South Florida gas distributor and Cuban immigrant Maximo Alvarez spoke about his American dream and warned against socialism during an event Friday at the White House. “Never forget about my dad who only had a sixth-grade education but I think he was the greatest philosopher I ever met,” he said. “He used to tell us how lucky he was because he was able to come from Spain to Cuba and then he came from Cuba to the United States and he saw me graduate from college and that was the biggest prize he ever had and he said don’t lose this place because you’re never going to be as lucky as me because if you lose this place you have no place to go so with that please keep that in mind and please people explain that to our young people who are demonstrating out there don’t be useful idiots”
ALVAREZ: Look at our backgrounds. Just think that in 1961 as a 13-year-old by myself on my way to Spain, I wasn’t even coming here I arrived in this great country and almost 60 years later I am sitting next to the president of the United States talking about the American dream. The only country in the world, no other country in the world that you can start a business from the trunk of your car and within a very few years with hard work, commitment and all of the core values that we learned from this very culture of ours we can become very important to our future. We can become those people who make the next generation better than the one before. This is the only country why do you think you have to close the borders? Because everybody in the world wants to come over here. Nobody is ever forced to come over here, we come over here in my case because my parents chose that I would not be indoctrinated by the communist country, by the totalitarian country, by the totalitarian regime. They don’t educate children, absolutely not and this is something that we need to understand. What is happening in our backyard today I experienced as an 11-year-old. I remember vividly all of the promises that a guy named Castro gave and held 99 percent of the people swallowed the pill. It took many years later after I read somebody named (INAUDIBLE) that I realize that all of those people were nothing but useful idiots I remember Castro while in the mountains being interviewed and ask if he was a communist. He went crazy. I dare you he says (UNTRANSLATED) Roman Catholic educated by the just the woods he was how dare you we even have a priest in the mountains use to have a priest in the mountains I remember (INAUDIBLE) Christopher Columbus here for those of you who don’t and I remember the brothers, the (INAUDIBLE) brothers use to send young kids to the mountains because it was the second coming of our Lord. He was going to save Cuba and remember how he promised to the farmers, to the (UNTRANSLATED) that you are going to own the land. I remember all of the promises that we hear today about free education and free health care of free land and my God no freedom but he never said that until after he was in power and got rid of all of the police, got rid of all of the military been there for the last 60 years and counting and he destroyed each and every one who helped him the Catholic Church, everybody and what do I know that? Because I happen to come to this country with the very last nine (INAUDIBLE) from Santa Clara because he had taken over the convent and I was on my way to Spain, I wasn’t even coming here because I was going to join my brother who my parents had already sent a few months before because he was in the age where the government will take him for indoctrination purposes. My dad who had experienced the same thing coming from Spain at the turn of the century running away not from socialism, communism. He knew better. I remember when he used to tell my mom (INAUDIBLE) these SOP’s are communist. My mother said look, how can you say that? He’s Catholic? Look, (INAUDIBLE) rosary beads all over his neck. It just so happened that when I was on my way to Spain to meet my brother I was going to go to the (INAUDIBLE) brothers in (UNTRANSLATED), same brothers you had Christopher Columbus by the way my brother died and I was kept in this country, greatest (INAUDIBLE) but imagine what happened to mom and dad. One day they lose both kids. This is a family who had never been involved in politics. My father came at age 18 from Spain running from communist by himself never went back. After the long, long life of sacrifice when he was about to enjoy the fruit of his labors just like president that is helping us today because he could have been just having a good time on one of his many beautiful golf courses right now but yet he gave up enjoying the fruit of his labors to do this so that my dad that is why I love you exactly the same so when they are about to do that from one day to the next they end up in this country with the shirt that he was wearing on his back and did (INAUDIBLE) have been here already four years but thank God for (INAUDIBLE). Talk about socialism Catholic Church, 14,000 kids who came like me in this country without parents and we were provided an opportunity. This is what makes our country great. They didn’t give me free nothing, they gave me the opportunity. That is the most valuable thing in the world. Now when I said they didn’t give me in the free something please understand that at 13 years old I had to be provided with a home, I had to be provided with food and an education. That is socialism, that is Americanism, that is the America that these people are trying to destroy today by using funny terms like socialism. They are not. The communist don’t ever forget that. I know our president understands that because he knows, he has been all over the world and he is surrounded with great people, very loyal people and we have (INAUDIBLE). I remember the first time I gave speech about something like this tell him about by came from Cuba and blah, blah, blah. I remember this is around October 2016 I thought you were a little crazy for the sacrifice you were about to take but I predicted that we were going to elect to in November and I was going to see you in the White House in January. Thank you very much because of the situation right now I cannot give you a hug otherwise thank you very much and I want to leave you with one last thing. Never forget about my dad who only had a sixth-grade education but I think he was the greatest philosopher I ever met. He used to tell us how lucky he was because he was able to come from Spain to Cuba and then he came from Cuba to the United States and he saw me graduate from college and that was the biggest prize he ever hand and he said don’t lose this place because you’re never going to be as lucky as me because if you lose this place you have no place to go so with that please keep that in mind and please people explain that to our young people who are demonstrating out there don’t be useful idiots. Please understand what is happening in our country see what happens to our parents and see what is happening to America today. Mr. President thank you very much and thank you for your hard work. TRUMP: Thank you very much. And he became one of the most successful men in Florida so he did–that is the only thing he didn’t say but he did and he is a great gentleman. Thank you very much. That was very nice that you’ve cut everyone else down to about 1 minute, we appreciate that. ALVAREZ: Most appreciate of the time I got.