undocumented families

Today I rushed to one of my elementary schools because parents had heard that ICE was outside of the school. I brought my “Know Your RIghts” packets, business cards that talk about knowing your right to remain silent and a pack of emergency safety plans. And I brought them to a principal who was in tears. She was literally in tears because her parents did not want to leave campus because they were afraid that ICE would take them away from their children. And I’m thinking on my way back to my campus, “Why am I doing this? What kind of world do I live in where I share tears with administration and parents because they are scared that they will be separated from their children because they aren’t the right color? 

And then I got back to my office to talk to a mom whose husband and two brothers were picked up on Friday. And she hasn’t left the house since Friday and her son is scared to walk to school. School is safe…no one can get him…but how do I respond to a mother who is afraid for her son to walk to school because ICE may take him? What do I say? What do I do?

Protect undocumented Central American families and their children.

Protect undocumented Central American families and their children.

Protect undocumented Central American families and their children.

Protect undocumented Central American families and their children.


Splitting up & deporting undocumented families? No problem. Banning Muslims? That’s cool. Making it easier for people to abuse puppies? “THIS IS NOT WHY I VOTED FOR YOU DONALD!!!!”

Gina Rodriguez Producing Immigration Series Projects At CBS & the CW, ‘LA Story’ Reboot

Gina Rodriguez Producing Immigration Series Projects At CBS & the CW, ‘LA Story’ Reboot As news is still sinking in of President Trump’s decision yesterday to end the DACA program that protects undocumented immigrants who had been brought over to the U.S. as children, the CW is developing an hourlong dramedy about the family of a teenager in a similar situation. Titled Illegal, it is one of two projects Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez has sold as a producer in her first development cycle under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios for her I Can & I Will Productions. The other, Have Mercy, is a medical drama at CBS based on the German format Dr. Illegal. Rodriguez executive produces both projects with I Can & I Will development executive Emily Gipson.

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You may have seen that we are hosting an Answer Time with Gustavo, a DREAMer who has recently enrolled in Columbia University. Unfortunately, following the election of Donald Trump we are pulling his Answer Time to ensure that he can stay emotionally safe and look out for his family. 

In his place we are running an Answer Time with “Fiona,” an immigrant from the Philippines who moved to the US without documentation with her family in 2001. She is currently here as a DREAMer because she arrived here before she turned 16. However, the fate of her family hinges on Trump’s actions in office. She has graciously agreed to answer questions about life for her and her family as undocumented immigrants. You can also read more about her in an essay she wrote for Refinery29.

Fiona will begin answering questions at 11am EST/8am PST. She’s taking questions via our Ask Box and will also be answering questions originally intended for Gustavo.

Our thoughts are with both Fiona and Gustavo and their families this morning.

**POLITICAL POST THAT EVERYONE SHOULD READ- PLEASE REPOST SO OTHERS CAN TOO** my friend seth posted this on facebook, and as a female american citizen i see it important to share posts like these

Dear Donald Trump,

As I reflect on your first week as President, I must admit your actions are unsurprising.

While I am mostly speechless, I am in awe at the harm you are already inflicting on various populations within this nation. I am in awe that you, an ad hoc celebrity, could even get elected. I am in awe that you spent over a year campaigning using misogynistic, xenophobic, bigoted, homophobic, and ableist language which you are now institutionalizing at your own will.

I am also scared for many reasons. I am scared as a gay man, and for my friends in the queer and trans community, whose rights you intend to strip because they do align with your heteronormative, “Christian” values. I am scared for my boyfriend, a Muslim immigrant, who you will forcibly register and at all costs send back to Saudi Arabia. I am scared for my undocumented friends whose families you intend to tear apart. I am scared for the indigenous populations of this nation, whose struggle with their colonizers, OUR ANCESTORS, is ever present, and that which you intend to make harder by denying access to clean water. I am scared for the womxn of this country, whose access to SAFE, AFFORDABLE reproductive healthcare you intend to so easily take away.

