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Obama’s Great DNC Speech Doesn’t Mean He’s Still Not “Deporter In Chief”

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“The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain.”

President Barack Obama delivered the final speech at the penultimate night of the Democratic National Convention. His address was meant to unify his party after a highly contentious primary process, and be a symbolic passing of the baton to Hillary Clinton, the new de facto leader of the Democratic Party. It was beautiful and truly moving. So much so, in fact, that several Republicans got salty, saying that this should’ve been their speech:

There were a lot of moments during Obama’s beautiful sermon that truly moved me. One line in particular nearly brought me to tears. “The American Dream is something no wall could ever contain,” Obama, the Great Orator, told the packed crowd. It was a clear rejection of Donald Trump’s hateful and anti-immigrant/anti-Latino rhetoric. It’s too bad that the line was as hypocritical as it was moving.

Great speech, but that doesn’t change Obama being “Deporter In Chief”

Vox’s Ezra Klein went off on Twitter after the speech, praising Obama for all that he’s done, calling him one of the most consequential Presidents we’ve had:

He’s right (Obamacare, marriage equality, saving us from financial disaster, etc.), but consequential doesn’t always mean “good.” One of those significant consequences is the breaking up of thousands of families through deportation. Yes, Obama did give us DACA, but that still doesn’t change the fact that Obama is on pace to deport more undocumented immigrants than the previous 19 presidents COMBINED. (Meanwhile, Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to nearly 3 million undocumented individuals.) So, no, perhaps a wall can’t contain the American Dream, but Obama and ICE certainly can — and have.

Obama’s familiar with the term “Deporter In Chief.” Jorge Ramos has called him that to his face. The National Council of La Raza has done the same thing. It’s a well-earned title. After all, he’s not just going after immigrants with a criminal record — the kind Donald Trump is using as an example to scare off old white people — he’s also going after families and children. Even worse, he’s going after children while they’re on their way to school! Yes, Obama, this is as much part of your legacy as making it easier for millions of people to get affordable healthcare.

Democrats need to do better. Just speaking Spanish isn’t going to cut it.

Ever since Hillary Clinton picked Tim Kaine to be her VP running mate, the media won’t shut up about how this is gives them a huge advantage with the Latino community. Yeah, it helps, especially with older Latinos who still watch Univision or Telemundo, but speaking Spanish alone doesn’t really mean as much as people think it does. (After all, you can speak Spanish and still be an awful piece of sh*t.)

The point is this: The Democratic Party has done the bare minimum for the Latino community, especially in terms of immigration, the one issue they seem hellbent on making into OUR issue. Comprehensive immigration reform is part of Clinton’s platform — and Tim “Daddy” Kaine will be her point person on this — but that’s just a promise, which doesn’t mean anything. In 2008, Obama made the exact same promise and nothing has come of it.

The Democrats are hoping that Donald Trump’s saying blatantly racist things will be enough to get your vote. (It’s hard to argue against voting for the candidate that doesn’t think you’re a rapist or a drug dealer). But don’t make it easy for them. Call them out. Be skeptical and doubtful. Don’t let Clinton and her supporters forget that she supported the building of a border fence in 2006, or that she said that Central American kids escaping violence should be sent back. Sure, politicians can evolve on the issues — which does appear (hopefully) to be the case with Clinton and immigration reform — but the best way to make sure that people deliver on their promises is to hold their feet to the fire.

READ: Tim Kaine Speaks Spanish, Y Qué?

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Experts Are Warning There Will Be A Wave Of ICE Raids This Weekend But Here’s What You And Your Loved Ones Need To Know To Protect Yourselves

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Experts Are Warning There Will Be A Wave Of ICE Raids This Weekend But Here’s What You And Your Loved Ones Need To Know To Protect Yourselves

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Immigrant communities across the country and their allies are preparing for nationwide raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement planned to begin Sunday that will target undocumented members of immigrant families in at least nine major cities.

The cities where raids will take place are said to be Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. New Orleans had been on the list, but the city announced this weekend that ICE was temporarily postponing the raids due to Tropical Storm Barry. 

The Trump administration is reportedly starting its planned ICE raids on Sunday.

Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. You can’t always control whether you will come in contact with immigration or law enforcement. It is important to know and practice these scenarios so that you and your friends, family, and colleagues are prepared for any situation.

Understanding what your fundamental rights are and how to use them will help you advocate for yourself and respond appropriately if you encounter the police or immigration enforcement.

And in some parts of the country there’s reports that the raids have already started.

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A group of Bay Area immigration attorneys entered federal ICE offices in San Francisco during the noon hour Thursday to demand information about the threat of immigration raids this weekend.

“We want to know what their plans are, who they are targeting and where individuals will be process so they can have access to attorneys,” said immigration attorney Siobhan Waldron.

Attorneys say these raids are already underway in the Bay Area, beginning in Contra Costa County this past Sunday. 

It’s more important than ever to know your rights so you can protect yourself and help others.

