things that matter

Facebook’s New Political Ads Policy Is Going To Make It Harder For Undocumented People To Buy Ads

Molly Adams / Flickr

Facebook is implementing new measures to prevent future election meddling efforts by requiring anyone that wants to buy a political ad in the United States to have a Social Security number along with a U.S. passport or valid driver’s license. It’s estimated that this will prevent 11 million undocumented people in the U.S from buying ads on Facebook. These new measures will be rolled out in the next month or two and will likely have a huge affect on local and state elections.

By preventing undocumented people from buying ads millions of people will lose their voice along the way.

These new measures were created to prevent a repeat of what happened during the 2016 U.S election and the issue of Russian meddling. Yet, these new ad procedures will affect many of the undocumented voices in the U.S that are one of the most vocal on social media when it comes to immigrant and social rights.

Facebook specifies in its stance to verify all ads “related to any national legislative issue of public importance in any place where the ad is being run.”

Jess Morales Rocketto, the Chair of We Belong Together, issued a statement on these ad new regulations. 

“Undocumented activists have been the engine behind our modern immigrant rights movement, banning their voices is punching a hole in progress,” Morales Rocketto said in a statement on the new ad procedures. “Facebook would do better to shut down republicans voter suppression ads than immigrant youth’s attempts to be recognized in the land they call home.”

Google is also implementing similar ad procedures that will require you to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

These new rules are very similar to Facebook’s new ad rules which mean if you are paying for an ad you must provide clear disclosure of who is paying as well as proof of a government issued I.D.

While Facebook’s new policies don’t infringe on First Amendment rights since its a private sector, it might do more damage than you think.

Immigration has become a major part of American politics over the last few years. Undocumented immigrants have used their voice to push for a clean Dream Act from Congress through protesting. Social media is an important tool in mobilizing and organizing for political and social changes. The full impact of limiting the number of people buying political ads will not be known for some time.

READ: There Was A Red Alert For Net Neutrality. Here’s What That Means For You And Your Internet Freedom

Recommend this story to a friend by clicking on the share button below.

President Trump Has Spoken Up About Immigrants Again Calling Them "Animals"

things that matter

President Trump Has Spoken Up About Immigrants Again Calling Them “Animals”

CBS News / YouTube

In a roundtable meeting at the White House on Wednesday centered on sanctuary city policies, President Donald Trump referred to undocumented immigrants as “animals.” Trump made this comment after a Fresno sheriff said that her county is unable to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when an MS-13 gang member is in jail for a minor crime. While Trump didn’t specify if the comment was solely aimed at gang members, he never clarified his answer and continued to speak about policies that would largely affect millions of undocumented immigrants.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders clarified Pres. Trump’s “animal” comments saying they referred to the MS-13 gang.

Sec. Sanders attempted to clarify the President’s comments on Thursday morning saying, “The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally.”

The President’s comments come a day after his administration decided to refer every person caught crossing the border illegally for federal prosecution.

The new policy will result in the separation of parents from their children at the border. The administration is ready to place immigrant children on military bases after separated from their parents while attempting to cross the U.S border. According to CNN, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the new policy by saying similar separations happen in the US “every day.”

Some are saying the administration is using the gang as a bigger scapegoat in the fight against immigration.

President Trump has a well documented history of being anti-immigrant starting with the first day he announced he was running for office when he said Mexico was sending “rapists” and “crime” to the United States. His administration has used gangs like MS-13 in reference when it comes to immigration policies.

Many see the administration’s stance on immigration through its detailed history of remarks and policies that have largely affected undocumented people.

ICE arrested 45,436 immigrants without criminal records showing how aggressive the Trump administration has been when it comes to detaining undocumented people. The number of arrests of non-criminal immigrants has also spiked since July 2017, between 32 and 40 percent of arrestees have been noncriminals.

READ: President Trump’s Latest DACA Tweet Has Everyone Questioning How Much He Knows About The Program

Share this story by clicking the share button below!

Paid Promoted Stories