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If You Ever Feel The Urge To Tell Someone To ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From, Just Don’t

President Trump reached an all-time low when he tweeted that four Congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from. It is clear that he is not worried about facts and led by racism because of the four Congresswomen he spoke about, three were born in the U.S. and the other is a naturalized citizen. In response, people on social media are sharing their own stories of being told to “go back” to where they “came from.”

President Trump tweeted that certain Congresswomen need to go back to where they came from because they want more from U.S. leadership.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York, Rashida Tlaib was born in Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley was born in Illinois. Only Ilhan Omar was born outside of the U.S. in Somalia but became a citizen when she was a teenager. To tell four women of color to “go back” to where they came from is the lowest and most overused racist tropes in existence and Trump is leaning into it.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fired back calling the tweet exactly what it is: racist.

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Trump’s presidency has ignited an uptick in hate crimes in the country. Xenophobic rhetoric and dehumanizing words made against immigrants is part of why the crimes have increased. Another study showed that counties that hosted Trump rallies saw significant spikes in hate crimes shortly after the rallies.

In response, Twitter users are sharing their stories on how the post-Trump U.S. has seen more and more people brave enough to use the same rhetoric.

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Gabe Ortíz is an avid tweeter and writer and his question drew several reactions from followers. The responses from people are very telling about who does and does not get asked the question. It has nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with skin color and race.

Twitter users had so many stories to share about the racist dog whistle of the “go back” comments against minorities.

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All it takes is just speaking another language to get some people whipped up. However, if you speak another language, chances are you are smarter than most of the people telling you to go back where you came from. Nothing wrong with speaking another language.

People clearly remember a surge of these comments immediately after Trump was elected president.

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It isn’t surprising for people under attack by the current administration. Trump’s use of his place of power to attack and belittle minorities has emboldened those who have ill will towards those minorities.

It is even more disheartening when grown people scream their ignorance at children.

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There is nothing lower than trying to make children afraid of living their lives. There is no reason to go after children. None. However, we are watching an administration dehumanizing children by ripping them away from their parents are the border and keeping them in cages without basic necessities.

There are even people who like to use this language and don’t know enough to hate properly.

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Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Being born in Puerto Rico means you are born a citizen of the U.S. To tell someone to “go back” when they were born in Puerto Rico because you don’t want them in the U.S. is, well, uneducated.

These are the same people who think Native Americans are foreigners.

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Native Americans are just that, native. They were here before colonizers came on the ships and forcibly took the land and killed the native population. You literally can’t tell native people to go back anywhere because you are on their land.

And, of course, there are the racist comments of telling Black people to go back to Africa.

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Not to mention the fact that most Black people are descendants of slaves who were forcibly brought to the U.S., Africa is not a country. If you are going to be a racist xenophobe, you should at least do the work and specify the country. Otherwise, you are being lazy and showing your lack of knowledge. It only makes you look dumb.

Some people shared how being white and white passing spared them this hate.

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Being a white-passing person of color has long been a shield that so many people have enjoyed. It is hard to see your fellow Latinos talked down to because of their skin tone when you both share a similar heritage.

Then some people shared how being an immigrant from a white country gives you a cloud of protection.

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Being from Europe seems to be what these people want. Immigrants with melanin, talent, and legitimate reasons for fleeing for their lives just aren’t what they are looking for. It is truly a sharp departure from what this country was built on.

READ: Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Rep. Ruben Gallego Broke Down Jared Kushner’s White Privilege In A Twitter Thread About Their Paths To Harvard

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Jared Kushner recently made headlines for saying that Black Americans have to “want to be successful.” Kushner continued in the Fox & Friends interview saying that Trump policies are trying to help them with issues that “they’re complaining about.” Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona took to Twitter to call out Kushner and his easy, money-paved path in life after the interview aired.

Rep. Ruben Gallego has a few words about Jared Kushner’s claim that Black Americans don’t “want to be successful.”

Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, was being interviewed by Fox & Friends when he suggested that Black Americans don’t want to successful. He added that the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans. Specifically, the Trump administration has created policies to help Black Americans overcome things that “they’re complaining about.”

The interview was immediately slammed by Democrats and activists as being tone deaf. Furthermore, the rhetoric is reminiscent of language used against the Black community for decades to justify policies that disenfranchised and injured the Black community.

Rep. Gallego was one of Kushner’s classmates at Harvard and the two had very different paths to the prestigious school.

Rep. Gallego created a Twitter thread to show the hoops he had to jump through in order to make it to Harvard. As a Latino from a middle class family, Rep. Gallego didn’t have a lot of the same luxuries afford to him like someone of Kushner’s background. The congressman’s story about his way to the Ivy League school is something a lot of people of color can relate to.

The story is an extension and deeper dive into the college admission scandal narrative.

