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These Latinos Break Down Immigration AND Make it Funny

Most undocumented Latinos are ashamed to talk about their status. That’s not the case for Julio Salgado and Jesús Iñiguez; they’re telling the world they’re undocumented and making fun of all the awkward things that happen through Dreamers Adrift. Their hope? Get young, undocumented Latinos talking about this. Check it out…

Meet Julio Salgado.

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Julio graduated from California State University of Long Beach (CSULB) in 2010 with a degree in journalism. He is also quite the controversial artist.

…And this is his buddy, Jesús Iñiguez.

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Jesús graduated from CSULB with a degree in sociology in 2008. He’s got a sick flow; we’ll get into that a little later…

Together, with two friends, they created Dreamers Adrift.

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It’s a creative project with a focus on web series about undocumented youth, by undocumented youth, and for undocumented youth. YES ✊! Not another generic and boring forum.

They joined forces with other undocumented activists to strengthen their voice.

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One of their big supporters is Yahaira Carrillo, who was arrested in 2010 for protesting in defense of the DREAM Act. But don’t let the serious photo scare you. These guys love humor so much, they’ve built their reputation on it.

READ: UndocuQueer Activists Changing the Immigration Debate

Jesús was the focus of the first series, E.S.L.

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The videos started with Jesús showing his flow skills and vlogging about how society treats and sees undocumented people in the US.

?So whether you’re fresh off the boat or fresh over the border, be ready for some folks to give you the cold shoulder. Be ready to forget who you were, they’ll break your whole life down to one single word. Man, that’s absurd.?

Go, Jesús.

But it was their second series, Undocumented and Awkward, that gave Dreamers Adrift new life.

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Undocumented and Awkward shows documented people things most of us take for granted, like how…

Not having a state-issued ID can be a total cockblock.

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“He wouldn’t take my ID. It’s not a state ID; it’s a consulate card.”

Since the bouncer wouldn’t take his ID, Jesús spends his time in a parking lot talking to a potential blind date, but she is already in the club and won’t come out for him.

On the bright side, without an ID you can’t get a DUI like these folks.

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Random Guy: “Aren’t you tipsy though?”

Random Girl: “Doesn’t matter, but, I got a license!”

Also, having to rely on friends for a ride can get awkward.

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Jesús: “Damn fool, you’re still riding the bus?”

Julio: “You know, it’s temporary…”

Temporary as in Julio is waiting for laws to change so he can get his license, OK?

Or being called “illegal” in public.

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Student: “I’m an AB 540 student.”

Adviser 1: “Do you know what an AB 540 student is?”

Adviser 2: “Those are students who are illegal.”

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Adviser: “So you’re an illegal student?”

Student: “No. I’m not an illegal student. It’s not how you say it. It’s actually undocumented student.”

Adviser: “OK, so you’re an undocumented student.”

Be prepared to educated the people you encounter.

Dreamers Adrift doesn’t only stand up for the undocumented community.

Welcoming 2015 with all the awkwardness we can muster.

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They use their same comedic talents to discuss gay issues.

The morning after. #toooldforthis

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Thus, Osito was born.

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Hungover Jesús and Julio discuss Jesús first gay bar experience…

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Julio finally shows Jesús how handsie gay white men can get. Jesús got more than 10 ass grabs, which led to more drinking to block out the memories. He was probably the only person on the planet who didn’t know white men can’t resist a little Latin spice! Ay, papi!

Jesús also learns several valuable lessons living with Julio.

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Like, there is always a dire need for lube when you are a gay man, unless there is “mayo” readily available.

After the success and popular demand of Osito, Julio and Jesús gave Undocumented and Awkward a second season.

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Non-Latino, undocumented people reached out to Julio and Jesús wanting to share their undocumented experiences. In response, they collaborated with ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented youth group. This led to the bigger, better, more awkward, and more diverse Undocumented and Awkward 2.0.

READ: Victoria Villalba, an Undocumented Transgender Activist Inspiring Change

Five years later, Dreamers Adrift is stronger than ever…but it’s still only the beginning.

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Their art is bringing more attention to the issues faced by undocumented people, gay and straight. Julio is the artist behind the nationally used “I am UndocuQueer” poster. He also has another art series, Adventures of a Bitter Fag. Check it!

What do you think about Dreamers Adrift championing the immigration cause? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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

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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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