Arnold Schwarzenegger Celebrates Anniversary Of U.S. Citizenship By Defending Undocumented Immigrants

Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of America’s favorite action stars, best known as the apocalyptic cyborg, The Terminator, was out making the case for immigration. “I don’t blame anybody that tries to come here illegally,” the film star said. The former Republican Governor of California has his own personal ties to September 16th, Mexico’s Independence Day, which also happens to mark the day he became a citizen of the United States.

Speaking from his own experience, he has often shared his support for comprehensive immigration. “As an immigrant, I know the magnetic power of America’s greatness. As a former border Governor, I know the importance of securing our border and fixing our absurdly broken immigration system. As an American, I know that kids shouldn’t be pawns while the ‘adults’ figure it out.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is speaking up for the undocumented and immigrant communities.

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Since becoming a citizen in 1983, Schwarzenegger has consistently voted Republican. However, he was also married into one of the most iconic Democratic families in history, the Kennedy’s. His wife of over twenty years, Maria Shriver, is the daughter of Eunice Kennedy and niece to 35th President, John F. Kennedy. He has often credited his in-laws as the inspiration of why he got into politics.

In 2003 he ran and was elected Governor of California. During his early days in the office, one of his most controversial actions was to repeal on a bill which would have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. Activist and organizations like MALDEF, were quick to call out the new governor, especially since there was no clause that protected agencies from sharing people’s private information, and having it turned over to the federal government.

Over the years, the once Republican “Governator” (as he was dubbed), has leaned more towards the left-wing of politics.

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On abortion, he has been consistent in stating he is pro-choice and supports a woman’s right to choose and family planning services but also stated he does not support “partial-birth” abortions. In his second term as governor, he went against President George W. Bush’s mandate that states not fund stem cell research and authorized California to allocate $150 million in such funding. In 2008, he declared September 25 Stem Cell Awareness Day.

On gay marriage, he twice vetoed a bill that would have allowed gay marriage but believed in domestic partnerships and the right for gay couples being able to adopt. In 2008, he changed his views and publicly voiced his support that the California Supreme Court could overturn Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

On environmental issues, Schwarzenegger also went against traditional conservatives by signing a bill into law that puts a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 made history in the state and was also the first initiative in the nation of its kind. Schwarzenegger has gone full circle, from being the first civilian to purchase a gas-guzzling Humvee in 1992, to becoming the first person to drive an electric Hummer in Santa Monica, last year.

After completing two terms, Schwarzenegger exited public office in 2011.

During the last presidential primary, he endorsed Republican nominee John Kasich and was so insulted by many of Trump’s remarks that he publicly announced his refusal to vote for Trump in the general election.

Although Schwarzenegger may have had more political ambitions, he cannot seek the highest office; since he is not a natural-born citizen, he is ineligible to run for president.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in 1947 in Austria.

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He grew up in a very strict household and turned to bodybuilding very early on in life. His dream as a young boy was to make it to America one day and he felt fitness was the way to get there. In 1965, he won his first big competition in sports fitness claiming the title of Mr. Europe, followed by his first Mr. Universe victory in 1967.

After dominating Mr. Universe competition, four years in a row, Schwarzenegger set his sights on bringing home the title of Mr. Olympia. He ended up losing the top spot in his first attempt at Mr. Olympia but then won the following year, making him the youngest Mr. Olympia to hold the title. Schwarzenegger held on to his title, 7 years in a row.

Schwarzenegger was building his name in the world of bodybuilding and finally had made his way to America.

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According to different interviews, Arnold has stated that he arrived in the U.S. in 1968, with only $20 dollars in his pocket, but after a week at the gym, he had made friends who helped him find a place to live and get a job, all within a few days. Never slowing down, Schwarzenegger continued to train and compete in the world of bodybuilding, with 13 titles under his belt, it wouldn’t be long before Hollywood came calling.

Joe Weider, who was the founder of the iconic Mr. Olympia competition, saw the spark in Arnold and knew he was destined for greatness and passed his name along to some Hollywood casting contacts, where he told them Schwarzenegger was a Shakespearean actor in hopes of having limited speaking time due to Schwarzenegger thick accent and limited English.

