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June 13 2018

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July 16 2017

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@irmahinojosa_: We have a lot of great events coming up! Monthly vigil is on July 30th in Laguna Beach for an LED light event honoring victims of illegals.

“ v i c t i m s  o f  illegals and refugees” … what does this mean?

June 30 2017

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  • US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump Muslim ban case (Al Jazeera, Jun. 26 2017)

    “Trump's executive order suspends new visas being issued to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days. It also partly allows a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect.

    Both bans are now due to partly go into effect in 72 hours, based on a memorandum issued by the Trump administration on June 14.

    In agreeing to hear the case later this year, the Supreme Court is allowing parts of the order to go ahead.

    Specifically, the court said the executive order would be enforced on foreign nationals who did not have a ‘credible claim of a bona fide relationship’ with a US person or organisation.

    In effect, that means that individuals from the designated countries who have never been to the US before or lacked a relationship with an American or American organisation could still have their visa denied during the three-month period.

    But what a ‘bona fide relationship’ exactly constitutes is a matter of dispute.”

  • US sets new criteria for travel ban against Muslims (PressTV, Jun. 29 2017)

    “The administration of US President Donald Trump has defined new criteria for visa applicants from several Muslim countries and is set to implement them on Thursday, according to a US State Department memo.

    Under the department’s new set of rules, citizens of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen would be given a US visa only if they have a ‘close’ family or business tie there.

    The visa applicants, along with refugees from all countries awaiting admission to the US, should prove that they have at least one US-based parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in order to be allowed in.

    The list excludes extended family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, fiancées/fiancés.

    Business ties were required to be ‘formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading’ the travel ban, the memo noted.

    The new instructions, introduced on Wednesday, were put together by senior officials from the departments of state, justice and homeland security departments.”

June 27 2015

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I interrupted Obama because we need to be heard

by Jennicet Gutiérrez (via marxbakuninhomoeroticfanfiction):

Pride celebrations of the LGBTQ community are taking place throughout the nation. The community takes great pride in celebrating our diversity and the progress we have made throughout the years. However, for the immigrant LGBTQ community progress has not been fully realized because of the continuous discrimination and violence we face in our daily lives.

I was fortunate to be invited to the White House to listen to President Obama’s speech recognizing the LGBTQ community and the progress being made. But while he spoke of ‘trans women of color being targeted,’ his administration holds LGBTQ and trans immigrants in detention. I spoke out because our issues and struggles can no longer be ignored.

Immigrant trans women are 12 times more likely to face discrimination because of our gender identity. If we add our immigration status to the equation, the discrimination increases. Transgender immigrants make up one out of every 500 people in detention, but we account for one out of five confirmed sexual abuse cases in ICE custody.

The violence my trans sisters face in detention centers is one of torture and abuse. The torture and abuse come from ICE officials and other detainees in these detention centers. I have spoken with my trans immigrant sisters who were recently released from detention centers. With a lot of emotional pain and heavy tears in their eyes, they opened up about the horrendous treatment they all experienced. Often seeking asylum to escape threats of violence because of their gender identity and sexuality, this is how they’re greeted in this country. At times misgendered, exposed to assault, and put in detention centers with men.

Last night I spoke out to demand respect and acknowledgement of our gender expression and the release of the estimated 75 transgender immigrants in detention right now. There is no pride in how LGBTQ immigrants are treated in this country and there can be no celebration with an administration that has the ability to keep us detained and in danger or release us to freedom.

It is heartbreaking to see how raising these issues were received by the president and by those in attendance. In the tradition of how Pride started, I interrupted his speech because it is time for our issues and struggles to be heard. I stood for what is right. Instead of silencing our voices, President Obama can also stand and do the right thing for our immigrant LGBTQ community.

March 01 2015

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“Parastou embraces her aunt as she says goodbye to her relatives a night before she leaves to Australia on her own, leaving family, friends and relatives behind in Iran. Despite all the financial difficulties Parstou’s family decided to send her off to Australia where she has more opportunities to grow as a person and as an athlete.
In the light of economic crisis and ongoing political oppression, the current wave of immigration out of Iran is now greater than at any point in history. There are no official numbers, but many Iranians have already left or are seeking a way out. Some pursue escape without even considering its consequences.
‘May god be with you my daughter…’ is the story of my own migration through the lives of other Iranian teenage girls who have taken the same path that I took years ago.”

kianahayeri (Feb. 24 2015)

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January 06 2014

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Three Day March for Migrant rights in Israel

from eastafriqueen.tumblr.com (via thetruthsiren):

Today over 30,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and other African countries as well as supporters marched on the streets and sidewalks of Tel Aviv in Day 1 of a proposed 3 day protest organized by the asylum seekers, most of them coming from Eritrea and South Sudan and most of the protestors being Eritrean, demanding that the Israeli government recognize their status as refugees and end the detention without trial policy. Men, Women and Children were present for the protest. Entire families came together to demand that their voices be heard. Flags of Eritrea, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Israel could be seen flown in the air among the tens of thousands of protestors joined together in a protest even the Israeli Police called peaceful and well organized. In December the Israeli Government implemented a law called the “Infiltrator Law”. The law allows the Israeli government to detain African migrants for up to one year without trial. The “Infiltrator Law” was revamped and changed from the original law which stated that migrants could be held up to three years without trial. Israel is notorious for it’s open racist and xenophobic practices. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remarked that he thinks that the refugees from Eritrea, South Sudan and other African countries serve as a “threat to the Jewish State and Character.”

