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Deported Veterans In Tijuana Will Get A Visit From Texas Congressman Joaquin

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Texas congressman Joaquín Castro is heading to Tijuana, Mexico, on Saturday to visit several veterans that live in a shelter after they were deported from the United States. Castro also plans to introduce new measures to Congress that will hopefully help these service members.

For decades, immigrants have served in the United States armed forces, some of them with the hope that their service will lead to citizenship. However, many service members have not only been denied citizenship — they have also been deported. Recruiters tell service members that they can quickly gain citizenship for themselves and their family after serving honorably. But many of them assume that just by serving, they are automatically citizens. That is not the case. They are often not informed about the actual process and paperwork needed in order to make that happen.

If service members get into any sort of trouble with authorities, regardless of the matter, it could also hinder the possibility of becoming a citizen.

Many of us believe that they should be allowed to become citizens,” Castro told NBC Latino. “Many, if not most, were legal permanent residents, who were eligible to become citizens and perhaps never applied — they stood up for their country and put their lives on the line.”

Castro’s visit will include meeting veterans that are currently living at the Deported Veterans Support House — a shelter in Tijuana.

DVSH also went out to the Border with a few stragglers, voiced our message ,Stop the Deportation of U.S Veteran ,…

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As of January 2017, statistics provided by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus show there are 10,644 non-citizens currently serving in the U.S. military and an additional 11,524 non-citizens under reserve status.

A 2016 report by the ACLU estimates that the United States has deported more than 230 veterans.

Overall, there are about 608,000 living foreign-born veterans of the U.S. armed forces. After Mexico, the greatest numbers of lawful permanent resident service members come from the Philippines, Jamaica, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic.

Lawmakers traveling with Castro are proposing to introduce at least four new measures that would help veterans gain citizenship, have healthcare protections, and have a proper training system in place that will give them access to citizenship.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have naturalized more than 109,321 noncitizen service members between 2002 and 2015.

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A Teacher Thought She Was Funny Handing Out Racist Awards To Students But No One Is Smiling Now

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A Teacher Thought She Was Funny Handing Out Racist Awards To Students But No One Is Smiling Now

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Lizeth Villanueva, a seventh grader at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston, Texas was part of an award ceremony apparently designed to take students down a notch. According to The Washington Post, several teachers watched on as students were given ridiculous “awards.” One such award was given to Villanueva: “Most likely to become a terrorist.” You read that right. The teacher in question gave 13-year-old Villanueva the insulting certificate before saying that some people might get offended, but she didn’t really care about their feelings. According to Villanueva, her teacher then proceeded to laugh along with at least three other teachers.

Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old Houston honors student, was given a superlative certificate for “most likely to become a terrorist.”

Villenueva has no disciplinary history to speak of and has been an exemplary student, getting solid grades in the honors program for the last two years. Adding insult to injury, it was the day after the Manchester terrorist attack, where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber. With anti-Latino and anti-immigrant sentiment running high right now, singling out the Salvadorian-American Villanueva must have been a particularly difficult thing — she hasn’t been back to school since.

The disgusting awards didn’t end there: a Black student by the name of Sydney Caesar was given an award for “most likely to blend in with white people.”

The school has said they’ve taken steps to correct this issue, but parents don’t think suspensions are enough. They feel the damage is already done and could happen again to others. Caesar’s mother, Latonya Robinson, told Houston news affiliate Fox26 News, “Everyone doesn’t believe that this is real. But yes, this certificate shows that this is real. This happened. And we have enough bullying as it is by other students, now it’s being done by a teacher.” Both parents want action to be taken. Villanueva thinks the teacher should be fired, and Robinson wants the same, telling Fox26 that a suspension for the rest of the semester isn’t enough punishment.

The principal of the school issued an apology via the school’s Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/AguirreBulldogs/status/867232327969234949

The principal has reportedly taken action against the offending teachers, but wouldn’t release their names, saying it’s a “personnel matter.” However, someone let the teacher’s name slip.

NBC Houston affiliate KPRC 2 reported the teacher’s name is Stacy Lockett. One family has stood up for Lockett:

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This parent said had three of her students went through Lockett’s class with no complaints.

The school district has issued an official statement on the incident:

“The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom. Channelview ISD would like to assure all students, parents and community members that these award statements and ideals are not representative of the district’s vision, mission and educational goals for our students.

“The teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation.”

According to KPRC, there’s no word yet whether or not the teacher will be returning in the fall. But the students and families negatively effected by Lockett’s award ceremony, might be hoping for a substitute come next year.


[H/T] KHOU

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