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These Mayors Sticking Up For The Immigrants In Their Cities Will Bring You To Tears

We’re just a little over one week out from Election Day and there is growing opposition to President-elect Donald Trump and his plans to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately. Trump has even promised to cut federal funding to cities that continue their sanctuary city status and policies. But sanctuary cities across the country are standing up for their undocumented residents and defying Trump’s plans.

So, what’s a sanctuary city?

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A sanctuary city is a city that has procedures to limit local law enforcement and government officials from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. Here are some cities that are standing up for their undocumented resident.

Los Angeles Police Department came out strong vowing to protect undocumented immigrants.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made it clear that the job of LAPD is not tied to helping with federal detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn’t use the term sanctuary city – but stands by the undocumented community of LA.

“We cooperate all the time with federal immigration officials when there are criminals that are in our midst and need to be deported,” Garcetti told immigrant rights advocates during a meeting, according to the LA Times. “With that said, we’re a very welcoming city, where our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they.”

Chicago’s mayor has also voiced his commitment to protect undocumented immigrants in the Midwest city.


“To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference, according to NPR. “Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. It always will be a sanctuary city.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to protect undocumented immigrants by withholding information obtained by the IDNYC program.


IDNYC was launched in 2015 to offer New York City residents government issued IDs, regardless of immigration status, to help them get access to services that require IDs. Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 has prompted de Blasio to hint at a possible move by New York City to delete all the information on the IDNYC database.

“So on something like [the database], I think because it touches that button directly of whether people’s personal privacy is going to be respected, I think that’s one where there would be a real fight,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference, according to CNN. “As you know there’s been an ongoing plan regardless of any electoral activity how long records are kept. Given this new reality we’re certainly going to assess how we should handle it.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took to Twitter proclaiming that San Francisco will always be a sanctuary city.


“Let us come together to show the nation and the world what we have always known, anything is possible when we are united for the common good,” Mayor Lee said in a statement, according to NBC Bay Area.

Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, had some strong language to go against Trump’s threats of mass deportation.


“These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,” Murray told Seattle residents during a press conference, according to The Seattle Times. “We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That’s not America.”

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, joined his New England neighbors to stand against the threats of mass deportation.


Providence, Rhode Island is not officially designated as a sanctuary city, but the mayor has vowed to protect undocumented immigrants who called Providence home. Providence does work with federal enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants charged with a crime but not for “simple civil infractions,” according to The Providence Journal.

“I’ve been in touch with both mayors [of New York City and Los Angeles] and I’ve told them that we’re going to stand together on this,” Elorza told The Providence Journal. “We’re not going to sacrifice any of our people and we’re going to continue with the policy we’ve always had.”

The host city of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia.


Earlier this year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney restored the city’s status as a sanctuary city. The decision effectively barring law enforcement officers and prison officials from disclosing undocumented immigrants to federal immigration agents.

“First of all, we’ve changed the name from ‘sanctuary city’ to ‘the Fourth Amendment city,'” Mayor Kenney told Philly.com. “We respect and live up to the Fourth Amendment, which means you can’t be held against your will without a warrant from the court signed by a judge. So, yeah, we will continue to be a Fourth Amendment city abiding by the Constitution.”

“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and we’ll see how it goes and we’ll try to figure something out,” Mayor Kenney added when asked about the threat of losing federal funding.

The nation’s capitol is even pledging their commitment to protect undocumented immigrants from being forcibly deported.


“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a post-election statement. “We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus protecting and serving.”

Just next door to New York City, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is standing with undocumented immigrants of New Jersey.


Newark, New Jersey has a similar set of policies in place to protect undocumented citizens like New York City and Los Angeles. The city will not detain undocumented immigrants without a judge’s request and Mayor Baraka doesn’t seem to be wanting to change those policies.

“We are not going to sacrifice thousands of people who live among us, who are part of our community, and who contribute to the economy and vitality of Newark,” Mayor Baraka said in a statement. “We are not going to tear families apart.”

Portland, Oregon’s new mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler, is already making big announcements by promising to protect Portland’s sanctuary city status.


“Portland is a city that values inclusion, diversity, and has been welcoming to thousands of people from around the world who now proudly call the Rose City home,” Wheeler told Willamette Weekly. “We will always see ourselves as a sanctuary city, and we will continue to be welcoming to everyone. President-Elect Donald Trump will be the president of all of America, and that requires an understanding of the values that drive Portland and other cities. These are our values.”

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement via Facebook to comfort all minorities who feel threatened by a Trump presidency.

To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city…

Posted by Betsy Hodges on Wednesday, November 9, 2016


“That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake,” Mayor Hodges wrote on Facebook. “We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.”

To all these mayors standing up for the residents in their cities…

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We applaude you ?.


READ: Austin Just Might Become The First Sanctuary City In Texas

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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