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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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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

READ: President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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