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Originally posted by sickfuture

Why does everything Republicans do these days look like a poster or trailer from a horror movie about secretly crazy middle-class serial killers from suburbia?

A question we might need to ask at some point.

Christ. The way her face just falls. That is honestly unsettling.  

Dear White People: You didn’t “survive” Obama. You were never, ever in any threat or danger under Obamas administration People of color, LGBT+, immigrants, people of other faiths, THESE people want to survive Trump. Because their families ARE being torn apart, people ARE looking to harm/kill them. Their churches ARE being defaced and torched. Their children ARE being slaughtered in the streets. Step back

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.

No, Obama didn’t ban Iraqi refugees in 2011

  • In a statement Sunday, Trump defended his executive order targeting Muslim immigrants and refugees by saying that his policy is “similar to what [former] President (Barack Obama) did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.”
  • Like so much of what Trump says, this is false: the Obama administration did not ban refugees from Iraq for six months in 2011.
  • In May 2011, two Iraqis in Kentucky were arrested on terrorism charges after admitting to having attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq. 
  • The FBI suggested at the time that “dozens” of terrorists may have entered the U.S. posing as refugees, leading the Obama administration to “re-examine the records of 58,000 Iraqis who had been settled in the United States.” 
  • It "imposed new, more extensive background checks on Iraqi refugees,” according to the Washington Post.
  • This significantly slowed the admissions process, the Post reports, but did not amount to a “ban,” as Trump described it. 
  • Iraqi refugees were still being admitted to the U.S., albeit at a more sluggish pace.
  • Additionally, Obama’s review applied only to Iraqi’s applying for Special Immigrant Visas – which help those who have assisted the U.S. in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan – and not to virtually all immigrants from seven countries, as Trump’s does. 
  • Further, the Obama review came in response to a specific threat; Trump has not offered information demonstrating a need for his ban. Read more

I’m so happy that Bernie Sanders is speaking up about this. I’m happy he is on our side. And yes, there are a lot of us that voted against “Donald” and if we fight together we CAN become his worst nightmare.

Sorry, Trump/Farage supporters. I’m not scared of black people, gays, trans people, Australians, Angela Merkel, Muslims, Mexicans, Romanians, Polish people, feminists or the Anne Frank Centre. I’m a civilised person with a three digit IQ.

Admittedly, I never was crazy about Michelle Obama’s “pro-vegetable” thing. 

But that was purely my pro-chocolate bias. 

Every time someone knocks on her door, *Khadijah panics, unable to move. She wonders if this is it, the day ICE will arrest her for being undocumented and deport her to the country she left as a child more than 15 years ago. She can’t breathe, knowing the life she has worked so hard to build for herself can be taken away in the few seconds it would take her to open the door.

Everyday conversations put a knot in her stomach, her fear forcing her to make gut decisions about who to trust—the Uber driver asking her where’s she from after hearing her accent; the man she’s dating when he asks her questions about her life; acquaintances when they ask why she is so nervous around the police. “Delivery!” yells the UPS man as he leaves a package at her door. Khadijah waits until she hears his van drive away before she allows herself to breathe. She’s safe—for now.

Khadijah is not just undocumented. She’s Black. There are approximately 565,000 Black undocumented immigrants across the country who are erased from the (non-black)Latinx-dominated immigration conversation despite being disproportionately targeted by both the criminal justice and immigration systems. The racial profiling, tougher sentencing, and mass incarceration of Black people makes it so we are detained and deported at disproportionately higher rates than non-Black immigrants.

Hidden in plain sight, our stories are erased and we disappear in the deportation machine without anyone checking twice. This isn’t new. We experienced this under the Obama administration, some of us blindsided as our first Black president strengthened the brutal deportation machine and deported more immigrants than any other president. The current administration and its followers have openly spewed hate, racism, and xenophobia from the campaign trail to the White House. It is not a matter of “if” more of us will be impacted, it is a matter of “when.”