Things That Matter

The Washington Post Called Out Trump’s Lost Summer So The White House Released A ‘Summer Of Winning’ Video

After The Washington Post published a story on “Trump’s lost summer,” The White House responded with a nearly two-minute retaliation video titled “The Summer of Winning,” complete with an animated, red “Fake News” stamp on The Washington Post logo. The video is a montage of scenes from the summer which are meant to serve as examples of “wins” for the Trump administration. Included in those “wins” is Trump simply showing up to the mass shooting that targeted Latinos in El Paso, threatening tariff wars with México and China as a means of diplomacy, and becoming the first President to visit the dictatorship of North Korea. 

Here’s a breakdown of what Trump considers to be a “win” in his book.

The video begins with The White House attempting to discredit free press.

Credit: The White House / YouTube

Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. Jeff Bezos also owns online retail giant Amazon. Every news outlet is owned by someone. Trump has been calling The Washington Post, “The Amazon Washington Post” since at least July 2017. It is a blatant and alarming attempt to discredit the free press.

The White House goes on to blast The Washington Post as “Fake News.”

Credit: The White House / YouTube

Trump has been retaliating against criticism from large media outlets since he launched his campaign, coining the term “#FakeNews.” The term has become so lost in our colloquial language, that we’ve forgotten its original intended use: to systematically attack news outlets that Americans rely on, turn his base against them, and become the sole harborer of truth in their eyes. #FakeNews has certainly become rampant, and the responsibility does not belong to The Washington Post.

Another win? Offloading American responsibilities for asylum seekers to a “Third Country.”

Credit: The White House / YouTube

The Trump administration has done nothing to slow down the rampant spread of disease in migrant detention centers, where a child is 9x more likely to die of the flu than anywhere else in the United States. Instead, Trump focuses on the “win” of successfully offloading the American dream to a “third country” in the “Third Country Agreement.” Now, Mexico is agreeing to house asylum seekers, often in some of the most dangerous cities in the entire country, which arguably defers all sense of asylum for those fleeing the dangers of home.

Win: Trump visited El Paso.

Credit: @joncoopertweets / Twitter

Even in an alternate reality where Trump successfully comforted families and encouraged hospital staff in the aftermath of the country’s deadliest attack against Latinos, showing up is not a win. In fact, Trump showed up to the hospital where 22 people were pronounced dead and boasted about his crowd size last time he was in El Paso. Then, he smiled and gave a thumbs up while posing with a baby whose parents both died during the shooting. A win might look like condemning racism against Latinos and walking back on using words like “infiltrate” and “invasion” when referring to asylum seekers. A win might look like re-enacting the ban on assault-style weapons or following through with empty promises to work on gun reform legislation.

Win: Trump met with foreign leaders.

Credit: The White House / YouTube

K. Again, that “win” is a simple showing up to the job. It doesn’t change anything. We didn’t learn of any diplomatic progress that was made while visiting North Korea. All Trump did was back down on his threats to start a tariff war with China. Another “win” was his attendance at the G7 meeting last month in France, during which he skipped a meeting on climate change, and reportedly faced criticism from other world leaders for re-inviting Russia to the G7.

Trump countered claims of racism against ‘The Squad’ by claiming they were racist.

Credit: @realDonaldTrump / Twitter

“No, they brought racist attacks against our Nation,” Trump tweeted, referencing Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, also known as ‘The Squad’. “All I do is call them out for the horrible things they have said,” he continued. “The Democrats have become the Party of the Squad!”

As Trump was airing his frustrations with the progressive women of color, the crowd started chanting “Send Them Back.” Trump allowed the chanting to go on for seven seconds before he stopped them. The only woman who was not born in the U.S. was Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is a U.S. citizen. Critics felt this debunked the Trump base’s claim that they welcome legal immigration, but rather do not welcome brown people into this country and its politics.

So, where exactly are those wins?

READ: The Trump Administration’s Assault On The Undocumented Community Is Negatively Impacting People’s Mental Health

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

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

Entertainment

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”.

via Getty Images

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.

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

A Group Of TPS Beneficiaries Are Touring The Country In A Bus To Save The Crucial Immigration Program

Things That Matter

A Group Of TPS Beneficiaries Are Touring The Country In A Bus To Save The Crucial Immigration Program

tps_alliance / Instagram

Updated September 23, 2020

A coalition of people is coming together to stand up for Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries. Federal judges recently gave the Trump administration the approval to end the status for 300,000 people in the U.S.

