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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.

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Indigenous Purépecha Woman Gets Full Ride Scholarship To Attend Harvard

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Indigenous Purépecha Woman Gets Full Ride Scholarship To Attend Harvard

In just a few months, college freshmen will be descending on their campuses across the country. One of these students is Elizabeth Esteban who is the first person from her indigenous tribe in Mexico to be accepted to an Ivy League school.

Elizabeth Esteban is going to Harvard and it is a major deal.

Esteban is a member of the Purépecha tribe, an indigenous community from Michoacán, Mexico. Esteban is the first member of her tribe to be accepted into an Ivy League university, where indigenous representation remains small. Esteban’s parents work as farm laborers in the eastern Coachella Valley in California.

“Well I felt proud and excited, every sort of emotion because I never would have believed that a person like me, would be accepted to a prestigious university,” Esteban told NBC News.

Not only was Esteban accepted into Harvard, a prestigious university, she also received a full-ride scholarship. Esteban’s family is part of a community of hundreds of Purépecha people who relocated to the easter Coachella Valley in search of work and a better life.

Esteban plans to study political science.

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Esteban wants to make a difference in her community. As an indigenous woman, Esteban wants to break barriers that are set on women in her community. She told NBC News that her community expects for women to stay home and be stay-at-home mothers.

The incoming Harvard freshmen was discouraged from applying to Harvard at one point because of her community’s unreliable internet connection. Esteban lives in a mobile home with her family in Mecca and struggled to complete course work. The internet went down in the middle of her Harvard interview and it almost prevented her from applying to the university.

“Well, I felt proud and excited, every sort of emotion because I never would have believed that a person like me, would be accepted to a prestigious university,” Esteban told NBC News about being accepted to Harvard on a full scholarship.

READ: California, Harvard, MIT File Lawsuits To Challenge Government’s International Student Visa Announcement

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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