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Los Angeles Latinos Give Trump A Piece of Their Mind

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Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Los Angeles, arriving at the Luxe Hotel on Friday to deliver a speech to the Friends of Abe, a group of entertainment industry conservatives. CHIRLA (Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) seized the opportunity and organized a protest to tell Trump one thing: he is not welcome in Los Angeles.

The Organizers had a Clear Message

Diana Colin, 27, State-Wide Organizer for CHIRLA

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“We’re here to send him a strong message. L.A. does not welcome hate. L.A. is a pro-immigrant city and a pro-immigrant state here in California. We pass pro-immigrant policies and we elect pro-immigrant representatives.”

Families Stood Together

Andrea Tanyo, 15, Los Angeles (pictured right with her family)

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“My mom is an immigrant, but she’s never done anything bad. She’s a hard worker. If I was sitting across from Donald Trump, I would say not to say what he said ever again because it is rude to people and to Mexicans because it is not true.”

Some Demanded Respect

Eli Alejandro, 38, Los Angeles

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“Latinos have a lot of power. We are doing a lot of business here and we contribute a lot economically. We want respect. We don’t need somebody like him in politics.”

Others Can’t Believe Trump is Taken Seriously

Johana Mendoza, 19, Los Angeles

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“I think it is an embarrassing to consider someone as racist as he is as a presidential candidate. I have many friends who are undocumented college students and I don’t think it’s fair to label someone when you don’t know their story or you’re not able to take a day in their shoes.”

READ: Kiss California Goodbye, Latinos Have Taken Over

Some Say Trump is a Fear Monger

Joshua Gonzalez, 21, Calabasas

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“People already fear us because they think we are gang members or whatever. Now, with these false statements, people are going to think that we are that; we’re drug dealers or we’re rapists and it creates problems for us.”

Some Protesters Swelled with American Pride

Jose Maleonaeo, 73, Los Angeles

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“We’re all immigrants. A lot of Latinos are immigrants. I picked cotton. I did all of this to build the country up. I am not from Mexico. I am from Texas.”

Others Were there to Support their Spouses

Crystal Guerra, 25, Fontana, Calif.

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“I came here to support my people: immigrants, and Mexico, and, especially, my husband. My husband does not drink, he does not smoke. He’s a hard worker and that’s all he does.”

Not All Latino Protesters Were Against Trump

Maria Lumdquist, 52, Los Angeles

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“He will make America like it was before: good. Not like now. Look at what happened in San Francisco. There’s people in jail and they get deported and come back.”

But Pro-Trump Protesters were Outnumbered

Jade Perez, 19, Anaheim

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“I’m happy to see that there are a lot of people gathering to fight for this cause. I believe that we are hard workers and that we came to pursue a better future for ourselves.”

Some Addressed Donald Trump’s Hypocrisy

Martha Muñoz, 54, Hawthorne

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“Latinos are contributing a lot to the U.S. and they are the working hands that bring the wealth. I see it in the fields, especially the farming fields. Only Latinos, Mexican mostly from Mexico. They bring them here to work and that food that these people are serving on their tables is harvested by my people. We’ve been contributing a lot.”

This Adorable Little Dude Joined the Protest with Dad

Erik Schou, 44, Los Angeles

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“I think it’s horrible what he’s saying; it’s horrible what he’s doing. He’s prosecuting all immigrants. At one point and time, we were all immigrants. Only the Native Americans are the true Americans.”

WATCH: Donald Trump Says Mexican Immigrants Are ‘Racists’

Some Feel Latinos are Used as Political Pawns

Maria Sandoval, 42, Los Angeles

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“It’s not fair that he is using us as a prop for his political campaign. He is using us for attention so he can win the electoral campaign. Why is he attacking Mexicans? Or why is he referring to the Mexican community?”