Riddle me this:
1. Who gave you, a MAN, the right to decide what is right and necessary in terms of reproductive healthcare for the womxn of this country?
2. Why do you, an UNSUPPRESSED, WEALTHY, WHITE person get to decide the fate of refugees, whose daily fight is to EXIST? Something you will NEVER relate to or understand.
3. When will you accept the reality that the Islamic State does NOT represent Islam or Islamic civilization?
4. When will you read the Constitution, the foundation of the principles of this country, and understand the illegality of your actions and executive orders?
5. When will you accept that America did NOT elect you? Rather a group of WHITE MEN whose complexes are as fragile as your temper.

Your justification for these atrocities as rooted in your “Christian” values or “business experience” is hardly valid and I think your bigotry, 3 marriages, and 4 bankruptcies would agree.

We DO NOT want you as our President, and your actions are not only detrimental to the people within our borders, they are detrimental to everyone who sees our country as a beacon of hope. Your actions are the clearest sign of your privilege; for if you pulled your head away from Twitter, you might be able to see the danger and harm you are inflicting on millions of people. People who have worked hard to have what they have and be where they are. You are forcing people to relive a life they fought hard to escape, showing me you know nothing of sympathy and the foundation of this country.

So while you sit in the White House with your billions of dollars, I would like you to remember two things:
1. It is our tax money that funds your $400,000 salary. You were elected to represent the people- not your personal, disgusting, bigoted views.
2. You think your actions are making America “great” again and ensuring civilian safety, but you, Mr. President, are the biggest threat to the majority of this country.

An Angry Person

P.S., if you find yourself reading this, denying its relevance to you, you have just realized your privilege.

It is time to stop being silent. It is time to engage, rise up, and resist. It is time to show that we are the future of the nation. #NotMyPresident #MuslimBan

Disclosure: when engaging in this conversation, it is important to remember the history and founding of this nation. This land is not ours; it is the product of historical and contemporary colonization.


#ReadTheMargin Reading List

Here is my rather ambitious reading list for @ladybookmad‘s December reading challenge, #readthemargin. The challenge is to read only books by women or marginalized authors for all of December. Here are my picks:

1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas: 5th book in the Throne of Glass series about assassins, fae, and forbidden magic, and one of my most-anticipated reads for 2016.

2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: the conclusion to the Six of Crows duology about a gang of six teenage criminals, and also one of my most-anticipated reads of 2016

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: a retelling of Alice in Wonderland following the Queen of Hearts before she became the Queen of Hearts. 

4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir: the 2nd book in The Ember in the Ashes series, set in a dystopian fantasy world based on the Roman empire. 

5. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland: a modern-day story based on Greek mythology about a harpy

6. Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor: a Nigerian sci-fi story about a soldier, a rapper, and scientist saving the world from aliens. 

7. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova: a story about a bisexual latina bruja trying to find her family by traveling to mysterious realms.

8. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: an ARC I got about a girl who practices necromancy and accidentally resurrects her dead brother. 

9. In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero: a memoir written by a Mexican-American about her whole family, undocumented immigrants, being deported when she was a teenager. 

I think there's something in my house

So here’s the thing, nobody has ever died in my house. It isn’t built on any kind of burial ground or cursed land. At least not to my knowledge, there isn’t a lot of research that I can find on this land as I live in a rural area so it’s fairly undocumented in history. My family is the only one that’s lived in it for the past 12, almost 13 years. Some background, my parents moved my brother and I to our house after a store clerk that was always very kind to my brother and I was shot and killed doing his job. My mom working in law enforcement, knew this was no place to raise two young children. So my mother and father had a house built for our family and we’ve been here ever since. In 2009, if I remember right (this is a badly repressed memory, i remember her life not her death), my grandmother passed away. She was and still remains to be a very influential part in my life and my brother’s life. When she passed away, not long after my brother started having these bad feelings and nightmares of something with red or yellow eyes staring at him from his closet, wanting to kill him and tear him to pieces. He was 10 years old and never experienced anything so traumatic to cause things like this. Our therapists thought it was a coping mechanism or simply just dreams. I had a different idea. I started to get the bad feelings, I felt like someone was starting at me. It felt malevolent, like it wanted to hurt me, but its never actually done anything to us. Sometimes our things will disappear and magically be in another part of the house, nowhere near where it was originally left. Just small things at first. Late at night there would be loud bangs, footsteps, whispers, just things that I’d learned to brush off. It just became normal. Eventually my parents smudged the house and it stopped. My parents are spiritual, they believe in the paranormal, so when I told them this next part they believed me and said they would smudge the house.

