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With Democrats Now In Charge Of The House, What Does That Mean For DACA Moving Forward?

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For the past two years federal courts have been the only check against President Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration. Now that Democrats have won back the House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections, many Americans expect more accountability. One of the most important issues being the survival of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Back in September, Federal courts ordered the administration to keep both programs, but the Supreme Court, now featuring two Trump appointees, could change everything. So what does this mean for DACA moving forward?

After President  Trump asked the Supreme Court to rule on DACA this week, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s temporary order preventing President Trump from ending DACA.

On Nov. 8, a U.S. appeals court ruled that President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program is unlawful. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked Trump from ending DACA protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

The 9th Circuit decision preserves the program for the moment but will require the administration to continue accepting DACA renewal applications. The court ruled that Trump’s decision to end DACA program was likely “arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” The court also noted that “plaintiffs have stated a plausible equal protection claim,” showing plaintiffs’ allegations that “the rescission of DACA disproportionately impacts Latinos and individuals of Mexican heritage, who account for 93 percent of DACA recipients.”

With the Supreme Court in Trump’s favor, what does this mean for the future of DACA?

With the lower courts ruling in favor of DACA, the case will likely be argued in front of the Supreme Court. There have now been three different rulings in three different circuit courts against the administration. The administration is appealing all of the decisions. This is the first ruling at the appeals court level. The Trump administration wants to get the case on the justices’ agenda for the current term, which ends in June 2019.

There is only is so much Democrats can do when it comes to the legality of DACA now that they control the House. Democrats can mostly serve as a roadblock against Trump’s continued efforts to limit immigration. Issues like the current troop deployment to the southern border and supposed border wall will require funding which is something Democrats can control through the budgeting process.

The Supreme Court will likely take up the DACA case in Spring 2019.

The 9th Circuit ruling doesn’t change anything right away, but it’s important because it means that the Supreme Court is likely to take up DACA. With a five-justice conservative majority, it is entirely possible that the Supreme Court will overturn the 9th Circuit’s ruling and allow DACA to end. The DACA case would be scheduled for oral arguments sometime in early 2019 and a ruling could be handed down before the end of the Supreme Court’s term in June 2019.

Current recipients of DACA probably have a few more months to renew their application and work permits. After that there is uncertainty of what comes next for the 700,000 that are under the program.


READ: More Than 200 Migrant Children Are Still Separated From Their Families Awaiting Asylum Requests

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13 Celebrities Who Should Be Named Honorary Latinx

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13 Celebrities Who Should Be Named Honorary Latinx

Given the current social and political climate in the United States and overseas, Latinos and other people of color are one of the most vulnerable groups when it comes to discriminatory practices. Even though Latinos make amazing and significant contributions to the cultural, social and economic growth of the developed countries to which they migrate, popular culture and mainstream media (and certain carrot-colored politician) often frame us as free-loaders or dangerous bad hombres and mujeres.

That is why celebrities who speak up for amazing but misunderstood groups could be honorary latinxs! Women and men who use their fame to defend the voiceless and be proud representatives of their own are Latino at heart (fiery and unapologetic!) Here’s 13 non-Latino celebs who could very well be one of ours!

Viva mi gente! 

1. Lady Gaga

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The amazing singer has built a career going against beauty and gender stereotypes, and has been a strong advocate for queer rights. She wears her Italian heritage proudly and is a testament of how perseverance can take you places. Please give her an Oscar!

Latina name: La Diva

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We chose a plain and simple Latino name for her: La Diva. It encapsulates her sophisticated persona.

2. Ellen Page

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When she came out as queer a few years ago she did so in a proud manner: no apologies, no drama, just being who she is. She has since been a strong advocate for LGBTQ+  rights, a true warrior of her people. She is also a fierce supporter of environmental campaigns.

Latina name: Elena Parra

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A dignified name that doesn’t go too over the top, but still has a lot of dignity and cache to it. She just shines and is great with children, she would make a wonderful Latino tía.

3. Mark Ruffalo

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When he is not busy being The Hulk, this actor is a fierce supporter of left-wing politics. He speaks out against injustice and racism and is a fierce advocate of migrant rights.

Latino name: Marcos Romo

Chances are that Ruffalo will run for office someday…. “Vote por Marcos Romo” has a nice ring to it. He sort of looks like one of ours as well.  He also seems to be the best carnalito ever to his friends (see above with Mr Danny DeVito).

