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25 Signs From #FamiliesBelongTogether Protests Around The World

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On June 30th, 2018, hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world flooded the streets of Los Angeles, NYC, Seattle, or even their small home towns to protest the U.S. government’s policy to separate children from their families at the southern border.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents since the policy went into effect in April, and people are pissed. Here’s the proof.

1. Tens of thousands rallied outside Los Angeles City Hall.

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Democratic representatives have openly opposed Trump’s policy, including the Mayor of L.A., who tweeted, “Tens of thousands of Angelenos rallying to keep families together and stand up for the rights of immigrants. #FamiliesBelongTogetherLA | #FamiliesBelongTogether”

2. Children honestly led the march.

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It was emotional to show up to these marches and see parents protesting with their children. Meanwhile, we’ve been hearing stories of ICE taking children from their mothers while they’re breastfeeding or deportees listening to their children scream and cry in the room next to them.

📍 Boston, Massachusetts

3. “We are NOT animals”

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These protests came just a week after POTUS signed an executive order that prohibits the separation of children from their families at the border. So, what does that really mean?

📍Seattle, Washington

4. Kids can now be detained indefinitely.

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The Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement in 1997 states that children cannot be detained for more than 20 days. According to Vox, the Trump administration has been pointing to this agreement as the reason they had to separate children in the first place.

5. But we all know that’s mierda.

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The executive order doesn’t even address what the administration plans to do to reunite the children who have already been separated.

6. Hasting-on-Hudson, NY had a silent stroller protest.

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They aimed to rally 2300 parents to bring empty strollers on the march, each to represent one child separated from his or her parent at the border, yet to be reunited.

7. Los Angeles had some solid signs.

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🤮 I can’t believe our President ever even made that face. Or that ICE has already admitted that they have no plans to reunite the families.

8. Caption: “Chicago’s puppet game is strong today.”

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From an administration that claims to be so pro-life and pro-family, we’d all like to see some proof. Your “thoughts and prayers” have done nothing for us.

9. 📍 Seattle, Washington

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Some people brought children’s clothes to incite a human reaction from the administration. TBD to see if it helps at all.

10. “How did you Nazi this coming?”

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We’re all wondering if the administration is surprised to see this reaction from around the world, or if they hoped for it so that they could try to overthrow the Flores Settlement, and detain families indefinitely.

11. “It doesn’t say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty”

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God point.

This weekend’s march also brought with it anger around the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban, and a Supreme Court Justice’s decision to retire, leaving open another seat for a radical right conservative Justice.

This means everything’s at stake, including Roe v Wade.

12. From Antler, North Dakota…

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These 11 people are excellent reminders that, no matter where you are in the world, you have a voice, and it’s only yours alone to use.

P.S.-I like Lady Liberty’s jacket.

13. To Buenos Aires, Argentina…

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Keeping children out of detention centers is a no-brainer. It has no political lines. Like they say, “The borders are fake, but the love is real.”

Caption: “Today 30/6 in BUENOS AIRES, Argentina at the US Embassy!”

14. Messages for Melania were rampant.

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ICYMI, FLOTUS literally wore a jacket that said, “I don’t really care, do u?” on the back just last week.

Caption: “A message from the rally in Texas. #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch

15. Ventura, CA residents had a solid idea…

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Caption: “Signs, chants & cheers energized those who turned out to protest immigration policy that has separated an estimated 2,000 children from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. #Indivisible”

16. They marched to protest outside an ICE station.

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See that American flag? It stands for what we believe in. Traumatizing children and families who are seeking asylum and hope for a better life is unAmerican.

17. Latinos turned out in a big way outside of the White House.

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From children of immigrant parents, to people risking deportation, brave souls came out, just one week after 200 women were arrested for protesting outside the Capitol. These are dangerous times, and it’s more important than ever that we exercise our free speech to keep that muscle strong.

18. The #signart was lit this weekend.

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On the last day of Pride month, the LGBT community also turned out to support an issue that few can turn away from. Whether or not you were able to make a sign and turn out this weekend, there are other ways you can help.

