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Houston Native Natalie Romero Hospitalized In Charlottesville Terror Attack

On Friday, hundreds of white nationalists and Nazi sympathizers carrying tiki torches marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in a call to “Unite the Right.” The group of white supremacists — some with riot gear and fire arms — continued to protest on Saturday. The protests turned deadly when one white nationalist, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. from Ohio, rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Fields killed 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer and injured 35 people.

One of those injured — in what is now being called a domestic terrorism attack — is Natalie Romero.

CREDIT: Facebook/Movimiento Cosecha

Romero, a 20-year-old native of Houston, Texas, was in Charlottesville protesting the Nazi sympathizers when she was injured during the attack. She is a member of Movimiento Cosecha, an immigrant rights group with members in more than 20 states.

“She is one of the many people who, despite fear, took the streets to stand against anti-blackness, xenophobia, and hatred by violent white nationalists,” wrote Movimiento Cosecha on their Facebook.

Romero suffered “small skull fracture and multiple injuries to her face,” according to KHOU News.

CREDIT: Facebook/Movimiento Cosecha

Romero, who is part of the Houston Independent School District Air Force ROTC program, said that she went to the protest “to speak up for minorities.” KHOU also reports that her family moved to the United States from Colombia before Romero was born.

Romero texted her mother before she left to the protests in Charlottesville.

In this short audio clip, Romero talks about the injuries she sustained.

Romero’s family does not have health insurance, so a GoFundme has been set up in her name.

Romero is reportedly concerned about missing the first day of school due to her injuries. She’s currently attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on a full scholarship.

“I always told her, I know I cannot pay for college, so you need to study hard so you can get good grades and get a scholarship… and she’s helping me out. Whenever I need money, she’s the one sending me. She’s not asking me for money.” Erica Chaves, her mother, said to KHOU.

Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement regarding the events this past weekend that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia:

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Heather Heyer and to all the victims of the racist violence in Charlottesville this weekend. We stand with those who bravely protect and defend all communities that have been targeted by bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

A civil rights investigation into the Charlottesville terror attack has been opened by the Justice Department.

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DACA Has Made It Possible For 800k Young People To Work Legally In America. Today People Fight To Protect It.

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DACA Has Made It Possible For 800k Young People To Work Legally In America. Today People Fight To Protect It.

Julissa Arce

Chants of “one people, one nation, end immigration” were heard loud and clear during the Charlottesville white supremacy march this past weekend. These anti-immigrant chants are more than dangerous words – they are the sentiment powering the threat to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.

DACA has made it possible for 800,000 young people to work legally in the U.S. It has made them feel safer in a country they consider home by protecting them from deportation.

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That’s all DACA is. It’s not amnesty, it’s not a path to citizenship; it’s a work permit and protection from deportation.

Like me, many of these young people came to the U.S. as children and have thrived despite the many obstacles they have faced. I came to the U.S from Mexico with a tourist visa when I was 11 years old to be reunited with my parents.

I found out I was undocumented after I bugged my mom about having my quinceañera in Mexico. She revealed that my visa had expired and I could no longer travel outside of the U.S.  I was crushed thinking I would never be able to go to college, work or achieve the American dream.

But Texas gave me the opportunity of a lifetime in 2001 when it became the first state in the U.S to allow undocumented students to attend college and pay in-state tuition. But now, my home state of Texas is threatening to take away the opportunity of the American Dream for DACA recipients. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton is calling on other states to demand the Trump administration to terminate the DACA program by September 5th.

We cannot allow the lives of these young Americans to be threatened, and the chants of white supremacists to thrive. DACA has changed the lives of many of these young people; in the same way Texas changed my life in 2001.

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DACA has given recipients the opportunity to go to college, obtain better paying jobs, buy cars and even homes. I went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with honors and became a vice-president at Goldman Sachs. I never had a quinceañera but I was able to have a double-quince in Japan.

DACA is not only good for the immigrant community, it is good for America. Ending DACA would reduce our GDP by $433 billion over the next decade and cost employers $3.4 billion in costs associated with the termination and replacement of employees. Without DACA, tax revenue would be seriously impacted. Over the next decade, $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare contributions would be lost.

The anti-immigrant chants of “you will not replace us, end immigration,” are in direct opposition to the words of the judge who presided over my naturalization ceremony in August of 2008. He said, “becoming an American Citizen means accepting the world as your nation.”  

Today marks the fifth anniversary of DACA, and more than ever we need to drown the chants and the threats, and protect the lives of the 800,000 people who have called America home since they were children.  


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