A California Nurse Who Was Deported to Mexico Recently Won A Lottery Drawing For An H-1B Work Visa

With the current White House administration’s strict policies on immigration and high impact effort to deport Latinx immigrants from the country, it’s not hard not to question what becomes of these people who leave their family behind, and who must now live in a country they haven’t lived in for years. Other crucial question, pertaining to deportation, arises such as will the person ever be able to come back to the U.S.? The answer is extremely complicated and most likely depends on the person, how the government views the way they initially entered the country, and also their line of work in the U.S.

Forty-seven-year-old Maria Mendoza-Sanchez’s story highlights the impacts of deportation.


In 1994, Mendoza-Sanchez first came to the U.S. without a visa to be with her husband. Through diligence and hard work, Mendoza-Sanchez studied to become an oncology nurse. Both Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband attempted to gain legal status but were unsuccessful and faced deportation as far back as 2013 under the Obama Administration. At the time, Mendoza-Sanchez and her husband were not considered priorities for deportation because they had four children. Efforts to remove them from the country were sped up under the Trump Administration and they were deported to their country of Mexico a year ago despite efforts from supporters, her employer, and even lawmakers.

A year later the nurse has been granted entry back into the United States after her visa was finally approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Out of 200,000 applicants for the H-1B visa, she is one of 65,000 to win the visa through a lottery system. “All the legal hurdles are over,” Camiel Becker, Mendoza-Sanchez’s immigration attorney, said in a statement according to the East Bay Times. “We’re celebrating but until that visa is attached to her passport on Monday I also give a little bit of caution.”

California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who had been advocating for Mendoza-Sanchez’s return, also hailed the good news saying “Maria is a hard-working, devoted mother and I’m delighted that she will soon be reunited with her children and back at work serving cancer patients at Highland Hospital… I’ve met with Maria and kept in close contact with her children over the past year. It’s been a long road, and today they are one step closer to being reunited. Given the importance of family unity and Maria’s contributions to her community, I’m pleased this wrong is finally being rectified.”

Her employer at Highland Hospital will be sponsoring her visa, which means she’ll be able to work in Oakland and sponsor her husband so that he can also make his return to the U.S.


In response to her good fortune, Mendoza-Sanchez has said, “I’m very happy. I can’t wait to see those kids and hug them and help them.”

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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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