On this particular night, I had stayed up scrolling through tumblr reading stories and bouncing between doing my nursing homework. By the time I looked at the clock it was almost 1 in the morning and I decided to turn on netflix and pass out. Passed out, my computer had timed itself out so there was no sound. I was woken up by a loud bang and the laughter of a little boy. My brother is 16 years old. He was passed out in his room across the hall. I’m groggily looking around my room and I stopped dead. There was this short little shape, almost an outline of someone, but i could see some features. A round little face, almost a bowl cut on top of his head and what looked like a smile. Mind you this was in a split second and I was half awake in my dark room. Next thing I know, i hear laughing again and the shape runs THROUGH my door. It doesn’t open, nothing. The little boy just runs through my door and I haven’t seen him since. I don’t know what I saw, but I know I wasn’t dreaming. I’ve had paranormal experiences before, and this one creeped me out a little more than I thought it would.

The Undocumented and Black Convening of 2015
October 24 - 25. New York City. #UBC15

Dear Black Undocumented Family,

It goes without saying that our communities are in a state of emergency in a variety of ways. Black people across the country are facing unprecedented police brutality, increased criminalization and  immigrant families are being torn apart, due to our broken immigration system. As a result, we are bearing the compounded struggles, fear and trauma of our unique identities.  

Have you ever felt that Black immigrant stories have been missing from the immigration discussion? Do you feel the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement as a global citizen’s struggle? Do you often feel you’re in constant fear of losing your life to state violence and being deported? Do you wish you knew of ways to obtain higher education despite being undocumented?  Then this convening of Black Undocumented folk is for YOU.

The purpose of this Convening is for us to heal, learn and be empowered by each other. We want this Convening to be a safe space, a learning environment and the beginning of a new chapter for our people.

The Undocumented Black Convening of 2015 will be held in New York City on October 24-25. We are grateful to be supported by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and United We Dream (UWD).

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this pre-registration and we will follow up with more details.

Please note: This convening is specifically designed as a safe space for Black Undocumented people to heal, learn and be empowered by each other. Our kickoff event, the 2015 Undocumented Black Convening, will be our first formal opportunity to have such a space. For that reason, we respectfully request our allies to support the convening by encouraging Black Undocumented people to attend. Attendance is limited.

Undocumented and Black,
#UBC15 Planning Committee

granddustwizard  asked:

How was Frisk adopted by Toriel if he still has living biological family? That doesn't exactly seem like something human adoption committees would just let slide.

Easy. Frisk isn’t their birthname. As far as those adoption committees were concerned, Frisk was an undocumented person with no family to speak of.

Bernie Sanders to Sheriff Arpaio: 'Watch out, Joe'
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ripped into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally in northern Arizona on Thursday, after facing criticism from the Clinton campaign for an encounter Sanders’ wife had with him.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ripped into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally in northern Arizona on Thursday, after facing criticism from the Clinton campaign for an encounter Sanders’ wife had with the immigration-hardliner sheriff.

The U.S. senator from Vermont said Arpaio’s arrests of undocumented immigrants, often separating families, were “outrageous and unconscionable.”

“It’s easy for bullies like Sheriff Arpaio to pick on people who have no power,” Sanders said. 

“If I am elected president — the president of the United States does have power. So watch out, Joe.”

BREAKING: U.S. Starts To Release Undocumented Immigrant Mothers, Children Seeking Asylum
About 2,172 immigrant families are currently being detained at three U.S. facilities. Some heads of households could be fitted with GPS monitoring devices as a condition of their release.
By Adolfo Flores

Federal officials this week said they have started releasing undocumented immigrant families who have valid asylum claims, a group that currently stands at about 2,172.

