Miss USA airs immigration segment amid Trump controversy

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Miss USA Airs Immigration Segment Amid Trump Controversy


So remember when NBC refused to air the 2015 Miss USA pageant after Donald Trump made some controversial remarks about immigrants?

Well, the show's producers made it pretty clear Sunday night they don't share the same sentiment, given that this year's pageant dedicated an entire segment to the contestants who are first-generation Americans.

Miss Texas, Miss New York, Miss Nebraska, Miss California and others all went on camera to talk about what it was like to have parents who grew up in other countries.

Miss USA fans were loving the bit, calling it a celebration of immigration. But others couldn't help but wonder if it was a direct response to Mr. Trump here.

It's unclear if the segment was aired with Trump in mind. But several Hispanic Miss USA contestants spoke out against his comments before the show aired.

"It was hard to hear because I am so compassionate towards immigrants because it is a part of my background," said one.

Trump has since stood by his remarks. But despite the fact that he co-owns the Miss Universe organization, he decided not to attend Sunday night's pageant.

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Miss USA airs immigration segment amid Trump controversy
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma is crowned on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma walks onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: (L-R) Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan, Miss Maryland Mame Adjei, Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia, Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra, and Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: (L-R) Hosts Todd Newton and Former Miss Wisconsin Alex Wehrley speak with Most Photogenic winner Miss Montana Tahnee Peppenger on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia, left, reacts after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan celebrates after winning the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned Miss USA by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan celebrates after winning the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 08: Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan competes in the 2015 Miss USA preliminaries at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 8, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Maryland Mame Adjei walks onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Louisiana Candice Marie Bennatt reacts after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA contestants onstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Hawaii Emma Wo, left, is congratulated by Miss Kentucky Katie George after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. H ingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 Olivia Jordan attends USO Operation That's My Dress at Center548 on May 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Michigan Rashontae Wawrzyniak poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Maryland Mame Adjei and contestants pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Travis Garland performs onstage with Miss USA contestants at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Arizona Maureen Ann Montagne and contestants pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Arizona Maureen Ann Montagne, Miss Illinois Renee Wronecki, Miss Kentucky Katie George, Miss New York Thatiana Diaz, and Miss Virginia Miss Virginia Laura Jordan Puleo pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Illinois Renee Wronecki prepares backstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Contestants for Miss USA during the swimsuit competition of the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Virginia Laura Jordan Puleo poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Michigan Rashontae Wawrzyniak poses backstage with make up artist Lorena Garcia at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage during dress rehearsal at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses backstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage during dress rehearsal at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss California 2015 Natasha Alexis Martinez poses onstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma poses on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
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