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Carla Hernandez from UT Austin Just Caused an Uproar Over Her GOP Debate Question

So, last night during the 5th and FINAL Republican presidential debate, Carla Hernandez of UT Austin asked the candidates how they felt about a particular Bible verse as it pertains to Syrian refugees. What could possibly happen when a Latina asks Republicans a question about the Bible tied to the refugee crisis? This.

Here is the question that sent Twitter, and the GOP candidates, into a tailspin.

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In case you didn’t catch that, Carla Hernandez asked all the Republican candidates, “If the Bible clearly states that we need to embrace those in need and not fear, how can we justify not accepting refugees?”

You could see the candidates on stage feeling like this:

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It’s like they were all trying to find a way to stay anti-refugee, but pro-Bible without saying anything about either.

Chris Christie was the first to tackle the startling question by…not really answering the question.

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Chris Christie: “What I say to Carla is that the first job of the president of the United States is to protect your safety and your security and the security and safety of your family. And this debate stops with me in the discussions with the FBI director.”

But…that doesn’t really answer her question.

Immediately, there were some people on Twitter like:

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Some immediately grabbed the popcorn and got ready for the show.

Who would have thought that a Latina asking Republican candidates a question would be so controversial? Answer: everyone.

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There was so much gratitude toward Carla for bringing up the Bible.

Like, seriously though. How often are GOP candidates using the Bible to back up their positions?

Others thought the question had no room in the debate.

Because, like the Constitution says, the Bible has no place in government.

And, of course, there were some serious haters.

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It seems like Carla Hernandez from UT Austin really ruffled some feathers.

Because how else are you going to keep those with a different view point silent other than removing them from your life. #trumprallylessons

But it seems that more people had love for Carla Hernandez.

And, of course, there was a wall joke.

He does like his walls, doesn’t he?

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An Argument Escalated When One Woman Tried To Use The Other’s Immigration Status As A Threat

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An Argument Escalated When One Woman Tried To Use The Other’s Immigration Status As A Threat

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An undocumented mother posted a video on Twitter of an argument she was in with her ex’s new girlfriend. The video starts with a woman yelling at the camera saying, “If anything, you should be afraid to call the cops because I’m not the immigrant here.” With that, the argument just kind of took off and Twitter is split in their opinions.

Dania Jaramillo posted a 46-second long video of an argument with her ex’s new girlfriend and it starts on a very uncomfortable note.

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The woman is heard implying to Jaramillo that she shouldn’t call the cops because of her immigration status. This threat is one often used by people to keep undocumented people afraid of reporting crimes and harassment. In fact, there are studies that show undocumented communities not reporting crimes for fear of being arrested and harassed by police.

The woman then continues to argue with Jaramillo, who says she shouldn’t be surprised that people know of her since she is coming into their community.

“Umm, b*tch, I’ve been in your community,” she tells Jaramillo. “This ain’t yours. Is this yours? No. This is free land, isn’t it? Because, I was born here so I know that all this land is mine.”

Jaramillo gave all of the people on Twitter the background info on the dispute.

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The man in the glasses is her ex. According to several tweets, he has had violence issues in the past so Jaramillo’s husband, the man without glasses was outside in case he needed to step in.

Some people went straight for the woman in the video.

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Honestly, we all know someone with an accent. Her’s is one that we all remember from our lives. Whether it is a family member or friend, we all know someone who speaks like she does.

People also had an issue with her claiming that all of the land was hers because she was born here.

Like, private property laws are a thing. That being said, the land isn’t inherently yours just because you were “born here.” You might be able to own some land but you don’t just get to say that all the land is your land because you are born in the U.S.

The ex is heard telling Jaramillo that they would be seeing each other in court so some offered her legal advice.

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According to tweets by Jaramillo, they are still battling out custody. It is always best to make sure your legal advice is coming from someone in the legal field. However, videos make good evidence if you find yourself trying to make a case of harassment.

The woman in the video did make her Instagram private but that hasn’t stopped people from sharing what she is posting.