As Sunday approaches, immigrant rights groups have been ramping up efforts to make sure affected communities know their rights and are prepared for possible raids.

Immigrant right’s organizations and politicians have been taking to social media to share important information with vulnerable communities.

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Rep. Omar (MN) took to Twitter to share a helpful guide put together by the ACLU but also to say “These raids will dehumanize immigrants and tear families apart. This will not make our country any stronger. It will only traumatize children, destroy lives, and make our country less safe.”

If you’re undocumented, it’s absolutely vital that you know your rights.

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If ICE officers come to your home, don’t open the door, according to the ACLU. Agents can’t come into your house unless you let them in or they have a search warrant signed by a judge. Ask officers to pass any warrants under the door, and check that it is a judicial search warrant ― not just an arrest warrant, as that’s not enough ― and that it’s signed by a judge. 

If they come in anyway, don’t physically resist arrest. Say “I do not consent to your entry” and say you have a right to remain silent and want to speak to a lawyer. Do not sign any papers without seeing a lawyer, as these may be papers asking you to consent to your own removal. 

Si está indocumentado, es muy importante que conozca sus derechos.

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Si los agentes de ICE van a su casa, no abra la puerta, de acuerdo con la ACLU. Los agentes no pueden entrar a su casa a menos que los deje entrar o tengan una orden de registro firmada por un juez. Pídales a los oficiales que aprueben cualquier orden bajo la puerta y verifique que se trata de una orden de registro judicial, no solo una orden de arresto, ya que no es suficiente, y que está firmado por un juez.

Si entran, no resistan físicamente el arresto. Diga “No doy mi consentimiento para su entrada” y diga que tiene derecho a permanecer callado y desea hablar con un abogado. No firme ningún documento sin consultar a un abogado, ya que pueden ser documentos que le piden su consentimiento para su propia eliminación.

Informed Immigrant also offers downloadable Red Cards that can be used if you’re afraid that you might say the wrong thing to an ICE officer.

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You can download them in a variety of different languages here.

If you’re a concerned neighbor, know how you can help.

Do not interfere physically in an arrest, but you can document it. You have a right to take photos, video or notes on what happened, as well as to ask for officers’ badge numbers.  

You can call local “rapid response” hotlines to report ICE activity and enforcement actions. 

And, perhaps most importantly, know that it’s very rare for ICE to obtain a proper judicial warrant.

According to legal expert Shannon Camacho, she says in an interview with, that “ICE only has permission to enter an individual’s home if they have a judicial warrant that is signed by a judge. And not only that, but that judicial warrant has to have all of the information, including the person’s name, the person’s address, the time of the incident. All of that has to be accurate.”

She adds: “So, I can say, and our attorneys know this very well, that it is very rare that ICE is actually able to obtain a judicial arrest warrant. Most of the time they do not have that, meaning they do not have permission to enter people’s homes.”

READ: ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

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ICE Raids Ordered To Begin On Sunday In Major Cities

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning a raid in the early morning hours on Sunday in 10 cities.

It is being reported that the raids will target more than 2,000 families in cities with large migrant populations including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston, according to officials who remain anonymous.

Trump tweeted on Monday that ICE would begin deporting millions of undocumented immigrants throughout the U.S.

More than “1 million” undocumented immigrants “have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges yet remain at large in the country” and called enforcing those judicial orders a “top priority” for ICE, a senior administration official told CNN.

They are allegedly planning to use hotel rooms to house everyone until the family can be deported together and say they might even arrest individuals that can’t be deported immediately. They will most likely be released with ankle monitors, in cases such as parents whose children are U.S. citizens.

Miami is reportedly one of the first cities that’ll be raided, according to the Miami Herald, and the other cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco.

Those who will allegedly be targeted include minors who came into the U.S. without their parents and have since turned 18; people who were ordered removed in absentia; and people who missed a court hearing and failed to respond to letters from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Additionally, families on the “rocket docket,” a set of deportation cases fast-tracked for by the DOJ.

There are around 52,000 single adults in ICE custody overall, mostly those who came from the border, according to CNN.

Many are saying Trump’s push for deportations, including essentially outing the raid, are part of his reelection bid due to his poor record.

The inhumane treatment of immigrants in detention centers has been well documented, with a spread of illness leading to many unnecessary deaths, including those of children.

Recently the American Civil Liberties Union  ACLU shared on Instagram what people can do if ICE comes knocking on their door.

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They advise not to open the door unless they have a warrant signed by a judge since ICE administrative warrant does not give them permission to enter a home.

The ACLU website also has an entire section dedicated to immigrants’ rights with several resources for dealing with ICE, border patrol, and the police.

In response to raid that occurred in Ohio a little more than a year ago, HOLA Ohio founder Veronica Isabel Dahlberg wrote in a blog on the ACLU site:

“Regardless of citizenship status, for workers — including teenagers, mothers, fathers, and those with medical issues — to be treated like enemy insurgents is beyond disturbing. It is terrible, barbaric, and inhumane.”

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