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‘Singing You Home’ Is A New Album Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda That Sends All Proceeds To Children Separated At The Border

A league of Broadway powerhouses are bringing goodwill and aid to families separated at the border with a new bilingual children’s album. The album, called “Singing You Home,” was released on digital download services on Friday. The actors and voices features in the album have pledged to use its proceeds to support organizations such as Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Artists Striving to End Poverty.

The new album features Spanish and English language songs sung by Broadway favorites like Mandy Gonzalez and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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“SINGING YOU HOME” DROPPED TODAY on iTunes. I had the immense pleasure of joining @asteponline @marymitchellc @laurabenanti with some Spanish help for this album of bilingual lullabies with some gorgeous artists. All proceeds go to RAÍCES and their effort to reunite families separated at the border. The generosity and humility everyone displayed in making this album lightened my heart from the dark place I had come to after seeing what these families, these children, my paisanitos, have suffered. This album is a labor of love and passion and you can help by purchasing these lullabies for $7. Aside from voting, it is the way we know how to help. THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ARE STILL DETAINED. Please follow the efforts of @raicestexas as they fight the good fight. Canto que vuelvas, mi niño, canto que vuelvas. . . #raices #raicestexas #music #musicforjustice #broadway #broadwaycares #astep #musicforjusice #singingyouhome #cantoquevuelvas

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On the new album, a team of Broadway favorites croon out both new and customary lullabies. For their part, Gonzales (who is of Jewish and Mexican descent)  and Miranda (from Puerto Rico) pair up to sing traditional Mexican favorite, “Cielito Lindo.” Cuban-Salvadoran actress Ana Villafañe, best known for her role as Gloria Estefan in the Broadway hit “On Your Feet” has also lent her vocals to the album. In a new rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle” the actress sings alongside American singer-songwriter and actor Ingrid Michael of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.”

Actress Laura Benanti is the brains behind the album.

The Tony Award-winning actress says the idea to create an album of lullabies came after learning about the migrant children who were separated from their parents by the Trump administration this year. “Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless,” Benanti who is of German, Irish, and Native American descent told Rolling Stone Magazine. “Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album. We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.”

The “Singing You Home” track listing includes:

1. “Arrorró Mi Niño” by Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston

2. “Singing You Home” by Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown

3. “Cielito Lindo” by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez

4. “Lullaby” by Josh Groban & Idina Menzel

5. “Beautiful Dreamer” by Kristin Chenoweth

6. “Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños” by Cynthia Erivo

7. “Twinkle Twinkle” by Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe

Check out Frozen actress Irina Menzel sing “Cielito Lindo” below! 

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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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