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‘I Don’t Want To Lose My Mommy’: A Migrant Child Cries For His Mother In Heartbreaking Video

It feels as though with every passing week, more and more images and cases of migrant children either undergoing traumatic experiences or being separated from their families rise to the surface, going viral on mainstream media. The latest heartwrenching video is one of a young migrant boy in tears, saying “I don’t want to lose my mommy” as he witnesses her being dragged under a rip current in the Rio Grande. 

*Warning: the video is graphic*

This week, a camera crew from Univision caught a heartbreaking moment in which a migrant boy can be seen frantically calling out for his mother while holding tight to his dad. 

“The child begs for [them] to save his mother while his father cries for help. [The mother] fights against the currents of the Río Bravo. This Venezuelan family, along with more than 100 migrant families, crossed the river after waiting over 5 months in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, waiting for asylum in the United States,” wrote journalist Jorge Ramos in a caption on Instagram

The Rio Grande, also known as Río Bravo del Norte, is one of the main rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. It begins in south-central Colorado and flows through the Gulf of Mexico. It also forms part of the U.S.-Mexico border – totaling a length of over 1,000 miles that many will cross in order to get to the U.S. 

“Migrants have for years traversed the Rio Grande on makeshift rafts to cross illegally into the United States. But facing a surge of families from Central America, border-patrol agents are now pulling dozens of migrants, including young children, form the harsh current of the river almost every day,” writes Zolan Kanno-Youngs reporting from Texas for The Independent. “President Donald Trump’s repeated threats and attempts to limit immigration have not deterred migrants.”

On July 23, the Daily Mail reported: “At least 30 children and adults who evaded Mexican immigration forces in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, made it across the river that serves as a dangerous passageway to the American dream in the United States.”

The heartbreaking video shows the moment when a migrant boy tightens his group on his dad, frightened to see that his mother is getting swept away by a rip current on the Rio Grande. 

The young boy’s dad was also carrying his other son while the mother momentarily disappeared under the rushing waters.  

The migrant mother struggles to stay afloat as the father of her child tries to make the dangerous walk across the Rio Grande that separates Mexico from the U.S. The migrant mother and her family were all part of a group of migrants from Central America and Venezuela who had reportedly spent three to five months in Mexico waiting to seek asylum. 

According to the Daily Mail, the mother eventually made it to the U.S. shore in Texas after other migrants helped save her life. 

They formed a human chain and helped her sons make it to the U.S. shore too. 

“Her husband and other son later joined them after agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrived on two rafts to assist them and other migrants,” the Daily Mail reports. “Another 110 refugees stood behind after their efforts to join them were thwarted by Mexican immigration agents patrolling the area.” 

This latest video of the father and his child trying to survive the Rio Grande rip currents while simultaneously seeking help for the mother isn’t new. 

This is just one more case of other migrant families who have nearly lost or lost their lives while seeking a better life in the United States. 

On June 24, the Texas Tribune reported that four bodies were found southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, south of McAllen (three children, and one woman dead). The New York Times also took a deep dive into deaths on the Rio Grande, “a look at a perilous migrant route.” According to TIME, a search was underway earlier this month looking for a 2-year-old that was reported lost along the Rio Grande River by her mother after an attempt to cross near Del Rio, Texas. 

It’s heartbreaking to see so many migrant children in danger due to the policies that the Trump administration has put in place and continues to enact. 

Last month, a powerful and heartbreaking image depicting the body of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 2-year-old-daughter Valeria went viral showing us that migrant folks are putting their lives on the line simply to seek a better life in this country. 

While folks have criticized major publications and whoever else shares these images on social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – others think it’s necessary to share these images to push people to do something to change these circumstances. 

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over

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Pretty Damning: Trump Paid $750 in Federal Income Tax — He Even Wrote-Off That Sad Comb Over


After four long years, we finally know why Trump didn’t want to release his tax returns: abominably, he thought his terrible haircuts and adult age children were worthy of write-offs. Oh yeah… and the year he was elected he only paid $750.00.

Long before his 2016 presidential election bid, Trump dodged calls to reveal his tax returns. At the time of his bid, however, he refused to take part in a 40-year tradition carried out by presidential nominees to release tax returns to the public. During his initial run, Trump falsely claimed that he was unable to release his returns publicly while they were under audit, and throughout his presidency, he has avoided sharing them despite grand jury subpoenas. Fortunately, thanks to a piece published by The New York Times, they’re finally getting a chance to see the light of day.

On Sunday, The New York Times published the first of several reports examining Trump’s tax information.

