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These 13 Latino Celebrities Are Not Staying Quiet After Trump’s Travel Ban

On Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibited immigrants, including refugees, from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States — and people nationwide are uniting in protest.

According to The New York Times, the order calls for suspended entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, a ban on Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

People flooded airports all over the country to protest this ban that some are calling unconstitutional.

Crowds protesting the Muslim ban at Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Araceli Cruz
CREDIT: Crowds protesting the Muslim ban at Raleigh-Durham Airport/ Araceli Cruz

Latino celebrities, like J.Lo, are voicing their thoughts on their social media profiles.


Jennifer Lopez can’t separate a nightmare from reality.

Brooklyn native Rosie Perez gave her hometown a shout out after protesters gathered in masses at Cadman Plaza.


The actress and activist tweeted throughout the weekend using the hashtags #immigrationban #NoBanNoWall and #MuslimBan.

Even though Gina Rodriguez was at the Golden Globes this weekend, she remained vocal all weekend long online.

No Muslim ban. No ban. No wall.

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The “Jane The Virgin” star effortlessly multitasked during this busy weekend and also revealed her new production deal with CBS to deliver shows featuring people of color.

America Ferrera encouraged her followers to join the protest at LAX.


She also told fans and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that she was deleting the Uber app from her phone for Uber’s recent breaking of strike lines after the New York Taxi Workers Alliance halted service to JFK Airport in solidarity with the protests there.

Gael García Bernal released a moving clip to help refugees.


The video explores how Bernal is helping refugees through Oxfam, and how you can help too.

Zoe Saldana shared a touching quote about discrimination.

A good person to remember in today's political climate. #fredkorematsu #happybirthday

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The actresses posted an image and quote by Fred Toyosaburo Korematsu, an American civil rights activist who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He wanted to enlist in the U.S. military but was turned away because of his ethnicity. Google also celebrated Korematsu’s birthday today by featuring him on their homepage.

Actress Melonie Diaz got proactive by providing a record of her disapproval of Trump and his advisor Steve Bannon.


One of the most useful ways to make your voice be heard is to call your local senator or representative and tell them how you feel.

John Leguizamo was on social media all weekend telling his followers how to stay involved.

So many crazy policies out of this administration that this protestor had to get a #reusable sign

A photo posted by John Leguizamo (@johnleguizamo) on


The actor and civil rights activist went as far as rebooking a flight on Delta after Trump accused the airline of causing chaos at airports this weekend. Good on you, John!

Our favorite fast food joint gave out free burgers to protesters, and George Lopez helped spread the good news.


We all know how George Lopez feels about Trump, so this shout out to In-N-Out was especially meaningful. Burgers for standing up for our rights? It’s doesn’t get more chingon than that.

Cristela Alonzo told issue voters, who perhaps are having second thoughts about their presidential vote, how she truly feels.


The actress and comedian did not hold back this weekend.

Dascha Polanco shared incredible images of people protesting at various airports in the country.


The “Orange Is The New Black” actress was at the Golden Globes in L.A. but made time to show her support for protesters.

Mexican director Guillermo del Toro put everything into perspective with this tweet:


Without each other, we have nothing. Strength in numbers! And this weekend’s protests proved just that.

And Rosario Dawson gave us all a glimmer of hope.


This quote, from one of the most famous refugees to have ever lived, is one that we must consider even though we seem to be at odds with each other.


READ: After Trump Threatens To Cancel Meeting With Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto Beats Him To The Punch

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube is catching lots of heat for meeting with the Trump campaign to collaborate on policy. According to Ice Cube, he met with the Trump campaign to discuss what he calls a “Contract with Black America“. His 13-point plan proposes a robust overhaul of everything from the banking industry to prison reform.

After meeting with Ice Cube, the Trump campaign adapted the Contract with Black America into what Trump has called his “Platinum Plan”. Trump’s Platinum Plan outlined vague promises of continuing “to seek immediate and generational advancement for Black Americans”. The Platinum Plan proposal also claimed Trump “works every day to advance a fair and just America for the Black Community.”

Ice Cube, for his part, has refuted reports that he approached the Trump campaign specifically. “I didn’t ‘run’ to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN addressing the controversy.

