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This 11-Year-Old Read A Heartbreaking Letter To Trump About Her Mom Being Deported And It’s A Must Watch

If you aren’t a political junkie who has tuned in to watch every last minute of the Democratic National Convention this week, there’s a lot that was totally fine for you to have missed. It’s had its share of tacky, dull moments and plenty of self-congratulating.

But, last night, there was a moment that everyone should take two minutes to watch. The moment featured an 11-year-old girl with a story so similar and familiar to so many Latinos across the country. The girl, whose mother was deported to Mexico in 2018, helps us all put a face and a very articulate voice to a daily tragedy that we should never stop thinking about: the separation of children from their parents due to harsh U.S. immigration policies.

Estela Juárez stole the spotlight with a powerful letter to Donald Trump about her mother’s deportation.

Eleven-year old Estela Juarez was undoubtedly the star at last night’s Democratic National Convention. As the daughter of an undocumented immigrant who was deported in 2018, she read an emotional letter directly to Donald Trump decrying his hurtful and inhumane immigration policies.

“My mom is my best friend,” Juarez said in a letter she read aloud, addressed to Donald Trump. “She came to America as a teenager over 20 years ago, without papers, in search of a better life. She married my dad, who served our country as a marine in South America, Africa, and Iraq. My mom worked hard and paid taxes, and the Obama administration told her she could stay.”

“Mr. President, my mom is the wife of a proud American Marine, and the mother of two American children,” Estela Juarez said. “We are American families. We need a president who will bring people together, not tear them apart.”

In her statement, she added that her father, a naturalized American citizen who immigrated from Mexico, had voted for Trump in 2016 with the expectation that Trump would protect military families, but would not vote for him in 2020. The video featured footage of Trump stating that he did not want immigrants in the U.S. and that they are “not people.” It also included news coverage of the families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“My dad thought you would protect military families, so he voted for you in 2016, Mr. President,” she said, addressing Trump. “He says he won’t vote for you again after what you did to our family. Instead of protecting us, you tore our world apart.”

The Juárez family gained national attention when her mother was deported because of her father’s service to the country.

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In 2018, the Florida family gained national attention after Immigration and Customs Enforcement confiscated Alejandra’s passport and pressured her to self-deport to Mexico. Estela described how her mother was able to live in the country during the Obama administration.

The family’s case was widely publicized because of her husband Temo Juarez’s military status. She also was one of the subjects of the Selena Gomez-produced Netflix documentary series Living Undocumented.

Another family who Trump has terrorized with his immigration policies also spoke last night.

Another family who has been hurt by Trump’s immigration policies also took the state last night. Silvia Sanchez and her daughters, Jessica and Lucy, spoke about their journey to the U.S. and how Trump’s policies have made them fearful for their futures.

Silvia shared her story of crossing the border without documents after doctors in her hometown said that they would not be able to care for Jessica, who has spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spine.

“I took my baby in my arms and traveled for days to the border,” said Silvia, in Spanish. “When we got to the river, I raised her above the water and we crossed.”

While Lucy is a citizen and Jessica is a Dreamer, Silvia is still undocumented. The three explained how Trump’s policies have brought back fears the family will be separated and that Jessica will be unable to get health care because she does not have the right ID to get insurance through an exchange. “We work hard. We make ends meet. We pay taxes,” said Silvia.

These emotional, human-centered issue montages dominated the opening 30 minutes of the Democratic National Convention’s third night. A segment on gun control concluded with an address from former Rep. Gabby Giffords, while a climate change segment included scientists who resigned from the administration. But the issue where it was apparent Democrats have come the furthest in four years was immigration—the policy area that might be least hospitable to abstractions after four years of Donald Trump.

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Distances Himself From Former ‘Friend’ Donald Trump

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Brazilian President Bolsonaro Distances Himself From Former ‘Friend’ Donald Trump

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As we previously reported, different world leaders gave very different responses to Biden’s win and Trump’s loss of the recent presidential election. 

While Mexican President López Obrador is making headlines for refusing to acknowledge Biden’s victory “until all the legal matters have been resolved,” another Latin American president is grabbing the media’s attention for a recent remark he made. 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro surprised everyone by recently telling a group of students that Trump “isn’t the most important person in the world.”