In 2016, Trump became the first president since 1976 to not release his tax records. The decision promptly roused dismay and questions about whether the records carried “undisclosed conflicts of interest that may impair his ability to make impartial policy decisions.”

According to NYT’s latest exposé, Trump (a man who has long boasted about his wealth and has also claimed a net worth of billions of which he has also declared to be self-acquired) paid a mere total of $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017.

While the Times report did not cover 2018 and 2019 tax filings, the newspaper looked into 18 years of Trump’s tax returns. They also looked into his business dealings as far back as 2000 and found that in 10 of those years, the president of the United States failed to pay any income taxes “largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.”

The Times also revealed that Trump “racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes” despite millions in income and property. In a statement for the piece, Alan Garten an attorney for the Trump Organization claimed to the Times that “most, if not all, of the facts, appear to be inaccurate.” NoteL the Times underlined that Garten appeared to be “conflating income taxes with other federal taxes.”

According to the article, beginning in 2010, Trump had been given a $72.9 million tax refund from the IRS.

The Times article explains in detail how Trump has managed to handle his business and categorize his wealth. The paper found that most often, Trump claimed his expenses as deductions from his tax bill chalking them up to business expenses. These include nearly $70,000 in hairstyling costs for his time on NBC’s “The Apprentice” over $300,000 for landscaping of the Mar-a-Lago Club and $95,000 written off for hair and makeup done for his daughter Ivanka. That’s right, the president wrote off his own adult children.

Addressing the report, the Times noted that they would not include the actual tax documents in its coverage to avoid outing its sources.

“We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances,” Times editor Dean Baquet wrote in an editor’s note. “Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public. The tradition ensures that an official with the power to shake markets and change policy does not seek to benefit financially from his actions.”

In response to the reports, Trump called the story “fake news” during a White House press conference on Sunday.

Speaking about the piece, Trump bemoaned that the IRS “does not treat me well.” “It’s totally fake news. Made-up, fake,” he continued. “We went through the same stories, people you could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news… Actually, I paid tax, and you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns — it’s under audit,” Trump went onto explain. “They’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS does not treat me well. … They don’t treat me well; they treat me very badly. You have people in the IRS, they treat me very, very badly…But they’re under audit. And when they’re not, I would be proud to show you, but that’s just fake news.”

It’s important to note that even an audit could not prevent Trump from releasing his tax records to the public.

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Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime


Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime

The media advocacy group Define American recently released a study that focused on the way immigrant characters are depicted on television. The second-annual study is entitled “Change the Narrative, Change the World”.

Although the study reports progress in some areas of onscreen representation, there is still a long way to go.

For example, the study reported that half of the immigrant characters depicted on television are Latino, which is consistent with reality. What is not consistent with reality, however, is how crime-related storylines are still an overrepresented theme in these storylines.

The study shows that on television 22% of immigrant characters have crime storylines show up as part of their narratives. These types of storylines further pedal the false narrative that immigrants are criminals, when in reality, they’re just everyday people who are trying to lives their best lives. Ironically, this statistic is an improvement on the previous year’s statistics in which crime themes made up 34% of immigrants’ stories on TV.

These numbers are further proof that the media feels stories of Latino immigration have to be about sadness and hardship in order to be worth watching.

According to Define American’s website, their organization believes that “powerful storytelling is the catalyst that can reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.”

They believe that changing the narratives depicted in entertainment media can “reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.” 

“We wanted to determine if seeing the specific immigration storylines influenced [viewers’] attitudes, behavior, or knowledge in the real world,” said Sarah Lowe, the associate director of research and impact at Define American to Variety. “And we were reassured and inspired to see the impact it had.” 

Define American’s founder, Jose Antonio Vargas, is relatively optimistic about the study’s outcomes, saying that the report has “some promising findings” and the numbers “provide [him] with hope”. He added that there are still “many areas in which immigrant representation can improve”.

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Namely, Vargas was disappointed in television’s failure to take an intersectional approach to immigration in regards to undocumented Black immigrants. 

“Black undocumented immigrants are detained and deported at higher rates than other ethnic groups,” Vargas told Variety. “But their stories are largely left off-screen and left out of the larger narrative around immigration.” 

“Change the Narrative, Change the World” also showed that Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are also under-represented on television compared with reality. Also worth noting, male immigrants were over-represented on television compared to reality, while immigrants with disabilities were also under-represented.

The study also showed that when viewers are exposed to TV storylines that humanize immigrants, they’re more likely to take action on immigration issues themselves. 

The effect that fictional entertainment narratives have on viewers further proves that representation does, indeed, matter. What we watch as entertainment changes the way we think about other people’s lived experiences. And that, in turn, can change the world.

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