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Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

President Trump’s ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, along with his rumored plans to route American tax dollars to a border wall, are not sitting well with people. Companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft have spoken out against Trump’s executive actions and celebrities have been doing the same. The latest criticism comes from Kat Von D, who shared her own immigration story. Here’s what she had to say.

Kat Von D, tattoo artist and TV personality, shared her immigration story to fans to show the cost of the border wall.

Fun fact: My parents were both born in Argentina, and my brother, sister and I were born in Montemorelos, Mexico, where…

Posted by Kat Von D on Wednesday, February 1, 2017


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“Fun fact: My parents were both born in Argentina, and my brother, sister and I were born in Montemorelos, Mexico, where my Dad was working as a missionary doctor building hospitals and treating people in pueblos that had no access to medical aid,” Kat Von D wrote in a Facebook post.

“This childhood photo of me was taken before my family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico,” Von D added.

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Fun fact: My parents were both born in Argentina, and my brother, sister and I were born in Montemorelos, Mexico, where my Dad was working as a missionary doctor building hospitals and treating people in pueblos that had no access to medical aid. This childhood photo of me was taken before my family immigrated to the US from Mexico. Funny to think I didn't even know one word of English then. And it would be another 10 years before I would finally become a US citizen. The idea of building a wall between the US and Mexico damages us all on so many levels. But the ridiculous/obvious financial damage it would do to our country is insignificant when compared to the underlying message it sends that one race is below another. I AM MEXICAN. I AM ARGENTINIAN. And I AM AMERICAN. We shouldn't forget we are a nation of immigrants. 🖤 *ps. if you support the Muslim ban or wall, do me a favor and UNFOLLOW ME right now. #FUCKYOURWALL

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“Funny to think I didn’t even know one word of English then,” Von D wrote. “And it would be another 10 years before I would finally become a U.S. citizen.”

Von D then mentions the real impact of the border wall –beyond financial implications.

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“The idea of building a wall between the US and Mexico damages us all on so many levels,” Von D wrote. “But the ridiculous/obvious financial damage it would do to our country is insignificant when compared to the underlying message it sends that one race is below another.”

“I am Mexican. I am Argentinian. And I am American,” Von D proclaimed. “We shouldn’t forget we are a nation of immigrants.”

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“*ps. if you are pro-Muslim-ban or pro-wall, do me a favor and UNFOLLOW ME right now,” she ended her post.


READ: From Cat Pics To Eyeliner Selfies, Kat Von D’s Instagram Proves She’s Basically All Of Us

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11 Overly Dramatic Things Your Parents Said When They Found Out You Had A Tattoo

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11 Overly Dramatic Things Your Parents Said When They Found Out You Had A Tattoo

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There’s nothing more terrifying than your mom or dad seeing your fresh ink. Whether it’s something “Star Wars” related or the initials of an ex loved one, parents will always react the same way: over the top. These are just a few of the things they say when they discover you either got your first tattoo – or added another to your masterpiece.

1. “Solo te estas metiendo en cosas de pandilleros!”

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2. “Why did you do that?! That’s only for the depraved drug addicts.”

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Doesn’t matter if you’re a teacher, nurse, or priest. For Latino parents, tattoos are the gateway to the devil.

3. *slap followed by silence for days*

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She might not talk to you for a few days… or weeks… but eventually, mom will come around. So enjoy the silence while you have it. ?

4. “You better find a way to cover that up para que no te vean ese rayadero.”

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Even if it is 90+ degrees, ponte un sueter.

5. “Pareces mapa.”

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Yeah, I look exactly like a map. Tell me which country looks like my lotus tattoo. TELL ME!

6. “Esas cosas son del Diablo.”

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What if it’s a Virgin Mary tattoo? Huh? How bout dat??

7. “You want to kill me, don’t you?”

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I would never… But if I *DID*, I’m sure getting a tattoo wouldn’t be the most effective way to get the job done.

8. Latino parents legit think one tattoo will send you down a life of crime.

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It’s. ?? Just. ?? A. ?? Tattoo. ??

9. “Pareces una vaca all branded and shit.”

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Funny, that’s not what you thought when you tatted your eyebrows, eyeliner AND lipliner.

10. “God’s not going to let you into heaven. He wants your clean body without changes. That is not Catholic.”

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Something tells me that God is going to be pretty chill about this, unlike you, just saying.

11. “Come here. I’m going to cut it off of you.”

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READ: Homeboy Industries Removes Tattoos For Former Gang Members And Released Prisoners

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