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Last year, Jimmy Kimmel Brought DACA Opponents To Meet A DACA/Military Family And Here’s What Happened

“I want to start deporting Dreamers even before MS-13.”

Jimmy Kimmel has been an outspoken and powerful critic of President Trump and his policies. He came out strong against the president’s ideas on health care after his own child needed emergency treatment.

Now, Kimmel has set his energy on criticizing the government about how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are being treated. Kimmel found a handful of people that are hardliners against DACA and picked their brains a little bit about their stance. So, Kimmel made them meet a family that will be separated if DACA is fully rescinded.

Trump and his supporters have been vocal about their commitment to the military. They want them fully funded and supported. Trump even honored a young boy who started an organization that places flags and red carnations on the graves of fallen military personnel. Kimmel used that very family that has been highly regarded to test just how far these DACA opponents would go. Here’s what happened.

Kimmel introduced the group to Esmeralda, a DACA recipient, and her husband, who is about to be deployed.

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Kimmel asked, “Which means his fiancée could be sent back to Mexico while he’s overseas. So, do you think a man who’s serving this country, who’s an active member of the military, do you think he should be treated like this?”

The older man in that infamous red cap, who is former military, set the tone for the conversation from the start.

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“She needs to go back to her own country and work on fixing her own country,” he told the family. “If she wants to come over legally, that’s his responsibility to figure out how she’s going to get back here.”

The group went back and forth with Kimmel and the family, and then an older woman poke up. She said, “Jimmy, we can agree to disagree, but I know that you will concur with me that we live in the most loving, compassionate, and exceptional country.”

“No, I don’t,” Kimmel answered. “I don’t agree with that. I think that this country has become cruel. Look at this woman and her husband who’s in the military. Where is your compassion?”

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People Are Trying To Cancel Jimmy Kimmel After A Blackface Video And Audio Of Him Using The N-Word Go Viral

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People Are Trying To Cancel Jimmy Kimmel After A Blackface Video And Audio Of Him Using The N-Word Go Viral

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Not long ago, people were dragging Jimmy Fallon around Twitter for an incident of blackface. Jimmy Kimmel was mentioned but it wasn’t until recently that the talk show host has had to face his one moments of blackface and using the N-word.

Jimmy Kimmel is facing his own past of blackface and racist language.

Celebrities are being held accountable for their racist pasts from old social media posts to videos of them in blackface. Jimmy Kimmel is the latest target after videos of him in blackface numerous times and a recording of him saying the N-word have gone viral.

An audio clip of Kimmel using the N-word has also circulated on social media.

In 1996, Kimmel imitated Snoop Dogg on a Christmas album called “A Family Christmas In Your Ass.” Kimmel used the N-word in the lyrics of the song that was used to imitate Snoop Dogg. In a podcast from January 2013, Kimmel was asked about his Snoop Dogg impersonation and he admitted that he liked to impersonate Black people.

Kimmel issued an apology that was just off the mark.

Kimmel attempts to address the controversy but he doesn’t fully own up to what he had done. Kimmel doesn’t address the blackface by name. Instead, Kimmel vaguely addresses the issues of both blackface and using the N-word.

Kimmel argues that part of the backlash he is facing is from conservative voices who are upset with him. Kimmel has been very vocal against President Trump and his attacks on vulnerable communities. Kimmel argues in his apology that most of the anger is an attempt to silence him against Trump.

There are some people on social media who agree with Kimmel’s argument but still want to see him dragged.

Kimmel’s apology clearly is not helping him with his case. It wasn’t long ago that Jimmy Fallon was the focus because of his blackface moment in “Saturday Night Live.” The pressure is on when it comes to race and racial justice in this country. People have to be held accountable for their actions.

READ: Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Eliminating DACA

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Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Eliminating DACA

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For three years, people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status faced an uncertain future. The Trump administration was involved in legal battles after abruptly eliminating the program. For the third time this week, the Supreme Court has handed down a major loss for the Trump administration as they protected DACA from Trump’s attack.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration cannot end DACA.

The 5-4 decision is the third major legal loss for the Trump administration this week. SCOTUS ruled earlier this week that LGBTQ+ cannot be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The court also refused to take up a case challenging California’s sanctuary state law letting the law stand.

The decision to temporarily protect DACA was a split decision with all of the conservative justices (Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel A. Alito Jr.) voting in favor of the Trump administration. Justice John Robert joined the liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan saving the program from the Trump administration, for now.

In the ruling, written by Justice John Roberts, the court cites that the acting secretary of state violated the Administrative Procedures Act when ending the program. Basically, the announcement was lacking substance and did not address key parts of the policy. This made the announcement void of an argument supporting the dismantling of the program.

The ruling is only temporary relief for the hundreds of thousands of young people on DACA.

While the program has been spared, it is not completely saved. The decision from the Supreme Court today focuses on the way DACA was eliminated, not the actual elimination. This means that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now has time to reevaluate its case against DACA to try again.

“The Court still does not resolve the question of DACA’s rescission,” Alito wrote in his dissent. “Instead, it tells the Department of Homeland Security to go back and try again.”

The conservative justices, while dissenting, did release statements that agreed with parts of the decision to block the Trump administration from eliminating DACA. The Trump administration first announced that they were ending DACA in 2017 with a press conference on the border led by Jeff Sessions.

Justice Sotomayor made her own headlines after calling the case a racist attack.

“I would not so readily dismiss the allegation that an executive decision disproportionately harms the same racial group that the President branded as less desirable mere months earlier,” Justice Sotomayor wrote in her concurrence of the decision.

Organizers and activists are giving credit to the DACA community for this victory.

The DACA community has led the charge to protect their status in the U.S. The movement has largely been done thanks to the work of DACA recipients fighting for their right to be here. For many, it is the only country they know after arriving to the U.S. without proper documentation when they were young children.

The president has tweeted his clear displeasure on the Supreme Court that he tried to stack in his favor by appointing two justices.

Both justice Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were Trump’s appointees. After three losses from the Supreme Court, President Trump followed his usual playbook and accused the Supreme Court of not liking him.

Now, it is time for Congress to act.

With DACA recipients temporarily spared sudden deportation, Congress must act and pass legislation protecting Dreamers from being deported. The Dream Act is one piece of legislation that offers DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship, something most Americans agree with.

READ: ICE Is Threatening To Reopen Deportation Proceedings Against All DACA Recipients Regardless Of DACA Status