At the end of the day, protestors even cleaned up their own messes. Helping and picking up bottles and trash left behind (see picture on the bottom), as many of the street and other cleaning jobs are left to the migrants.

"We have fled persecution, dictatorships, civil wars and genocides," Dawud, an Eritrean asylum-seeker at the protest, told Agence France-Presse. "The Israeli government must study our requests for asylum and treat us like human beings."

Images from AFP, and Hotline for refugees and migrants Israel twitter.

January 01 2014

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More Protesters Arrested As Obama’s Deportation Record Nears 2 Million

from anarcho-queer.tumblr.com (Dec. 30 2013):

Eight demonstrators tied themselves to one another wrist-to-wrist in the falling snow Tuesday morning, and lay down across the road in a human chain, blocking access to an immigration detention center in Elizabeth, N.J. Detention officers on their way to work waited in a line of cars stretching down the street.

For nearly a minute, the steady blast of a car horn drowned out the sound of the protesters’ chants. By the time the police arrested the protesters about a half-hour later, snow had begun to pile up on their bodies, hiding the slogans on the T-shirts they had pulled on over their sweaters.

The protest was the latest in a recent series of demonstrations aimed at urging President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants. In the past year, supporters of immigration rights have expressed growing frustration with the president, who has overseen the deportation of nearly 2 million immigrants during his time in office, far more than any other president in history. With a deeply divided Congress now nearing its holiday recess, it seems nearly certain that another year will pass with lawmakers failing to make any headway on immigration reform.

In November, immigration-rights activists made headlines by interrupting the president during a speech in San Francisco, demanding that he use his executive powers to stop deportations of immigrants who would gain legal status under reform legislation. A few days later, Obama met with activists who have been staging a hunger strike for nearly a month in a tent on the National Mall. Since September, more than 80 people have been arrested in more than half a dozen protests around the country.

Jorge Torres, one of the protesters who was arrested, denounced Obama as the “deporter-in-chief,” a term that has become popular in immigration-rights circles.

The president can’t be the deporter-in-chief and a champion for reform at the same time,” Torres said. “If he wants to help immigrants he can start by not deporting them.

December 27 2013

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December 06 2013

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thepeoplesrecord.com (via thetruthsiren):

Dear President Obama,

I am Ju Hong, the “heckler” that interrupted your speech at the Betty Ong Center in San Francisco last week. I spoke up not out of disrespect, however, either for you or our country. No, I spoke up — and am writing to you now — to ask that you use your executive order to halt deportations for 11.5 million undocumented immigrant families.

My family came to the United States from South Korea when I was 11 years old. Like many immigrants, my mother brought me to this country to seek a better life for her children.

I graduated from UC Berkeley, and am now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. I have lived in America now for 13 years. I consider this country as my home. During my senior year in high school, however, I learned that my family had overstayed a tourist visa. We are undocumented immigrants.

As an American without papers, I was not able to get a job, obtain a driver’s license, or receive governmental financial aid. When my mother was sick and in severe pain, she did not visit a doctor because she cannot procure medical insurance. And when my family’s home was burglarized, she refused to call the police because she was afraid that our family would be turned over to immigration officials and deported.

Like many other undocumented immigrants, I was living in the shadows and living in fear of deportation. However, I have decided to speak out and stand up.

Immigration reform is not only a Latino issue, it’s also an Asian and Pacific Islander issue — in fact, it is a human rights issue. Currently, two million of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in our country come from Asia. Under your administration, 250,000 undocumented Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants have been deported. While we only make up five percent of the country, we are disproportionately impacted by your immigration policies.

Last week, I was formally invited by White House staff to hear your remarks on immigration reform in San Francisco. As I stood in the stands behind you, I was hoping to hear about your plan to address the lives of 11 million undocumented people living in this country, like my family. And while you expressed your support for comprehensive immigration reform, you did not address how an average of 1,100 immigrants are deported every single day under your administration. You did not address how you deported 205,000 parents of U.S. citizens in the last two years. You did not address how, because of your administration’s record number of deportations—nearly two million immigrants in five years, a record—families are being torn apart: spouses are being separated from each other, parents are being separated from their children, and our brothers and sisters are being separated from one another. You did not to address how your administration would end the anti-immigration deportation programs like “Secure Communities." You’ve deported more people than any other president in the U.S. history.

Interestingly, you talked about Angel Island during your speech. What you did not mention, however, is that more people are detained every single day in detention today than were detained yearly at Angel Island. You recognized Angel Island as a dark period in Chinatown’s history, but you failed to recognize that more Asians and Pacific Islanders are in detention today than were in detention under the Chinese Exclusion Act. In fact, your administration detains up to 34,000 people per day, a record number of detainees in U.S. history.

Because you failed to address these issues, I was compelled to address the concerns of our community.

You claim that the President of the United States has no authority to stop the deportations. And yet, in June 2012, before the 2012 election, which you won with the help of Latino and Asian voters, you implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. With the stroke of a pen, you dramatically changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people like me who can now live without the daily threat of deportation, and can legally work in this country for the first time in our lives.

I know that you support comprehensive immigration reform. But I also know that you have the power to stop the deportations, and that you have the power to stop the suffering, fear, and intimidation facing millions of immigrants like my family.

Your fellow American,

Ju Hong
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