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This Woman Stood Up Against Border Patrol (And Shut Them Down) When They Asked A Bus Full Of Latinos For Their Documents

Some people cower in the face of terror, Tiana Smalls gets in it’s face and tells it to keep stepping. After boarding a Las Vegas-bound Greyhound Bus in Bakersfield California, the Southern California resident became a paragon of resistance when Border Patrol agents got onto her bus and began to ask riders for identification.

During the interaction, Smalls reminded passengers of their constitutional rights, the importance of allyship, and that when it comes to ICE she does not come to play.

According to a post to Small’s Facebook account, agents requested passengers to show them proof of documentation.

Last Thursday, Smalls posted a story to her personal page recounting the moment Border Patrol agents boarded her bus. The Greyhound had reached a California/Nevada state line checkpoint and because the company has granted Border Patrol permission to board their buses and ask for identification at random, the bus was then ascended by agents. The driver of the bus soon made an announcement to travelers that launched Smalls into action. “We are being boarded by Border Patrol,” Smalls claims the bus driver said in her post. “Please be prepared to show your documentation upon request.”

It didn’t take long for Smalls to clue into what was about to take place or that she had to speak up. Smalls says that she took it upon herself to tell fellow passengers that the request was a violation of their 4th ammendemnt rights. But Small’s light bulb moment wasn’t over. She knew that the Latino passengers around her were more likely to be targeted by the agents than others. So, she took to Google Translate and read the message she had for them in Spanish. When she finished, Smalls says that she took to assuring a nerve-wracked woman beside her. “The lady next to me did not speak English. She looked terrified. I reassured her that I had her back.” Smalls wrote in her post to Facebook.

When the agents finally boarded, and announced that they were ready to make their checks, Smalls spoke out again. She says, that she promptly replied, “I’m not driving this bus, so you have NO RIGHT to ask me for anything.” She also asserted that because the bus was not within 100 miles of a border the agents had no legal right or jurisdiction in their location.

In her post, Smalls claims that it didn’t take long for the border agents to bow out. According to her, they left telling her “Fine. We can see that you’re a citizen because of your filthy mouth.”

Smalls closed her post reminding friends and those reading the now-viral post, “Use your voice. Take a risk. Because if you let them intimidate the poor Spanish speaking woman next to you, who do you think they’re coming for next?”

Read Smalls full story in her own words below.

Ok. Storytime: this is kinda long but PLEASE READ. It's about my experience last night with these fucking border patrol…

Posted by Tiana Smalls on Thursday, June 7, 2018

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School


A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters


America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

America Ferrera has never been a celebrity to stay quiet in the face of injustice, so it’s no surprise that the actress-activist has boldly responded to the Trump administration’s policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico.

Last week, the Superstore star led a group of actors, including Gina Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Wilmer Valderrama, Roselyn Sanchez and Kendrick Sampson, across the southern border to a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico.

There, the group learned how the policy was impacting migrants while speaking directly with immigration lawyers and shelter managers as well as families and children. They hope through this real-life education that they will become better equipped to challenge the Trump administration in the US.

“It is easy for me to look at these human beings and see myself. … This could very easily have been my reality in this lifetime,” the Honduran-American actress told the Associated Press about the trip.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy limits the amount of asylum requests border patrol can attend to per day. The process, which has also forced refugees, including thousands of Central American families who have filed for sanctuary from violence and poverty in their home countries, to stay in Mexico, has slowed down the process and created case backlogs in the immigration system and overcrowding in shelters in Mexican border towns.

“We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugee families. We MUST demand better,” Washington said in an Instagram post. “Let me be clear: it is legal to seek asylum. When people cross our borders, their human rights come with them. We must protect those human rights.”

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According to NBC News, the visit was organized by nonprofits Families Belong Together and Harness, an organization started by Ferrera, Valderrama and Ryans Piers.

Jessica Morales Rocketto, who heads Families Belong Together, told the news outlet that one of the women she met at the shelter had been waiting with her toddler since November to apply for asylum.

“People get to the border and think that’s the end of the journey, but it’s only the beginning,” Morales Rocketto said.

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