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Camila Cabello Discusses the Importance of Fighting for Immigrants' Rights

For Camila Cabello, the fight to defend immigrants is more than just a political stance; it's a passion that's informed by her own lived experience. 

As part of Billboard's Women in Music event, Cabello spoke about why she values fighting for the rights of undocumented immigrants in the context of the Trump administration. "This country was built on immigrants," Cabello says -- immigrants who come "to not only make a better life for themselves, but contribute to this country and this culture."

Cabello was born in Cojímar, Cuba, a small fishing village just east of Havana, and moved to Miami at the age of 5. She's always embraced her Cuban roots, even dedicating her upcoming debut album's first single "Havana" to her old home. As a result, she understands the fear that undocumented immigrants are facing in the current climate and wants to use her voice and her position in the music industry to defend and fight for immigrants' rights as much as she possibly can.

"For me, it's really important to defend immigrant rights and to defend the rights of Latinos and to defend my people," the 20-year-old singer says. "I will always fight for that."

Watch the empowering video above, and stream Women in Music live Thursday night via Twitter starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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