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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

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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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Trump Uses Coronavirus Pandemic To Announce He’s Suspending All Immigration To The U.S. And Here’s What You Need To Know

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Trump Uses Coronavirus Pandemic To Announce He’s Suspending All Immigration To The U.S. And Here’s What You Need To Know

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Donald Trump ran on a campaign pledge to severely limit the rights of migrants and refugees attempting to reach the United States. In office, he wasted no time restricting authorized and unauthorized immigration, with travel bans for citizens of a number of Muslim-majority nations, cutting the numbers of refugees the U.S. accepts, and pushing ahead with plans to build a wall on the southern border.

Now amid a global health pandemic, the president is looking to scapegoat migrant and refugee communities by banning all applications for immigration to the U.S. The move is largely seen as symbolic, however, since the U.S. has already largely stopped processing immigration applications due to reduced capacity.

The White House on Monday announced that President Trump would be signing an executive order to temporarily ban all immigration to the U.S.

President Trump tweeted on Monday that he will pass an executive order to suspend immigration to the United States, claiming that he is seeking to protect jobs in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. Democrats were quick to criticize it as a “dumb move” and pointed to testing as a safe way to reopen the economy. Not to mention that the U.S. is already home to the largest number of cases around the globe.

Trump tweeted: “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!”

Obviously, since he made the major announcement over Twitter, there is very little clarity over what immigration programs might be impacted. And the White House still hasn’t offered any guidance on what Trump meant by the tweet.

Trump has taken credit for his restrictions on travel to the U.S. from China and hard-hit European countries, arguing it contributed to slowing the spread of the virus in the U.S. But he has yet to extend those restrictions to other nations now experiencing virus outbreaks.

Although the announcement has left many in shock, the U.S. was already severely limiting immigration due to the pandemic.

Already, much of the immigration flow into the country has been paused during the coronavirus pandemic, as the government has temporarily stopped processing all non-worker visas. And, the executive order in its current form will exempt seasonal foreign farm worker visas, one of the largest sources of immigration at the moment.

The administration has already restricted foreign visitors from China, Europe, Canada and Mexico, and has paused processing for immigrants trying to come into the U.S. on non-worker visas because of office closures.

But given the usual chaotic roll out of Trump Administration directives, we still don’t know how long this suspension will last nor what will happen with the applicants already being processed.

Thomas Homan, Trump’s former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told Reuters: “It’s really not about immigration. It’s about the pandemic and keeping our country safer while protecting opportunities for unemployed Americans.”

And it seems the fact that the U.S. already has the largest number of cases on Earth is completely lost on the president.

As of early April, the United States is now home to the largest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections on the planet. There are more than 800,000 cases confirmed by testing and more than 44,000 deaths associated with the virus. In fact, the U.S. now makes up for nearly a third of all Covid-19 infections and a quarter of all deaths.

If Trump wants to make an impact and help flatten the curve in the United States, he should stop promoting the anti-lockdown protests instead of scapegoating immigrant and refugee communities.

Democrats and migrant right’s groups quickly slammed the president’s proposal as xenophobic and counter-productive.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California, also a former 2020 presidential candidate, responded to Trump’s tweet as well, saying the move was “shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda.”

“Trump failed to take this crisis seriously from day 1,” she wrote. “His abandonment of his role as president has cost lives. And now, he’s shamelessly politicizing this pandemic to double down on his anti-immigrant agenda. Enough, Mr. President. The American people are fed up.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a Democrat who ran for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, said in response, “We don’t need to protect America from immigrants. We need to protect her from you.” Now that’s a pretty legit clapback.

Rihanna Revealed A Childhood Experience That She Says Connects Her To Mexican Migrants In The U.S.

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Rihanna Revealed A Childhood Experience That She Says Connects Her To Mexican Migrants In The U.S.

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Rihanna has never been afraid to speak her mind. She’s a woman who speaks up for issues she cares about and people listen to her. That’s why so many love her – present company included.

The ‘Umbrella’ singer, how has been kind of off the musical radar as of late, spoke out in a new interview with British Vogue and she had a few things to say about her upcoming music, where she’s been living, and her relationship with migrant communities.

Rihanna continues to use her platform and reach of over 200 million followers across social media to bring awareness to social issues that are important to her.

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In an interview with Vogue, the creator of “Fenty Beauty” explained feeling empathy with Mexicans and Latinos who are discriminated against in the United States, since she says that she knows how it feels to be on the end of discriminatory policies.

“The Guyanese are like the Mexicans of Barbados,” she said. “So I identify—and that’s why I really relate and empathize with Mexican people or Latino people, who are discriminated against in America. I know what it feels like to have the immigration come into your home in the middle of the night and drag people out.”

Similarly, she recalled the times in which she suffered and the difficulties her and mother experienced when they emigrated from Barbados.

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Rihanna was born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in St. Michael, Barbados to a Guyanese mother and Barbadian father.

In the Vogue interview, she added: “Let’s say I know what that fight is like. I have witnessed it, I have been there. I think I was eight years old when I had to live that in the middle of the night. So I know how daunting it is for a child, and if my father had been dragged out of my house, I can guarantee you that my life would have been a disaster.”

In that same Vogue interview, Rihanna confessed to something that few people outsider her inner circle even knew.

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She explained that in recent years she has become a bit of a nomad, having a house in London, Paris, Barbados and Mexico, where she feels more relaxed.

“I just love Mexico. I really need to do my DNA test,” she jokingly told Afua Hirsch of Vogue. Perhaps she was an agave plant, in a past life, she pondered.

Rihanna has been vocal about immigrant rights in the past and takes great pride in her origins.

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The Grammy Award winning singer and entrepreneur has very publicly thrown shade at President Trump over his cruel immigration policies.

Rihanna, who’s been appointed as the ambassador of her native country Barbados, is no stranger to political matters. She sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Donald Trump in early November after he played her music at one of his rallies. She also rejected the opportunity to perform during the Super Bowl LIII in February 2019 out of protest for Colin Kaepernick.

Plus, in an interview with The Cut last year about the word ‘immigrant’, she said: “For me, it’s a prideful word. To know that you can come from humble beginnings and just take over whatever you want to, dominate at whatever you put your mind to. The world becomes your oyster, and there’s no limit. Wherever I go, except for Barbados, I’m an immigrant. I think people forget that a lot of times.”