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Diane Guerrero Teams Up With MTV To Knock Some Sense Into People Who Are In Favor Of The Wall

“Being the daughter of immigrants is a very American story.”

Diane Guerrero, whose parents got deported to Colombia when she was 14 years old, opens up about immigration, identity, and diversity for MTV’s campaign #BeyondTheWall. “‘Beyond the Wall’ is love, empathy, inclusion. If we start having conversations of how we work together and stop having conversations about walls, then we can get somewhere,” says “The Orange is the New Black” star. “And then we’ll be what this great nation represents,” she added. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Listen above. Everything she says is so powerful.

Cristela Alonzo, Arturo Castro, and others have also joined the movement. Find out more about #BeyondTheWall, here.


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Diane Guerrero Is Here With A Safe Voting PSA That Will Make Voting So Much Hotter

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Diane Guerrero Is Here With A Safe Voting PSA That Will Make Voting So Much Hotter

Covid-19 is changing how millions of Americans are voting this election. Nearly 100 million Americans have already early voted compared to the 138 million total votes in the 2016 election. With record turnout expected Diane Guerrero is here to give you all the tips to go out and vote safely in the time of Covid.

It’s Election Day and that means we should all be exercising our right to make our voice heard.

Diane Guerrero is here in a video by Offsides Productions to tell you all about safe voting. Don’t worry. She is completely prepared to walk first timers through their first vote. The PSA is one long innuendo giving voters all kinds of voting info and loving.

“Is this your first time? Do you feel nervous?” Guerrero tells the camera. “It’s normal to have lots of emotions about this big decision but I’m here to tell you, it’s gonna feel so good. So you should definitely do it.”

The actress is really excited for you to go out there and vote for democracy. However, she wants to make sure you are doing so super safe. That’s why, during the PSA, she tells you to wear all the protection you need to vote during a pandemic.

Images of hand sanitizer flying across the air and splattering on face shields really drive home that message. It is a wild time to be going out in public but there are safe ways to go out and vote for democracy.

The PSA is catching everyone’s attention.

The need to get out and vote is important. Both parties are pushing for as many people to vote as possible. So far, nearly 100 million people have early voted in this election. In 2016, 138 million people voted in total so this election is on track to break records. Some experts think that U.S. voter turnout will be the highest it has been since 1908.

Texas, for example, broke their voting record with early votes topping 9 million votes. Texas, which has been a Republican stronghold, is quickly becoming a battleground state. Beto O’Rourke’s race against Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted the possibility of flipping Texas blue.

Guerrero’s streamy message to all American voters is clear.

Get out there and vote, even if it is your first time. Voting is a right that was hard won by every demographic. People before us have protested, been attacked, and even killed to pave the way for you to be able to vote. Today is the day to make sure that those sacrifices were not made in vain.

Democracy relies on everyone using their voice to choose the country’s path. It is a way to see the future that you want to see. Use your voice and use your vote. Fill that box and help shape this country into the place you want it to be.

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In Bombshell Report, ICE Agents Are Accused of ‘Torturing’ African Asylum-Seekers to Get Them to Sign Their Own Deportation Documents

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In Bombshell Report, ICE Agents Are Accused of ‘Torturing’ African Asylum-Seekers to Get Them to Sign Their Own Deportation Documents

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A bombshell report published in The Guardian alleges that ICE officers are using torture to force Cameroonian asylum seekers to sign their own deportation orders. The report paints an even starker picture of Immigration and Customs Enforcement–an agency that is already widely criticized as corrupt and inhumane.

The deportation documents the immigrants have been forced to sign are called the Stipulated Orders of Removal. The documents waive asylum seekers’ rights to further immigration hearings and mean they consent to being deported.

The asylum seekers allege that the torture in ICE custody consisted of choking, beating, pepper-spraying, breaking fingers, and threats on their lives.

“I refused to sign,” recounted one Cameroonian asylum-seeker to The Guardian. “[The ICE officer] pressed my neck into the floor. I said, ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’ I lost my blood circulation. Then they took me inside with my hands at my back where there were no cameras.”

He continued: “They put me on my knees where they were torturing me and they said they were going to kill me. They took my arm and twisted it. They were putting their feet on my neck…They did get my fingerprint on my deportation document and took my picture.” Other witnesses recount similar violent experiences.

Experts believe that the escalation of deportations is directly related to the upcoming election and the possibility that ICE might soon be operated under a different administration. The theory is that ICE is coercively deporting “key witnesses” in order to “silence survivors and absolve ICE of legal liability.”

“In late September, early October of this year, we began to receive calls on our hotline from Cameroonian and Congolese immigrants detained in Ice prisons across the country. And they were being subjected to threats of deportation, often accompanied by physical abuse,” said Christina Fialho, executive director of Freedom for Immigrants, to The Guardian.

Many of the Cameroonians who are in the U.S. to seek asylum have legitimate claims to danger back in their home countries. Many of these Cameroonians come from an English-speaking minority in Cameroon that are violently target by the government there–some have died. The violence has been condemned by The United Nations and Amnesty International.

As with many immigrant stories of people who are seeking asylum, these immigrants’ lives are in danger in their home country. They are coming to the United States for a better life. But instead, they are faced with the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whom they claim brutally mistreat them.

According to report, the U.S. is deporting entire airplanes full of asylum-seekers back to their home countries–deportations that have not been given due process and have been authorized under duress.

An ICE spokesperson contacted by The Guardian called the reports “sensationalist” and “unsubstantiated” while roundly refuting the claims. “Ice is firmly committed to the safety and welfare of all those in its custody. Ice provides safe, humane, and appropriate conditions of confinement for individuals detained in its custody,” she said.

Read the entire report here.

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