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While her Instagram is private, the woman wants to get the last word. According to the post, Jaramillo was gossiping about the woman and that is what incited the argument.

The woman did have some defenders.

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They are arguing that she wasn’t being xenophobic. Xenophobia is defined as “dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries,” according to Merriam-Webster.

For her defenders, she is just hitting below the belt.

What do you think about the argument between the two women? Do you think this was xenophobic?

Watch the full video below!

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If You Ever Feel The Urge To Tell Someone To ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From, Just Don’t

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If You Ever Feel The Urge To Tell Someone To ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From, Just Don’t

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President Trump reached an all-time low when he tweeted that four Congresswomen of color should “go back” to the countries they came from. It is clear that he is not worried about facts and led by racism because of the four Congresswomen he spoke about, three were born in the U.S. and the other is a naturalized citizen. In response, people on social media are sharing their own stories of being told to “go back” to where they “came from.”

President Trump tweeted that certain Congresswomen need to go back to where they came from because they want more from U.S. leadership.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York, Rashida Tlaib was born in Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley was born in Illinois. Only Ilhan Omar was born outside of the U.S. in Somalia but became a citizen when she was a teenager. To tell four women of color to “go back” to where they came from is the lowest and most overused racist tropes in existence and Trump is leaning into it.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi fired back calling the tweet exactly what it is: racist.

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Trump’s presidency has ignited an uptick in hate crimes in the country. Xenophobic rhetoric and dehumanizing words made against immigrants is part of why the crimes have increased. Another study showed that counties that hosted Trump rallies saw significant spikes in hate crimes shortly after the rallies.

In response, Twitter users are sharing their stories on how the post-Trump U.S. has seen more and more people brave enough to use the same rhetoric.

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Gabe Ortíz is an avid tweeter and writer and his question drew several reactions from followers. The responses from people are very telling about who does and does not get asked the question. It has nothing to do with immigration and everything to do with skin color and race.

Twitter users had so many stories to share about the racist dog whistle of the “go back” comments against minorities.

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All it takes is just speaking another language to get some people whipped up. However, if you speak another language, chances are you are smarter than most of the people telling you to go back where you came from. Nothing wrong with speaking another language.

People clearly remember a surge of these comments immediately after Trump was elected president.

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It isn’t surprising for people under attack by the current administration. Trump’s use of his place of power to attack and belittle minorities has emboldened those who have ill will towards those minorities.

It is even more disheartening when grown people scream their ignorance at children.

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There is nothing lower than trying to make children afraid of living their lives. There is no reason to go after children. None. However, we are watching an administration dehumanizing children by ripping them away from their parents are the border and keeping them in cages without basic necessities.

There are even people who like to use this language and don’t know enough to hate properly.

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Puerto Rico is part of the U.S. Being born in Puerto Rico means you are born a citizen of the U.S. To tell someone to “go back” when they were born in Puerto Rico because you don’t want them in the U.S. is, well, uneducated.

These are the same people who think Native Americans are foreigners.

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Native Americans are just that, native. They were here before colonizers came on the ships and forcibly took the land and killed the native population. You literally can’t tell native people to go back anywhere because you are on their land.

And, of course, there are the racist comments of telling Black people to go back to Africa.

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Not to mention the fact that most Black people are descendants of slaves who were forcibly brought to the U.S., Africa is not a country. If you are going to be a racist xenophobe, you should at least do the work and specify the country. Otherwise, you are being lazy and showing your lack of knowledge. It only makes you look dumb.

Some people shared how being white and white passing spared them this hate.

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Being a white-passing person of color has long been a shield that so many people have enjoyed. It is hard to see your fellow Latinos talked down to because of their skin tone when you both share a similar heritage.

Then some people shared how being an immigrant from a white country gives you a cloud of protection.

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Being from Europe seems to be what these people want. Immigrants with melanin, talent, and legitimate reasons for fleeing for their lives just aren’t what they are looking for. It is truly a sharp departure from what this country was built on.

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