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A Latina Valedictorian Is Being Told She Will Have To Share The Stage

In what sounds like a horrible teen movie nightmare, Natalie Ramos is fighting to rightfully enjoy her moment as valedictorian. Instead of giving her speech to the class, officials at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, California was the first-ever Latina valedictorian to share the stage so the top 10 graduates can speak, according to a Facebook post by her mom.

Ivette Ramos is calling attention to her daughter’s fight to enjoy her moment as her school’s rightful valedictorian.

“My daughter Natalie is ranked #1 in her class with a 4.27 GPA. She was told by her counselor that she would be the Latina Valedictorian at Jesse Bethel High school and it seems like the Principal has a problem with that,” wrote Ivette. “Principal Cusi wants her to share the spot with 9 other students. This has never been don before at Jesse Bethel, why now? The moment a Latina becomes Valedictorian is seems to be a problem.”

Natalie’s sister then took to Twitter to help it go even further on social media.

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Natalie is going to be attending UC Berkeley in the fall, according to her sister’s tweet. And her call to action mobilized Twitter, as most good tweets do, and people started to call the principal.

People are clogging the phone lines to let the principal know that they are not here for this kind of demotion.

According to the sister and mother, Natalie’s achievements are being grossly under represented by the school and principal. The title of valedictorian is not something that is easy to achieve so it is extra for those who worked so hard to make that happen. That why the Ramos family is letting everyone know what is happening to their loved one and the work she poured into her time at Jesse Bethel High School.

Unfortunately, it appears that after the news of Natalie’s school blocking her from being the sole valedictorian went viral, Natalie’s grades are being lowered.

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Allegedly, the timing of the story going viral and Natalie being demoted in her GPA and ranking is causing more anger. Not only does she now have a lower GPA, the text, allegedly from Ivette, states that Natalie’s ranking is being downgraded so she is no longer number one.

People are not about to let this go, either.

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It seems like Natalie’s family is making sure that everything is properly documented so they have a strong case. Tbh, everyone is cheering for Natalie to get the treatment she deserves and to be the only one on the stage delivering her graduation speech.

People are standing behind Natalie no matter what.

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Honestly, the outpouring of support from strangers to make a sure a graduating senior gets the love and respect she deserves is incredible. This is what humanity is all about. Social media is a powerful tool when used for good and this is using it for good.

We are all anxious to see how the story ends.

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Keep posted to mitú and we will let you know how this ends.

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Trump Administration Plans To Build More Tent Cities To Hold Migrants Indefinitely

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Trump Administration Plans To Build More Tent Cities To Hold Migrants Indefinitely

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The Trump administration is receiving criticism for their immigration policies again. This time, the administration is facing backlash for a proposal to build two new tent cities to house undocumented immigrants. The Trump administration has made it easier for undocumented migrants to be detained for longer times as they await their days in court.

The Trump administration will construct a pair of new tent cities to house incoming undocumented migrants from Central America.

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Just a couple of weeks into his new job post, Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security who took over Kirstjen Nielsen’s role, for now, told reporters about the new tents located in El Paso and the town of Donna, Texas.

“It’s clear that all of our resources are being stretched thin,” McAleenan said in a press conference, according to The New York Times. “The system is full, and we are beyond capacity.” He also added that last week, within 24 hours, agents apprehended 4,800 people at the border.

Although McAleenan is saying that last month more than 103,000 migrants entered the U.S, “the most in any single month in more than a decade,” it’s still a relatively low number compared to 1990s and early 2000s, The New York Times reports.

The government is expecting more detained migrants after Attorney General William P. Barr instructed immigration judges to deny bail for some undocumented people.

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It’s not clear how a judge will decide who to give bail to and who will be denied. Officials are expecting more detained people after this new policy under Barr goes into effect in 90 days. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said they are taking Barr to court.

“Our Constitution does not allow the government to lock up asylum seekers without basic due process,” the ACLU tweeted last week. “We’ll see the administration in court. Again.”

According to a Democratic congresswoman, the new facilities are terrible.

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According to the Daily Beast, the tents were formerly used by the U.S. Army. The tents are meant for battlefield hospitals, not as living quarters for families.

“One woman had a baby, a five-month-old baby and said she’d been there for five days. The baby had filthy clothes,” California Rep. Nanette Barragán told the Daily Beast. “The situation is unhealthy. People are in a confined space, they’re not getting showers, their clothes are dirty, babies are not getting Pampers as they should be. These ladies were crying and telling us their stories and it was just heartbreaking.”

She added, “I was really taken aback by the smell. I was in there for five minutes and I just became nauseous, I hate to say it. It’s just too many people for that size area and people hadn’t had a shower for many days. Border Patrol told us it was their goal to get people a shower every three days, but the mother I spoke to there hadn’t had one and she’d been there for five.”

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