if Congress still refuses to act I will go even further.”
Clinton’s campaign stop in San Antonio is her first organizing event in Texas since announcing her candidacy earlier this year. It’s part of a series of October events designed to focus on Latino voters, campaign aides told CNN. Earlier this month, a Clinton speech was interrupted by a DREAMer who protested reported campaign contributions from private prison companies and accused her of not earning the trust of young immigrants.
“You’re not strangers, you’re not intruders. You’re our neighbors, you’re our friends, you’re our families,” Clinton told the audience in San Antonio.
“Yo estoy contigo. That’s a promise,” Clinton said.
And then she went off the stage to "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."