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Here’s A Collection Of Grad Caps That Are Giving All Of The Credit To Their Immigrant Parents And Grandparents

One of the most significant moments for migrant families is a graduation ceremony. These are often the culmination of years of hard work, sacrifice and sometimes struggle from those who arrived to the United States (or any other developed country) first. Some of these families have gone through truly epic journeys that span generations and are full of struggles, luck, and love. A college graduation in any Latino familia es la gran cosa where the whole family participates and, most importantly, feels incredibly proud of academic achievements.

We all know that Latinos at graduation know the struggle of making sure the whole family is included. 

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Second generation Latinos are an important part of the workforce and are helping shape U.S. culture. However, there is still much more to do in terms of getting Latino youth in college. According to The Hechinger Report, “fewer than a quarter, or 22.6 percent, of Latino Americans ages 25 to 64 held a two-year college degree or higher in 2016.” The policies implemented by the current administration, particularly in relation to the Dreamer Act, threaten to make that gap even bigger.

Here are some examples of graduation regalia, and even cakes, that scream estamos orgullosos de ser Latinos y immigranters. If you’re reading this and are doubtful about going to college, here’s our advice: do it! It will be beneficial to you and your community. Education is one of the best paths towards personal and community betterment. As Latino presence becomes stronger in areas such as politics and business, we will need more prepared young people of Hispanic heritage. Many of you have an advantage already: you are bilingual. How many gringos can say the same?

This florecita rebelde is everything we never knew we needed.

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We just adore Olivia’s whole outfit, which screams Latino power. From the vivid colors on her dress to the awesome flower arrangement on her cap, which is big and makes a bold statement: we are vivarachos and proud of it. Nothing more powerful to celebrate the cultural melting pot that is the US than to showcase your culture.

Some of these caps just show how proud people are of being Latino.

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One thing that Latinas, in particular, are doing in the United States is smashing the glass ceilings imposed by Anglo culture and the patriarchy. The message on this amazing young woman’s cap says it all: “Latina breaking statistics”. SI SE PUEDE.

Say it conmigo: Dominican brains and attitude can’t be beaten.

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We love this amazing graduation cap that sends a clear message: proud to be Dominican. Among U.S. Latinos, Dominicans are both recipients of stupid prejudices and owners of a rich culture. Graduates from this community include, for example, Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, who writes in Spanglish and has slain grammatical conventions of what “proper” English is supposed to be.

There’s nothing more powerful than an immigrant superstar.

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We just love this graduation cap from a chicano young man. It is sparkly, reminds us of “American Idol”and tells a truth that is uncomfortable for some cabrones conservadores: immigration brings cultural and intellectual richness to any country.

Yes we can esa es la actitud, compadre.

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One of the mottos of the Mexican-American community is: si se pudo. Its literal translation is “Yes we can” (sounds familiar? did anyone say Obama circa 2008?). This is the type of attitude that gets many Latinos through college, which can be a challenge not only academically, but also in terms of social inclusion. The stickers are interesting. They kinda remind us of childhood scrapbooks.

Some of these grad caps are truly works of art.

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We love this one. It takes a quote from the famous song “Imagine” by John Lennon and turns it into a statement about the Dreamer generation. Can we send this to the White House, porfas? 

You can always show your own pride for your immigrant parents using this mitú grad cap sticker.

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Your parents came here for a reason, mijo, and you’ve made them happier than you will ever know. That’s why our “Proud Son Of Immigrants” Graduation Cap Sticker is the perfect way to tell them you’re proud of your roots!

Anti-immigration rhetoric is really, really a real pendejada and we can’t let it happen anymore.

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Words are powerful, and the way in which a certain politician with the initials DT described Mexican immigrants has caused a lot of harm in terms of U.S.-Mexico relations, as well as in how whole communities are treated. That is why we love this graduation cap: it makes a clear political statement. This amazing girl is the face of millions of talented migrants who are not gang members or drug dealers: they are spirited, resilient and the true face of today’s American Dream. 

The sentiment behind this grad cap is as beautiful as the rainbow in the background.

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The message on the cap reads: “To my parents, who arrived with nothing and gave me everything.” This is giving us serious feels. The story of so many families that have made the United States their home and whose kids are now thriving as trabajo duro has paid off.

This seriously gives us butterflies in our panzas.

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This message is quite poetic and amazing. “(I am here) because of the roots you gave me, which turned into wings. Thanks, mom and dad”. This girl is totally thankful for her viejitos and acknowledges that being true to oneself, to our roots, is where any success story begins.