After a few small parts, Schwarzenegger landed his breakout role in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian” and oddly enough the Australian actor’s thick, broken English accent would be what made him a standout character among others and caught the attention of “Saturday Night Live” writers.

“SNL” built a whole ongoing sketch, “Hans and Franz” who were bodybuilding gym rats with thick broken English accents based on Arnold Schwarzenegger. When asked about the skit and if he was offended, he said that he loved the skit and felt that is the most American thing that could happen to him, to be a character on a famous American show, like “SNL,” and so he took it as a true  “you know you have made it” moment.

Schwarzenegger became a household name around the world when he landed the role as the Terminator.

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His next big role as “The Terminator” would be the one to catapult him into international superstardom. From that movie came a franchise, and other big-budget action blockbusters. Arnold Schwarzenegger name and his accent would become iconic, with audiences repeated his famous line from the movie “I’ll be back,” only to be replaced by his iconic line “hasta la vista, baby” from the sequel, “Terminator 2.”

Today, in 2019, Schwarzenegger has several fitness competitions named after him that, he has even helped bring weight training to an organization near and dear to his heart, the Special Olympics. He has continued his work on charities and environmental causes. He even has a new movie, Terminator: Dark Fate coming out later this year.

From bodybuilder to college graduate, to Hollywood film star, to part of the Kennedy family, to Governor of California, it is said the Arnold Schwarzenegger is America’s most successful immigrant.

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Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime


Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime

The media advocacy group Define American recently released a study that focused on the way immigrant characters are depicted on television. The second-annual study is entitled “Change the Narrative, Change the World”.

Although the study reports progress in some areas of onscreen representation, there is still a long way to go.

For example, the study reported that half of the immigrant characters depicted on television are Latino, which is consistent with reality. What is not consistent with reality, however, is how crime-related storylines are still an overrepresented theme in these storylines.

The study shows that on television 22% of immigrant characters have crime storylines show up as part of their narratives. These types of storylines further pedal the false narrative that immigrants are criminals, when in reality, they’re just everyday people who are trying to lives their best lives. Ironically, this statistic is an improvement on the previous year’s statistics in which crime themes made up 34% of immigrants’ stories on TV.

These numbers are further proof that the media feels stories of Latino immigration have to be about sadness and hardship in order to be worth watching.

According to Define American’s website, their organization believes that “powerful storytelling is the catalyst that can reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.”

They believe that changing the narratives depicted in entertainment media can “reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.” 

“We wanted to determine if seeing the specific immigration storylines influenced [viewers’] attitudes, behavior, or knowledge in the real world,” said Sarah Lowe, the associate director of research and impact at Define American to Variety. “And we were reassured and inspired to see the impact it had.” 

Define American’s founder, Jose Antonio Vargas, is relatively optimistic about the study’s outcomes, saying that the report has “some promising findings” and the numbers “provide [him] with hope”. He added that there are still “many areas in which immigrant representation can improve”.

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Namely, Vargas was disappointed in television’s failure to take an intersectional approach to immigration in regards to undocumented Black immigrants. 

“Black undocumented immigrants are detained and deported at higher rates than other ethnic groups,” Vargas told Variety. “But their stories are largely left off-screen and left out of the larger narrative around immigration.” 

“Change the Narrative, Change the World” also showed that Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are also under-represented on television compared with reality. Also worth noting, male immigrants were over-represented on television compared to reality, while immigrants with disabilities were also under-represented.

The study also showed that when viewers are exposed to TV storylines that humanize immigrants, they’re more likely to take action on immigration issues themselves. 

The effect that fictional entertainment narratives have on viewers further proves that representation does, indeed, matter. What we watch as entertainment changes the way we think about other people’s lived experiences. And that, in turn, can change the world.

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A Group Of TPS Beneficiaries Are Touring The Country In A Bus To Save The Crucial Immigration Program

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A Group Of TPS Beneficiaries Are Touring The Country In A Bus To Save The Crucial Immigration Program

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Updated September 23, 2020

A coalition of people is coming together to stand up for Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries. Federal judges recently gave the Trump administration the approval to end the status for 300,000 people in the U.S.

