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A Florida Family Might Lose The Father To Deportation And They Blame Obama For Ending ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’

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Rudy Blanco came to the U.S. from Cuba when he was only 8 years old. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Blanco left Cuba with his parents and sister on his grandfather’s shrimping boat in 1980 during the Mariel boat lift. They made it to Key West and lived with relatives in Miami until they could get on their feet. Now, 37 years, one marriage, and two adult children later, Blanco has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and it currently being held in a detention pod in Crawfordville, Fla. awaiting deportation back to Cuba.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that Blanco’s detention is tied to a crime committed 20 years ago. In the ’90s, Blanco, who had a landscaping business, was busted for selling cocaine in Tavernier, Fla. The crime was downgraded and the adjudication was withheld and Blanco served his year on probation without incident. However, in 2005, an immigration judge ordered his deportation due to the cocaine possession, only to grant him a stay as long as he checked in with ICE. During his first check-in with ICE under the Trump administration, who Blanco and his wife both supported during November’s election, Blanco was detained.

“After full due process, Mr. Blanco received a Feb. 3, 2005, final order of removal from an immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review,” Tammy Spicer, a spokeswoman for ICE, told Tallahassee Democrat. “He was arrested May 9, 2017, by (ICE) and ICE intends to remove Mr. Blanco in compliance with the court’s order.”

According to Tallahassee Democrat, the Blancos had some worries about Trump’s immigration orders but ultimately thought that Trump’s stance would improve Blanco’s situation. They admit that they still support Trump and that they blame Obama for repealing the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy that allowed for Cuban refugees to stay in the U.S. without punishment. The reason ICE is now deporting Blanco back to Cuba is due to Trump’s immigration objectives, which make immigration enforcement much more strict and Obama’s reversal of the ‘wet foot, dry foot policy, which led to Cuba accepting deportees.

His family has created a GoFundMe page to help save Blanco from deportation.

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READ: A Trump Voter Is Likely Losing Her Husband To Deportation

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Meet One Of The Students Who Walked Out During Mike Pence's Notre Dame Commencement Speech

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Meet One Of The Students Who Walked Out During Mike Pence’s Notre Dame Commencement Speech

On Sunday, May 21, as Vice President Mike Pence took the stage to give a commencement speech at Notre Dame, a large group of graduates walked out of the ceremony. The moment immediately went viral.

To onlookers, the walkout could be interpreted as a spontaneous moment of protest against Pence and the Trump administration. However, this show of resistance was an organized effort coordinated by students.

The walkout was not a spontaneous effort to protest Pence, but a thought out plan by several students, including Xitlaly Estrada.

CREDIT: Facebook/Xitlaly Estrada

The Latina graduate from Bakersfield, Calif., was one of the students who spearheaded the walkout.

In an interview with mitú, Estrada, who is also the president of the Latino Student Alliance on campus, says she was immediately bothered that Pence was chosen to give the commencement speech.

“Initially when the invite went out, we were all a little more than hesitant to attend, especially because this administration has been denigrating people of color and minority groups,” said the 21-year-old, who graduated with a double in Political Science and Latino Studies.

Estrada added:

“My biggest concern was that this day, that was supposed to be for my family and their sacrifices that led me to be able to graduate from the University of Notre Dame, would be overshadowed by someone who has openly endorsed their denigration and has corroborated their marginalization as an immigrant group, as Mexicans, as, at one point, people who worked in the fields, as people who work in the service sector, and they would have to hear that person speak at my commencement.”

Estrada says she and her family have had several conversations about the threat they face under the Trump Administration.

CREDIT: Xitlaly Estrada and her sister who graduated from Law School

So Estrada and a group of students at Notre Dame decided they had to build a platform in order to fight against the hateful rhetoric.

Estrada is a part of We Stand For, an organizing coalition of student activists at the University of Notre Dame that has initiated several protests on campus, including the walkout.

CREDIT: Facebook/We Stand For

On its website, We Stand For says: “We first organized in support of sanctuary campus policies for our undocumented/DACA students Now, we continue our work in support of all those marginalized by University or government policies, to ensure that everyone has access to a safe and supportive educational environment.”

“This administration is not ready to represent us,” says Estrada.

CREDIT: Facebook/We Stand For

“There’s a perceivable threat, with the upping of deportations, and that is sending a real message to our community,” Estrada says. “Just because you’re not undocumented, you have friends and family that are, and that reverberates in the community.”

Estrada’s family decided not to attend the commencement ceremony.

CREDIT: Xitlaly Estrada

Her family opted to attend other graduation festivities because Estrada says she didn’t want to subject them to any issues.

“My parents are immigrants and they’re in constant state of discomfort,” Estrada says. “I don’t think my parents have ever felt comfortable in this country,” adding that both her parents speak in broken English.

Estrada says her parents didn’t want her to partake in the walkout because they were simply worried about her.

CREDIT: Xitlaly Estrada with her family.

They also didn’t want Pence or any negativity to take away from her big moment. But she insisted and told them how important this moment would be.

Estrada told her family that she didn’t want to be complacent and her mother was the first one to give her full support.

“She wanted to make sure I didn’t walk out alone,” Estrada says. “She told me ‘la union hace la fuerza.'”

About 150 graduates walked out during Pence’s speech. Here’s the celebration that took place afterwards.

Posted by We Stand For on Sunday, May 21, 2017

Several groups from campus took part in the walkout including Latinx, LGBTQ, and other minority groups and supporters. They planned the walkout for weeks and made sure they took all things into consideration, including having a coherent message and answering questions from concerned students.

Estrada plans to follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend law school. She said her dream job as a lawyer would be to work for the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund.

READ: Why I Put Aside My Greatest Fear For A Good Cause

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