Many Wanted to Stand Up for their Communities

Nancy Rosales-Hernandez, 23, San Fernando Valley

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“I personally am affected by what Donald Trump said and I feel like it is time for us to support our community. That’s why I am here. I, myself, am an immigrant and I am a student as well and I am the daughter of immigrants.”

Others wanted Trump to Know How Hard They Work

Maria Galvin, 46, San Fernando Valley

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“We employ people. For example, my husband has a shop and he employs three citizens. We have been paying taxes for 16 years. We contribute a lot.”

Some were there Representing Immigrants from Previous Generations

Hector Perez, 22, Anaheim

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“I came out here today on behalf of my grandpa because he’s an immigrant … I am where I am today because of him. He’s a contributing member to society just like everybody else I’ve seen. You can’t even tell he’s an immigrant anymore.”

Others were there to Support Friends

Moises Cabral, 41, Whittier, Calif.

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“[A close friend] was the first person who was really close to me that said he was undocumented. When he said that I didn’t even know what undocumented meant but when he told me he was from Mexico and he didn’t have any papers, then I knew what I meant. I still remember him. When I look at the children growing up, I see a little bit of him.”

And Quite a Few Wanted to Take a Few Hacks at this Piñata

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with reporting by Guadalupe Contreras

Migrants Children Are Getting Sick In Detention Centers But The Trump Administration Doesn’t Want To Give Them Toothbrushes

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Migrants Children Are Getting Sick In Detention Centers But The Trump Administration Doesn’t Want To Give Them Toothbrushes

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It’s no secret that the U.S. government isn’t taking care of migrants at the border or detention camps. Undocumented people that are living under U.S. care are getting sick. They’re being exposed to the measles, chicken pox, common colds due to extreme air-conditioned facilities, abuse, and so much more. What makes this situation so much more infuriating is that the government could care less than people are getting sick.

This video of Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian went viral over the weekend because she was telling judges that undocumented people in detention camps don’t need soap, toothpaste or beds to sleep.

Fabian spoke with three Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal judges and said that they shouldn’t be required to give undocumented people hygiene products or beds to sleep in because those things are seen as privileges.

The case is based on a 1997 ruling known as the “Flores Agreement” that “requires, among other things, that the government hold minors in facilities that are “safe and sanitary” and that they are released from confinement without delay whenever possible.”

Here’s a portion of the transcript:

Judge Wallace Tashima: “If you don’t have a toothbrush, if you don’t have soap if you don’t have a blanket, it’s not safe and sanitary. Wouldn’t everybody agree with that? Do you agree with that?”

Sarah Fabian: “Well, I think it’ s—I think those are—there is fair reason to find that those things may be part of safe and sanitary.”

Judge Tashima: “Not ‘maybe.’ ‘Are’ a part. What do you say, ‘may be’? You mean there are circumstances when a person doesn’t need to have a toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap for days?”

Fabian: “Well, I think, in CBP custody, there’ s—it’s frequently intended to be much shorter-term, so it may be that for a shorter-term stay in CBP custody that some of those things may not be required.”

However, we know that the Trump administration is seeking to change that rule to allow for indefinite detention of children and migrants.

The judges were clearly frustrated with her and she could barely answer their questions properly.

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Vice President Mike Pence tried to get out of answering why undocumented migrants wouldn’t need hygiene products while being detained during a CNN interview and basically didn’t even know what the hearing was all about.

“Aren’t toothbrushes and blankets and medicine basic conditions for kids?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Pence, “Aren’t they a part of how the United States of America—the Trump administration—treats children?”

Pence replied by saying, “Well, of course, they are Jake,” and claimed he couldn’t “speak to what that lawyer was saying.”

Now a team of doctors and attorneys who have seen the migrants up close are releasing their findings and claim that virtually everyone they saw was sick.

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“The kids had colds and were sick and said they didn’t have access to soap to wash their hands. It was an alcohol-based cleanser,” Clara Long, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch said to CNN. “Some kids who were detained for 2-3 weeks had only one or two opportunities to shower. One said they hadn’t showered in three weeks. Hygiene and living conditions like this creates a risk of spreading infectious disease. It makes me very concerned about the public health emergency.”

