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Here’s Another Example Of How Much The U.S. Cares For Black Immigrants

It’s not news that our conservative patriachal society could care less about Black bodies. In a country where Paulas and Patties consciously wield 911 calls as tools to threaten and inflict fear, and Black women continue to face murder rates higher than any other race, proof of how much our neighbors and our government care about the Black community can be understood with a simple glance of a daily news source. Still, not all attacks on the Black community are being told. As news publications focus on the immigration problem being faced by so many Latinos in our country, Black Latino immigrants continue to be left out and overlooked. It’s a grave slight causing more damage than most could understand.

In a new video surfacing on the internet, an immigrant mother from Honduras is reminding audiences that the parent-child separation crisis being upheld by the Trump Administration is not solely a brown Latino narrative.

Darlin Suazo is an Afro Honduran woman was separated from her daughter after immigrating to the U.S.

For two months Suazo was separated from her 13-year-old daughter and held in a detention center. In a now-viral video of Suazo telling her experience, the mother explains how guards at her daughter’s facility told her thirteen-year-old that she was unwanted and abandoned. “They told my daughter that I did not want her and that I did not want to see her,” Suazo says in the video before explaining how she endured racist attacks by U.S. government officers as well.

Anyone watching the news has heard about the cruelty, immigrants parents and children have had to endure under the Trump administration’s family separation policies.

We’ve heard the tapes of children crying, read the letters of mothers being taunted by officers at their detention centers, and we’ve seen the images of women and children sleeping beneath foil blankets and inside chainlink fences like dogs. Still, what we haven’t seen, heard, or read are stories about Black Latino immigrants. Suazo’s story reminds us that the Black experience of dealing with law enforcement at any level will always be more severe, violent and cruel. In fact, studies have shown that Black immigrants face disproportionate chances of deportation on the basis of criminal conviction. In an interview on her experience of being separated from her daughter, Suazo explains that the officers at the detainment center never even addressed her by her name. Instead, they called her morena, a term that refers to Black woman and woman with dark skin. “The attention from the officers was horrible,” she explains in the video. “Some officers did not refer to me by my name. Morena, morena, morena, morena, they only called me morena. And this affected me more. It affected me more because I was discriminated against, it was racism.”

Suazo has, fortunately, be reunited with her daughter, but there’s no doubting the permanent trauma and harm their separation will have on their futures.

So, as you continue to watch the news and fight for immigrant rights, remember: Black lives matter, Black Latinos exist, fight for us too.


Read: This Comic Book Is Here To Help Children Affected By Deportation

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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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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

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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.

Read: 20 Major Immigration Facts the American Public Refuses to Hear

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