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Time to Forgive Donald Trump and Thank Him

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After Donald Trump called Mexican and Latino immigrants rapists and criminals, his comments were met with outrage. In three short weeks, his repeated insults led to something he probably didn’t expect: rallying Latinos around a common cause. The move has led actors, musicians and mitú’s own president and co-founder, Beatriz Acevedo, to say, “Thank you for bringing us together.”

Sincerely, Beatriz Acevedo

President and Co-Founder of mitú  

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It’s empowering to see how this event has inspired this vast group of Latinos to speak up and raise their voices. I read a brilliant piece by Latina actress and activist America Ferrera where she thanked Donald Trump for making our jobs easier, by energizing the Latino community to head out to the polls this upcoming election. And yes, Latinos can swing an election.

Like Ms. Ferrera, I personally want to thank Mr. Trump as well, for encouraging us to raise our voices and express our collective opinions surrounding his unfortunate comments. Even in the midst of my own outrage and frustration, I felt proud seeing so many examples of extraordinary Latinos, in all walks of life making America better every day.

For me professionally, as a Mexican immigrant who arrived here 20 years ago on an investor visa, with a goal to create new businesses for me and other like-minded entrepreneurial Latinos, it reminded me of the responsibility I have to help eradicate these ridiculous stereotypes in our country, and as a mother of 10 year old Mexican American twins, this was a valuable teaching moment that allowed me to show them why racism, ignorance, intolerance and hatred towards any human being are not the values this country was built on, and ones in which we should never stand for.

Sincerely, America Ferrera

Actor & Activist 

Dear Donald,

You’ve said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they’re worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I’m not a billionaire. Isn’t that awesome?

Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants are — people with problems, who bring drugs, crime and rape to America. While your comments are incredibly ignorant and racist, I don’t want to spend my time chastising you. I’ll leave that to your business partners like Univision and NBC, who have the power to scold you where it hurts. Instead, I’m writing to say thank you!

You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that.

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Sincerely, Chingo Bling

Mexican Rapper

Dear Donald Trump,

I would like to take this time to THANK YOU for your recent comments on  your campaign trail.   When it is all said and done, you will go down in history as a  man who sparked a massive tidal wave of change and forced a people to rise up.  A  man who made a tough decision of using Mexican immigrants as a scapegoat in  order to bring some facts to the light.

The fact that we currently don’t show up to the polls as we should.  The fact  that our numbers are strong yet our voice is not.   The fact that brands, networks  and presidential hopefuls constantly flirt with our demographic with an insatiable predatory appetite.   These culture vultures are on a mission to pillage riches  greater than any conquistador ever has.  The fact that we are too busy working for  the American Dream that we blindly give our hard earned paychecks to companies  that truly don’t care about us.  Thanks to you we will be on high alert and more  critical of those who court us.  Thank You Señor Trump.

Sincerely, Paulina Vega

Miss Universe 2014

Hola a todos !!! Los amo!

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I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.

The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities. Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today.

I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.

READ: The Internet Tears Apart Trump Like a Cheap Piñata

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A Mexican-American Mother Was Beaten Until She Was Unconscious By Her Son’s Racist School Bully

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A Mexican-American Mother Was Beaten Until She Was Unconscious By Her Son’s Racist School Bully

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We’re pretty sure this latest incident is our country’s newest low.

According to The New York Post, a 35-year-old New Jersey woman by the name of Beronica Ruiz was beaten until she was unconscious by a 13-year old boy who bullied her son.

According to reports, the day before the beating, Ruiz had filed a former complaint about her son’s tormenter and his alleged harassment of her son.

Her son, whose name is being kept private because he is a minor, claimed that he was bullied by the 13-year-old on June 18. At the time, Ruiz’s son said that the bully and a few other boys had chanted “Mexicans should go back behind the wall” to him other boys in the cafeteria.

In response, the Ruiz family’s lawyer, Daniel Santiago, says that her son replied: “We all come from immigrants.”

