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A Federal Judge Just Blocked Trumps Effort To Roll Back Birth Control Mandate Across The Country

On Monday, a US federal judge blocked two rules by the Trump administration that would have made it easier for employers, universities and insurers to decline to provide women birth control coverage.

The rules, which were supposed to come into effect throughout the country on Monday, were blocked by Philadelphia Judge Wendy Beetleston, who granted an injunction requested by attorneys general in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Beetlestone stated that the new rules would have needlessly increased difficulty for women to obtain free and affordable contraception and would’ve placed an undue burden on US states by forcing them to provide additional birth control coverage and pay the health costs arising from unplanned pregnancies.

The national block comes after a federal judge in California halted the policy in 13 states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night.

Under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), birth control was required to be covered in employer-provided health insurance plans as a preventative service. Prior to taking office, Trump pledged to eliminate the requirement, issuing a policy of “religious freedom” in November that gave employers more flexibility to deny birth control coverage based on their religious beliefs and “non-religious moral convictions” against the contraceptive.

The Obama-era mandate, which already included a provision letting religious institutions forgo birth control coverage for their employees, benefitted more than 55 million women throughout the country. However, by expanding the number of employers and insurers who could opt out, the Trump administration’s regulations could put thousands of women at risk of losing the free or affordable access they have to birth control.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the rulings another success by the courts in stopping the Trump administration’s assault on women’s access to basic reproductive health care.

“It’s 2019, yet the Trump administration is still trying to roll back women’s rights. Our coalition will continue to fight to ensure women have access to the reproductive health care they are guaranteed under the law,” he said in a statement.

Read: Women’s Response To Trump’s Roll Back On Birth Control Will Make You Give A Standing Ovation

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

Read: Study: While Whites Are Responsible For Most Air Pollution, Latinxs And Blacks Are The Most Negatively Impacted

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Latina Faces Deportation After Confronting A Man Wearing A “Make America Great Again” Hat At A Mexican Restaurant

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Latina Faces Deportation After Confronting A Man Wearing A “Make America Great Again” Hat At A Mexican Restaurant

Anything can trigger a person. It could either be something very subtle or very direct. People have no idea what will set someone off, and in our tense political times, confrontation can be inevitable. Whether a person goes off on someone because of the color of their skin, their hair, the language that they’re speaking, or by something that they’re wearing, people should always remain cautious. More importantly, if you see something offensive, you may want just to walk away. That is undoubtedly the unfortunate situation for a Latina living in Massachusetts.

A 41-year-old woman, who is from Brazil, confronted a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a Mexican restaurant.

It appears from the man’s recording that the woman walked behind him and took off his hat. For a brief time, it seemed as if the two were almost playing around. They both appear to be laughing.

Police arrested the woman because she got physical by grabbing his hat.

The woman was charged with alleged assault. Once officers checked her status and saw she was from Brazil and in the U.S. without documentation, they put her in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.

“Santos is currently facing local charges for assault and other offenses. She is presently in ICE custody and has been entered into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” John Mohan, a public affairs officer for ICE’s Boston office, said in a statement to NBC News.

The woman is now facing deportation.

“It’s just a hat at the end of the day,” Bryton Turner, the man in the video, told CBS News. “I don’t really understand why people can’t just express themselves anymore, everybody has to get mad.”

He also added: “I don’t ever want to assume people are illegal because I don’t think that’s fair to a lot of good citizens. It’s good that they got her.”

Santos has since been released but her deportation will be decided on in court at a later date.

READ: This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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