4. George Takei

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The Japanese-American actor is a celebrity due to his role in Star Trek. He is one of the first celebrities to have come out as gay and is always speaking out against racism and all sorts of discrimination.

Latino name: Jorge Tapia

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Dignified, proud…. George Takei would be an ideal cool uncle in any Latino family, and if he was Latino he would surely be super active in defending our rights.

5. Kal Penn

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This American actor of Indian heritage is one of the coolest dudes in Hollywood. He knows that he is the product of immigration and as such defends people who try to find a better life. He would be a great advocate for Latino rights!

Latino name: Carlos Peña

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Simple, proud and very, very Latino.

6. George Clooney

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Clooney has long used his fame and money to fight for those who are underprivileged or at risk. When South Sudanese families were being killed he hired a satellite to evidence war crimes being perpetrated. When Katrina hit, he was there to help. Rumor about him running for office have existed for years… they might come true sometime. Clooney and his wife Amal recently donated 100k to migrant children separated from their families.

Latino name: Jorge Casamayor

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Of course this silver fox would have a telenovela sounding name. Jorge Casamayor sounds like an perennial bachelor who likes to give.

7.  The Rock

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This former wrestler and now actor and activist is a cool dad, a fierce advocate for minority rights and might very well run for office one day. He is a proud representative of people of color worldwide. And, to be honest, can you imagine a group of racists standing up to him? Represent.

Latino name: Rocas

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Rocas is such a strong, short moniker. Vota por Rocas! has a good ring to it, eh, mi gente?

8. Ashley Judd

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Salma Hayek’s BFF is a rare voice in Hollywood. She actively voices his disgust for gender discrimination and has been a vocal activist of the #metoo era. She has openly accused top Hollywood executives of undermining her career prospects for not giving in to their gross requests.

Latina name: Araceli Jimenez

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Ashley is a beautiful, quite distinctive name, so we will call this Honorary Latina “Araceli”. Feminine, yet strong.

9. Cher

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Cher has become a symbol of cultural resistance against conservatism and animal cruelty. She is also fully aware of the many tribulations faced by millions of Americans. She recently said in an interview with Vanity Fair: “People are Hurting in Major Ways in My Country”. All hail La Reina!

Latina name: Reina

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Cher is a queen, una Reina, and her Honorary Latina name has to reflect that. We can totally picture her rocking with Shakira.

10. Bruce Springsteen

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The Boss is a true representative of the real American Dream: a working-class hero who speaks out against injustice and tells the stories of ordinary citizens through his songs. He has recently denounced family separation policies as “inhumane”. He even went off-script in a recent concert to become politically vocal against the Trump administration’s recent immigration decisions.

Latino name: El Jefe

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Just a literal translation of his stage name will do. El Jefe is a true American Honorary Latino.

11.  Leonardo DiCaprio

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The Oscar winner (we thought we would never say that!) has shot some of his most important films in Latin America (Romeo and Juliet and Titanic in Mexico, The Revenant in Argentina), where he has charmed his way into the hearts of thousands. He is also an activist in matters of animal rights, and recently visited Mexico to advocate for the protection of sea cows or vaquitas marinas.

Latino name: Leo Díaz

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Sounds like a superhero’s name eh? And yes, Leo is a superhero for thousands of animals and humans.

12. Ellen DeGeneres.

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She was one of the first mainstream gay women to come out. Through her show she empowers women of all walks of life. Like many A-listers, she has publicly denounces family separation policies that have affected many Latino families.

Latina name: Elena De la Huerta

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Ellen has a dignified air about her, and this telenovelaesque and glamorous Latino name would suit her just fine. We are sure her wife Portia would love it as well.

13. Bernie Sanders

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The longstanding senator had a famous unsuccessful run for the presidency, but the world got to know his views on politics and history. He has publicly stated his views on US intervention in Latin American politics, questioning the role that foreign policy had in determining the fate of countries like Nicaragua and Chile. We are all for that. He sort of reminds us of Latino rights advocates of the past.

Latino name: Bernardo Sanabria

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It’s no secret that one of the reasons Bernie didn’t get the Democratic nomination was his perceived old age. A name like Don Bernardo Sanabria sure leads us to think of a dignified and wise old man.

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