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This Band’s Cumbia Version Of ‘This Land Is Your Land’ Is Celebrating The Immigrant Community

The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) have a music video almost two year in the making as an ode to immigrant workers. They shot their music video with a group of protesters highlighting the work NDLON has been doing.

In the video, musical group Los Jornaleros del Norte perform a cumbia rendition of Woody Guthrie’s American folk song “This Land Is Your Land.”

This Land Is Your Land remix by Los Jornaleros del Norte

WATCH & SHARE “This Land Is Your Land” by Los Jornaleros Del Norte!Los Jornaleros del Norte, made up of immigrant workers committed to justice, just launched a POWERFUL cumbia remix of Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie's famous american folk song “This Land Is Your Land.” While the Trump administration ratchets up their anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric, Los Jornaleros del Norte reassert their right to remain in a land where Indigenous Peoples have lived for thousands of years before the U.S. ever existed. This video was filmed in collaboration with nearly 50 immigrant worker organizations who attended NDLON's National Assembly in Santa Clara, CA, in August of 2017.Music by: Jornaleros del Norte Directed by: Alex RiveraProduced by: NDLONCC: Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Fe y Justicia Worker Center, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, Pasadena Community Job Center, TPS Alliance / Alianza TPS, Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center, Adelante Alabama Worker Center, CASA Latina, IDEPSCA, WeCount, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), Voces de la Frontera, Jolt Texas, Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton), Latino Rebels

Posted by National Day Laborer Organizing Network on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

After a somber intro, the video comes to life with a rally taking place around the singer.

CREDIT: Facebook/National Day Laborer Organizing Network

The lead singer shouts and turns into a wall of posters and dancing activists gathered in Santa Clara, Calif., during an assembly for the NDLON in August of last year.

The song includes some lines about the indigenous peoples that first inhabited North America, before man-made borders were enacted.

CREDIT: Facebook/National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Some of the freestyled lyrics, which are sung both in Spanish and English (and featured in text in the video), are “Home of the brave. / The indigenous were first. / They didn’t divide our land. / Thousands of years without the border. “

The singer also calls out those that try to colonize this land, saying “El pueblo está presente. / Our courage makes them cowards.”  

The song is a rallying cry to the immigrant community.

This isn’t the first time Los Jornaleros del Norte has written songs to support the immigrant cause.

Y llegaron los jornaleros a darle guerra al Sheriff Youngblood!

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For the past 15 years, the group has dedicated themself to singing for the immigrant worker. According to the band’s biography on its official page, the band began in 1995 after an (Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in the City of Industry in California. One of the singers of the band was inspired to write a corrido (ballad) about the event, and now the band’s music is meant to “inform, educate, organize, and mobilize day workers, sensitize the general community about day labor related issues, and denounce the abuses committed against them.”

In 2016, the group performed during a march for the #Fightfor15.

Jornaleros Del Norte jamming it live! #fightfor15 #luchaporlos15 #wbw

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The “This Land is Your Land” video was made in partnership with nearly 50 different immigrant worker organizations including Central American Resource Center (CARECEN-LA), Adelante Alabama Worker Center, CASA Latina and New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE).


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Court Orders ICE To Release Children In Their Custody As COVID-19 Tears Through Detention Centers

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Court Orders ICE To Release Children In Their Custody As COVID-19 Tears Through Detention Centers

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COVID-19 is spiking across the U.S. with 32 states watching as new cases of the virus continue to climb day after day. California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida are among states that have set daily new infection records. With this backdrop, a federal judge has ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must release children, with their parents, by July 17.

A judge ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release children in detention by a certain date.

U.S. Judge Dolly Gee ordered ICE to act quickly in response to the rampant COVID-19 spread in detention centers to protect the health of migrants. Judge Gee is giving ICE until July 17 to comply and release all children that have been in the agency’s custody.

U.S. Judge Gee ruled that the threat of the pandemic is great where the children are being held.

“Given the severity of the outbreak in the counties in which FRCs are located and the Independent Monitor and Dr. Wise’s observations of non-compliance or spotty compliance with masking and social distancing rules, renewed and more vigorous efforts must be undertaken to transfer (children) residing at the FRCs to non-congregate settings,” Judge Gee wrote in her order.

Concerned politicians and public figures are celebrating the judge’s order.

The order is aimed specifically at the Family Residential Centers (FRCs) and Office of Refugee Resettlement camps across the country. The virus has been running rampant in detention centers and prisons and, according to the judge, unsurprisingly the virus has made it to the FRCs.

She continued: “The FRCs are ‘on fire’ and there is no more time for half measures.”

National leaders are calling on ICE to follow the ruling by a federal judge.

The judge’s order is aimed at the three FRCs in the U.S. Two are in Texas and one is in Pennsylvania. Unaccompanied minors in various shelters are also included in the order.

“Although progress has been made, the Court is not surprised that [COVID-19] has arrived at both the [Family Residential Centers] and [Office of Refugee Resettlement] facilities, as health professionals have warned all along,” Judge Gee wrote.

This story is developing and we will update as new information arises.

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Supreme Court Refuses Case Challenging California’s Sanctuary State Status

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Supreme Court Refuses Case Challenging California’s Sanctuary State Status

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The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to hear a challenge to California’s sanctuary state law. At the heart of the case is the state’s law limiting the cooperation of state law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to California’s sanctuary state law in a 7-2 vote.

Conservative justice Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. both wanted to hear the case brought by the Trump administration. The other justices, John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer voted against the Trump administration refusing to hear the case.

The court, as per usual custom, did not offer a reason as to why they will not hear the case. This means that the previous ruling the case will stand.

The previous court ruling, supporting the law, will now stand in California.

A unanimous panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of the law. According to the lower court’s ruling, the federal government has no power in commandeering a state’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The ruling states that California’s law can stand because of the Tenth Amendment.

This is a significant blow to the Trump administration that has made a toughness on immigration central to their mission. President Donald Trump, who lost in the Supreme Court twice today, started his 2016 campaign railing against Mexican immigrants calling them rapists and criminals.

The decision is making some people question the humanity of Thomas and Alito.

Justices Thomas and Alito are notorious for being very conservative justices. The two justices usually vote along party lines siding with the Conservative population. Their rulings are often targeted at limiting rights to certain groups. Justice Thomas makes news when he asks questions from the bench because of his consistent silence.

The ruling has sent critics of the president into a laugh-filled celebration.

It wasn’t long ago that news agencies reported that Trump went to the bunker during the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington. Trump claims that he went to the bunker to inspect it, not to hide from protesters. The news sent protesters and BLM supports to call out the president unable to handle a protest against him.

Some people think it has been a very bad day for the U.S. president.

A Supreme Court decision is precedent. Now, the California law limiting cooperation between state law enforcement and ICE can be replicated in other states. It is also another example of a state’s rights being protected.

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