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After Video Goes Viral, People Are Wondering About Identity Of Boy And Mother In Heartbreaking Viral Video

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A horrific video hit Twitter this past weekend showing a young boy holding on to his mother as law enforcement officers held her down. The tweet, which went viral, was originally published by the account @hiphopsrevival but has now been deleted. There are versions of the video currently uploaded to YouTube. According to the tweet, the video purportedly showed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detaining a woman while her young son grabbed on to her. The tweet didn’t provide any details, such as when the incident occurred or the identity of the subjects in the video.

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We reached out to ICE about the video and they told mitú that the men in uniforms are not ICE officials but rather local police officers. The department in question has not been determined. We are awaiting updates from ICE and looking into the matter further.

We also reached out to @hiphopsrevival about why they deleted the video and have not heard back.

Countless people expressed their disgust after watching the video.

Investigative reporter Farrah Fazal, from KSTP-TV Channel 5 Minnesota, gave insightful information about the magnitude of the situation

We don't the circumstances of this detainee. We do know this:ICE arrested more than 41,000 people between Jan. 22 and…

Farrah Fazal 发布于 2017年6月18日


Although the Trump Administration said it would focus on deporting criminals, it appears their definition of “criminal” has expanded to include those who entered the country illegally but otherwise have no record of dangerous criminal activity (entering the U.S. illegally is a misdemeanor). Acting Director Thomas Homan told the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee last week:

“If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable,” Homan said. “You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”

The Huffington Post reports that ICE has requested a $1.2 billion increase in funding for next fiscal year. That expansion would include an increase of 51,000 beds from about 34,000 beds at detention centers. As the definition of “criminal alien” expands, it opens the door to potentially more and more arrests.

“Most of the criminal aliens we find in the interior of the United States, they entered as a non-criminal,” Homan said. “If we wait for them to violate yet another law against a citizen of this country, then it’s too late. We shouldn’t wait for them to become a criminal.”

So while the heartbreaking video of the boy holding on to his mother could be from ten years ago or ten days ago, the pertinent thing to remember is that arrests and detainments of Latinos occur at a rapid rate.

Update: It’s been brought to our attention that the original video was uploaded in early May and took place in New York City. The mother in the video was a food vendor in a public park. Law enforcement officials arrested her for selling food without a license.

READ: A Guy In A Fake ICE Jacket Showed Up To A California Church And Took Pictures Of Churchgoers

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In Los Angeles, Latinos Are Taking Over One Unfortunate Statistic

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In Los Angeles, Latinos Are Taking Over One Unfortunate Statistic

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It’s no secret that the Latino population in the United States is steadily rising.


As the population increases, however, there’s one statistic where Latinos are unfortunately also being represented in greater numbers. The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2016, Los Angeles’ homeless Latino population increased from 27 percent (around 12,500 people) to an even more alarming 35 percent (around 20,200). According to U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles’ current total homeless population is nearly 58,000 people. Los Angeles consistently has one of the highest homeless populations in the U.S.

In Los Angeles, the city’s population is nearly 48 percent Latino.


County Supervisor Hilda Solis described the explosion of Latino homeless in Los Angeles as a “new phenomenon” even though the reasons for the spike are not entirely new. An estimated 20 percent of L.A. County’s Latinos live below the poverty level, making below $47,000 annually. As the Los Angeles Times reported, Latino homelessness is influenced by factors such as increases in rent (a result of gentrification), low paying jobs and a lack of public housing for those who need it.

Undocumented Latinos are especially at risk, the article states, as many have to work several jobs to break even and they are often afraid to reach out to public assistance programs. As Rose Rios of Cover the Homeless Ministry told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s like they live with one foot on a banana peel and the other one step from homelessness.” If conditions do not change, the surge in Los Angeles’ Latino homeless population can be expected to increase.

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READ: This Harvard-Bound South L.A. Teen Was Able To Pull His Family Out Of Homelessness

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