When Ruiz’s son received further threats from the students, he became fearful for his safety and reported the incident to a teacher who sequestered him from the other boys.

Attempts to notify Ruiz’s parents about the incident did not happen.

Santiago says that she did not find out about the incident until her son came home and he told her that he was too afraid to go to school the next day.

According to the Washington Post Ruiz and her husband returned to the school that evening and complained to the school’s assistant vice principal that they had not been alerted of the events. Santiago says that the vice principle replied that he had simply forgotten to call them.

“That’s a woefully inadequate response,” Santiago said. “’My bad’ is not a good excuse for not calling (the parents), not telling them.”

Ruiz picked up her son from school the day after the incident in the cafeteria happened.

She walked him home while pushing her 1-year-old daughter in a stroller. When they were just a few blocks away from the school, Ruiz’s son alerted his mother that they were being followed by the boys who had bullied him the previous day in the cafeteria. Soon after, the 13-year-old boy allegedly attacked Ruiz and her son. First, he punched Ruiz’s son in the face and then when the mother attempted to intervene he punched and “threw her to the ground” which caused her to lose consciousness.

This was a brutal hate crime, and it was committed by a 13-year-old,” Santiago said. “I don’t know what circumstances could give rise to a 13-year-old boy having such hate in his heart that he would commit this brutal attack and leave a woman essentially to die in front of her children without any remorse or any twinge of conscience.”

Ruiz was hospitalized for two days after the alleged attack.

Pictures of Ruiz’s face are brutal. In a photo circulating online, Ruiz’s face is marked with bruises and her eye is visible injured. She reportedly suffered from facial fractures and a concussion.

Earlier this week, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office announced that the 13-year-old bully, who fled the scene, had been arrested. He has been charged and faces one count of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault.

According to Santiago, the 13-year-old returned to the school the day after the attack.

Meanwhile, Ruiz and her husband are Mexican and in the United States awaiting green cards while holding work permits. Both of their children were born here and are American citizens.

Santiago says that he doesn’t “know that a child is able to fully understand and comprehend the implications of his words and saying things like ‘You should go back to Mexico… But this was clearly generated from hatred, and clearly, this young man has a great deal of anger in his heart, and that’s sad for a whole other list of reasons.”

Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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Pregnant Mom Of Two Children Faces Deportation Back To Guatemala Without A Place To Go

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It’s quite rare to hear of raids in sanctuary cities such as New York City or Los Angeles, but detainments do happen. In 2018, the Queens Eagle reports that 33 people were detained in Queens and 35 were detained in Brooklyn. This latest case is not only affecting the person arrested but her small children as well.

A Guatemalan pregnant woman living in Queens with her two U.S.-born children is currently facing deportation.

Alma Sofia Centeno Santiago is a 33-year-old undocumented woman that was arrested by ICE at a Queens courthouse. She was there for a court appearance in regards to a dispute with the father of her child. Some called foul when Santiago was initially arrested because ICE cannot do those inside courthouses.

“This a particularly harrowing example of the human devastation caused when ICE enters the courthouse,” Make the Road Action Managing Director Daniel Altschuler told the Eagle earlier this month.

The family of this woman is very concerned for because she’s currently very sick and, also, if deported, has nowhere to go when she gets to Guatemala.

Santiago, who’s been held at New Jersey’s Bergen County Detention Facility for two months, is reportedly experiencing extreme stomach pain and is in quarantine due to a measles outbreak at the center.

Her family and friends already fear the worst because they haven’t heard from her in a couple of days.

“We are nervous and concerned because she usually calls us,” her friend Jennifer Pacheco told the publication, “She said if she didn’t call them, they may have moved her. They told her that maybe Sunday night going into Monday, or Monday night going into Tuesday that she will probably be removed and deported.”

If deported, Santiago leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

READ: 11-Year-Old Undocumented Girl Is Being Forced To Leave The U.S. Without Her Family

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