The Trump administration has ordered an additional 5,200 troops to the U.S. Mexico border just a week before the midterm elections. The president has put his focus on the Central American migrant caravan that is still hundreds of miles from the U.S. Many see the deployment of troops as an effort to drive the president’s base to the polls next week as he continues to stoke fears about illegal immigration.
President Donald Trump is delpoying 5,2000 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border just one week before the midterm elections.
The deployment of forces is being called “Operation Faithful Patriot” will include military police, pilots, and engineers that will be at the border from November 5 to December 15. The troops won’t be able to participate in detaining or deporting any of the migrants because U.S. law forbids them from detaining individuals at the border. They will be able to assist officials by doing things like transporting border agents and providing emergency care.
“As we sit here today, we have about 800 soldiers that are on their way right now. They’re coming from from Ft. Campbell. They’re coming from Ft. Knox. They’re moving closer to the border” and are “ready to be employed on the border,” Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of the U.S. Northern Command, said in a news conference.
The president sent out a tweet Wednesday morning saying “The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people” and that they “Should stop them before they reach our Border.” He also claimed that the migrant caravans making their way through the south of Mexico are “made up of some very bad thugs and gang members”.
This comes a day after the president announced that he would end birthright citizenship by executive order, a plan with shaky legal standing. Yet many just see this as fear mongering against immigrants as the midterms quickly approach next Tuesday. Trump has labeled the migrants as an “invasion” and falsely stated they harbor terrorists and are financed by Democrats. The president denied his focus on the caravan is intended rile up voters in next week’s midterms. Trump told Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham, “This has nothing to do with elections.”
The caravan is still weeks away from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border and would still face challenges entering the country.
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The highest estimate of the number of migrants was at 7,000, but the caravan has dwindled as some return home or seek asylum in Mexico. Current estimates put the number of migrants over or near 4,000. Any migrants who makes it to the U.S. border already face major challenges in being allowed into the U.S. Under current law, migrants who clear initial screenings are then released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take up to several years.
Migrants are legally allowed to apply for asylum under both U.S. and international law, but there is already a backlog of would-be asylum seekers.
“The men and women of the U.S. military work hard to protect us from real threats. It is beyond cynical, and sets a terrible precedent, to exploit them for political stagecraft in the run-up to an election,” Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, told the LA Times.”This is the very opposite of what the U.S. military’s mission is.”
It’s been a rough year for our community as white supremacists and nationalist have felt empowered to express their hate. Inflammatory rhetoric from politicians on the national level has empowered these groups in their racist attacks.
According to Hate Crime in California’s new study, hate crimes against all minorities in California have increased by 17 percent since President Trump’s 2016 campaign. For Latinos, specifically, there has been a 51.8 percent increase in hate crimes since Trump won the presidency.
When a group of people attacked a 92 year old abuelito with a concrete brick.
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Rodolfo Rodriguez was visiting his family in Los Angeles from Mexico when he decided to go for a walk. He went to pass a mother with her child on the sidewalk, and the mother shoved him to the ground and started beating him in the face with a concrete brick. Several men joined in yelling over and over again to “go back to Mexico.”
This California woman started yelling at a Latino Man, calling him a ‘rapist and animal.’
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Sound familiar? Esteban Guzman was just trying to do his landscaping work when a racist woman started abusing him.
“Why do you hate us?”
“Because you’re Mexicans.”
“We are honest people right here!”
“Haha..yeah.. rapists & animals.”
The fact that we have to defend ourselves from ese basura is enraging. This is why we’re angry, Trump’s America.
Remember the guy who harassed this woman for 30 minutes for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt?
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Well, two felony hate crimes have been filed against him. Mia Irizarry was just trying to celebrate her 24th birthday at a pavilion she rented out in Chicago. This man kept asking her if she was a citizen and telling her that she shouldn’t be wearing her shirt.
“You’re not going to change us,” the man said. “The world is not going to change the United States of America. You should not be wearing that in the United States of America.”
The police officer who just ignored Irizarry as she asked for help ultimately resigned.
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The guy kept getting into Izarry’s personal space and she pleaded with the police officer to step in. He only stepped in when the attacker started asking for assistance once Izarry’s brother stepped into the picture.
The officer, Patrick Connor, resigned from his post after severe backlash from the video.
This lawn mowing company made some of the most racist business cards we’ve seen.
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The company decided to go with a business strategy of being “American-Owned” to get an edge over Latino owned landscaping businesses. The card itself reads “Your alternative to Illegal Lawn Services” and “Taking back Carrollton–One lawn at a time.” 🙄
The business claims to be getting death threats and issues new cards–that effectively remove the “American Owned” bit and replaced it with “God Bless America.”
