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Becky G Talked About Being A Proud Mexicana And How ‘Dehumanizing’ U.S. Current Policies Are For Immigrants

Immigration is a subject that is so personal to members of the Latinidad. Even when it’s not making the daily news, the conversation around immigration is deeply prominent in our communities and homes. However, since the current administration has made immigration and deportation the main focus of their policies, it has been a constant topic discussed in homes across the world. Immigration has become THE American issue.

Seeing the separation of families, the detention of men, women, children and babies and the conditions they are forced to live in hurts. It’s stressful to see that level of human suffering. When we learn of new deaths coming out of ICE detention centers, we grieve the loss as if we’re mourning for our family. So far, our calls to abolish ICE, reunify families and release migrants have gone unanswered.

Altogether, the immigration crisis feels utterly degrading and dismal.

We aren’t the only ones who are feeling this way and, now singer Becky G is sharing her feelings about the hopelessness of the current migration situation.

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The singer spoke with HOLA! USA and opened up about her connection to her Mexican culture and what it meant to be a second-generation Latina in a world that is so full of anti-immigrant policies.

“I’ve always considered myself Latina,” Becky G claimed. “I’m 100 percent proud to be from Los Angeles, but I’m also 100 percent proud to be ‘Mexicana de corazón, de sangre.’ My grandparents have always made it a priority for us to be aware of our culture, our morals, our traditions.”

Those strong ties to her Latinidad have made her very aware of the problems impacting our community — especially the issue of immigration.

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Like many of us, Becky G is familiar with the travesty that is happening at our southern borders. She knows the helplessness and the anger we feel when we see proof of injustices inflicted on imprisoned migrants. Despite this, the singer says the Latinx community has to continue to push against ICE’s dehumanizing policies and mistreatment.

“Some people think there’s only so much we can do,” Becky G explained to HOLA! USA. “But we have to keep pushing, keep raising awareness and keep talking about it. If not, it’s going to become normalized that there are children dying while basically being held captive, mistreated, not being taken care of properly — separated from their families. Separating families, children taking care of children, babies not having their diapers changed, people without proper food or places to sleep… to me, that’s so dehumanizing.”

The songstress went on to speak about the unity she grew up experiencing and how that togetherness helped in times of crisis.

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Like many Latinos, Becky G grew up with a big, extended family. The unity between the family members helped make life easier and more full, especially when her family experienced a dilemma of there own.

“In our family, we are so united; we are so supportive,” the singer shared. “Where one person eats, 20 can eat. Where one person can sleep, 20 can sleep. And as funny as it sounds, it’s actually very beautiful because when I was 9 years old we lost our home, and we went from house to house, from family member to family member to live there. Sharing is a big part of our culture.”

It’s this unity — a beautiful element of our culture — that we need to draw from now in order to show up for the immigrants both in our communities and in detention.

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After a weekend of mass murder, where our communities were purposely targeted, it’s easy to feel defeated, hurt and scared. Fear-mongering has turned to violence and violence has turned to death. However, we cannot allow the focused hate aimed at Latinx communities to prevent us from fighting for each other.

The only way our community is going to survive this grotesque period in US history is if we stay true to who we are. In moments like these, kindness, togetherness and unity are necessary for us to move forward. Just like Beck G, we should be amplifying the voices and experiences of those directly harmed by these racist policies. We have to rally and use our combined strength — the strength of the Latinidad — to vote, protest and fight until our detained family has been freed. We must remember that we’ll always be stronger together.

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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