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Lin-Manuel Miranda Gave A Powerful Speech Standing Up For Immigrants

"...Since the beginning of the great, unfinished symphony that is our American experiment, time and time again, immigrants get the job done."

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, delivered a commencement speech on Monday at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Miranda is a Grammy, Tony, and Pultizer Prize-winning musical genius. His past works include In the Heights and Hamilton, the latter which is a hip-hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. He was honored on Monday with an honorary Doctor of Arts.

In his speech, Miranda made this powerful statement about the importance of immigrants in this country:

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"Don't believe me? In a year when politicians traffic in anti-immigrant rhetoric, there is also a Broadway musical reminding us that a broke, orphan immigrant from the West Indies built our financial system."

"A story that reminds us that since the beginning of the great, unfinished symphony that is our American experiment, time and time again, immigrants get the job done."

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This part in his speech prompted a standing ovation from the students and Penn president Amy Gutmann.

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