Not all racists are old and uneducated. This white lawyer threatened to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Spanish-speaking restaurant workers.
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He started yelling at employees at Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan after hearing them speak Spanish with customers. “Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” he berated one employee in the video. “This is America.”
People started laughing at him which caused him to threaten to call ICE. So what happened? Twitter identified the man, his law office and its renter. The company that leased the office terminated its agreement with the lawyer.
This pedestrian threw an elote street cart over.
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The guy is from Argentina. Still, he got so upset he didn’t have the full sidewalk he felt entitled to that he threw Benjamin Ramirez’s cart over. Ramirez stood his ground and refused to move his cart, telling him there was plenty of room for him to pass. When Ramirez calls him racist, he said, “I’m not racist, I’m from Argentina.”
Ramirez has been a street vendor since 2000 and has never experienced anything like it. They called the police but because the Argentinian could speak English, he just told the police that it was Ramirez’ fault.
This woman attacked a Latina mother for speaking Spanish in an IHOP.
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People really have a problem with us speaking Spanish, huh? Norma Vasquez got so pissed and I was here for it. She started yelling back that she does speak English. She responded with:
“Do you want the Russians over here telling you what to do?”
“You want the Nazis telling you what do? We want English in the United States. We don’t want the Nazis back. We don’t want the fascists back. We don’t want Castro back,” she exclaims.
This white lady straight up threw hot coffee on a Latino worker.
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A Latino contractor caught this fitness trainer yelling at Miguel Sanchez, who was in charge of her apartment building’s construction. She was calling him and his partner “wetbacks” and that they were here to steal their stuff. When Sanchez showed her that he has a garage clicker and keys to the apartment building, she threw her hot coffee on him.
She then went on to threaten his family on Facebook.
Worse than these daily aggressions are the widespread policies that directly hurt Latinxs.
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Undocumented immigrants are too afraid to report domestic abuse out of fear of being deported thanks to Texas’ new tough laws on immigration enforcement. While the Latino population grows, there was a 16 percent drop in domestic violence reports in Houston. They have good reason to be afraid.
After a transgender woman living in El Paso reported her partner to the police for domestic abuse, ICE detained her for being undocumented.
Trump tried to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
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A federal judge blocked the policy saying that the government failed to show harm of continuing TPS, which allows 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Sudan to live and work in the U.S. To do so would cost the economy billions of dollars since, you know, immigrants. We get the job done.
While policy ruins lives, personal aggressions slowly decay at Latinxs as well.
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This Los Angeles Times reporter shared her experience in an Op-Ed of how she was yelled at by a “pink fingernails, dark blond hair” woman who demanded she “Speak English.” Esmeralda Bermudez left El Salvador when she was 7 years old during the civil war. She and her Armenian husband are raising their child to be fluent in three languages.
This white lady tried to open a “modern frutería” in Barrio Logan and failed.
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Guys, the video is too cringe-worthy to even share. This woman, Jenny Niezgoda, started a Kickstarter to raise funds for “La Gracia.” One activist said, “For someone to come in thinking they’re going to save something they’re not part of is offensive. The way she’s representing her business, I feel colonized once again.”
Just a few weeks ago, students at Duke University celebrated Latinx Heritage Month with this mural.
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The month is meant to give honor and recognition to all the Latinx accomplishments in the U.S. thus far. Mi Gente is Duke University’s official Latinx student organization. Every year they come together for “Pintado Murales,” an artistic legacy of Latinx icons.
Within 24 hours, the mural was defaced.
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But of course, this is 2018 and being proud of your Latinidad is somehow a direct threat to white people. Thanks, Trump. The co-president of Mi Gente, Sujeiry Jimenez, said:
“I felt devastated but not completely shocked. Incidents like this had happened at Duke not long before this. Before classes even started this year, the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture was also the target of an act of hate speech.”
The students clapped back in the most poetic way possible.
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“As a both a leader and member of the Latinx community it was very powerful to see the response not only from our own community but from the larger Duke community,” Jimenez recalls. “We, as a community decided to write over the spray paint, but not with the intention of covering it up. We wanted to send a message of resilience and show that we could rise about the hate. Then, we recreated our mural to the side of where the original one was.”
But the worst may be yet to come.
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With Halloween right around the corner, we’re all revving up for the inevitable sombrero wearing jocks and now, this trashy Selena costume that offers zero reverence to the one and only Selena Quintanilla.
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