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Bay Area Prepares For Possible Massive Raids of Undocumented Immigrants


In an effort to target Sanctuary Cities and intimidate those living in these protected areas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly planning raids in the Bay Area.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, federal agents are aiming to detain 1,500 undocumented people.

ICE tells the Chronicle they cannot confirm nor deny the possible raids, which can happen as early as this week. However, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein was informed about the possible sweep and said immigrants “must not be targeted in raids solely because they are Californians.” She added that the only intent for a massive sweep in the Bay Area would be politically motivated.

“The administration is carrying out its enforcement actions to make a political point and not based on the security of the country,” says Sen. Feinstein, according to The Chronicle.

People may be wondering how and where these raids will be conducted?

The Chronicle reports that ICE may already have people targeted.

“The operation would go after people who have been identified as targets for deportation, including those who have been served with final deportation orders and those with criminal histories, the source said. The number could tick up if officers come across other undocumented immigrants in the course of their actions and make what are known as collateral arrests.”

One glimmer of good news for undocumented immigrants who may be feeling scared is that local police will not be assisting ICE agents in locating any individuals.

Yesterday, Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris wrote a letter to ICE director Thomas D. Homan, and asked to be immediately informed about the supposed raids.

“We are deeply concerned that rather than focusing efforts on violent criminals, raids carried out in neighborhoods and workplaces could result in the deportation of individuals who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time,” the letter read.

“We firmly believe that law enforcement must prioritize dangerous criminals and not undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety,” they added.

While President Donald Trump has had major issue with California, some speculate that ICE is targeting the Bay Area not just because it’s a Sanctuary City but also because of the recent acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented immigrant who was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle in a highly publicized trial.

READ: ICE Carried Out Raids At 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide And Arrested 21 People

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Here's How A Group Of Gay Men In Brazil Are Forcing Their Way Into A Sport Riddled With Homophobia

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Here’s How A Group Of Gay Men In Brazil Are Forcing Their Way Into A Sport Riddled With Homophobia

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A group of gay men are challenging the concept of masculinity and soccer in Brazil with their own gay soccer league in Rio de Janeiro. LiGay is the first of its kind in the country, and it is finally giving gay men who love the sport a safe space to participate in it.

According to The Washington Post, LiGay was started in 2017, and in its first year more than 150 men showed up to take part in the league. André Machado, the founder of one team in the league, acknowledges that they are positively disrupting a very important and beloved institution in Brazil.

“There’s no law prohibiting it, but in Brazil, there’s a social barrier that de facto prohibits gays from playing,” Machado said. “Now many are rediscovering the sport after being bullied out of it as kids.”

Latin American soccer teams have been fined repeatedly in recent years for the use of homophobic slurs and chants by fans during games. Whether or not the players being harassed were gay, the use of the slurs and chants are commonplace in fútbol culture. LiGay is trying to change that. BeesCats, the team formed by Machado, has even found enough success to join the Brazilian amateur league.

You can read more about LiGay in The Washington Post by clicking here.

(H/T: The Washington Post)

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