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Trump Administration Proposes New Policy That Could Leave 55,000 Children Homeless

The Trump administration has announced another assault on families. First, it was family separation: throwing children of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers in cages after tearing them from their families.

Now, the administration is trying to use the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to tear children from their homes and leave more than 100,000 people scrambling to find new homes.

HUD is trying to change the rules to discriminate against mixed-status families.

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It really is that simple. They are trying to prohibit anyone who is undocumented from even living with family members.

The rule change would block tenants from receiving federal housing subsidies unless every member of a household has “eligible immigration status.”

Such a change could impact some 108,000 tenants in 25,000 of these “mixed households” across the country, according to HUD’s own analysis. Seventy-two per cent of those families are concentrated in three states—California, Texas, and New York.

Forcing families to split up or move.

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Seriously, what does the Trump administration have against families? The people who will be forced to move are low income and unlikely to afford other housing options, leaving many families to face the very real possibility of homelessness.

Many are seeing right through the administration’s plan as nothing more than another attack on children.

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I mean…how else can you describe this move?

As their families are evicted, 55,000 children nationwide could be displaced from public housing under the new rule. Why change the rules of a program and risk leaving more than 100,000 people homeless unless you are trying to be cruel?

Others are recognizing a pattern.

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First, Trump directed his own government to rip children from the arms of their families and throw them in cages. Now this? What’s next? We shudder to think.

FACT: The government already prohibits undocumented immigrants from receiving subsidized housing!

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This new rule simply prevents undocumented immigrants (including children) from living with their own family members who are citizens or documented immigrants.

With this latest attack on families, #KeepFamiliesTogether is trending all over again on Twitter.

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And people all over Twitter are wondering WTF is going on. How is this possible?

Even the Mayor of Los Angeles added his voice, promising to fight this inhumane policy.

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As a proud city of immigrants, LA would stand to suffer greatly under this proposed rule change.

Many are leading the charge to impeach Trump and hopefully put an end to these discriminatory policies that hurt families.

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The argument to impeach is getting stronger and stronger. Especially with this cruel policy that reverses decades of precedent under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

And it’s been reported by the Washington Post, that for months, Stephen Miller, a key architect in many of Trump’s most racist policies, has pushed for regulations that would make life miserable for legal immigrants who rely on public benefits.

Aside from Stephen Miller, the regulation is being proposed by Ben Carson, who is the secretary at HUD.

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Shame on you, Ben Carson!

Many are pointing out the disgusting hypocrisy of Ben Carson leading this charge.

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As a Black man, Carson would of most likely faced a lot of problems trying to even rent an apartment from Donald Trump back in the day. Now he’s the face of a campaign to remove tens of thousands of children from their own homes.

READ: Meet 8-Year-Old Latina Immigration Activist Sophie Cruz Who Is Changing The Conversation On Immigrant Rights

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Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime

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Report Shows That Immigration Narratives On TV Are Latinx-Focused And Over-Emphasize Crime

The media advocacy group Define American recently released a study that focused on the way immigrant characters are depicted on television. The second-annual study is entitled “Change the Narrative, Change the World”.

Although the study reports progress in some areas of onscreen representation, there is still a long way to go.

For example, the study reported that half of the immigrant characters depicted on television are Latino, which is consistent with reality. What is not consistent with reality, however, is how crime-related storylines are still an overrepresented theme in these storylines.

The study shows that on television 22% of immigrant characters have crime storylines show up as part of their narratives. These types of storylines further pedal the false narrative that immigrants are criminals, when in reality, they’re just everyday people who are trying to lives their best lives. Ironically, this statistic is an improvement on the previous year’s statistics in which crime themes made up 34% of immigrants’ stories on TV.

These numbers are further proof that the media feels stories of Latino immigration have to be about sadness and hardship in order to be worth watching.

According to Define American’s website, their organization believes that “powerful storytelling is the catalyst that can reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.”

They believe that changing the narratives depicted in entertainment media can “reshape our country’s immigration narrative and generate significant cultural change.” 

“We wanted to determine if seeing the specific immigration storylines influenced [viewers’] attitudes, behavior, or knowledge in the real world,” said Sarah Lowe, the associate director of research and impact at Define American to Variety. “And we were reassured and inspired to see the impact it had.” 

Define American’s founder, Jose Antonio Vargas, is relatively optimistic about the study’s outcomes, saying that the report has “some promising findings” and the numbers “provide [him] with hope”. He added that there are still “many areas in which immigrant representation can improve”.

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Namely, Vargas was disappointed in television’s failure to take an intersectional approach to immigration in regards to undocumented Black immigrants. 

“Black undocumented immigrants are detained and deported at higher rates than other ethnic groups,” Vargas told Variety. “But their stories are largely left off-screen and left out of the larger narrative around immigration.” 

“Change the Narrative, Change the World” also showed that Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are also under-represented on television compared with reality. Also worth noting, male immigrants were over-represented on television compared to reality, while immigrants with disabilities were also under-represented.

The study also showed that when viewers are exposed to TV storylines that humanize immigrants, they’re more likely to take action on immigration issues themselves. 

The effect that fictional entertainment narratives have on viewers further proves that representation does, indeed, matter. What we watch as entertainment changes the way we think about other people’s lived experiences. And that, in turn, can change the world.

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#VoteLikeAMadre Is Committing Latinas To Vote To Save The Planet For Their Children

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#VoteLikeAMadre Is Committing Latinas To Vote To Save The Planet For Their Children

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The 2020 election is heating up. There are a lot of hot button issues at stake from reproductive rights and affordable access to healthcare to climate change and civil rights. The Latino Victory Project is using their resources to get Latinas to commit to voting with the understanding that their children will inherit the world they leave behind. Here’s how.

The #VoteLikeAMadre campaign is just that, voting like a mother.

The campaign is getting people, specifically Latinas, to vote for their children. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing people during the 2020 elections. That is why #VoteLikeAMadre is asking for people to pinky promise a better future for their children using their ability to vote.

The campaign hinges on the most important promise you can make to your kids: a pinky promise.

A pinky promise is so important with the children, you know. We all remember making our parents make pinky promises to make things happen for us to to give us things we really wanted. They were unbreakable promises that you constantly reminded your parents of making.

People are already taking the pledge to vote for candidates who have plans to combat climate change.

An estimated 1 billion people live in areas that are being affected by climate change. These people could all become climate refugees by 2050. That is one-seventh of the world’s population being displaced because of climate change. Our actions now can help to mitigate some of the damage that scientists expect.

People of color are among the most vulnerable communities when it comes to the negatives affects of climate change.

Latinos, as well as other communities of color, put a lot of importance on the climate crisis. Environmental justice is an issue that Latinos have been fighting for as our communities are often subjected to negative climate and environmental issues. According to a Yale study on climate change, Latinos are the most concerned about the climate crisis and its impact.

Early voters are already following through with their promises to fight for the climate.

Fighting for the climate is the same as fighting for the children. It is not a surprise that those who are younger will be the ones to inherit and live on the planet longer. Actions now can either ruin or save the planet and its climate for the generations to come.

“Many people assume that the only people who really care about climate change are white, well-educated, upper-middle-income, latte-sipping liberals, and it’s just not true,” Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication told PBS. “Actually, the racial and ethnic group that cares more about climate change than any other is Latinos.”

You can learn more about #VoteLikeAMadre, go to their website.

You can learn more about the campaign and the fight to save the climate here. Share with us about what you want to see most in the next leaders of the U.S. by commenting below.

READ: American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

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