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Twitter Users Are Sharing Heart Warming Stories About Parents Who Sacrificed For Their Children By Immigrating To The U.S.

In September, the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which would put nearly 800,000 young people out of work and at risk for deportation.

Since that decision, activists and fellow undocumented immigrants have been demanding that Congress pass The Dream Act of 2017, which would protect undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as minors from being deported and being kicked out of the workforce. Activists and DACA recipients are fighting for a “clean” Dream Act to be passed by Congress to protect their undocumented parents from deportation as well.

For so many people, their parents are the original Dreamers, leaving behind their home country in order to better the lives of their families. Despite the uncertainty from the Trump administration, people are sharing stories of their family’s immigration to the U.S. using #OriginalDreamers. Those who have shared photos and stories tell of their parents’ love and sacrifice in pursuit of the American Dream. Here are some of the touching stories being shared.

People are honoring their fearless family members that first came to the United States.

Imagine leaving behind everything you’ve ever known to move to a different country to start over.

They’re showing everyone what true sacrifice looks like.

It looks like long hours in backbreaking work for very little pay, all spent to support loved ones. Despite the uncertainty and physical demand of some of these jobs, our parents persisted and worked hard to give us a good life.

The hashtag is filled with photos of young people hungry for a new life, with words of gratitude from their children that have had greater opportunities because of them.

“My victories are your victories; thank you mom and dad [I’m] forever grateful,” @ksantamaria_ wrote.

Some of the stories shared under #OriginalDreamers paint a vivid picture of heartbreaking experiences.

The wide range of stories shared show how different and unique every immigrant’s experience is. These parents are powerful examples of the kinds of sacrifices many people would be too scared to make.

Proud children are also sharing the success stories of those #OriginalDreamers.

Many came to the U.S. and did work many Americans would never do. They were maids, janitors, and farm workers, but above all, they are loving parents doing the best they can for their kids. It is easy to forget how hard parents had to work to build their lives as immigrants. #OriginalDreamers gives us a chance to reflect on the hard work they put in for the benefit of the next generation.

The most prominent theme among #OriginalDreamers was sending money back to the family left behind.

Because of this, children of #OriginalDreamers show pride for their hard-working parents.

Family always looks out for one another, and we learned that from our parents.

Some parents never got to see their children reach the success they helped pave for them.

But that doesn’t mean their children can’t show their love and appreciation. ? ? ?

These stories show immigrant’s resilience and strength, and the legacy they build in America.

Now that you’re officially crying, don’t forget to tell your parents that you love them.


READ: #ImmigrantHeritageMonth Proves That We Are Truly United Because We Love This Country

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An Old Video Of To TV Hosts Debating Whether The Moon Is A Planet Or A Star Has Twitter Twisted

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An Old Video Of To TV Hosts Debating Whether The Moon Is A Planet Or A Star Has Twitter Twisted

To be a star or a planet? That is the question.

Or at least, it was The Question that made heads roll a few years ago and has begun to do again thanks to a revival of an old video.

Six years ago, in 2015 a QVC segment went viral after designer Isaac Mizrahi and his co-host Shawn Killinger got into a heated debate about whether the moon was a star or a planet. Little did they know that the moon, well, it’s actually just a moon.

Now, six years later, the old segment is making waves again.

Mizrahi and Killinger started the strange debate in a clip that is surfacing again on Twitter.

The clip starts out with Killinger holding up a shirt made of green, white, and blue colors before declaring, “This is what we call emerald, but really it’s more of a seafoam.” She then goes onto point out that “it almost kinda looks like what the earth looks like when you’re a bazillion miles away from the planet moon.”

Then in the familiar way that we’ve all done after realizing we might have made a mistake, Shawn mutters the phrase again, contemplating. “The planet moon.”

Not picking up on her hesitations, Isaac agrees “The planet moon.” Copping to her mistake, Shawn asks “Isn’t the moon a star?”

“The moon is a planet, darling,” Isaac replies before pulling his co-host into a sixty-two-second-long debate in which Isaac insists the moon is a planet. “The moon is such a planet I can’t even stand it,” he even declares at one point. In reaction, Shawn attempts to support her argument by going through the planets in our solar system. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get very far and names Earth, Uranus, Saturn, and “the one with the rings.”

