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If you are or know anyone who is at an airport:

DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR GREENCARD OR OTHER PAPERS! YOU WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEMAND THEM BACK.

DO NOT SIGN FORM I-407! YOU WOULD BE WILLINGLY ABANDONING YOUR PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS.

TRUST NO IMMIGRATION OFFICER OR ENFORCER.


ACLU HAS SENT OUT LAWYERS. MAKE SURE YOU GET ONE.

Please protect yourself.

EDIT: Also, if you’re a green card resident who is a citizen of or from IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:

Please make sure you DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY.

Please don’t forget that Asian American immigration history exists and is being used as precedent for a lot of gross policies, like directly with Japanese Internment making the Trump Admin think Muslim Internment is an option. Don’t forget that even President Obama erased our immigration history in his farewell address when he compared immigrants of today to the Irish and German and Poles and said nothing of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South East Asian, Vietnamese, “waves” of immigrants literally imported to work the fields bc they would take a lower wage. Don’t forget about the refugees that fled the Vietnam and Korean and other wars and regime changes that came here to start from nothing and are now our nail salon jokes. Our history is full of disgusting immigration acts created by the US govt and they have the gall to pat us on the head and call us a model minority.

Don’t let them get away with it. History is supposed to teach us not to do bad things again.

In March of 1907, Congress passed the Expatriation Act, which decreed, among other things, that U.S. women who married non-citizens were no longer Americans. If their husband later became a naturalized citizen, they could go through the naturalization process to regain citizenship.

But none of these rules applied to American men when they chose a spouse.

That Time American Women Lost Their Citizenship Because They Married Foreigners

Image: George Grantham Bain Collection/Library of Congress

This picture depicts 6-year-old Elian Gonzales as he is seized by US Federal Agents during an early morning raid on his family’s home in Little Havana, Florida. 

Elian had had come to Florida after he was found floating in an inner tube in the sea just off Florida. He and his mother, along with 12 others, had attempted to cross from Cuba into Florida in an aluminium boat which capsized. Tragically, Elian’s mother and ten others drowned. He was handed over to the U.S. Coastguard. The U.S. Immigration and Neutralization Service declared that Elian should be sent back to his father in Cuba but a Florida family court granted Elian’s great uncle temporary custody as a legal battle ensued.

On the 20th of April, 2000 Elian was seized and sent back to Cuba.

Missing in History by DoSomething.org. 

WEEK FOUR: 3 Things About Immigration Your Textbook Doesn’t Want You to Know

And what they have to do with DACA and the Muslim ban today

From the multiple versions of the Muslim ban to the reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), 2017 has been filled with crackdowns on immigration.

While the US is often referred to as “a melting pot” or a “nation of immigrants,” our history education does little to recognize the centuries’ long struggle many have faced to attain citizenship.

Read and share this guide to show others how recent events are part of a larger legacy of discrimination towards immigrant groups. By acknowledging our history, we can understand today’s struggle and fight for justice together.

1) From the start, the country’s immigration policy has only viewed one group as being “true Americans.”

The History: The Naturalization Act of 1790 limited American citizenship to “free white people of good character,” excluding those indigenous to the country and those whose ancestors had been brought here against their will. Most minorities didn’t receive citizenship until well into the 20th century.

Today: 27 years later, the notion that only certain people have the right to American identity persists. Ahead of last year’s election, conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted that President Trump would win in all 50 states if only those “with at least 4 grandparents born in America” could vote. Coulter’s comment essentially referencing a Nazi law, which used the identities of grandparents to deny rights and citizenship to Jewish people.

Keep reading

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Ellis Island Immigrants
ca. 1905–14
Photographer: Augustus F. Sherman (American; 1865–1925)

anonymous asked:

the fuck does some shit-brained argument about immagration have to do with humorous memes? wait lemme answer that for you: fuckin nothin. if I wanted to watch two people who hate each other partake in a totally pointless exchange that amounts to nothing I'd visit my parents. if I wanted to expand my scope of knowledge concerning immigration with respect to american history I'd visit a library. unfollowed! i'm gonna block too just for funzies (and spite.)

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My Family’s Slave, a scattered opinion from an actual Filipino.

This is my scattered-brained response to the backlash regarding the late Alex Tizon’s controversial final piece My Family’s Slave. 

I’ve seen every angry reaction to this piece (from mostly uninformed liberals that means well but doesn’t understand the complex issues in Filipino culture) and suddenly it was clear to me. My older sister once told me it gets tiresome when we Filipinos have to explain our complex culture to Americans in the fear of being viewed as “degenerates”. So here is my take on Mr. Tizon’s piece, as an actual Filipino who grew up in the Philippines. 

This “structure” is very common in Filipino culture. Even most middle class families has one. Poor girls from poor families would make a living working and taking care of the children and household chores of families that are better-off. Back then it was a practice to show “wealth” and “status” but now its because most Filipino families have both mothers and fathers working, and sometimes these parents have to work oversees. But unlike the Tizon family, most of these women are paid, have their own rooms, are well-fed, and have day-offs. My family had one, because my mother and father have demanding jobs that provides education, food, shelter, and clothing to their 4 children. And to make it more clear, Filipino families are EXPECTED to pay for their children’s college education. My parents are literally working to get me and my siblings through college (and they did). 

Mr. Tizon’s mother came from a family of rich landowners in a remote province. In Filipino culture, some provinces and territories are basically “owned” by rich and powerful Families. People living in these towns are basically “subjects” who are made to serve these families. Though the practice isn’t as bad as it is now, its still prevalent. When his grandfather took Lola and gave her to his mother, it was a display of wealth and power. Its a problematic footnote in Filipino history but I assure you, this is NOT a common practice AT ALL!

I’ve seen people that are mad that the author didn’t save Lola when he was a kid, or when he was in college, or when he was working as a journalist. I then noticed people look at Mr. Tizon as not a Filipino immigrant, but a white man. A man who does not have complicated ties to his culture. A man who isn’t an immigrant with a difficult family history. A man who had to stay by a mother who was abusive but has her own share of tragedies. A man who had to choose to destroy all ties to his family and save a woman he couldn’t even take care of on his own. A man who wanted to save this woman while potentially putting his family’s immigrant status in a questionable state. 

By the time he took Lola in, he already had a home. He was settled, he had a place to call his own. Mr. Tizon is A FUCKING JOURNALIST WHO WROTE STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. Didn’t you guys consider that during his time after college he was traveling with no home to put Lola in? That he was out there documenting a literal VOLCANIC ERUPTION on the other side of the world? He decided it fit to take her in when he knows he has a place made just for her, her own room and her own garden. 

Another thing, people forgot that he took Lola home to the Philippines and asked her if she wanted to stay, she refused and wanted to move back to the United States. People say “HE SHOULD HAVE LEFT HER!” but the truth is, leaving her would be the WORST! Most of her family members are dead. Her friends are strangers to her. They live in a remote province, far from proper healthcare which is only available in big cities. I myself have relatives die because they live in remote provinces and couldn’t get immediate care. No one in her home town can take care of her. Leaving her there when she said NO is cruel. 

So there is my scattered take on it. Hopefully to enlighten y’all about a culture unfamiliar to you. You can try to drag Mr. Tizon’s name to the mud, but he’s dead. You will never hear the end of it. 

P.S. To every motherfucker you thinks harassing his surviving family members to “pay” for the abuses his parents made should GET THE FUCK OUT. STOP BEING ASSHOLES!