BREAKING: Trans women may now be held in women’s facilities, immigration officials say
U.S. immigration officials on Monday announced transgender detainees will for the first time be able to be housed in detention facilities that match their gender identity.

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Meet the undocumented trans activist who challenged Obama on deportations. Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted Obama at a White House gathering to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, calling on him to end deportations. Gutiérrez is a founding member of Familia: TQLM, established to advocate for LGBTQ immigrants often excluded in the immigration debate. Watch Gutiérrez explain her action on Democracy Now! today. 

Was Obama's Heckler Actually A Transgender Hero?
by kristina marusic

On Friday (June 26) the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Pride celebrations across the country this weekend were extra celebratory — as they should have been! The decision is historic, and will give many LGBTQ families much-needed protections under the law. At the same time, activist groups like GetEqual have been quick to point out that although marriage equality is huge, there’s still a long way to go before the LGBTQ community has full equality and protection from discrimination. A few examples: 40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ; the transgender community faces exceptionally high rates of violence; and LGBTQ people can still be legally discriminated against in the workplace in most of the US. For many members of the LGBTQ community, solving these issues is a matter of life and death.

Angela Peoples, the co-director of GetEqual, attended the White House Pride reception with Jennicet Gutiérrez, the now-famous heckler who was shut down by both the president and the audience. MTV News caught up with Ms. Peoples to talk about her experience at the White House that evening. “I was invited to the Pride Reception at the White House and I was able to bring a guest,” Peoples told MTV News. “I brought Jennicet Gutiérrez, who has been part of the broader campaign for #Not1More LGBTQ deportation and detention.”

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See what undocumented immigrants carry across the border
February 7, 2015

1. Carlos Gomez, 34, from Guatemala. He already had lived in Miami for 10 years until he was deported five months ago. He tried to go back to the U.S. but was deported again from Mexico. In his bag was a shirt, scissors, a pair of pants, razor blades, pills, shampoo, deodorant, a can of coke and a T-shirt.

2. Alfredo Núñez, 46, from El Salvador. He wants to go to the U.S. but he thinks it would be okay if he can reach the north of Mexico and find a job there. In his bag, he has a pair of shoes, a bible, toilet paper and a cell phone.

3. Delmis Helgar, 32, from Honduras. She is in a hurry to reach Houston where her little daughter is living with relatives, after her ex-husband was recently deported. In her bag was a make-up set, hand mirror, lip gloss, deodorant, a shirt, a small bible, face gel, a wallet, a cell phone, pills, a battery charger, hair band and two pantyliners.

4. Andres Sanchez, 42, from El Salvador. He lived and worked in Virginia. Two years ago he was caught during a normal police check when he was driving. He was deported. He’s trying to go back to Virginia. He’s traveling with no bag because he wants to look like a local.


Okay so since I keep my tumblr a little semi-anon this is a lot of info I’m about to give out so here goes:

I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and was brought to the U.S. at the age of 6 to central Texas where I’ve grown up for the rest of my life. I attend Texas State University as a Geography (GIS) major & German minor.

I’m currently having financial troubles regarding my university tuition. Because of my severe depression and undocumented status I will be charged as an out-of-state student come my senior year. As an undocumented students this is incredibly expensive and my family and I can no longer afford it. I’m desperate at this point because I truly don’t want to drop out when I’m so close to finishing. Please help me finish my senior year of university. In my GoFundMe page I have added more details about myself.

My GoFundMe page: http://www.gofundme.com/txstsenior
& paypal: k.rod91@yahoo.com

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Will you help a baby and a loving mother in need?

Sandra Lucía Salguero’s husband was deported 5 days after their baby was born! Sandra, a community member from South Philadelphia, needs our support. She gave birth to a beautiful baby named Christopher on August 11th, 2014. Since her husband’s deportation, Sandra lost emotional and economic stability and does not have family in the U.S. that can support her. Sandra has been forced to live in a basement with her baby and is unable to work for three months due to the cesarean section she went through.

