Diego Luna has a message for the United States.
On Thursday, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation presented the Mexican actor and director with the Inspira (Inspire) Award at a Kennedy Center ceremony in Washington D.C. -- an honor he decided to dedicate to the country’s undocumented population.
Before attending the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Luna expressed his sentiments concerning the award and immigration reform via a press release.
"I want to dedicate this award to all those who are interested in having this country recognize and welcome all undocumented immigrants whose work have built this country, have fed their people and have tended to the most basic needs of this nation," Luna wrote in the statement, according to Mexican newspaper El Universal.
The 33-year-old star received the Inspira Award, which recognizes members of the Hispanic community that “inspire youth.” Actress and activist Eva Longoria was also honored, among others.
“I want to dedicate this award to those who believe that the violence in Latin America because of drug trafficking affects us all, and that the [drug] addiction problem that this country has is also our problem,” the star added in the statement.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards will be broadcast on MundoFOX on Sept. 15.