“I’m not the most important person in Brazil, just as Trump isn’t the most important person in the world,” he told a graduating class of police cadets. “No one is more important than God.” This statement raised eyebrows because up until this point, Bolsonaro acted like Trump was, indeed, the most important person in the world. 

Throughout his presidency, Bolsonaro has made a public display of his respect and admiration for President trump. In fact he was so complimentary of Trump that the media dubbed him the “Trump of the Tropics”. He went so far as to tell Trump “I love you” at a meeting between the two world leaders in at a United Nations conference in 2019.

The similarities between the two blustering leaders are numerous.

They both practice populist, nationalistic, authoritarian tendencies. They both have placed their children in high-ranking government positions. They both love to use the term “fake news”.

Since Trump’s defeat, Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo has continued to publicly voice his support of Trump. He recently Tweeted out a statement implying that Americans are “naive” and “puppets” of social media conglomerates who are dictating to us what is “real or fake” based on their selfish desires. He also Tweeted out that “disinformation is the weapon of the left.”

But sources close to President Bolsonaro say that he has adopted a “more pragmatic tone” since his advisors told him that Trump wouldn’t be the next President of the United States. 

Although Bolsonaro appears to have distanced himself from Trump he, still, reportedly has not congratulated Biden on his win. But nevertheless, he no longer seems to be as head-over-heels with Trump as he did when Trump was at the height of his power. Bolsonaro’s attitude reversal begs the question: if he can forsake his “friend” and role model Donald Trump, we wonder what other former sycophants are next in line to cut ties with the sitting duck president. 

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As Donald Trump Continues To Deny His Loss, His Ex-Wife Ivana Says ‘I Just Want This Whole Thing to Be Over’

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As Donald Trump Continues To Deny His Loss, His Ex-Wife Ivana Says ‘I Just Want This Whole Thing to Be Over’

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When it comes to the election Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump wants it all over and done with like the rest of us.

The 71-year-old Czech-American businesswoman and media personality is speaking out after her ex-husband vocalized his decision to not accept the recent results of the presidential election which have seen a Joe Biden victory. Instead, the president has insisted he will move forward with a series of lawsuits aimed at the states where he lost including Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Speaking about her ex-husband, with whom she remains close, Ivana described Trump as “not a good loser.”

“I just want this whole thing to be over with, one way or the other,” Ivana told People in a recent magazine interview. “I really don’t care.”

Referring to her ex, who has claimed without evidence that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him, Ivana said “He’s not a good loser… He doesn’t like to lose, so he’s going to fight and fight and fight.”

While Trump’s supporters have continued to back his allegations of fraud, various media sites and former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter have recognized President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s election as valid. Even 2012 Republican presidential nominee Sen. Mitt Romney congratulated Biden for his win.

World leaders like U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have also acknowledged and congratulated Biden on his win.

Ivana went on to share that when it comes to the loss her three children with her ex-husband — Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka — are doing “fine.”

Still, as a mother, Ivana said that she’s excited for her children to move away from Washington, D.C.

“I just want them to be able to live their normal lives — normal lives,” she explained. “Not the Washington life and all that, just in New York or wherever they’re going to be and just live their normal lives.”

“I think they enjoyed being around Donald and running the election and seeing what will happen, but now it is — thank god — over,” Ivana went onto share. “I’m not really sure what they are going to be up to.”

According to People “A source close to Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, both of whom are senior White House aides, had only rosy projections to make: ‘Back of the envelope, the opportunities that are available to them — without getting too much in the weeds — it’s obvious they can be in control of the Republican Party for decades or they can do international work or business.'”

When it comes to Trump, Ivana says that she predicts he’ll be over politics once he’s done with his protests.

“I don’t think he has a choice,” Ivana said. “He’s going to go down to Palm Beach and play golf and live the normal life, I think. This is the best choice for what he can do.”

She says that, of course, this is once he tunes into reality.

“He has to go and declare that he lost. But he hates to be a loser, that I’m sure of,” she replied. “But if he loses, he loses. He has plenty of money, places to go and live in and enjoy his life.”

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