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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.


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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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Cardi B And Sister Sued Over Video Claiming To Show ‘Racist MAGA Supporters’

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Cardi B And Sister Sued Over Video Claiming To Show ‘Racist MAGA Supporters’

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Cardi B and her sister are being sued for defamation of character after a viral video taken by Hennessy Carolina Almánzar. The video shows two men, one wearing a MAGA hat, and one woman telling Hennessy to move her car, which is parked on the beach.

Earlier this month, Cardi B shared a video taken by her sister showing a confrontation over where a car was parked.

Cardi B, who is notorious for having widely broadcast Twitter feuds with people, posted the video in response to a tweet from Candace Owens. Owens is a controversial conservative figure whose brand is all about shock and awe. Owens famously said she thinks it would be okay if “Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well.”

Immediately, there was skepticism about the incident since the video starts during the confrontation.

Responding to nay-sayers, Cardi B shared a video of her sisters voice messages sent to her IG DMs. Hennessy claims in the messages that the white men were the aggressors against her and her girlfriend while they were on the beach.

The videos did not convince some people that her sister wasn’t in the wrong.

Cardi B’s tweet is filled with responses questioning the video and denying its authenticity. The argument immediately turned political because of the mention of Trump and Trump supporters. The conversation on Twitter is divided among people who believe Cardi B and her sister and those who don’t.

Now, Cardi B and Hennessy are being sued by the beachgoers in the video.

“These peaceful Suffolk County residents were quietly enjoying a Sunday at the Smith Point beach with their families, when rap celebrity Hennessy Carolina suddenly approached them, raging, spitting, insulting, assaulting, defaming and threatening them, all the while videotaping them because one of them wore a MAGA hat,” beachgoers’ Miller Place attorney John Ray said, according to ABC7NYC.

The lawsuit claims defamation of character because of the language used in the video against them.

According to Billboard, plaintiffs Peter Caliendo, Pauline Caliendo, and Manuel Alarcon claim that they had approached Hennessy and her girlfriend, Michelle Diaz, blocked them in with how she parked her car. The lawsuit states that the men asked for Diaz to move her car and that’s when Hennessy started to record the video and hurl names and insults at them.

This story is developing and mitú will be updating as the story unfolds.

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