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It Took This U.S. Citizen 7 Years To Reverse His Illegal Deportation To Nicaragua

“I was telling everybody… ‘I’m a U.S. citizen. Please help me out here.'”

Cesar Robleto spent time in immigration jail and claims he was illegally deported to Nicaragua, a place he left at the age of 2. It took 7 years, but he’s back in the U.S. Was it a terrible mistake — or something more sinister?

Stephanie Stanton reports.

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Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Monday, February 22, 2016

“I have no recognition of that place. I left when I was 2 years old.”

Cesar Robleto was in for the fight of his life after he was deported to Nicaragua, the country he hasn’t stepped foot in since he was a child.

In 2006, Robleto was arrested and spent three years in jail for a domestic violence incident. Instead of being released in 2009 at the end of his sentence, authorities told Robleto that he was going to be deported even though he was a U.S. citizen. Despite showing his papers as proof, Robleto went straight from the jail to an ICE detention center, where he spent 18 long months before being sent to Nicaragua.

Freelance journalist Mytchell Moran heard about Robleto’s case and pressured Nicaraguan immigration officials to reevaluate the case. SEVEN years after he should have been a free man, Robleto returned to the U.S. In an interview with Los Angeles’ Fox 11, Robleto says he demands to know why he was deported even though he is U.S. citizen.

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Conservatives Are Creating A Ridiculous Conspiracy Theory About Congresswoman Veronica Escobar And Asylum Seekers

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Conservatives Are Creating A Ridiculous Conspiracy Theory About Congresswoman Veronica Escobar And Asylum Seekers

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar is the target of accusations that she and her office are coaching asylum seekers to claim that they don’t speak Spanish in order to exploit the “remain in Mexico” policy. Escobar who says that accusations of immigration fraud are untrue is receiving threats on her life. In a statement from last week about the threats, Escobar, the first Latina to represent Texas in congress said, “I think it’s important for people to know that there’s consequences to their words.

“Being irresponsible and using xenophobia and bigotry to fuel hatred has a consequence.”

Escobar spoke on the consequences of bigotry while also addressing the threats.

But border patrol officials maintain that they are hearing “[Escobar’s office] is attempting to return people, and the story was changed in Mexico, where a person who understood Spanish before now doesn’t understand — where a person who didn’t have any health issues before now has health issues.”

While no evidence of fraud has been provided, officials also said, “They went through and interviewed everybody, cherry-picked them, brought them back, and now are using them as tag lines. They’re going over there and manufacturing a lot of these issues.”

The Texas Democrat believes that there is zero truth to the accusations of immigration fraud by Escobar or her office and that she is being targeted for raising concerns about border patrol violations of asylum laws.

Escobar has said that her office “has assisted constituents whose clients are asylum seekers who have been sent back to Mexico under Trump administration rules, “making it much harder for them to provide due process and counsel to their clients.”

Elected last November, Escobar is the congressional rep of Texas’ 16th Congressional District which includes El Paso, Texas which shares a border with Ciudad Juárez, México. Escobar, a former county judge, now holds the seat formerly held by Beto O’Rourke. She has been transparent about the fact that she and her office go routinely to México, taking meetings there necessary for elected officials who represent people whose lives are lived at the border of the United States and México.

It’s possible that border patrol suspicions about Escobar are motivated by the fact that she is Latina and/or from the same background as those she’s being accused of breaking laws to help. Others suspect that it is also possible that criticism by Donald Trump is in retaliation to Escobar’s criticism of the president who pardoned Arizona’s Joe Arpaio– a man ordered, in 2011, to stop detaining people solely on suspicions that they were undocumented. Arpaio was ultimately jailed for not complying.

Escobar, who studied English literature at New York University, also wrote the president a letter demanding that he apologize to citizens of El Paso, Texas for the misrepresentation of their city in his 2019 State of the Union address.

Calls to have Escobar removed have been growing online.

Regardless of the fact that there is no physical evidence to support claims that Veronica Escobar and her office have committed immigration fraud, last week, Texan, Samuel Williamson created a Change.org petition to have her removed from her congressional seat.

Various Twitter users have been asking similar questions about Escobar that many others are asking about Donald Trump and possible obstruction of the 2016 elections.

Presidential candidate hopeful, Beto O’Rourke quickly supported Escobar last week after suspicions about her began to circulate.

“You will not intimidate @RepEscobar. She is strong, she is fearless, and she will never stop fighting for El Paso, the border, and ensuring every single one of our fellow human beings is treated with dignity and respect. We are better off because of it,” the presidential hopeful wrote in a Twitter response.

Some Twitter users were swift in their criticism of O’Rourke by using the old “go home” insult.

Anyone reviewing Escobar’s Twitter feed, can see that Beto O’Rourke was correct in stating that the congresswoman will not be intimidated, as her page is filled with information and news stories about asylum laws, conditions in the detention camps, and even a link to her webpage where undocumented people at risk of detainment during the upcoming Trump administration raids can get information about rights guaranteed them under the US constitution, information about what to do if ICE agents come to their door, and information about what to do if arrested or detained.

The information on a congresswoman, Veronica Escobar’s webpage is available in both English and Spanish.

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.

READ: Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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