He continued: “[The Biden] campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And [the Trump] campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t ‘run’ to nobody.”

Although Ice Cube says that he would have met with any political party regardless of affiliation in order to get his plan off the ground, critics are still annoyed that he decided to team up with a man who has such a dismal track record with Black Americans.

President Donald Trump has been plagued by accusations of racism throughout his tenure as president as well as before. Not only did he hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the historical location of a racial massacre) on Juneteenth, but he recently canceled racial sensitivity training, claiming it was “racist”. More recently, Trump has refused to condemn white supremacist organizations like the Proud Boys.

Critics are also expressing concern that the Trump campaign is using Ice Cube as a ploy to entice more Black Americans into voting Republican. These concerns were made more apparent when the President’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out a photoshopped picture of Ice Cube and 50 Cent sitting side-by-side, both wearing MAGA hats. To his credit, Ice Cube quickly condemned him.

But Ice Cube insists he isn’t endorsing Donald Trump, per se–he’s simply teaming up with whatever political party is more willing to collaborate with him.

“I’m not playing no more of these political games, we’re not part of a team…so I’m going to whoever’s in power and I’m going to speak to them about our problems, specifically,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

It should be worth noting that Ice Cube recently took to his Instagram page to encourage his followers not to vote “unless you get something out of it”.

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Hundreds of thousands of young adults rely on the protection from deportation and work authorization to live with dignity and out of the shadows. Presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to make sure they stay protected.

Dreamers are looking to a Biden administration to finish what an Obama administration started.

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According to the official Biden campaign website, the presidential nominee will work with Congress to reinstate DACA protections and to create a pathway to citizenship. DACA was won by undocumented activists putting fear aside and publicly fought to change the minds of Americans and politicans.

“Undocumented ‘youth’ are no longer youth,” says Moises Serrano, DACA activist and the man profiled in the documentary “Forbidden.” “DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants have been living in fear and instability for decades now. We survived eight years under the Obama administration and four years under the Trump administration. Immigration reform was promised under the Obama-Biden platform; a promise that is still unfulfilled.”

He added: “We hope that President Biden puts an end to the instability in our lives once and for all, or we are ready to hold him accountable in the same way we held Obama accountable in our fight for Administrative Relief.”

Biden’s policy proposes protecting Dreamers and helping them advance in this country.

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Biden promises to reinstate DACA to protect Dreamers and will be looking into ways to protect their families. The policy put forth by a potential Biden administration is pivotal in giving those who are DACA recipients a chance to live without fear and with all of the rights as their fellow citizens.

“After living through a deep loss in 2016 after losing my second mother and only being granted access to be on her deathbed in Mexico through my ability to get advanced parole through DACA I learned that no loss would ever be greater than that,” said Cindy Nava, a DACA recipient, political operative and policy advocate. “However, November rolled around and another loss took place. One that impacted my life, that of my family and my community.”

DACA is a very important issue as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are on the line.

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People like Nava are hopeful that a Biden administration will bring that dignity back to the immigrant community. It is a community that is vibrant and has contributed vastly to American culture. A BIden administration would be a chance for Nava to see herself reflected in government.

“I am hopeful to see the daughter of immigrants, a woman of color, and a woman I can finally feel represented by be sworn in as the first woman VP of this country,” Nava says. “I will look forward to an administration that listens to the communities it intends to represent. An administration that empowers the entire country to work with each other to support, strengthen, respect and uplift each other each and every day. An administration that values and is grateful for the contributions that immigrants bring to the foundation of our country each and every day.”

Nava wants to see an immigration reform that puts immigrant humanity at the forefront. One that understands the needs for people to seek refuge and a better life in a foreign country.

“No immigrant seeks to find a fix on a silver platter. Nor do they believe that this will be an easy task,” Nava says. “The only thing our families ask for is a chance. Una oportunidad para recordarle a este pais that their lucha and determination comes from a deep sense of ganas to create a life filled with more opportunities than they ever had.”

The battle over DACA is far from over but it is clear that the Trump administration is on the wrong side of public opinion. Biden’s plan would strengthen DACA and restore the program to its full functionality.

READ: Trump Administration Limit DACA Renewals, Blocks New Applications

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