Will you help a baby and a loving mother in need by donating?

Sandra is not making enough milk for her baby because she is suffering from stress and depression. In Philadelphia, it is mandatory that mothers breastfeed their babies for at least the first month before filing an application to obtain free formula. But just buying formula and other necessities for her baby, like clothes and diapers, is out of her budget.

“All I’m asking for is help so I can survive these three months. As soon as I can work, I will get up on my feet and work hard for me and my baby. Thank you so much” – Sandra. 

Please consider donating to help Sandra and her baby Christopher, every little bit will help!  No human being should go through such deplorable conditions, especially a newborn baby.

Hand model with @brownroundboi for @rommyyy123 ’s #art . “This ‪#‎ImmigrantHeritageMonth‬ and ‪#‎PrideMonth‬, we celebrate the ways in which UndocuTrans Californians contribute to ‪#‎HealthAndJustice4All‬ Californians” #IHM2015‬ #art4 #migrantrights #migrantjustice #migrants #migration #lgbtq #qtpoc #sdqtpoc #undocumented #qwoc #femmesofcolor


President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Obama to offer immigration relief to about 4.7 million (Reuters)

President Barack Obama is slated to announce on Thursday that he will offer relief from the threat of deportation to about 4.4 million undocumented people who are parents of U.S. citizens and green card holders, according to a source briefed by the administration. Obama also will announce an expansion of a program that allows children illegally brought to the United States by their parents to stay in the country - a move that could offer relief to an additional 270,000 people, the source said. For the business community, Obama will expand a program that gives temporary visas to foreign students who graduate from specialty and high tech programs at U.S. colleges, and expand a program for visas for people with “exceptional ability,” the source said.

Everything You Need To Know About Obama’s Executive Action (Think Progress)

President Obama at long last announces plans Thursday night to deal with America’s immigration problem. In the absence of congressional action, Obama will grant reprieve for some 4.9 million of undocumented immigrants who have significant ties to the United States, as well as improve border security. Because of the limits of Obama’s executive power, the action is not nearly as broad as proposed bills for comprehensive immigration reform. But Obama’s action will provide the first opportunity for millions of undocumented immigrants to live and work openly. 

Here’s exactly what Obama is going to do about immigration — and how to qualify (Washington Post)

The action aims to make life easier for people who are waiting to become legal permanent residents. For example, it will be easier for them to travel abroad, and there might be more options for paying naturalization fees that they can’t afford. If they are married to someone with an H-1B visa, it will be easier to get permission to work and to change jobs.

Ways Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Changes Everything - and One Way It Doesn’t (Mother Jones)

The details of President Barack Obama’s much-rumored, much-debated executive action on immigration have been leaked to the press, and the broad outline, according to Fox News and the New York Times, includes deportation relief for upward of 5 million people. Republicans are already lining up to block the White House’s plans, and Obama’s successor could go ahead and reverse course in 2017, anyway. Still, here are three reported provisions that could have a dramatic impact on the lives of the United States’ 11 million undocumented immigrants

The easiest immigration solution is also the best (MSNBC)

Once President Obama formally unveils his executive actions on immigration policy, congressional Republicans will have a menu of options to choose from. The list includes everything from a government shutdown to impeachment to literally nothing, with plenty of narrower choices in between. But the one option that never seems to come up in the public conversation also happens to be the easiest, most effective, and most straightforward solution. As Sahil Kapur reported, a Republican senator touched on this yesterday.

Why the networks aren’t giving President Obama primetime real estate for his immigration speech (Washington Post)

Tonight, President Obama will be giving a primetime address on his planned executive actions concerning immigration reform. It’s a politically volatile move opposed by most Republicans and considered long overdue by immigration reform advocates, and it is a very big deal. Most people will not be watching this primetime address. The White House asked the networks for time at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, and were greeted with little more than a “Mmm, no thanks.”