19. Volunteer if you can.

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The Texas Civil Rights Project is looking for “volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q’eqchi’ or K’iche’ and have paralegal or legal assistant experience.”

Caption: “At the #FamiliesBelongTogether march in Chicago. HOT enough to melt ICE. Police estimate 15k present. #FamiliasUnidasNoDivididas”

20. Donate if you can.

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Organizations like RAICES (the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas), the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (which advocates for many of the unaccompanied and separated children) and the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee (which organizes to oppose migrant detention) are good options.

Caption: “@waltshaub 100+ in Kalispell, MT!! So proud of our little hometown. #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch”

21. There is money to be made off detaining children.

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With the privatization of prisons and detention facilities, there are some seriously dark political forces at play here that literally profit off keeping families in detention facilities, often described as prisons.

Caption: “Meyer family out to ensure families stay together in #cville #FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch”

22. Call your representatives.

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Text DAILY to 228466 to sign up for mobile daily action alerts. In their own words,

“Every morning, you’ll receive a text giving you a simple action to take. It might ask you to watch and share a really good video. Or to text a piece of news to five friends. It might link you to your senator, member of Congress, or another appropriate official for a phone call–one that you can make while you’re walking to the bus stop or brewing your coffee. With a tap of your finger, you can do your part to resist this latest age of extremism in America.

P.S.-This is a rally in Barcelona, Spain. They’re rallying for you to do what they can’t, and utilize your civic duty to be accurately represented in our government.

23. If you can, join the next protest.

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Caption:

“Parkersburg, WV 100 people came out in 90 degree heat.

#FamiliesBelongTogether

#FamiliesBelongTogetherMarch”

24. Speak up on social media if you can.

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Calling your reps is the most effective thing you can do to exact change. Once you’ve done that, take to POTUS’ favorite platform and be sure to use hashtags like #endfamilydetention #FamiliasUnidas #FamilesBelongTogether #StopICE #StopSeparatingFamilies #EndChildDetention.

25. Above all, keep caring & keep voting.

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A major rallying call this weekend was, “We Care, We Vote.” Prove it and be sure to let your representatives know that you’re paying attention and you have the power to vote them out if they fail you.

#KeepCaring

The Border Patrol Has Instilled Fear In Much Of The Latino Community So Why Are So Many Latinos A Part Of The Group?

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The Border Patrol Has Instilled Fear In Much Of The Latino Community So Why Are So Many Latinos A Part Of The Group?

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Recent reports establish that about 51 percent of Border Patrol personnel is of Latino heritage, which has sparked a debate that encompasses issues such as cultural representation, ethnic self-hate and worse. However, whatever side people might be on (understanding or blaming the Latino agents), one thing is certain: things are a bit more complicated than a simple good guys versus bad guys narrative. There are multiple social, historical and financial matters that come into the equation. So let’s explore this issue a bit more in-depth. 

You might have heard of the private Facebook groups in which Border Patrol mocked migrants.

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As reported by Scroll.in: “Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants, discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday and posted a vulgar illustration depicting Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez engaged in oral sex with a detained migrant, according to screenshots of their postings.” Well, it turns out that many of them, just like the so-called ICE bae, were of Latino origin. This might have surprised some, but there are reasons behind this. 

Donald Trump made headlines by showcasing a Latino CBP agent and his “perfect English,” which brought the existence of Latino agents into mainstream political discussion. This event revealed a deeper cultural truth…

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Oh, POTUS, he can’t help himself, can he? 

What Trump revealed: some gringos see “Latinos” as a homogeneous group of people. Basically, this is how non-Latinos tend to see Latinos:

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Hollywood and media representations have long grouped Latinos into a single siesta-loving, sexy, drinking bunch. This is called racial profiling and it is alive and well.

In fact, Latinos are a very diverse group.

