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Latinas Raked In Major Wins For The 2018 Midterm Elections Last Night

From two Native American women to the first openly gay elected governor, last night’s midterm elections results brought forth a series of landmark votes that signaled a series of accomplishments not just for women and LGBT voters but for Latinas in particular.

Here’s a look at the history made by Latinas during last night’s midterm elections.

El Paso rallies to send Veronica Escobar, one of Texas’s first Latinas to Congress

Texas voters elected the state’s first two Latinas to Congress last night and this morning with Veronica Escobar of El Paso making 1 part of the inspiring duo. The former professor, who was born in El Paso, won the seat for Texas’ 16th congressional district last night in a drawn-out bid to win against Republican candidate Rick Seeberger to replace Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the congressional district near El Paso. Escobar took down Seeberger in a win of 68.4% of the vote. Addressing her big victory and the success of her campaign and supporters, Escobar thanked the voters of her district saying” I am humbled and honored by your support. This victory belongs to everyone who made contributions, knocked on doors, phone banked, worked hard, and gave of their time and energy. Words cannot express how grateful I am.”

Houston sends, Sylvia Garcia, the first Latina of its district and of Texas to Congress

Sen. Sylvia Garcia made history alongside Escobar when she defeated Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff, in a Congressional race for her district of Houston. Garcia, who started out her career as a social worker, is a lawyer with a degree from TEaxas Southern University and served as a presiding judge of the Houston Municipal System. In a tweet to her account about her win, Garcia thanked her supporters for their part in ensuring her win writing “We won! Thank you for fighting for me. I will never stop fighting for you in Washington!”

Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easy won her general election race and thus become the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress. The 29-year-old politician of  Puerto Rican-descent invigorated voters earlier this year with a campaign that invigorated women voters of color across the country and boosted her to national status. “Words cannot express my gratitude,” the newly elected congresswoman wrote to supporters in a tweet from her account “The people of the Bronx and Queens, and countless supporters across the country, elected us on a clear mandate to fight for economic + social justice in the United States of America. And that is what we will do”

Jeanette Nuñez became Florida’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor

After a long run alongside Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis who won against Andrew Gillum, Nuñez won her bid for Lieutenant Governor. Upon her official confirmation to office, the Cuban healthcare businesswoman from Miami will be the highest ranking Latina in the history of Florida.

Read: 10 Latinas On How They Plan To Continue Amplifying The Latinx Voice Post-Midterms

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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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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