A group of Temporary Protect Status holders is on a road trip to save the program for 300,000 people.

The National TPS Alliance is driving across the country to engage voters about the need to protect the program. The “Road to Justice” road tour started in Los Angeles and will be stopping in 54 cities in 32 states. The tour ends in Washington, D.C. where the TPS holders will petition Congress directly to save the program.

The program was started in 1990 and offers safe refuge for people who’s countries have experienced disaster, civil unrest, or other extraordinary circumstances. Some people who have been granted TPS in the U.S. include Central Americans after Hurricane Mitch, the second-largest hurricane in the Atlantic, devastated large swaths of the region in 1998. Haitians were also given TPS after the earthquake that devastated Port Au Prince in 2010.

The organization is hoping to engage voters and get them to care about the immigration crisis facing the nation. Activists have already praised the group and pledged to support their cause at the ballot box.

“We are going to vote for justice, for the TPS community,” Angélica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told NBC News. “President (Trump) and his administration are racist and do not care about the damage they are causing to our community.”

Original: A federal court just handed a huge ‘victory’ to the Trump administration, which has been eager to restart mass deportations. Despite a global health pandemic, the administration has been pressing forward with plans to deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Until now, many of these migrants were safe from deportation thanks to Temporary Protected Status, which shields some immigrants from deportation under humanitarian claims. However, the recent court decision – in San Francisco’s 9th Circuit – gives Trump exactly what he wants right before the elections.

But how will it affect immigrant communities across the country? Here’s everything you need to know about this major decision.

The 9th Circuit Court just ended TPS for more than 300,000 undocumented immigrants.

A California appeals court on Monday gave the Trump Administration permission to end Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Sudan, clearing the way for officials to force more than 300,000 immigrants out of the country.

The decision affects people from all walks of life, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for decades, have U.S.-born children and have been considered essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

This week’s ruling from the circuit court comes after a district court (also in California) temporarily halted Trump’s plan to end TPS in late 2018 after a group of lawyers sued, arguing that Trump was motivated by racial discrimination.

“The president’s vile statements about TPS holders made perfectly clear that his administration acted out of racial animus,”Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer for the ACLU of Southern California, wrote in a statement. “The Constitution does not permit policy to be driven by racism. We will seek further review of the court’s decision.”

But today’s 2-1 decision reversed the district court’s temporary order and allowed the federal government to take away TPS protections while the court case continues.

ICE and DHS has promised to wait several months before taking away TPS status if the agency won in court. As a result, the ACLU told NPR that it expects the protections to start ending no sooner than March, meaning that Joe Biden could reverse the administration’s decision if he wins in November, though the organization plans to fight back in the meantime.

Temporary Protected Status was created to protect people in the U.S. from being sent back to dangerous places – and it’s saved lives.

Credit: Daniel Ortega / Getty Images

The TPS program was first introduced in 1990, and it has protected immigrants from more than 20 countries at various points since then. More than 300,000 people from 10 different nations currently use the program, some of whom have lived and worked in the United States for decades.

Trump has sharply criticized the program, sometimes along racial lines, and in one infamous and widely criticized incident two years ago, the president reportedly referred to the program’s beneficiaries as “people from shithole countries.”

TPS provides protection for short periods of up to 18 months, but the federal government has continuously extended it for the countries mentioned in the lawsuit “based on repeated findings that it remains unsafe to return.” 

As a result, it said, most TPS holders have been living in the U.S. for more than a decade, contributing to their communities and raising their families. Many of the more than 200,000 U.S.-citizen children of TPS holders have never been to the country their parents are from and would have to choose between their families and their homes.

The ruling will have a major impact on migrant families and communities across the U.S.

Credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Immigration advocacy groups are slamming the court’s ruling, noting it will impact hundreds of thousands of TPS holders as well as their families and communities. In a statement, Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council, said the decision will “plunge their lives into further turmoil at a time when we all need greater certainty.” 

As the global pandemic stretches on, immigrants with protected status make up a large portion of the country’s front-line workers. More than 130,000 TPS recipients are essential workers, according to the Center for American Progress. 

“TPS recipients have deep economic and social roots in communities across the nation,” said Ali Noorani, president and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “And, as the U.S. responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, TPS recipients are standing shoulder to shoulder with Americans and doing essential work.”

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com