Charro stoles? Yes, por favor.

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This is a big trend in Latino regalia. These stoles fashioned in the style of Mexican ponchos are both cool and scream pride. There are many possible color combos, and they can be personalized. It would be a great graduation gift for your carnales or primos.

First-generation college grads are setting a standard that will change the course of their family history.

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The Mexican flag is the hero of this graduation cap that reveals how finishing college is not a personal effort. Behind every sleepless night studying there is a family that offers support and care, and whose efforts have led to the stage. 

A beautiful day indeed. Congrats, graduate.

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One of the main obstacles professional young women face is that whenever they are assertive in demonstrating their talent, they are immediately categorized as show-offs. That is why we love this cap that celebrates those women that do not hold back in giving themselves a big thumbs up (AOC, we hear ya!).

There is something so sweet about people giving their parents the most important acknowledgment.

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This is one of our favorites. It reads: “They worked with their hands so I could work with my mind. Thanks, dad and mom.” Many migrants have to make a living through manual work, which is often unjustly paid. This cap is a great gracias for parental efforts that allow the younger generations to enter the professional world. We are sure this kid’s mum and dad were bursting with orgullo.

Immigration makes the world go round and keeps economies growing and thriving. #FACT

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Another political statement. It does not need further explanation. We love it. There is no reason why people should fear immigrants from entering the workforce. After all, if you are as good as you say you are, then an immigrant wouldn’t be able to “steal your job.”

Gratitude is the attitude that keeps us all connected with our familias.

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Migrating to a different country, particularly if it is done the hard way, is not an easy feat. There is nothing that gives a migrant parent as much joy as seeing their offspring walk the stake and throw their caps to the sky. We love Nancy and her cute family, and we wish her the absolute best for the years to come.

Let’s celebrate the Venezuelan style and give our parents something to celebrate.

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Of course, there are also colorful and very Latino graduation cakes such as this one that showcases Venezuelan culture. It might not be a cap but it is something that definitely speaks to our experience in a family of immigrants.

Congratulations to all of the graduates from high school and college who are making a mark on this world.

READ: 22 #Immigrad Graduation Caps That No Dummy Can Ignore

Woman Reunited With Her Parents Because Of Her Son And The Touching Moment Was Caught On Video

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Woman Reunited With Her Parents Because Of Her Son And The Touching Moment Was Caught On Video

The immigrant experience in the U.S. is a plethora of stories with different endings. One common storyline in the current immigration crisis is the separation of families. A viral video of Twitter is showing the immigrant experience in a touching and hopeful way.

Luis Cortes Romero, a DACA recipient in California according to his Twitter bio, posted a video of his mother being reunited with her parents for the first time in 30 years. The video starts with a woman being asked to come into another room. When she rounds the corner, she stops dead in her tracks as she tries to take int eh scene before her. After 30 years, she finally got to see her parents again.

Romero is an attorney and, according to the tweet, he always vowed to bring his grandparents to the U.S. to see their daughter. The moment was captured on video and you can feel the emotions coming through the screen.

Romero briefly described the challenges he faced while getting his grandparents visas to come to the U.S.

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A parent’s love is something so special and unconditional. Despite his grandfather being deaf, mute, and illiterate, his grandparents took trips by bus every time they tried for a visa. It took five tries before the couple finally had their visas approved for a visit to the U.S.

The family even got to celebrate his birthday while he was visiting.

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The smile on his mom’s face says it all. Imagine having to go 30 years without seeing your parents because of your choice to immigrate or a better life. So many immigrants sacrifice their families, friends, and everything they know in order to achieve a better life for them and their families. The video shows the emotional toll that the immigration experience can take on a family.

People on social media are showering Romero with so much respect.

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The Twitter video shows so much love and family unity. It is an intimate look into a life so many Americans will never know or experience. One of overwhelming joy following decades of unfathomable sadness and separation.

The cries from the children seeing their parents are something so many of us can relate to.

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Whether or not you have separated from your parents for decades, it is easy to understand the longing for your parents. There is nothing more comforting than being able to see your parents when something goes wrong. There are so many times as adults that we need to rely on our parents, whether we like to acknowledge it or not.

The separation of families is a moment in American history that we will have to face.

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Immigration advocates have called the separation of families at the southern border is damaging. The psychological damage to the children being taken by their parents is devastating.

Way to go, Luis.

Thank you for being such an exceptional son.

