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Newly Elected Arizona Representative Raquel Teran Is Being Sued By A White Women Who Thinks She Isn’t A Natural Born Citizen

During President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the presidency, conspiracy theorist falsely alleged the presidential candidate was not a natural-born citizen of the United States as required by the Constitution. In her most recent memoir, the former president’s wife, Michelle Obama, described the different ways the false claims put her husband and family in severe danger. Still, even despite the various retractions by his accusers, namely our current president Donald Trump, conspiracy theorists have continued their crusade to question the citizenship of U.S. political candidate of color’s running for office. In the latest incident of racially driven speculation, newly Elected Arizona Representative Raquel Teran, a citizenship is now being called into question.

This is the second time Terán’s citizenship has been challenged, both times by the same woman, Alice Novoa.

Terán who helped lead the recall of Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sherriff who neglected to investigate sex crimes, illegally enforced immigration laws, and violated election laws, reports Douglas, Arizona as her place of birth. Her accuser, Alice Novoa-Benson who ran for Arizona Secretary of State, as a write-in candidate, is a conservative, anti-immigration activist who believes that Mexicans are conspiring to “take back the American Southwest.” In 2006, Novoa challenged judge Alma Vildosola’s citizenship, two years before rumors about President Obama’s citizenship began prior to his 2008 bid for president, rumors that turned into a full-blown conspiracy theory. At the time of the Vildosola suit, Vildosola, who was born in Mexico, had been a naturalized U.S. citizen for ten years. She went on to prove her citizenship and serve as the justice of the peace of Cochise County.

Terán plans to fight her case even though it’s one she has fought before.

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On November 9, she spoke at a press conference about the suit, telling the audience that she had been served papers overnight and was being made to appear in court to prove her citizenship. An emotional Terán said, “I will not be intimidated by this harassment, really, this psychological warfare designed to exclude people like me. I’m not going to be intimidated by birtherism.”

It seems that questioning the legitimacy of political races by candidates of color has become the default strategy of their white challengers. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams is hoping to be allowed more time to count votes in her race for governor against Brian Kemp who “threw out or held up thousands of absentee ballot applications, a majority of which turned out to be from African-Americans,” until he was ordered to stop by the federal court. As expected, Abrams is being accused of being a sore loser, but Alice Novoa, who began questioning Terán’s in 2006, the mother of the birther movement, is the real sore loser.

Y Latina Twitter is furious!

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We take the challenge of the citizenship of our hermanas personally. It’s like being asked “what are you?” a question many of us have been asked all our lives, a question that makes us feel like outsiders. We’re told that America is the land of immigrants, and then told to go back where we came from all in the same day.

This mujer is not all surprised that Terán ’s citizenship is being challenged, again.

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This informed Latina has obviously been following Terán’s story and is familiar Alice Novoa and her birther tactics. Of course, Arizona is a state notorious for questioning the citizenship of its people, hoping to use racial profiling practices when it passed Senate Bill 1070 in 2010, the “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.” The bill required police to use profiling strategies to identify pull over potential “illegal immigrants” and ask to see documentation. The bill was challenged by the courts and overturned in 2016.

No doubt, Raquel is being sued because she is brown.

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Twitter user, Elvia Diaz, has no doubts that the reason Terán is being sued is because of the color of her skin, implying that white candidates don’t want to admit defeat by people of color and are threatened by people of color with political influence. What are they afraid of? Brown grandchildren? More yummy food? Spanish? Revenge?


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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

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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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