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Judge Says Immigration Officials Didn’t Follow Protocol With DREAMer Jessica Colotl

Last month, DREAMer Jessica Colotl was told by the Department of Homeland Security that her DACA application had been denied, even though the 29-year-old Georgia resident (originally from Mexico) had been approved to stay under DACA in 2013 and 2015. Despite the Trump Administration’s insistence that ICE wasn’t focusing on DACA recipients, Colotl’s 2010 misdemeanor (she was caught driving without a license by a campus officer at Kennesaw State University) meant that now she was facing deportation after living in the United States for 11 years.

On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Colotl could stay in the U.S., but only temporarily, while they review her renewal application, CNN reported.

According to CNN, U.S. District Judge Mark H. Cohen said that Immigration Services officials did not conduct proper protocol when they revoked her “protections under the program last month.”

Jessica is very excited to see justice prevail in this case,” Charles Kuck, one of Colotl’s lawyers, told The New York Times.

Lorella Praeli, director of immigration policy and campaigns at the American Civil Liberties Union, told CNN that this victory could help other DACA recipients who are currently detained by ICE.

“The court’s decision today has huge implications for all Dreamers,” Praeli said to CNN. “The government can’t just break its promises for no reason.”

According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, between January 20 to March 25, 2017, they have revoked the DACA program for 43 immigrants. The Los Angeles Times report that “an estimated 742,000” DREAMers are protected under DACA.

Immigration services is currently reviewing Colotl’s application.

READ: First DACA Recipient To Be Deported Sues Trump Administration

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The LGBTQ+ Flag Just Got Updated And Its Generating Mixed Responses

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The LGBTQ+ Flag Just Got Updated And Its Generating Mixed Responses

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To kick off Pride Month, Philadelphia unveiled a new look to the iconic LGBTQ+ Rainbow flag.

In recognition of Pride Month, the city of Philadelphia raised this new updated LGBTQ+ flag in front of the Philly’s City Hall. This new flag comes as part of the city’s campaign, “More Color More Pride” which is taking action toward becoming more inclusive of minorities.

The already colorful flag got new black and brown stripes to speak to minorities.

The original flag, which was created almost 40 years ago by Gilbert Baker, went on to become the biggest trademark for the LGBTQ+ community.

Ernest Owens, journalist and Philly resident says, “The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within our community,” Owens writes in Philadelphia magazine. “With all of the black and brown activism that’s worked to address racism in the Gayborhood over the past year, I think the new flag is a great step for the city to show the world that they’re working toward fully supporting all members of our community.”

The addition of the two new colors to the pride flag, not only falls during Pride Month, but also in the same week as the anniversary of the Pulse massacre.

The shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which a lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 50. Many of those were gay minorities.

Some people are really digging the inclusivity of the two new hues.


While others don’t think it was necessary.

The site for Philadelphia’s campaign, “More Color More Pride,” states that this expansion “may seem like a small step. But together we can make big strides toward a truly inclusive community.” Learn more here:


READ: Coming Out As Gay in Latino Culture is the Scariest and Most Rewarding Thing You Can Do

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