READ: This Video Of A Mexicana And Her Parents Reuniting After 23 Years Is A Reminder That Conservatives Have Immigration Wrong

Award-Winning Guatemalan Actor, Enrique Salanic, Couldn’t Attend His Film Premiere In NYC

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Award-Winning Guatemalan Actor, Enrique Salanic, Couldn’t Attend His Film Premiere In NYC

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Award-winning Guatemalan film ‘José’ is about to make its US theatrical premiere in L.A. and New York. But thanks to US travel restrictions, its leading actor Enrique Salenic won’t be allowed to enter the country for the film’s release.

The Guatemalan actor is the star of the award-winning film “José”

“José,” directed by Chinese-born American filmmaker Li Cheng, won multiple awards internationally during the international film festival season in 2018-2019, including the prestigious Queer Lion award at the 75th Venice Film Festival.

Guatemalan actor Enrique Salanic has been blocked from entering the United States ahead of the U.S. premiere of the film in which he is the star.

The fast-rising, U.S.-educated actor earned strong reviews for his lead performance in the Venice 2018 premiere as an impoverished 19-year-old gay man who lives with his mother and falls in love for the first time. 

Made in a neorealist cinematic tradition, the film is described in a press release as “a nuanced and vivid look at being gay in Central America.” 

‘José’ follows the eponymous character of the film, a closeted 19-year-old who lives an impoverished life with his mother, a street vendor, in Guatemala City. Guatemala, and most of Latin America for that matter, is a place dominated by conservative Catholic and Evangelical Christian religious values. When he meets an attractive migrant from the Caribbean coast, he finds himself falling in love for the first time; the relationship pushes him to rethink his repressed life, and before long he is contemplating a drastic change that will require a leap of faith he is still reluctant to take.

The film premiered in New York on Jan. 31.

And it’s premiered in Los Angeles one week later. Salanic has traveled widely in support of “José,” attending the Lido and festivals in Spain and Panama but the U.S. appears to be a step too far.

The U.S. embassy rejected his visa application twice. 

Efforts to bring Salanic to the U.S. have proved fruitless after the U.S. embassy in the Central American country rejected his non-immigrant visa applications. The embassy argued Salanic, who lives with his parents in Guatemala, could be a flight risk were he to enter the U.S. as he does not have a residence in Guatemala.

The premiere should have been a celebratory occasion for the film’s star.

The young newcomer named Enrique Salanic, should be celebrating the great success of his debut appearance. But instead it has become a senseless bureaucratic nightmare, the latest demonstration on the world stage of the current draconian stance on immigration and travel.

The actor’s first application was denied in November.

Salanic’s first visa application was made in November according to Paul Hudson, head of the film’s U.S. distributor, Los Angeles-based Outsider Pictures; the embassy rejected it, arguing that Salanic could be a flight risk if he were to enter the US. 

Hudson then sought the aid of Congressman Ted Lieu.

Congressman Lieu, wrote a personal letter on behalf of the young actor which was submitted with a second application. That request was also denied, with no apparent consideration of the congressman’s letter. According to Screen Daily, a copy of the embassy’s original rejection letter states that a requirement of a successful visa application is a residence in a foreign country which the applicant “has no intention of abandoning,” before going on to write, “You have not demonstrated that you have the ties that will compel you to return to your home country after your travel to the United States.”

Hudson, head of the film’s U.S. distributor, had something to say.

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#Repost @jose_movie • • • • • • OCTOBER premieres > PHILIPPINES > MEXICO > DENMARK > GERMANY > (SINGAPORE cancelled: gov’t censorship) + USA festivals > Tampa FL > Seattle WA > Rochester NY > Duke University / UNC Chapel Hill NC ver/see trailer: https://youtu.be/BosKW_Zspgs Venice film festival Queer Lion award + best film in Boston, Mumbai, Honolulu – "festival favorite" premieres: 35+ countries Guatemalteco cast + crew – CDMX post-production sigue a Jose y comparte con tus amigos: detalles completos que se publicarán pronto: peli en español ‘José’, una historia épica de amor en Guatemala: https://tinyurl.com/y6rr4gub confident visual sense.. tender, transfixing – The Hollywood Reporter magical.. deceptively simple, sexually frank, honest – Screen Daily raw and authentic – Remezcla brilliantly restrained.. powerful performances.. unsentimental yet deeply affecting: "best film"+ "best script" (160 films from 43 countries) – Jury, Mumbai visual storytelling and honest performances connect us to the human vulnerability of love – Jury, Boston Enrique Salanic: Jose, Herrera LK: Luis, Ana Cecilia Mota Chavarria: Jose’s Mom among the most violent countries, yet ‘José’ is a tender look at love in Guatemala: https://tinyurl.com/yxdhmdme gay, indigenous, resistant: https://tinyurl.com/yxw28dmo BANNED: Singapore, 3rd richest country, while "Jose" is modest man’s struggle for love and dignity, in Guatemala poverty rates exceed 50% – https://tinyurl.com/yy4ycq2n Outsider Pictures North American distribution + world sales @outsiderpictures Rediance int'l festivals Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival @tiglff Portland Queer Film Festival @pdxqueerfilm Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival ImageOut Seattle Queer Film Festival @imageoutfilmfest QCinema Cuorum Morelia Reel Pride AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival Cinema Queer @diasdecine #josethemovie #moviejose #peliculajose #filmjose #queerlion #queerlionaward #latinomovies #guatemalamovie #gaymovies #lgbtmovies #queercinema #vivejose #vivajose #gaylatinomovie