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Latinos have long been part of the U.S. social structure. Latinos have been in what is now the U.S. for centuries. And Latinos come to the U.S. for many reasons, and sometimes these reasons are political. Many Cuban exiles, for example, escaped the Castro regime and established themselves in Florida. Latinos tend to vote Republican because that is the party that generally has a hard line against the Cuban government. In the case of Mexicans, a majority flees violence and poverty in their country by crossing the border as undocumented migrants. But many others are wealthy and establish in cities like San Antonio by investing in new businesses. Grouping a growing and diverse section of the United States population under the umbrella term “Latino” is mistake, and perhaps the reason why Democrats are generally surprised when “Latinos” vote for candidates such as Donald Trump (sadly, he represents the agenda and views of many). In fact, the Pew Research Center discovered that 21% of Millennial Latino voters described their political views as conservative, 38% as moderate, and 37% as liberal.

Some used the fact that Latinos make up a considerable fraction of Border Patrol law enforcement to diminish the abuses committed at the border and at detention facilities.

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This, of course, leads to simplistic interpretations of the border crisis, such as Anthony’s here.

And government officials se lavan las manos stating that there can be no abuse if Latinos are enforcing immigration laws.

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But, again, things are much more complicated than this. Does he even know that the percentage of Border Patrol agents that are Latino is really a reflection of the demographic composition of border towns? If you have a large Latino population in any locality, it is only logical that your workforce will have a strong component from that particular ethnic group. 

Some Latinos on Twitter are enraged and take a black and white perspective that also lacks nuance.

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We understand the anger, but this kind of simplistic interpretation of reality is what got us in the political and discursive mess we are into right now.

Some voices on Twitter are more conciliatory and this is a political discussion this country needs.

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Political extremism is born out of ignorance and half-truths. We like the position taken by this Twitter user, who questions some basic assumptions about Border Patrol agents of Latino origin: they are not all Republican supporters and we cannot just do what far-right dudes and just isolate these agents. There are many more factors we have to consider: they do not work in Border Patrol because they hate their own.  

But as a recent article on Patheos pointed out: a job is a job, and Border Patrol officials need the money.

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This post on Patheos echoed an op-ed written by scholar David Cortez on USA Today. Cortez argues that one of the reasons Latinos work for immigration enforcement is plain old money: “Although Hispanics make up 39% of the Texas population, they make up 51% of the population living in poverty… Thus, the decision to apply for and accept a Customs and Border Protection job that offers a starting salary of nearly $56,000 a year and generous benefits is not a complicated one”. Cortez was interviewed by Lulu Garcia-Navarro or NPR, and he explained further: “Well – so these agents actually do, from my experience, from my research, find themselves connected with the people that they encounter. But for many of them, this job is not necessarily about stopping immigration. This isn’t about their dedication to immigration law or their dedication to keeping migrants from crossing the border illicitly or anything like that. This is about economic self-interest. This is about survival”. 

Latino Border Patrol agents face ethical questions, but they don’t want to jeopardize their jobs or their family’s financial stability.

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In this op-ed by Cortez, interviewees said: 

“One agent I interviewed, for instance, acknowledged the connection between himself and the migrants he encounters as fellow Latinos, and explained that he felt bad, at times, working in immigration, but that he had to provide for his family. Switching to Spanish for emphasis, he stressed that this was the job he had chosen, so he had to do it.

Another agent offered a similar refrain. While he admitted to an inherent contradiction between who he was as a Latino and what he did as an immigration agent, he was unambiguous about what mattered most. Despite any misgivings he might have about the job, he said he would never do anything to put it in jeopardy because his family came first.”

Here we can see how a core Latino value, putting family first, above anything else, comes face-to-face with the contradictions of being a Latino Border Patrol agent. As these interviews point out, the decision is not that simple.

Town Outraged After Gas Station Worker Threatens to Call ICE on Spanish-Speaking Latinas

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Town Outraged After Gas Station Worker Threatens to Call ICE on Spanish-Speaking Latinas

After a viral video surfaced of a Mobile gas station employee threatening that “ICE will come” for the Mexican women simply trying to buy chips, community protests have led to the suspension of the employee. That’s not enough for the community members of Naperville, Illinois, who are continuing to protest outside the gas station until the racista is fired.

Speaking Spanish is not a crime in this country, but racists are feeling empowered more and more often to harass brown people for speaking Spanish.

Carolina Buitron and her visiting family from Mexico just wanted to buy some chips.

