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The #1 City Undocumented Immigrants Should Avoid

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For undocumented immigrants, Atlanta is hardly the free land they hoped they’d find. Last year Atlanta courts issued removal orders in 88% of cases – that’s far higher than the 69% national average, earning them the ‘most likely to deport’ award.

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According to the Huffington Post, “Atlanta immigration judges have been accused of bullying children, badgering domestic violence victims and setting standards for relief and asylum that lawyers say are next to impossible to meet.” Operation Border Guardian detained 336 undocumented people, 127 of which were in Atlanta. Most of these detainees were unaccompanied Central American teenagers.


Those who came as children of undocumented immigrants and did get to stay still have a rough road ahead. Colleges in Georgia don’t grant in-state tuition to students who were brought to the US illegally as children, grew up in-state or now have semi-permanent permission to stay under DACA. Georgia University and Perimeter College also require such students to pay hefty out-of-state tuition (well over twice the price) because, ya know, children of undocumented immigrants are usually wealthy. The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of effected students at Perimeter college and the media has created pressure for them to change the policy.

READ: My Name Is Cindy. I’m Undocumented. I Can Make A Difference.

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This Mexican Teenager Is So Good, The L.A. Dodgers Couldn’t Help But Call Him Up

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This Mexican Teenager Is So Good, The L.A. Dodgers Couldn’t Help But Call Him Up

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Meet Julio Urias. He’s a 19-year-old pitcher who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Urias was *just* called up to the Majors by the Dodgers in an effort to strengthen their pitching staff.


Most pitchers his age stay in the minor leagues until they get a chance to develop. But Urias is special.

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Here’s what it’s like trying to hit one of his pitches.

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CREDIT: Baseball America

Blink and you might miss the ball.


Urias, a native of Culiacán, Sinaloa, was only 15 when he was “accidentally” discovered by the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers were actually in Mexico to scout Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig — then they spotted a 15-year-old Urias throwing 90-mph fastballs.

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Some teams were reluctant to give Urias a chance due to his left eye. As a child, Urias had a benign tumor in his eye that required three surgeries to remove.

After the surgeries, Urias’ left eyelid drooped over most of his left eye.


The Dodgers had Urias’ eye checked and everything was all good, so they signed him once he turned 16.

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“That’s how God works. He gave me a bad left eye but a good left arm,” said Urias to The Los Angeles Times.


And for the last three years, Urias has been dominating Minor League Baseball.

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Urias has been so good that he’s earning comparisons to another Mexican lefty who took Major League Baseball by storm at 19: Fernando Valenzuela.

“It feels beautiful that they compare you to a great Mexican pitcher. He had a great career. I hope I, too, have a beautiful career,” said Urias to the Los Angeles Times.


Although he’s already reached an important milestone — making his parents proud — Urias is poised to become a star…

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In a city, and on a team, that is ready to welcome him with open arms.

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And he’s made some ~tough~ sacrifices to get there. They involve tacos.

Last year, Urias dropped 20 pounds to help facilitate his path to the Majors. Urias talked about it with USA Today: “It was a sacrifice, but it’s part of your job. I still ate tacos, but I would eat one instead of four or five like before.”

READ: Meet The 21-Year-Old Pitcher From Sinaloa Becoming A Star In Toronto

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