A group of Temporary Protect Status holders is on a road trip to save the program for 300,000 people.

The National TPS Alliance is driving across the country to engage voters about the need to protect the program. The “Road to Justice” road tour started in Los Angeles and will be stopping in 54 cities in 32 states. The tour ends in Washington, D.C. where the TPS holders will petition Congress directly to save the program.

The program was started in 1990 and offers safe refuge for people who’s countries have experienced disaster, civil unrest, or other extraordinary circumstances. Some people who have been granted TPS in the U.S. include Central Americans after Hurricane Mitch, the second-largest hurricane in the Atlantic, devastated large swaths of the region in 1998. Haitians were also given TPS after the earthquake that devastated Port Au Prince in 2010.

The organization is hoping to engage voters and get them to care about the immigration crisis facing the nation. Activists have already praised the group and pledged to support their cause at the ballot box.

“We are going to vote for justice, for the TPS community,” Angélica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told NBC News. “President (Trump) and his administration are racist and do not care about the damage they are causing to our community.”

Original: A federal court just handed a huge ‘victory’ to the Trump administration, which has been eager to restart mass deportations. Despite a global health pandemic, the administration has been pressing forward with plans to deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Until now, many of these migrants were safe from deportation thanks to Temporary Protected Status, which shields some immigrants from deportation under humanitarian claims. However, the recent court decision – in San Francisco’s 9th Circuit – gives Trump exactly what he wants right before the elections.

But how will it affect immigrant communities across the country? Here’s everything you need to know about this major decision.

The 9th Circuit Court just ended TPS for more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants.

A California appeals court on Monday gave the Trump Administration permission to end Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan, clearing the way for officials to force more than 300,000 immigrants out of the country.

The decision affects people from all walks of life, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, have U.S.-born children and have been considered essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

This week’s ruling from the circuit court comes after a district court (also in California) temporarily halted Trump’s plan to end TPS in late 2018 after a group of lawyers sued, arguing that Trump was motivated by racial discrimination.

“The president’s vile statements about TPS holders made perfectly clear that his administration acted out of racial animus,”Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer for the ACLU of Southern California, wrote in a statement. “The Constitution does not permit policy to be driven by racism. We will seek further review of the court’s decision.”

But today’s 2-1 decision reversed the district court’s temporary order and allowed the federal government to take away TPS protections while the court case continues.

ICE and DHS has promised to wait several months before taking away TPS status if the agency won in court. As a result, the ACLU told NPR that it expects the protections to start ending no sooner than March, meaning that Joe Biden could reverse the administration’s decision if he wins in November, though the organization plans to fight back in the meantime.

Temporary Protected Status was created to protect people in the U.S. from being sent back to dangerous places – and it’s saved lives.

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The TPS program was first introduced in 1990, and it has protected immigrants from more than 20 countries at various points since then. More than 300,000 people from 10 different nations currently use the program, some of whom have lived and worked in the United States for decades.

Trump has sharply criticized the program, sometimes along racial lines, and in one infamous and widely criticized incident two years ago, the president reportedly referred to the program’s beneficiaries as “people from shithole countries.”

TPS provides protection for short periods of up to 18 months, but the federal government has continuously extended it for the countries mentioned in the lawsuit “based on repeated findings that it remains unsafe to return.” 

As a result, it said, most TPS holders have been living in the U.S. for more than a decade, contributing to their communities and raising their families. Many of the more than 200,000 U.S.-citizen children of TPS holders have never been to the country their parents are from and would have to choose between their families and their homes.

The ruling will have a major impact on migrant families and communities across the U.S.

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Immigration advocacy groups are slamming the court’s ruling, noting it will impact hundreds of thousands of TPS holders as well as their families and communities. In a statement, Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council, said the decision will “plunge their lives into further turmoil at a time when we all need greater certainty.” 

As the global pandemic stretches on, immigrants with protected status make up a large portion of the country’s front-line workers. More than 130,000 TPS recipients are essential workers, according to the Center for American Progress. 

“TPS recipients have deep economic and social roots in communities across the nation,” said Ali Noorani, president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “And, as the U.S. responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, TPS recipients are standing shoulder to shoulder with Americans and doing essential work.”

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