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

“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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The Little Girl Crying For Her Father After An ICE Raid In Mississippi Has Finally Been Reunited With Him

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The Little Girl Crying For Her Father After An ICE Raid In Mississippi Has Finally Been Reunited With Him

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In August, an appalling scene came out of the small town of Morton, Mississippi, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detained more than 600 people. ICE agents suspected that after a yearlong investigation, Koch Foods (a food processing plant) had hired hundreds of undocumented people. On the morning of Aug. 7, after many of the workers had dropped off their children at school, they went to work as usual only to be detained by immigration agents. The people were instructed to get on a bus where they would be taken to a detention center. Many of the children didn’t have a ride after school and were left without their parents. One little girl, in particular, captured the heart of many. 

A young girl made national news when she cried out for her dad, who had been detained by ICE. Now, three months later, he has been released. 

Magdalena Gomez Gregorio pleaded on television that she wanted her dad back and that he was not a criminal. The poor girl could bearly speak because she was so emotional. Gomez Gregorio was one of several kids who were left without their parents in what was viewed as the most massive raid in the country’s history.  

“Government, please show some heart,” the 11-year-old girl said in August, according to WJTV. “Let my parent be free and everyone else, please don’t leave the child with cryness [sic] and everything. I need my dad … he’s not a criminal.”

At least 680 people were detained in August. ICE, in a rare move, said they would release at least one parent if both parents were arrested, so the children wouldn’t be completely alone. 

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A couple of days after the raid, the Department of Justice in Mississippi said they would release 30 people based on “humanitarian grounds,” but it was unclear if one of Gomez Gregorio’s parents was released during that time. 

“As part of HSI procedures pursuant to this operation, if HSI encountered two alien parents with minor children at home, HSI released one of the parents on humanitarian grounds and returned that individual to the place from which they were arrested. HSI similarly released any single alien parent with minor children at home on humanitarian grounds and physically returned that person to the place where he or she was originally detained. Based on these procedures, it is believed that all children were with at least one of their parents as of last night,” the Department of Justice in Mississippi stated

The little girl’s dad, Andres Gomez-Jorge, was finally released from detention after his friends and family raised $7,500 for his bond.

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CNN reports that the family is back together again, including with their mom. The main problem now is that they both are out of work. According to the network, Gomez-Jorge has to support his family of six, and as of now, are only surviving from generous donations. 

While agents say, they had been investigating the food plant for a year, after detaining more than 600 people, only 11 people were prosecuted. 

Owners of the food plant, the ones responsible for doing the hiring, were never charged for their participation in hiring people with fraudulent information. 

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“These are not new laws, nor is the enforcement of them new,” then-acting ICE director Matt Albence said in August, according to CNN. 

“The arrests today were the result of a year-long criminal investigation. And the arrests and warrants that were executed today are just another step in that investigation.”

However, not much came out of that raid that instilled fear in the Latino community. We should note that the ICE raid in Mississippi occurred just days after the El Paso shooting that left 22 people dead and another 24 injured. 

READ: Two Kids Were Left Alone For Eight Days After Their Parents Were Detained In The Mississippi ICE Raids

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 DemocracyNow.org, 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