Human rights activists and immigrants have long protested the living conditions inside some of the federal detention centers, the amount of time detainees are kept in custody, and the remoteness of the locations. The conditions are so poor, immigrant groups say, that they have prompted hunger strikes and suicides.

Richard Rocha, a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the agency was evaluating the cases of people inside all three of their family detention centers.

“Going forward, ICE will generally not detain mothers with children, absent a threat to public safety or national security, if they have received a positive finding for credible or reasonable fear,” Rocha said in a statement.

ICE said it will generally first release those who have been in custody the longest. But the agency said it has started to review the cases of families detained more than 90 days to see if they should continue to be detained while their immigration cases are pending.

Some heads of households, mostly mothers with some fathers, could be fitted with a GPS monitoring device, a condition of release that will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

No figures for how many people had been released so far were available Tuesday.

ICE said populations in three family detention centers in the U.S. — one in Karnes, Texas, another in Dilley, Texas, and a smaller facility in Berks County, Pennsylvania — are expected to initially drop. However, intake at the facilities will continue.

“Keep in mind, we have routinely released people for various reasons, including bonds, orders by immigration judges, or the exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Rocha told BuzzFeed News.

Last year, a surge of Central American children, some of them accompanied by their parents, started showing up on the U.S. border, many of them fleeing violence and poverty back home.

Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, said the effort to release some families is a move in the right direction, but said it fell short of what advocates want: The closure of all family detention centers.

“The detention system is rife with human rights abuses, appalling medical care lapses, and glaring due process violations,” Shah said in a statement.

Shah also called the decision to fit mothers with GPS monitoring devices “unnecessary and dehumanizing.”

In June, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson said prolonged incarceration of immigrant asylum seekers was an inefficient use of the government’s resources and called for the practice to be discontinued.

Johnson added that the Department of Homeland Security would offer “monetary bond or other condition of release” to detained families who successfully make a case for fear of persecution at home.

ICE said it will take into account a family’s ability to pay when setting a bond amount, as well as flight risk and public safety.

At the same time, those who don’t ask for relief will be deported promptly as part of the changes.

ICE also said it was appointing a federal advisory committee of outside experts to advise the agency on family detention centers.

hey sorry but:

i don’t get how ppl tell me to not worry so much about my family members getting deported?? unless u urself have undocumented family members u literally have 0 say as to if people who do should or should worry because?? my parents have been here for 24 years and have built a whole family for themselves and have integrated themselves in a community they struggled to build and now all of their hard work is going to waste because some asshole politicians are mad that ‘they’re taking away our jobs’ and shit when?? my mom busts her own ass working as a house cleaner for rich white people and my dad, who can’t even work right now because he underwent a bad accident that leaves him disabled for at least a year, is a landscaper who had to literally go on a scavenger hunt for any job he could find. i don’t think rich, entitled white people exactly look for these jobs, if not ask immigrants to do these sorts of jobs FOR THEM. of course im going to fucking worry because im still a minor and if my parents get deported i’d have to be handed off like some pawn to another family member, which won’t be any better because most of my family ARE undocumented?? even if most posts that say raids are happening are over exaggerated, i still worry because i HAVE to worry about these sorts of things. not because i WANT to worry.
don’t tell me to not fucking worry when literally this is my life and i have no choice but to deal with it every. single. day.

please do not ignore how the united states government treats undocumented people

undocumented or not these are still people with families. Undocumented citizens are being abused left and right, getting paid under minimum wage because they can’t get a regular job, and then to make matters worse you want to ship theses people out of our nation that’s known for our “American Dream”. The American dream should never be about selfishly turning away immigrants at our doors, but welcoming them in with open arms.

my mom had a very bad childhood growing up dirt poor in mexico. Every now and then when she’s breaking down with sadness about problems effecting my family she’ll tell me a story about then. There was a time when she had to smuggle weapons to survive.

this is the reality immigrants  are trying to leave behind. They lose their lives trying to find freedom and spend every penny they earn. If we turn them away we might as well be killing them because they have nothing left but the clothes on their backs once they get to America.