Holly Cooper, co-director of the University of California, Davis’ Immigration Law Clinic and represents detained youth, put it this way, according to the Associated Press, “In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention, I have never heard of this level of inhumanity.”

READ: Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

While Trump Postponed ICE Raids, He Keeps Using The Community As A Political Pawn Because He Can’t Legislate

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While Trump Postponed ICE Raids, He Keeps Using The Community As A Political Pawn Because He Can’t Legislate

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News broke over the weekend that President Trump would be delaying planned immigration raids throughout the country. He tweeted that the deportation operations would be postponed by two weeks to see if Congress can make changes to asylum laws and work out legislative groundwork with Democrats.

As news of the roundups became public knowledge on Friday, faith and immigration groups prepared and informed communities of their rights and procedures in case of an interaction with ICE officials. But the sudden abrupt reversal did little to relieve or reassure immigrants and their supporters.

Migrant communities across the country are becoming familiar with this feeling.

President Trump’s reversal came as immigrant advocates prepared undocumented immigrants for a highly publicized operation. ICE officials were expected to target more than 2,000 families with pending deportations orders. But even with a delay, fears are mounting for many who don’t know what to expect next for themselves and their families.

Marjorie Murillo, a community liaison specialist for Miami Dade Public Schools, says that President Trump’s delayed immigration raids do nothing but toy with immigrant communities livelihoods.

“We don’t trust him in any way,” Murillo told NBC News. “I’ve been calling and sending messages everywhere that they are postponed, but where I live, parents and everyone, they are never safe.”

This isn’t the first time President Trump has used immigration fear tactics to push for legislation.

Back in 2017, President Trump attempted to terminate the Obama-era program that protected so-called Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. It was a failed attempt to pressure Congress in passing an immigration bill that included new restrictions on legal immigration. Earlier this year, a 35-day government shutdown ended without Democrats agreeing to the president’s terms, funding for a border wall.

There has been pushback from politicians and immigration advocates that are calling the raids unjust.

According to CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump Friday night and asked him to call off the raids. It was the next day that the President would announce the delay. Pelosi approved of President Trump’s announced delay and said it would give Congress enough time to work on immigration reform.

“Mr. President, delay is welcome. Time is needed for comprehensive immigration reform. Families belong together,” Pelosi tweeted.

Some are calling the move a tactic to help benefit Trump’s effort to secure funding for immigration enforcement. Republicans and Democrats in Congress are currently in the midst of negotiating legislation to allocate funds to different agencies, that includes ICE. The agency is dealing with record large-scale migration of Central American families and unaccompanied children to the U.S.-Mexico border, currently at a 13-year high.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been one of the strongest advocates against ICE deportations. The organization says President Trump’s immigration policies have installed fears in communities across the country.

“Our communities shouldn’t have to live in fear that parents won’t come home from work, or kids won’t return from school, or a knock at the door could rip a family apart,” the ACLU said in a tweet. “This isn’t Donald Trump’s America, it’s ours. We can resist his deportation agenda — together.”

Many on social media are using their platform to share tips and advice in case an individual finds themselves interacting with ICE.

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Within hours that news broke that immigration raids would be happening, people took to social media to share helpful tips. From informing people to stay in their homes and to not answer their doors, by the time President Trump announced the delay on Saturday, people were ready.

Images across social media showed ICE checkpoints and areas of interest where deportation officials might show up. But even as more time is given to prepare for the worst-case scenarios, many aren’t taking any risks.

“He’s making an announcement as if these deportations are not already happening,” Murillo said. “He’s saying if Democrats don’t do what I want them to do, deportations will start in two weeks. Deportations have been happening since he went into office. It’s coming, maybe it will turn a little bit, stay on guard. We can’t ever let our guard down.”

READ: ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

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