This is when Shawn then comes to the conclusion that the Sun is a star too but Isaac quickly replies that “We don’t know what the sun is” meaning that “us” as in the whole world doesn’t know.

The whole thing is only resolved once someone off-camera confirms what most of us all already know, the moon is not a star, a planet, but a natural satellite.

Much to Shawn and Isaac’s chagrin of course.

“A natural satellite? What’s that mean? I don’t like that at all,” Shawn asks suspiciously. “A natural satellite,” Isaac replies, adding. “But things live on it. That means it’s a planet.”

Fortunately, the hosts move on with the show to sell their shirts, but fans on Twitter have yet to forget.

Someone even animated the entire sequence.

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Ted Cruz and Seth Rogen Are Currently In the Twitter Feud to End All Twitter Feuds

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Ted Cruz and Seth Rogen Are Currently In the Twitter Feud to End All Twitter Feuds

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You may be familiar with the actor Seth Rogen, the burly comedian who has starred in hit films like “Knocked Up” and “Neighbors”. Well, it appears that Rogen is about the only person in the world who is able to get under Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s skin.

Since last Wednesday, the two Canadians have been embattled in an expletive-filled, eyebrow-raising Twitter feud.

It all started when Ted Cruz tweeted a criticism of the brand new Biden administration, saying because President Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, he’s “more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh”.

To which Seth Rogen eloquently responded: “F–k off you fascist.”

Normally, bigtime lawmakers ignore the public criticisms of celebrities, but this time, Senator Cruz couldn’t help but take the bait. He screenshotted Rogen’s response and commented about it on his Twitter account.

“Charming, civil, educated response,” Sen. Cruz said. “If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing…not so much.”

At this point, Rogen took the time to respond: “If you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherfucker for you.” He then added later: “Also I’m in four unions.”

And the debacle just got more intense from there. Cruz responded by calling Rogen a “moron” and saying that the Democratic party believes in the government power to “shut your business, to oppress your faith & to censor your speech.” And added: “Anyone who disagrees, they try to cancel.”

The plot got even thicker, with Rogen doubling down on his claims, this time calling Sen. Cruz a “fascist piece of s–t” with the topper: “Your lies got people killed. You have blood on your hands.”

And in the most bizarre turn of events, the so-called feud (a label that Rogen takes exception to) took an odd detour when the two men began to argue about…Disney’s “Fantasia”?

In an unrelated tweet, Cruz told his Twitter followers that the first film he saw in theatres was “Fantasia”, to which Rogen responded: “Everyone who made that film would hate you.” (Okay, you had to have laughed a little bit, right??)

Ever the one to get the last word in (and apparently having nothing better to do than argue with an actor on the internet?), Sen. Cruz tweeted out: “They’re all dead. So I think we’re good. And Walt Disney was a Republican. Even though you behave online like a Marxist with Tourette’s (screaming “F U! F U!” is really, really clever), your movies are typically pretty funny. I’m sure you hate that I enjoy them.”

To which Rogen revealed that he actually does, indeed, have a mild form of Tourette’s syndrome that just causes twitching, not swearing (plot twist?)

He also chastised Cruz for making light of the syndrome that afflicts many people–including people in Rogen’s family.

And of course, a public Twitter spat wouldn’t be a public Twitter spat without other bloodthirsty spectators jumping into the fray.

Like failed Pennsylvania congressional candidate Dean Browning, who tried to burn Rogen by asking why a “Canadian is so deeply obsessed with American men like @TedCruz”. The “obvious explanation” being that “#SethRogenLovesTedCruz”. Because homophobic jokes are so clever.

Seth Rogen took this as the perfect opportunity to educate Mr. Browning on the little-known birthplace of Senator Cruz. He tweeted: “Ted Cruz is Canadian you stupid f–k.” Well said.

To read the entire, sprawling Twitter exchange, head over to Seth Rogen’s Twitter account. You won’t be disappointed.

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