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Latina Activist Alejandra Pablos Is The Latest Immigrant Rights Organizer To Be Detained By ICE

Under the Trump Administration, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has delivered a series of crushing blows to undocumented communities. As part of a national crackdown, there have been several arrests of immigrant rights organizers. The latest: Alejandra Pablos.

The Washington, DC-based activist was detained on Wednesday, after arriving for a regular check-in with ICE in Tucson, Arizona.

“They’re trying to really separate me and tear our movement apart and tear our community apart, and I’m not letting that happen. I need you to stand up for me,” Pablos, 32, said in a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

Another Immigrant Activist Detained by ICE

BREAKING: Another immigrant rights activist detained by ICE. Immigrant rights and reproductive rights organizer Alejandra Pablos detained by ICE in Tucson. Watch her video and write a letter of support for Alejandra here: bit.ly/releaseale #releaseAle #AlevsICE

Posted by Mijente on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In 2011, the mexicana, a legal permanent resident and green card holder, was arrested and detained at Arizona’s Eloy Detention Center following a drug-related arrest. After paying a $9,500 bond, she was released in 2013, after being held for two years, and has appeared for check-ins every three months.

“I did not leave that jail free. I came home to a different life, a life without permission to work, a life without my legal permanent resident card, and a life with a tremendous amount of fear,” Pablos wrote of her time following her release in a YouCaring fundraiser in December.

Since then, she relocated to DC, where she worked as a field coordinator for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Across the District, and country, Pablos has fought for reproductive justice and immigrant rights.

In January, the Latina activist, who has lived in the U.S. since she was a baby, led chants at a peaceful protest outside of the Department of Homeland Security in Virginia, where she was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and obstruction of justice. Fellow organizers, however, allege she was targeted because of her advocacy. According to Mijente, a national political hub for Latinxs that has started a petition for Pablos’ release, one of the ICE officials contacted her deportation officer in Tuscan, seeking her detainment in retaliation for the protest.

“They’re against all activists, all organizers, people who advocate and are out there fighting,” Pablos said in the video.

ICE officers have increasingly been setting their sights on activists who speak out against the agency. In January, Washington-based immigrant’s rights advocate Maru Mora-Villalpando received a deportation notice and claimed it was issued in response to her “political work.” Before then, Baltazar Aburto Gutierrez, a man who criticized ICE in an article for the Seattle Times, was detained, the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City’s executive director, Ravi Ragbir, and co-founder Jean Montrevil were apprehended, and Eliseo Jurado, the husband of Ingrid Latorre, who has been seeking refuge from deportation in a Colorado church, was arrested.

According to the Phoenix New Times, Pablos, who will not have the opportunity to be released or pay a bond until she meets with an immigration judge, has a hearing in April for her charges in Virginia as well as a trial date in immigration court in December.

Sign Mijente’s petition to call for Pablos’ release.

Read: Women Of Color Are Headlining This Benefit Concert That’s Raising Funds For Legal Fees For Undocumented Youth

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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.

Read: Preschool Students Are Doing Active Shooter Drills And I Guess This Is The New Normal Now

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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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