undocumented persons

Meet Ricardo, One Of The Undocumented Immigrants Who Works At A Trump Hotel

Ricardo is an undocumented immigrant and works hard at three different jobs — and one of those jobs is at a Trump hotel.

In an incredible video from New Left Media, Ricardo describes working as a busboy at the only restaurant at Trump Soho, and his subsequent reaction to Trump’s claim that undocumented immigrants from Mexico — hardworking immigrants like himself — are criminals.

“I am not a criminal. I am not a drug dealer. I am definitely not a rapist,” he says.

Though he cannot vote, Ricardo uses his craft and passion — he has a degree in photography — to give a voice to himself and members of the undocumented community in New York.

In one scene of the clip, Ricardo photographs other immigrants holding signs reading, among other things, “I am not a criminal.”

Ricardo also points out that while some Republicans have criticized Trump for his comments, many of them share the same kinds of extremist positions when it comes to immigrants, Latinos, and immigration.

“I may have an accent, but I’m not stupid,” he says.

Ricardo realizes the risks in going public — specifically, getting fired — but he also wants to speak up for his family and community, and that’s a risk he’s willing to take for them.

Hillary conceded. There is no point in trying to say that she still has a chance. She lost. In January, Donald Trump will be inaugurated into the office of President of the United States. Riots will not change this fact. Throwing a fit will not change this fact. Crying and vandalizing and picking fights will not change this fact. I personally do not believe that Trump poses a threat to LGBT rights and religious freedom. The only reason to be afraid right now is if you are an undocumented person. Because that means you are in this country illegally and are breaking the law.
If you are truly scared, exercise your second amendment freedom and purchase a firearm. I’d be happy to help teach you how to use it. That’s why we have that amendment- to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.
This election was about much more than social issues. The world is in disarray. Tensions are high. Entire groups of people are being blamed for the actions of a few that share a couple traits. Donald Trump more or less said he wanted to become allies with Russia and work with them to foster peace in our world. Hillary Clinton more or less said she was going to declare war on Russia because of the Wikileaks situation. Economically? Hillary wanted to add regulations while Trump wanted to cut down on regulations. Nearly any economist you ask will say that regulations restrict the market and cause problems. We must remember that there is never only one issue to solve. We live in a large diverse country with many different types of people with very different lifestyles, livelihoods, and concerns.
If our upcoming administration concerns you, exercise your rights as an American citizen. If you want change, do your research and put your support behind local politicians that hold the same values as you. If you’re able, vote in the 2018 midterm elections. But do your research. Educate yourself on how the economy works. Educate yourself on how different policies can affect different people in different situations. Understand that your experiences and understandings are not the same as those of people living across the country, or those two decades older than you, or those who have been to college, or those who own their own business, or those live on farms or in high rise apartments. Understand that this election was not about you. Understand that this election was about the next four years and the good of our country. Understand how the media spins things out of proportion.
We still have the constitution. We still have the bill of rights. We still have all the amendments that followed.

“Nina Chaubal, an undocumented trans person who is a co-founder of Trans Lifeline, and is married to a u.s. citizen, was detained by ICE in Arizona and taken to an Arizona detention center. She poses no flight risks, but even if she did, we still gotta work on getting her free. there is difficulty finding Nina a lawyer due to the holidays, so if you or someone you know can help out, lets hop on it please!! #FreeNina”

my fellow white people- this is on us.

you did this. we did this. we, white people, we did this. we let this happen, we turned it into a joke, and now it’s real. even if you didn’t vote for trump, and voted third party- this is on you. 

if you have any peace in your heart, i hope the grief and fear of every member of the LGBT community, every person of color, every muslim, every undocumented person, every disabled person, every rape victim, every woman, i hope every bit of what they are feeling comes back on you tenfold. we deserve it, for this.

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In these United States, we’ve used unspeakable systemic violence to create a supremacist culture that has and continues to rob black people of freedom. Here, we don’t need to speak the unspeakable. We see it every single day, all of us. But there are people who fight for power, which is to say agency, which is to say freedom. It takes art and passion and standing up next to each another. The tide-buckers and the oppressed have been for centuries fighting tirelessly for the dignity and equality of their own bodies, lives, loves. The political rhetoric in this fight has lately taken to social media, an outlet wholly democratic for other voices to be heard and social awareness to bloom. 

Forty years ago though, it took place in part on the covers of paperback books. The sale of these books — 99 cents in pharmacies and grocery lines across America — helped shape contemporary discourse and design. Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton’s Black Power can be examined as an example of one such publication.

The original design by Larry Ratzkin is unassuming yet profound: a white field, with the giant words “Black Power” centered in a thick, slab-serifed type. No images, no frills. The efficiency of the cover appears so natural that any other is hard to imagine; the design has come to embody the political moment in the late 1960s when Black people began uniting in their struggle for liberation. Other variations, iterations and representations of the movement and the paperback below, originally on view in the gallery annex at Ace Hotel New York. 

This selection was curated by the Interference Archive — a Gowanus, Brooklyn-based archive exploring the relationship between cultural production and social movements, and working to preserve the history of movements in an environment that allows marginalized communities to shape the way their own history is represented. 

I’m unfollowing anyone that refers to undocumented persons as “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” or “illegal” anything.

No human being is illegal and I sure as fuck won’t have any of that “they should have came here legally” response bullshit, especially from an imperialist country who literally killed people, built this country with slaves, and LITERALLY STOLE LAND.

Obama's Executive order on immigration

Democrats need to start using word “blackmail” to describe the Republicans’ DHS shutdown threat a lot more often.

Second, if the GOP wants to deport EVERY undocumented person in the US, instead of prioritizing convicted criminals, then they need to propose a bill funding that.

Otherwise it’s a moot argument.

The president has to prioritize the enforcement of the laws, and that’s all this action does. It’s essentially the only logical option available to him. While it gives some people much less to worry about, it doesn’t actually change anyone’s status.

It doesn’t actually do what needs to be done, what Reagan–ironically–did, which is to give families amnesty.

I personally think the only real issue Republicans have with the executive order is the way it was announced.

The White House pitched the action as a real policy change, when in fact it only changes who gets targeted first. Republicans are basically arguing right now that people convicted of crimes should NOT be the first target for deportation, but that families should be.

But they don’t get to make that call right now. The executive enforces the laws, congress writes and funds them.

If Republicans were truly serious about deportation, and really wanted to put their demagoguery into practice, they would need to come up with hundreds of millions of more dollars to fund the DHS, not defund it. Until that happens, they’re clearly only trying to negate the political boost President Obama got when he made his announcement.

There’s nothing here, nothing but optics.