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Trump Wants to End Birthright Citizenship For Children of Immigrants by Way of Executive Order

In his most recent effort to quell his staunchly anti-immigrant, alt-right base before the November midterms, Donald Trump has announced that his latest effort will target birthright citizenship. The president’s most recent dog whistle made dubious assertions of his ability to put an end to the constitutional right guaranteed by the 14th amendment that provides children born in the United States automatic American citizenship.

In a recent interview, Trump vowed to end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens

Speaking about his efforts to eliminate the extension of citizenship to babies of non-citizens and those born on U.S. soil to unauthorized immigrants, Trump called birthright citizenship “ridiculous” and asserted that it “has to end.” The interview took place as part a new four-part documentary news series set to air on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 EST/PST.

In a clip from the “AXIOS on HBO” interview, Trump states: “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment [in order to end birthright]. Guess what? You don’t…now they’re saying you can do it with an executive order”. He then went on to say that he has been discussing the possible policy change with council, stating that he is “in the process” and “it’ll happen”.

In the very same interview, Trump also erroneously stated that the US is “the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits.” In fact 30 countries of the 194 that make up the world grant automatic citizenship to children born on their country’s soil.

Within the anti-immigrant wing of the Republican party, the concept of “anchor babies” has long been a contentious subject.

Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham stated that the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of citizenship based on birth has long been a “magnet for illegal immigration” and “out of the mainstream of the developed world”. He went on to state that he would introduce legislation with the same goal as Trump’s recent statements.

Needless to say, an executive order aimed at ending jus soli— or birthright citizenship — would disproportionately affect Latinx communities, specifically Latinas who give birth to children in the US.

According to the Pew Research Center for Hispanic Trends, the majority (52%) of US-born Latinos are offspring of immigrants. Indeed, the term “anchor babies” (one of Trump’s favorite slurs) is pejorative to immigrants who are mothers, with the Oxford Dictionary defining it as a term used to “refer to a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country which has birthright citizenship, especially when viewed as providing an advantage to family members seeking to secure citizenship or legal residency”.

His recent statements have clearly hit a nerve with Latinas.

In response to the president’s latest statements, Latinas and those part of the Latinx community have taken to Twitter to slam his statements. Most of the comments and posts online have been supplemented with hashtags related the midterm elections and #ProtectImmigrants. In addition to all of this, the president’s statements have also been largely decried by legal scholars as unconstitutional. 

Many Latinas online have also recognized his words as part of a racially-motivated stunt.

Many Latinas online have recognized this news as the racially-motivated stunt that it is.

These most recent comments by Trump serve only to build on the narrative that Latinx immigrants are people to be feared, resented and hated. Recently, Trump signed an executive order sending 5,200 troops to the US-Mexico border in order to combat the caravan of immigrants from Central America. Trump characterized their attempt to emigrate to the US as an “invasion”.

Statements like these are all the motivation you need to make your voice heard and vote in the November 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

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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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