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Buitron told NBC Chicago that they were speaking Spanish when the cashier, self-identified as Joseph Phillip Daniel on his social accounts, assumed they were “illegals” and asked them to leave.

Buitron said that once “he started asking about my cousins, if they were illegal, family or friends, are they adopted,” she took out her cell phone and started recording to Facebook Live.

“I am an American,” Daniel says, pointing to himself.

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He asks the woman in the video, “Are you a citizen?” to which she responds, “Yes. What is your problem?” She repeatedly asks him, “What is your problem?” but he responds, “Don’t you know the rules? They need to go back to their country. It’s illegal. You’ll be sorry.

The group threatens to call the police on him, and he then starts to say “I hate that…” when the woman emotionally responds, “I hate you.”

People in line were either silent or joined in Daniel’s hate speech.

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One viewer of the Facebook Live stream noticed that the “white lady didn’t care bcuz she felt wht he felt. b****.” A second video published by another member of the group showed both Daniel and another customer yelling, “You have no rights,” to the women.

“ICE will come. Bye. God bless you. You’re in the wrong country,” he says on their way out.

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One woman chuckles and responds, “God bless you, too. God bless you, too.” Another mutters, “stupid,” under her breath as they exit the scene as America’s newest victims of recorded blatant ethnic and racial discrimination.

The video quickly went viral with over 400k views in a single day.

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Naperville resident, Juan Garcia, was “so pissed” after watching the video and rallied his community to protest the store that employs the racist. While Mobile’s name is front and center, it’s Bucky’s Convenience Stores that operates the snack shop.

In a statement, Bucky’s commented that Daniel’s language is “not reflective of the core values of Bucky’s Convenience Stores. We are aware of the situation and are managing this personnel issue. We take this matter seriously and strive to ensure that all customers are treated with respect.”

The day after the video went viral, Daniel was suspended pending “investigation.”

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Even while justice has not yet been fully served, the fact that Daniel was suspended has @robluft correctly tweeting that there are “higher standards for a gas station attendant than the President.”

Still, Juan Garcia isn’t going to stop organizing protests until Daniel is fired.

The Naperville community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the protests.

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@PhoebeP46 responded to the video saying, “As someone who used to live in Naperville, I’m not even surprised. It was honestly just a matter of time until they went viral for someone exposing them.”

While organizer Juan Garcia is being lauded for doing “the Lord’s work,” Daniel turns out to be just a straight up piece of work.

Plot twist: Daniel calls himself a Minister and thinks Nancy Pelosi is a Satanist.

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His last post was on July 17, the day he was suspended from his work as a cashier. In the post, Daniel gives us an intense mixture of right-wing politics and a God that sends curses and combats demons. According to Daniel, those of us who call out racists are riddled with demons.

Daniel titled the post, “The Trump curse /Begins taking its effect on the political career of the Satanist, Nancy Pelosi.” He goes on to say, “The speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi defames our President Trump, bringing curses upon herself as the demons inside her lead her to falsely call him a racist on the House floor….”

The Mayor of Naperville has condemned the speech, and residents are apologizing to the women on behalf of all of Illinois.

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Mayor Steve Chirico posted to Facebook saying that “hate has no home here in Naperville.”

Chirico is clear as he continues, “Quite frankly, this type of behavior has no place in society at large. Our city prides itself on being open and inclusive to all. Civility towards each other is an important component of being a global citizen, and I urge everyone in our community to showcase the kindness, compassion, and good decorum that our residents are known for and that our world needs more of.”

Meanwhile, a smattering of racists have defended Daniel, but allies are clapping back louder.

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One commenter thought the video only showed Daniel telling the women “that illegal people are here illegally” and Latinos are just being dramatic. This is a long-used method to gaslight and oppress minorities.

Politico maintains a record of hate speech and found that the phrase “go back to where you came from” is a very common dog whistle. Telling women that they’ll “be sorry” and “ICE will come” for speaking Spanish is racist. Punto.

See for yourself what pendejada looks like:

You can help offer justice to these women by making sure Mobile and Bucky’s know that a suspension isn’t a satisfactory response to discriminating against customers based off their language. This will not blow over until justice is served. #MakeRacistsAfraidAgain

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