Juan Escalante is an undocumented immigrant who is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Policy.

You can email me

3 stories you should be reading

Happy Friday! Here are three stories that have caught my attention today:

  • MSN Messenger is Deadsome loved it, some hated it, some chose AOL’s AIM over it, but bottom line MSN Messenger was one of those messaging apps willing to take a chance on new services, third party plug-ins (talk about emoji collections), and connectivity - especially for those who had contact outside the United States. 

  • Slow day at work? Vox is reporting on the benefits of "coffee naps." That is right, drink coffee, take a nap, and BOOM! extra energy. Sounds crazy? Well, it is. But as Vox states:
    To understand a coffee nap, you have to understand how caffeine affects you. 
  • NOM NOM NOMWant to eat Taco Bell for the rest of your life? The fast food company is offering residents of certain cities a chance to win $10,000 gift cards if they find a SPECIFIC dollar. That is, a dollar with a specific serial number. Be sure to check those wallets!

Cheering for the #USMNT? This might surprise you

This nifty GIF comes from fusionlive, attached to a story regarding the amount of immigrants, or sons of immigrants, that play on the United States’ national soccer team.

Shocking?

Check out this list from Business Insider, which breaks down the composition of various teams participating in the World Cup.

Deportation relief stalled; raids and deportations continue

image

Photo via Voces de la Frontera

A recent announcement, made by SEIU and other “pro-migrant” organizations, has stalled the prospect for an ease in deportations:

During this interim, we strongly urge President Obama and his Administration to allow for this process to take place before issuing administrative action. We believe the President should move cautiously and give the House Leadership all of the space they may need to bring legislation to the floor for a vote.

A furious base has lashed out against SEIU on Twitter, while others are placing a gulf between them and the powerful union. Ironically, the same day the President made the he would delay his decision in order to allow Congress to act, an  immigration raid was carried out in Milwaukee. The New York Times reports that 21 people were caught by immigration officials:

On the same day that White House officials revealed that President Obama had delayed for two months making any decisions on changing his deportations policy, enforcement agents fanned out in immigrant neighborhoods in Milwaukee, detaining 21 foreigners in homes and workplaces.

The Obama administration has set August 1st as a target date to make any immigration related announcement. Meanwhile many wonder what, if anything, will be done to slow down the deportations of thousands of people in the coming months - many of whom have no criminal record.

In the meantime, the groups responsible for stalling any meaningful change to immigration policy need to be reminded what the real and immediate priorities of the immigration community really are.

wlrnnews:

What’s The Story is happy to debut our version of #ThirstyThursday. Each week the WLRN staff will try a different South Florida, Caribbean, or Latin American beverage. Phase one: soda. Living in South Florida means soda sections filled with unusual colors and flavors in places as vanilla as Publix. Inaugural #Thirsty Thursday: Reggae Country Style Brand Carbonated Grapefruit Flavored Drink.

This is going to be AMAZING.
wlrnnews:

What’s The Story is happy to debut our version of #ThirstyThursday. Each week the WLRN staff will try a different South Florida, Caribbean, or Latin American beverage. Phase one: soda. Living in South Florida means soda sections filled with unusual colors and flavors in places as vanilla as Publix. Inaugural #Thirsty Thursday: Reggae Country Style Brand Carbonated Grapefruit Flavored Drink.

This is going to be AMAZING.
wlrnnews:

What’s The Story is happy to debut our version of #ThirstyThursday. Each week the WLRN staff will try a different South Florida, Caribbean, or Latin American beverage. Phase one: soda. Living in South Florida means soda sections filled with unusual colors and flavors in places as vanilla as Publix. Inaugural #Thirsty Thursday: Reggae Country Style Brand Carbonated Grapefruit Flavored Drink.

This is going to be AMAZING.

wlrnnews:

What’s The Story is happy to debut our version of #ThirstyThursday. Each week the WLRN staff will try a different South Florida, Caribbean, or Latin American beverage. Phase one: soda.

Living in South Florida means soda sections filled with unusual colors and flavors in places as vanilla as Publix.

Inaugural #Thirsty Thursday: Reggae Country Style Brand Carbonated Grapefruit Flavored Drink.

This is going to be AMAZING.