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DHS Won’t Deport Anyone in Flint While the Water Crisis Continues

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Since 2014, the residents of Flint, Mich., had been paying for CONTAMINATED water:

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After this big f*ck up, government officials at the local and federal level have handed out bottled water…a short term solution.

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 21: Army National Guard Specialist David Brown loads bottled water into waiting cars at a fire station on January 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Residents can go daily to fire stations in the city to pick up more water. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

BUT up until the end of January, you needed a form of identification to have access to that water.

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 13: A sign points the ay for Flint residents to get bottled water, water testing kits, and water filters at a Flint Fire Station January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder activated the National Guard to help the American Red Cross distribute water to Flint residents to help them deal with the lead contamination that is in the City of Flint's water supply. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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Because of this requirement, the nearly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Flint couldn’t access potable water.


But wait, it gets worse!


Even without the ID issue, Flint’s undocumented population won’t open their doors out of fear that an ICE agent will be on the other side.

ICE Agents Detain Suspected Undocumented Immigrants In Raids

It’s not an irrational fear. In early January, ICE arrested 121 mothers and children and sent them to detention centers.


To fix this f*ck up, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently said agents wouldn’t conduct raids in Flint during the water crisis.

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Buuuuut, Johnson also went out of his way to say that he still could conduct raids at his discretion.


Listen, Jeh (what kind of name is that even?), we get that it’s your job, but sometimes it’s okay to look the other way.


Especially when we’re talking about a basic right for women and children.

FLINT, MI - JANUARY 21: Sandra Mendez and her son Alonzo Cabrera, 1, receive water from Red Cross volunteers at their home January 21, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Mendez said she had an appointment set up for next week to get her son's blood tested for lead. The Red Cross is supporting state and county efforts to bring water to every household in the city. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

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True Trash To Treasure Tinkerers


True Trash To Treasure Tinkerers


“The world sends us garbage, we send back music.”

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This couldn’t be more true in Cateura, Paraguay, a slum built on a landfill where the locals recycle the trash…but this isn’t your average recycling…

“A community like Cateura is not a place to have a violin, in fact, a violin here is worth more than a house here,” said Favio Chavez the director of the recycled orchestra.

The recycled orchestra is precisely that, an orchestra where the members perform with instruments made completely out of trash. “I never imagined myself building an instrument like this and I feel very happy when I see a kid playing a recycled violin,” said one of the residents.

The kids in the community are so enamored with their craft, that the can’t imagine it any other way. “My life would be worthless without music,” said one of the members of the orchestra. “When I listen to the sound of the violin, I feel butterflies in my stomach,” said another member. “It’s a feeling that I don’t know how to explain.”

Watch the video above to listen to the amazing orchestra.

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