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People Are Reclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month And Decolonizing The Celebration With Latinx As The Focus

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Every year, Latinos get one month to shine from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 known as Hispanic Heritage Month. We are recognized by the U.S. government for all of our contributions and achievements that have made this nation the beacon for hope it still is. Despite the anti-Latino rhetoric that has brought hate and physical violence to our community, we remain a driving force in this country. Latinos are standing up this year and taking back the month in the face of the harmful rhetoric aimed at our community. Here’s what social media looks like as Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off.

Hispanic Heritage Month is proudly being reclaimed as Latinx Heritage Month all over social media.

Both hashtags — #latinxheritagemonth and #hispanicheritagemonth are bringing our stories to the masses. Some Latinos have an issue with the use of Latinx because they think it is too hard to honor other people’s identities because it might erase theirs. However, it is not that hard.

People are also making sure the entire Latinx Diaspora gets included and not just Mexican-Americans.

So many times Afro-Latinx people get excluded and Mexican culture has become a default of Latinidad in the U.S. Mexicans are the largest population of Latinos in the U.S. but so many other nationalities are represented in the Latinx umbrella.

This is also a perfect time to remind you that DREAMers continue to make a difference.

Last week, Colombian-American Catalina Cruz, a 35-year-old a former undocumented citizen, won the Democratic primary for a New York State Assembly seat in Queens’ District 39.

“This win today is for all those undocumented parents that are still out there fighting for kids like me,” she said during her victory speech, according to NY1.

Please do not forget to honor Latinx musical legends.

Even the Carters are reminding you to get your playlist in order. Music is one of the biggest contributions our community has made to the country.

In case you are wondering why Sept. 15 is the day we start Latinx Heritage Month.

Several Latin countries gained their Independence Day on Sept. 15, and Mexico is close behind.

Yes, representation matters.

Discover Latinx authors that will not only inspire you, but show you how important it is to be included in all realms of literature, art, and music. The more we show up in pop culture, the more accepted we are in society.

Honor the greats.

MAKERS is a feminist media brand that highlights important issues to women’s rights and puts vital women on the center of every discussion. They’re showing off a wonderful series for Hispanic Heritage Month.

And don’t forget Selena.

You simply cannot talk about Latinx Heritage Month without mentioning Selena. That would be a true sin.

For more information about how your city is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month just Google the name of your city + Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 events, y ya.


READ: Trump’s Hispanic Heritage Month Speech Included His Complaining That Some Latino Leaders Are Too Tough

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As ICE Raids Get Postponed For Two Weeks, Immigrant Communities Remain On Edge

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As ICE Raids Get Postponed For Two Weeks, Immigrant Communities Remain On Edge

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News broke over the weekend that President Trump would be delaying planned immigration raids throughout the country. He tweeted that the deportation operations would be postponed by two weeks to see if Congress can make changes to asylum laws and work out legislative groundwork with Democrats.

As news of the roundups became public knowledge on Friday, faith and immigration groups prepared and informed communities of their rights and procedures in case of an interaction with ICE officials. But the sudden abrupt reversal did little to relieve or reassure immigrants and their supporters.

Migrant communities across the country are becoming familiar with this feeling.

President Trump’s reversal came as immigrant advocates prepared undocumented immigrants for a highly publicized operation. ICE officials were expected to target more than 2,000 families with pending deportations orders. But even with a delay, fears are mounting for many who don’t know what to expect next for themselves and their families.

Marjorie Murillo, a community liaison specialist for Miami Dade Public Schools, says that President Trump’s delayed immigration raids do nothing but toy with immigrant communities livelihoods.

“We don’t trust him in any way,” Murillo told NBC News. “I’ve been calling and sending messages everywhere that they are postponed, but where I live, parents and everyone, they are never safe.”

This isn’t the first time President Trump has used immigration fear tactics to push for legislation.

Back in 2017, President Trump attempted to terminate the Obama-era program that protected so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. It was a failed attempt to pressure Congress in passing an immigration bill that included new restrictions on legal immigration. Earlier this year, a 35-day government shutdown ended without Democrats agreeing to the president’s terms, funding for a border wall.

There has been pushback from politicians and immigration advocates that are calling the raids unjust.

According to CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump Friday night and asked him to call off the raids. It was the next day that the President would announce the delay. Pelosi approved of President Trump’s announced delay and said it would give Congress enough time to work on immigration reform.

“Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together,” Pelosi tweeted.

Some are calling the move a tactic to help benefit Trump’s effort to secure funding for immigration enforcement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are currently in the midst of negotiating legislation to allocate funds to different agencies, that includes ICE. The agency is dealing with record large-scale migration of Central American families and unaccompanied children to the U.S.-Mexico border, currently at a 13-year high.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been one of the strongest advocates against ICE deportations. The organization says President Trump’s immigration policies have installed fears in communities across the country.

“Our communities shouldn’t have to live in fear that parents won’t come home from work, or kids won’t return from school, or a knock at the door could rip a family apart,” the ACLU said in a tweet. “This isn’t Donald Trump’s America, it’s ours. We can resist his deportation agenda — together.”

Many on social media are using their platform to share tips and advice in case an individual finds themselves interacting with ICE.

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Within hours that news broke that immigration raids would be happening, people took to social media to share helpful tips. From informing people to stay in their homes and to not answer their doors, by the time President Trump announced the delay on Saturday, people were ready.

Images across social media showed ICE checkpoints and areas of interest where deportation officials might show up. But even as more time is given to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, many aren’t taking any risks.

“He’s making an announcement as if these deportations are not already happening,” Murillo said. “He’s saying if Democrats don’t do what I want them to do, deportations will start in two weeks. Deportations have been happening since he went into office. It’s coming, maybe it will turn a little bit, stay on guard. We can’t ever let our guard down.”

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ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

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ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning a raid in the early morning hours on Sunday in 10 cities.

It is being reported that the raids will target more than 2,000 families in cities with large migrant populations including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston, according to officials who remain anonymous.

Trump tweeted on Monday that ICE would begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants throughout the U.S.

More than “1 million” undocumented immigrants “have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges yet remain at large in the country” and called enforcing those judicial orders a “top priority” for ICE, a senior administration official told CNN.

They are allegedly planning to use hotel rooms to house everyone until the family can be deported together and say they might even arrest individuals that can’t be deported immediately. They will most likely be released with ankle monitors, in cases such as parents whose children are U.S. citizens.

Miami is reportedly one of the first cities that’ll be raided, according to the Miami Herald, and the other cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco.

Those who will allegedly be targeted include minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18; people who were ordered removed in absentia; and people who missed a court hearing and failed to respond to letters from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, families on the “rocket docket,” a set of deportation cases fast-tracked for by the DOJ.

There are around 52,000 single adults in ICE custody overall, mostly those who came from the border, according to CNN.

Many are saying Trump’s push for deportations, including essentially outing the raid, are part of his reelection bid due to his poor record.

The inhumane treatment of immigrants in detention centers has been well documented, with a spread of illness leading to many unnecessary deaths, including those of children.

Recently the American Civil Liberties Union  ACLU shared on Instagram what people can do if ICE comes knocking on their door.

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They advise not to open the door unless they have a warrant signed by a judge since ICE administrative warrant does not give them permission to enter a home.

The ACLU website also has an entire section dedicated to immigrants’ rights with several resources for dealing with ICE, border patrol, and the police.

In response to raid that occurred in Ohio a little more than a year ago, HOLA Ohio founder Veronica Isabel Dahlberg wrote in a blog on the ACLU site:

“Regardless of citizenship status, for workers — including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues — to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing. It is terrible, barbaric, and inhumane.”

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