Rep. Gallego detailed his four years in high school with the mission of making it to Harvard. For him, that meant studying for his exams for years with free and used test preps he could get his hands on. There was a community support to make it possible for him to get materials he needed.

According to Data USA, Harvard’s student body is heavily white. The data shows that 41 percent of students are white, 13.5 percent are Asian, 8.19 percent are Hispanic or Latino, and 5.35 percent Black or African-American.

Even the interviewing process was something so many other students didn’t have to contend with.

Some universities, especially ivy league schools, require prospective students to interview with alums and administrators. These interviews weigh heavily in the process and for Rep. Gallego, they were not easy to get to. He had to rely on public transportation to make it to his various interviews around Chicago.

Rep. Gallego spent four years getting ready to go to Harvard.

After four years of hard work and sacrifice, Rep. Gallego was accepted to Harvard. His path to Harvard was filled with friends and family helping him along the way, which is common in Latino communities. It is a story that many of us are familiar with but it isn’t a truly universal story, as Rep. Gallego points out about Kushner.

Kushner’s easy path to Harvard is why the congressman took issue with Kushner’s comments.

Documents show that Kushner got into Harvard after his father pledged a $2.5 million gift to be paid in annual installments of $250,000. Both of Kushner’s parents were also members of Harvard’s Committee of University Resources and donated to the school. In an interview with ProPublica, a former administrator at Kushner’s high school admitted that no one at the school believed that he got admitted on his own merit. The official said that neither his grades nor SAT scores warranted his admission into Harvard.

Rep. Gallego ended his thread asking people to donate to the Biden campaign and the United Negro College Fund.

Rep. Gallego is clearly not letting this story go by without weighing in. Kushner’s comments have set off a firestorm of frustration with people across the nation.

READ: College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Reportedly Told Parents To Lie About Ethnicity To Further Advantage Their White Children

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Hundreds of thousands of young adults rely on the protection from deportation and work authorization to live with dignity and out of the shadows. Presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to make sure they stay protected.

Dreamers are looking to a Biden administration to finish what an Obama administration started.

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According to the official Biden campaign website, the presidential nominee will work with Congress to reinstate DACA protections and to create a pathway to citizenship. DACA was won by undocumented activists putting fear aside and publicly fought to change the minds of Americans and politicans.

“Undocumented ‘youth’ are no longer youth,” says Moises Serrano, DACA activist and the man profiled in the documentary “Forbidden.” “DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants have been living in fear and instability for decades now. We survived eight years under the Obama administration and four years under the Trump administration. Immigration reform was promised under the Obama-Biden platform; a promise that is still unfulfilled.”

He added: “We hope that President Biden puts an end to the instability in our lives once and for all, or we are ready to hold him accountable in the same way we held Obama accountable in our fight for Administrative Relief.”

Biden’s policy proposes protecting Dreamers and helping them advance in this country.

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Biden promises to reinstate DACA to protect Dreamers and will be looking into ways to protect their families. The policy put forth by a potential Biden administration is pivotal in giving those who are DACA recipients a chance to live without fear and with all of the rights as their fellow citizens.

“After living through a deep loss in 2016 after losing my second mother and only being granted access to be on her deathbed in Mexico through my ability to get advanced parole through DACA I learned that no loss would ever be greater than that,” said Cindy Nava, a DACA recipient, political operative and policy advocate. “However, November rolled around and another loss took place. One that impacted my life, that of my family and my community.”

DACA is a very important issue as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are on the line.

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People like Nava are hopeful that a Biden administration will bring that dignity back to the immigrant community. It is a community that is vibrant and has contributed vastly to American culture. A BIden administration would be a chance for Nava to see herself reflected in government.

“I am hopeful to see the daughter of immigrants, a woman of color, and a woman I can finally feel represented by be sworn in as the first woman VP of this country,” Nava says. “I will look forward to an administration that listens to the communities it intends to represent. An administration that empowers the entire country to work with each other to support, strengthen, respect and uplift each other each and every day. An administration that values and is grateful for the contributions that immigrants bring to the foundation of our country each and every day.”

Nava wants to see an immigration reform that puts immigrant humanity at the forefront. One that understands the needs for people to seek refuge and a better life in a foreign country.

“No immigrant seeks to find a fix on a silver platter. Nor do they believe that this will be an easy task,” Nava says. “The only thing our families ask for is a chance. Una oportunidad para recordarle a este pais that their lucha and determination comes from a deep sense of ganas to create a life filled with more opportunities than they ever had.”

The battle over DACA is far from over but it is clear that the Trump administration is on the wrong side of public opinion. Biden’s plan would strengthen DACA and restore the program to its full functionality.

READ: Trump Administration Limit DACA Renewals, Blocks New Applications

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