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The Music Video For ‘Immigrants’ On The ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Shows The Real Life Struggles Of Immigrants

On the heels of announcing his social-media fundraiser #Ham4All to raise money for the “Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition,” Lin-Manuel Miranda still had more work to do. This week he dropped a powerful music video for the song from “The Hamilton Mixtape” called “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done).” Featuring international artists Residente, Snow Tha Product, K’naan and Riz MC (aka actor Riz Ahmed), the video was released during a live taping of “Today” on NBC.

On Tuesday, just one day after announcing his fundraiser to help immigrants, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on “Today” to drop a music video for a new song.

As you can tell from the GIF above, Miranda was giddy with excitement to discuss his social media campaign #Ham4All. The effort aims to raise funds for non-profits that help immigrants by offering “Hamilton” tickets as a prize. The tickets will go to someone who donates at least $10 and posts a video of themselves singing a song from “Hamilton.”

But then it was time to get down to business and talk about the new music video, which did NOT disappoint.

The video shows powerful images of what working conditions are like for immigrants.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

The visual metaphor is heightened by the fact that these workers are working tirelessly to make U.S. flags.

Another clip goes on to show the blue collar, often thankless, jobs that immigrants end up doing.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

The video shows the hard jobs we know that immigrants take in order to achieve the American dream.

Snow Tha Product spits in a dope bilingual rap, while Riz MC brings that Grime sound from the UK.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

They speak on two important, but different experiences, one of immigrants and the other of refugees.

Much of the music video shows the harrowing experiences some immigrants have before coming to the U.S. for a better life.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

The video aims to paint the realities of the immigrant experience in all of its colors.

Residente pops up at the end, rapping from the top of a train, throwing his middle fingers up at the establishment.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

With ICE raids occurring at the rate they are in the U.S. right now, this is another reality immigrants are currently facing.

Check out the entire video below.

Credit: Hamilton: An American Musical / Youtube

And if you’re moved to do something, join the #Ham4All campaign, might be a cool way to help out and get a chance to see Hamilton when it comes to Los Angeles in August.


READ: Everyone Is Getting Involved In This New Challenge That Aims To Raise Funds For Non-Profits That Help Immigrants


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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

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Human Smuggling Is Suspected In The Tragic SUV Accident That Killed 13 Migrants

Another tragic story has unfolded at the U.S. – Mexico border, this time involving the deaths of at least 13 people who were allegedly being smuggled into the United States. Although investigators are still working to piece together the tragic chain of events, one thing has become clear: we need serious immigration reform now.

13 people died in a tragic SUV accident near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The tragedy unfolded when a Ford Expedition carrying 27 people smashed into a gravel truck near the town of El Centro, about 30 miles from the border. Officials say that the Ford SUV and a Chevrolet Suburban, which was carrying 19 people, were earlier caught on video entering the U.S. as part of a smuggling operation.

The Suburban immediately caught fire after entering the U.S., but all the occupants managed to escape and were taken into custody by Border Patrol officers. It’s still unknown why the first vehicle caught fire.

The Ford SUV continued along its route when it collided with a gravel truck. Ten of the 13 people who died in the accident have now been identified as Mexican nationals, Gregory Bovino, the Border Patrol’s El Centro sector chief told the Associated Press.

“Human smugglers have proven time and again they have little regard for human life,” said Mr. Bovino.

An SUV designed for 7 or 8 people was carrying 27 people.

California Highway Patrol said that the Ford Expedition was designed to hold seven to eight passengers safely. But in this case all of the seats had been removed apart form the driver and front passenger seats in order to pack people in.

“When I pulled up on scene, there were bodies everywhere,” Alex Silva, the Holtville fire chief, told the LA Times. “I’ve been doing this for 29 years and that’s the worst scene I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to calls where we’ve had four or five people dead. I’ve gone to calls where we had a bus accident that had 24 people. But it wasn’t the fatalities that we had in this one.”

“I’ve never seen an SUV with 25 people in it. I can’t even imagine what that must have felt like being cooped up in there.”

Officials are confident the tragedy is connected to a human smuggling operation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said they suspected the deadly crash was tied to human smuggling after the Ford Expedition and a red Suburban were caught on surveillance footage coming through a breach in the border fence. Border Patrol agents insist they did not stop or pursue either vehicle, although community activists express skepticism. Either way, the outcome illustrated the high stakes involved in human smuggling.

While it’s unclear what caused the crash, Jacqueline Arellano, 38, who works with the nonprofit Border Angels, said crashes involving vehicles packed with people aren’t unusual in the region. Arellano, who grew up in El Centro, recalled a crash in 2003 in which she witnessed a Border Patrol vehicle chase an SUV packed with people on Highway 8 heading west toward San Diego.

Migrant advocates agree that major changes need to take place in our country’s immigration laws so that deadly tragedies such as this one never happen again.

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

She’s back! After an almost five-year hiatus, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez made her big return to competition at Saturday’s 2021 Winter Cup meet with moves to remember — set to some pretty unforgettable music, too.

The 20-year-old gold and silver medalist hit the mat with a “Hamilton”-inspired floor routine.

Laurie Hernandez just gave a stunning floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup.

Please welcome Laurie Hernandez back to the floor! After a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 20-year-old Olympian showed off her strength, proving, like Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, she is inimitable and an original.

“My first priority [at Winter Cup] is to go in and hit clean routines and show that I can be consistent,” Hernandez told NBC News. “But my next one is to enjoy myself.” It sure looks like she accomplished her goal, with nonstop energy and a smile on her face throughout her entire choreography.

As “The Room Where It Happens” played in the background, Hernandez flipped and danced her way to a 12.05 score in the event, good for an 11th-place finish in the floor exercise.

And after the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Indianapolis wrapped up, the noted theater fan shared her routine on Twitter and asked for feedback from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda and actor Leslie Odom Jr. — who sang “The Room Where It Happens” as Aaron Burr in the original cast.

This weekend’s performance was her first since stealing hearts during the 2016 Rio games.

Hernandez was part of the Team USA “Final Five” squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But following those games she took a step back from competition, later revealing that former coach Maggie Haney was emotionally and verbally abusive toward her. The gymnast dealt with depression and eating disorders as a result.

Hernandez said it wasn’t until years later that she realized her love of the sport could be separated from the trauma she experienced. “I thought I hated gymnastics, and it wasn’t until mid-2018 I realized that it was the people that made the experience bad, not the sport itself,” she explained on Instagram.

Though she already has a gold medal from the team all-around and a silver medal from her 2016 individual performance on the beam, Hernandez is now ramping up for more challenging competitions over the next several months with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics this summer. But with a crowded field vying against her for just four roster spots, securing a bid to Tokyo will undoubtedly be an uphill battle.

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