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People Are Turning To Twitter To Express How They Feel About The 23-Year-Old Who Was Taken By ICE

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CREDIT: Twitter/Facebook, Reform Immigration FOR America

In the surge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests that took place last week in which almost 700 people were arrested, 23-year-old DACA beneficiary Daniel Ramirez-Medina found himself among the arrested.

Ramirez-Medina, whose undocumented status is protected under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was arrested at his father’s house in Washington state and his lawyers are currently fighting for his release.

His lawyers say that Ramirez-Medina is the first DREAMer to be arrested under Donald Trump’s executive orders and has no criminal record.

While ICE officials allege that the Ramirez-Medina arrest is justified because he confessed to being affiliated with a gang, his lawyers deny that accusation completely and hope ICE made a “mistake.”

People on social media have expressed outrage over this arrest and have extended their support of Ramirez-Medina.

Groups of people are uniting to protest.

And people are expressing their confusion and frustrations.

People are doing what it takes to make this hashtag visible on a grand scale.

Some are trying to give America a wake-up call…

Pleading for justice…

And demanding that these raids stop.

While others just want to make sure the law is being upheld.

Even political figures are getting involved and standing up for Ramirez-Medina.

Most of all, people want Daniel to know they are with him.


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Here's What It's Like To Be A Black Migrant In Mexico

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Here’s What It’s Like To Be A Black Migrant In Mexico

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This filmmaker investigated what it is like to be African in Mexico.

Filmmaker Ebony Bailey’s documentary film “Life Between Borders: Black Migrants in Mexico” is a glimpse into the lives of black African and Caribbean migrants in Mexico. The film dives into the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where many Haitian migrants are “stuck” in Mexico following an order by former President Barack Obama. After the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, many Haitians left the country to find work in countries such as Brazil. When the U.S. suspended deportations of Haitian nationals and granted them humanitarian visas to enter the country following the 2010 earthquake, many Haitians began traveling through Mexico to enter the U.S. But the order was eventually reversed, leaving thousands of Haitians who were traveling from Brazil to the U.S., effectively stranded in Mexico.

Bailey’s film also explores the relationship between Mexicans and migrants of African descent. Seynabou, the child of a Mexican national and an African immigrant, discusses facing discrimination from teachers, professors and law enforcement. Seynabou also talks about creating Cocina Baobab, a cultural organization that serves dishes from the African Diaspora to show the influences of African food on Mexican cuisine.

“I would tell all black people arriving in Mexico not to give up hope,” Seynabou told Bailey. “The literal problem that exists is that we are black because European immigration does not bring discomfort. It is welcome. White migration is always welcome. It’s not a problem. Black migration will always be one. So, don’t lose hope; don’t put your head down. Work hard. In the end, money is the consequence of work and well-being is the consequence of work.”

(H/T: Remezcla)

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