The teen and her family arrived in the US on tourist visas in 2010. Now, Martinez has accepted a full scholarship to Yale University and wants to become a neurosurgeon.
Addressing her graduating class, she said:
"After all these years I've mustered up the courage to stand before you and share a struggle I've had to deal with each and every day… Immigrants — undocumented or not– are people, too… People who have become part of the American society and way of life and who yearn to make America great again without the constriction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice."
So powerful and brave!
We have a feeling this is just the first of many great things to come in this young woman's future!
Ch-ch-check out the video (below) at the 21:54 mark to hear Larissa's moving speech!