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Latinos Are Sharing Their Family’s Immigration Stories On Twitter Because The US Was Created For Immigrants

Immigration has become one of the most contentious topics in U.S. politics since President Trump jumped into the Republican primaries in 2015. He launched his campaign calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists and he has continued in his attack of the immigrant community after winning the election. One point of immigration that has especially angered Trump is “chain migration,” which allows family members of U.S. citizens can become U.S. citizens through sponsorship. While Trump is against such migration, First Lady Melania Trump’s parents just used that same system to become U.S. citizens.

First Lady Melania Trump’s parents, who are natives of Slovenia, recently became U.S. citizens under her sponsorship through “chain migration.”

In response, Politico published a story by Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s uncle, Dr. David Glosser in which he writes that if Miller’s anti-immigration agenda had been in place a century ago, his Jewish family “would have been wiped out.”

Attorney Asha Rangappa, a former FBI Special Agent, took to Twitter after the news and asked people to share their #ImmigrantStories.

“Hearing his accent, and seeing that he was an older gentleman, I asked where he was from and when he came here,” Rangappa tweeted. “He told me that his family immigrated here from Ireland in 1982. He then asked, ‘What are we going to do? Is anything going to happen to him?’ I told him that I didn’t know what was going to happen, but that the most important thing that anyone could do is vote. He told me that his father died in 1973 at the age of 48, having never voted. He said it was because he wasn’t a ‘householder’ (? not sure what he meant). And he said, ‘So I promise you that I vote whenever I get a chance.’ I so loved this conversation (which was slightly longer than described), and it occurred to me: I, for one, would love to hear people’s #ImmigrantStories.”

The response was overwhelming. Here’s some of our favorite Latino immigration stories.

This country was created for the purpose of people from around the world to find refuge. It is a place where race and class should not determine your place in society or future.

From refugees of theSalvadoran  Civil War to professionals.

This story by Ana Fuentes is a true reflection of how immigrants improve their lives and succeed no matter what obstacles are in front of them.

Immigrants so love thier adopted him that they fight to defend it.

Unlike the rhetoric coming from the White House, immigrants contribute to the success of this country.

We know what it means to work hard.

Retirement isn’t something our parents and grandparents thought about. Many of our elders find the work they want to do and they stick with it until they physically cannot work anymore.

This family came to the U.S. right before the Great Depression.

And despite the economic disaster, the family stuck it out and made things work.

And, no matter what, we will work for whatever we want and need to further our families.


READ: This Military Veteran Served Two Tours In Afghanistan And Was Deported In The Middle Of The Night

Do you have an #ImmigrantStory you’d like us to know about? Let us know by sharing this story and commenting below!

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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15 Hilarious Tweets About Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck Getting Back Together

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In case you haven’t heard, Bennifer 1.0 is back. The famous early-2000s couple has been spotted spending time together in the wake of JLo’s split with A-Rod and Ben Affleck’s split with Cubana Ana de Armas. The news about their reconciliation is surprising the general public, as it’s been 17 years since the Hollywood power couple split up.

Needless to say, many fans have mixed feelings about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck getting back together, seeing as their 2004 split up was so messy the first time around.

But more than anything, fans have jokes. Here are some of the funniest tweets about Jlo and Ben Affleck getting back together.

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

Corporal punishment includes all sorts of cruel physical acts. They range from spanking, slapping, force-feeding, and pinching to pulling, twisting, and striking with an object. The act of corporal punishment has long been criticized for its part in causing greater damage than intended.

Though the effects might bring around immediate compliance, researchers have underlined that such changes in behavior are often only short-term and can increase aggressive behavior. Perhaps this is why the act has varying legal statuses across the country.

Elementary school principal Melissa Carter is learning her own lesson from corporal punishment, but not as the receiver.

The elementary school principal from Florida is being investigated by local authorities after her use of corporal punishment on a 6-year-old student was captured on camera.

Principal Melissa Carter and school clerk Cecilia Self used a paddle on the student last month as punishment for damaging a computer screen. According to local CBS affiliate WINK News, corporal punishment was performed on the child in front of their mother. The mother used her cell phone to record the paddling in a clip that has gone viral.

According to WINK News, a female employee from the school contacted the child’s mother on April 13 after her daughter allegedly damaged a computer.

The mother of the child, who speaks Spanish and not fluent English, said that she was confused by the allegations made against her daughter during the phone call. During the conversation the school employee had mentioned “paddling” but the mother didn’t understand what that meant because of her language barrier.

She had been under the impression that she had been brought to the school to pay a $50 fine. Instead, she was taken to Principal Carter’s office where her daughter and the principal were waiting.

Carter soon brought out a wooden paddle and smacked the six-year-old on the backside. The video recorded by the mothers shows the little girl crying in pain during the attack.   

The mother claimed she resisted intervening because she feared having her immigration status brought into question.

“Nobody would have believed me. I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school,” told the local news about the incident. “The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her. I had never hit her.”

Bret Provinsky, the mother’s attorney, said the State Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case to see whether they will pursue criminal charges against Carter and Cecilia Self.

Self was meant to translate for the mother, but the mother said she did not do so. “That’s aggravated battery. They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical harm,” said Provinsky. “The child is terrified, she feels vulnerable. There’s nothing she can do in the hands of these adults, who treated her so brutally, savagely, sadistically.”

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