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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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A Federal Court Just Ended Temporary Protected Status For More Than 300,000 Immigrants, Here’s What You Need To Know

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A Federal Court Just Ended Temporary Protected Status For More Than 300,000 Immigrants, Here’s What You Need To Know

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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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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

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Nearly 9,000 Unaccompanied Child Migrants Have Been Expelled From the U.S. Under Trump’s COVID-19 Restrictions

On Friday, previously undisclosed court documents revealed that almost 9,000 unaccompanied migrant children seeking refuge were denied access to the U.S. and subsequently expelled from U.S. soil. None of these children were given a chance in court.

According to reporting done by CBS News, U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials have “suspended humanitarian protections” for most migrants crossing the border, on the grounds that “public health law overrides asylum, immigration and anti-trafficking safeguards” in the era of COVID-19.

CBS news made the shocking discovery when investigating the problematic and increased practice of holding and detaining minors in unregulated, privately contracted hotel rooms.

The government is arguing that the practice is keeping the American public safe from possibly COVID-19 exposure from unauthorized migrants.

“What we’re trying to do…is remove all individuals, regardless of whether they’re children — minors — or they’re adults,” Customs and Border Patrol official Mark Morgan said in an August media briefing.

He continued: “We’re trying to remove [the migrants] as fast as we can, to not put them in our congregate settings, to not put them into our system, to not have them remain in the United States for a long period of time, therefore increasing the exposure risk of everybody they come in contact with.”

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But critics are claiming that the Trump Administration is using COVID-19 as an excuse to unlawfully expel as many migrants as possible–regardless of their age.

On Friday, federal Judge Dolly M. Gee ordered the administration to put an end to the practice of detaining children in hotel rooms, saying that hotels do not “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention”. She asked the government to put an end to the practice by September 15th.

It is in the court documents regarding the above case that 8,800 expelled migrant children number was revealed.

“The numbers are stunning,” said executive director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Lindsay Toczylowski, to CBS News. “…To find out that our government has literally taken children who are seeking protection and sent them back to the very places they fled in such high numbers really took my breath away.”

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US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz has defended the unsafe hotel detainment and speedy expulsion of migrant children, saying that stopping the practice would increase risk of exposure to health and customs officials alike.

But even if the practice comes to an end, the staggering number of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children left to their own devices is sitting heavy on the soul of advocates and activists.

“It’s just completely contrary, not only to all child protection norms and standards, but also just completely contrary to our values as a nation around protecting the most vulnerable,” said vice president for international programs at Kids in Need of Defense Lisa Frydman to CNN. “Because we are just wholesale shipping them out without making sure that it’s safe for them to go.”

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