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When Abortion Meets Immigration: How I Help The Undocumented Obtain An Abortion

In recent years, there has been an uptick of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. These young people take on this punishing journey in hopes of a safer life in the states, so once they present themselves at an official U.S. port of entry, they are placed in a temporary shelter.

The federal government is legally required to provide housing, food, and medical care to these unaccompanied minors, as per a legal decision called the Flores Agreement. However, providing contraception and abortion care as required was one of the first things to go as the current Administration began to disregard Flores, and now recent news reports indicate young people are being denied basic necessities as well.

During the intake process, all minors undergo a medical exam that includes a pregnancy test and then options counseling is supposed to be done with the pregnant minors.

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Due to former shelter policies, mostly at shelters with religious affiliations, they were not always able to provide, refer, or in any way facilitate access to contraceptives and abortion services. We also know that young people who want to continue their pregnancy are not provided the trauma-informed care they need, and often receive care from a doctor who does not speak their language.

In 2017, the #JusticeForJane campaign swept the country as the Trump Administration attempted to block a 17-year-old Central American immigrant minor, referred to as “Jane Doe” for anonymity, from obtaining an abortion in Texas.

Jane had already gotten a judicial bypass to have the abortion without parental consent with the help of Jane’s Due Process (JDP), a Texas non-profit that provides legal representation and practical support for pregnant minors. The federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) refused to allow her to use the bypass and forced her to go to a crisis pregnancy center for anti-abortion, religious-based counseling. They were also set on not transporting her to the abortion clinic, and refused to release her to her court-assigned attorney and guardian, stating that it would be facilitating abortion. The shelter claimed these orders were coming from ORR, contrary to the stated policies around abortion on their website and in the Flores settlement. In 2008, George W. Bush issued a policy that allowed “heightened involvement” from ORR in crucial cases like abortion, but in 2017, that policy was reinterpreted to prohibit any type of facilitation for an unaccompanied minor to access abortion care. Jane Doe’s judicial bypass lawyers and JDP contacted the ACLU, who then filed a lawsuit against the federal government regarding ORR’s new, ad hoc policy that prohibited facilitating abortion for unaccompanied minors, on the grounds that it was unconstitutional. Jane was adamant that she wanted an abortion, and after a month of obstruction by the Trump Administration, she was finally able to get it. The ACLU sought class certification for her case, meaning that she could be a representative of all unaccompanied minors in a similar situation. As of last month, she won: a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump Administration cannot block unaccompanied minors in federal custody from getting an abortion.

While having the federal government block access to an abortion clinic is an unusual barrier, all of our clients face barriers to abortion access.

This starts with the parental consent law that requires young people who cannot get parental consent for an abortion to go in front of a judge for permission to obtain an abortion. Jane’s Due Process was founded in 2001 when the first parental involvement law for a minor seeking an abortion in Texas went into effect. Since its founding, the organization has supported thousands of young people in Texas to obtain an abortion and access birth control without parental involvement, and has provided information about reproductive and sexual health decision-making to young people and those who support them across the state. The reasons for not notifying a parent about these reproductive health decisions vary–from knowing that parents will force them to give birth to fear of abuse to parents not being a part of that person’s life. Regardless of the reason, my role is to make sure that every person who calls us seeking an abortion can obtain one, even with the socioeconomic barriers (transportation, money, lack of communication platforms, support system, etc.) that are present.

In the cases of ORR Janes, shelters are required to reach out to me as soon as the unaccompanied minor mentions that she is interested in terminating her pregnancy.

At that point, I speak with the minor to get a sense of her situation, and then reach out to clinics and local attorneys to set her appointments. This process is usually strenuous due to most ORR shelters being in the southern part of Texas, which only has one abortion clinic (procedures up to 17 weeks) and limited doctor availability. Once an attorney meets with the minor, the bypass application gets filed and a hearing date is set. Between these dates, I am in constant communication with Jane to prep for her hearing. She then goes before a judge to prove that obtaining an abortion is in her best interest or that she’s mature enough to make the decision to terminate. Once the bypass gets approved, I reach out to the clinic to notify and set her appointments. Then, I reach out to abortion funds to cover her abortion costs and lastly, confirm with the shelter that transportation is set. In the rare case I receive pushback, I reach out to our legal counsel and the ACLU for support in clarifying policies and reiterating the constitutional rights that unaccompanied minors have regarding abortion care.

It is important to remember that when a young person becomes pregnant within a conservative or capitalist state that never provided the appropriate sex education in the first place, it is not the young person’s fault. Abortion is a constitutional right, no matter your immigration status, and the organization I work with continues fighting to make sure each young person’s right to an abortion is protected and accessible.

There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

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There’s A New Urban Line Of Taco Gear And This One’s Actually Wearable

No matter your preference, how you like them, how you eat them, tacos are a way of life. They represent where we’re from and to be honest, they are not going anywhere — they will remain part of our life.

Gerald Flores understands the taco goes beyond just a dish, it’s a lifestyle. In 2014, the Corpus Christi native was trying to figure out what to wear, when an idea went off in his head.

“Like many Latinos, tacos are a huge part of my life. They represent my culture and so much more. Back in 2014, I was looking for a taco shirt for myself and I couldn’t find one that I would want to wear, so I decided to design my own,” said the taco lover. “That’s how Taco Gear® was born and it’s been a crazy and fun journey ever since.”

mitú is excited to partner up with Taco Gear® in our mitú mercado where you’ll find a wide assortment of Taco Gear® products.

We are featuring some of Taco Gear’s® most popular t-shirts, sweatshirts and trendy bucket hats.

If you’re a taco lover you know that when someone offers you a taco, you just eat it and that’s exactly what this Taco. Just Eat It. Longsleeve tee says.

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This tee takes a spin on a popular brand and makes it our own. You can shop this tee (that’s already making me hungry) on our site available in a unisex fit for only $29.99.

If tacos are life to you, say it with this bomber jacket.

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This classic bomber jacket will keep you warm during those nights you’re waiting for your tacos at your favorite taco truck. This jacket is such a favorite, it’s sure to sell out, so grab yours for $49.99 before it sells out.

When fellow intellectuals ask what your favorite work of art is, you can let them know with this Taco Lisa Tee.

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Art connoisseurs will not know what hit them when you show them this Taco Lisa Tee now available in our store in different colors for $24.99.

True taco lovers ain’t got no type. Let people know you’re not shallow with this Taco Type Tee.

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We don’t discriminate against any kind of taco and we love showing our love with this shirt that lists just a few of our favorite tacos. This comfy tee comes in different colors and is only $24.99.

When you and bae are hungry and can’t decide where to go for dinner (or breakfast or lunch), settle it with this Back To The Taquería Tee.

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Don’t know what to eat? Don’t know where to hang out? Don’t know what to “cook” for your family potluck? Back to the taquería it is. This tee comes in three colors and sells for $24.99.

And when you walk up to the taquería register they’ll know exactly what you want as soon as they look at you with this trendy Fresh Tacos bucket hat.

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At the taquería is where we spend most of our days, so represent with this bucket hat available in our shop for just $22.99. It’s perfect to shield your face from that taquería steam 😉.

A founding father once said, “give me liberty or give me death,” and in 2019 we like to apply our lives to that saying and this one: *ehem* Give me tacos or give me death.

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Because what even is life without tacos? Stop — we don’t want to know. Shop this philosophical taco tee in our shop for just $24.99.

The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The Free Selena-Themed Concert In Support Of Immigration Rights Is Coming To LA This Día De Los Muertos

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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Lizette Gutierrez’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

READ: ‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community