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“Denying Enrique Salanic his entry visa to promote his work in a film produced, financed and distributed by American citizens and companies represents just one way in which the current administration’s immigration rules impact U.S. businesses, and it perpetuates the negative impression the world has of America. Denying entry to a man who has already successfully studied in the U.S. just because he is from Guatemala is unjust and cruel,” Outsider Pictures’ Paul Hudson told The Wrap.

Robert Rosenberg of Outsider Pictures also had an issue with the rejection of Salanic’s entry visa. 

“It broke my heart that such a talented young actor like Enrique, who is the star of our movie, is being thwarted in pursuing his career by our own government in the U.S.,” Rosenberg told The Wrap. “Our policies should encourage this kind of ambition and success, not trap Central Americans in their countries, as if they were less than human.”

In a statement on the creation of the film, director Li Cheng discussed the movie’s cultural relevance.

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Busy week! Come see the movie JOSE now in Seattle USA, Hamburg Germany, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, Rochester NY, Morelia, MEXICO! JOSE is the Queer Lion winner in Venice film festival. Find out why it's called "brutally authentic," "a form of resistance", See information below: FOLLOW & SHARE! Jose is the non-industry film that beat Oscar-winner THE FAVOURITE and SUSPIRIA and other films to win Queer Lion, It is an art-film from Guatemala: reflecting realities, it features a lower-class non-white protagonist HAMBURG GERMANY @lsfhamburg_iqff Thu 17-Oct 8pm – Metropolis Kino tickets: https://www.lsf-hamburg.de/pages/timetable-2019?locale=en SEATTLE, USA: – first showing sold out this is the last showing tickets still available now @threedollarbillcinema Thur 17-Oct 7pm – Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center tickets: https://tinyurl.com/y5sxk9of QUEZON CITY, MANILA, PHILLIPPINES Sat 19-Oct 9pm – Galleria 3 Mon 21-Oct 9pm – Gateway 6 @qcinemaph tickets: https://qcinema.ph/venues ROCHESTER NY, USA @imageoutfilmfest Sat 19-Oct 1:15pm – Dryden Theatre, Eastman Museum tix https://festival.imageout.org/2019/tickets/how-to-buy/ MORELIA, Mexico @cuorummorelia función gratis con invitación – preguntas: comunicacion@moreliaprograma.com Jueves 24-OCT 15H / 3pm – Centro Cultural Clavijero trailer: https://youtu.be/BosKW_Zspgs confident visual sense tender, transfixing – The Hollywood Reporter magical.. deceptively simple, sexually frank, honest – Screen Daily raw and authentic – Remezcla brilliantly restrained, powerful performances, unsentimental yet deeply affecting: winner of TOP AWARD – Jury, Mumbai visual storytelling, honest performances connect us to the human vulnerability of love – Jury, Boston BANNED: Singapore, 3rd richest country, while JOSE is modest man’s struggle for love and dignity, in Guatemala poverty rates exceed 50% Outsider Pictures N America distribution + world sales Rediance int'l festivals Photo @marcoviscastudio #josethemovie #josemovie #josefilm #josepelicula #moviejose #peliculajose #filmjose #queerlion #queerlionaward #latinomovies #guatemalamovie #gaymovies #lgbtmovies #queercinema #vivejose #vivajose #gaylatinomovies #qcinema2019

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“‘José’ is really a page ripped from today’s news headlines,” he said. “The crises of young people, single mothers and dark-skinned peoples in Guatemala frames the film’s story. Guatemala has become an increasingly violent and dangerous place, where more than half the people live in poverty. Indeed most of the children separated from their parents and locked in dog-like cages in Texas (shocking people around the world) are Guatemalan, not Mexican, as is often claimed.”

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