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The Undocumented Mother of Two From That Now Iconic Photo Of Her Trying To Cross The U.S. Border Has Finally Filed For Asylum

Throughout his term as president, Donald Trump has  made countless false claims about immigration. Most of the falsehoods have worked to promote conspiracy theories that gang members, killers, and terrorists, are trying to infiltrate our borders. According to him, our country has long been under threat by those illegally attempting to enter our borders and currently, they have worked to mask their evilness by blending in with the migrant caravan.

On November 25, however, just days after Thanksgiving, Americans didn’t see killers or bad people attempting to enter the U.S., they saw mothers and children running for their lives.

One of the most startling images that will forever remain part of the immigration discussion is that of a mother and her two children fleeing from tear gas.

Photographer Kim Kyung Hoon took the now iconic picture in Tijuana, adjacent from the U.S./Mexico border. The moment occurred days after the migrant caravan from Central America had made its way to Tijuana. On that Sunday, border patrol in riot gear confronted a group of about 500 undocumented people that attempted to enter the U.S. illegally. In the mist of the confrontation between these groups were families who had been camping in the area. The border patrol then threw cans of tear gas at the mobs of people.

“When the tear gas started, some people were screaming and everybody started running away,” Hoon told NBC News. “I saw the woman and two children running away. One girl was barefoot from the beginning. The other was wearing beach sandals and lost them in the chaos.”

The image is now considered one of the most powerful pictures of 2018.

The woman in the picture is 39-year-old Maria Meza, and she is now in the U.S., and has filed for asylum along with her two children.

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U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34, Los Angeles) tweeted yesterday that he could confirm Meza and her “kids are now on American soil.”

The democratic lawmaker visited the U.S./Mexico border after he had heard that people seeking asylum were being turned away.

“Sitting outside on the ground, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has enclosed us, they keep telling us they’re at capacity, but won’t show me or Rep. Barragan what the issues are. It’s been 8 hours. We’re not going anywhere,” Gomez tweeted.

Gomez ended up staying overnight with asylum seekers, and while he said he left with more questions than answers, seeing Meza and her family in the U.S. was certainly good news. However, there are many more who haven’t been so lucky.

“CBP has allowed 8 unaccompanied children as well Maria Meza and her 5 kids to request asylum,” reporter Adolfo Flores tweeted. “There’s still 6 people waiting to be allowed in.”

Several news outlets have been following Meza’s journey for months. In early October, when she and her kids were camping in Mexico City, she said: “I hope God will help me enter [the US] with these kids because we’re suffering,” she told Buzzfeed News. “I’m a single mother who wants to provide for my children.”

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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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