ATTENTION TUMBLR:

The man above you is holding hostage a piece of legislation that would benefit THOUSANDS of students across the state of Florida. 

The bill, SB1400, is a proposal that would allow undocumented students (such as myself) to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida Universities. Because Congress has not passed immigration reform, many of us remain beneficiaries of the DACA program - we get limited status, no federal benefits, but we continue to pay our state and federal taxes.

SB1400 is favored by a MAJORITY of both Republicans AND Democrats. Governor Scott, as well as past Governors Bush and Martinez support SB1400.

PLEASE HELP US SEND A MESSAGE TO THE FLRIDA SENATE AND DEMAND A VOTE SO THAT MY BROTHERS AND I ARE ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR EDUCATION.

Currently, Florida students who are undocumented pay THREE TO FOUR TIMES more than the average student. THIS BILL WOULDNT GIVE US FEDERAL OR STATE AID, all we ask is to pay out of pocket the rate that everyone else pays.

BUT WOULDNT THIS OPEN THE FLOOD GATES FOR EVERYONE TO COME TO FLORIDA YOU ASK?

No - SB1400 REQUIRES you have lived in Florida for a majority of your life, as well as having attended a Florida High School for FOUR FULL YEARS and have graduated from one. Thus, no displacement.

WHY SHOULD I CARE ABOUT THIS?

Think about it - people like myself have been put through the public education system in Florida. That means, tax payers have already made an investment in me, all I want is to contribute back to this state and nation.

SOUNDS GOOD, HOW DO I HELP?

Follow the instructions on the graphic above and call Florida Senate president Don Gaetz - ask him to bring SB1400 for a floor vote NOW.

Thank you Tumblr!

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Opinion: America’s war on immigrants

As the interminable debate in Washington over immigration reform wears on, undocumented migrants in the U.S. continue to exist at the mercy of law enforcement efforts that defy all pretenses of justice and legality.

Earlier this year, Al Jazeera America reported on the stop-and-frisk-style raids being conducted in New Orleans by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to boost migrant deportation quotas. In that article, a Honduran immigrant recounts his experience of being handcuffed and shackled in the back of an ICE vehicle, which had been deployed to round up undocumented people using racial profiling techniques, saying, “I heard one of the agents say to another, ‘This is like going hunting.’ … And the other responded, ‘Yeah, I like this s—-.’”

Also mentioned in the article is the fact that ICE agents in New Orleans “use mobile fingerprinting devicessimilar to those used by the U.S. military during its counterinsurgency campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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(Photo: Brendan Smialowski//AFP/Getty Images)

The Obama Paradox: Support immigrants, their family, and community while unilaterally deporting them.

Quote IconPredictably, some Democrats have gone on offense. Nancy Pelosi has drawn a hard line in the sand, reportedly calling for citizenship or nothing. Other resistance comes from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, who dismissed Republican principles as ‘fool’s gold’ and a “nonstarter” because they lack a new special path to citizenship. However, noted immigration lawyer Greg Siskind pushed back, commenting on his blog that “the AFL-CIO’s biggest problem with immigration reform is opposition to guest workers,” and not the GOP’s failure to forge a new special path to citizenship for all. Mr. Siskind, a self-described loyal Democrat, is right.
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US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
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sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
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sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo
sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo
sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo
sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo
sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo
sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event
In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.
Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.



















UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
ZoomInfo

sinidentidades:

US Border Patrol: “Patently False” Photos of Kids Shooting at Migrant Targets Part of a Local Event

In response to a story originally published in Mexico’s Excelsior that showed images of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents teaching children how to shoot paintball pellets at what appear to be migrant cutout targets near the San Diego/Tijuana border, a spokesperson for the San Diego Border Patrol said such media reports were “patently false” and that the photos were part of a local 2013 community event, according to an email statement received tonight.

Here is what Jackie Wasiluk of the CBP San Diego office wrote:

Media reports that the U.S. Border Patrol provides training on how to “attack migrants” are patently false. The photos published as part of these allegations were from a local event meant to bring members of the community together to build relationships and increase awareness about law enforcement. The U.S. Border Patrol, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in the area, participated in this local public exposition in June 2013, which included displays, demonstrations and activities. This specific activity was meant to create awareness about law enforcement tools used to address some violent situations without the use of deadly force. The U.S. Border Patrol takes pride in participating in community events to help build awareness about our activities and operations.

This is a Storify slideshow published earlier.

UPDATE, February 1, 2014, 10:30 AM ET: The pictures in question were part of the 2013 San Diego Fallen Agents Memorial Run. And several of the pictures showing kids at target practice can be found on at the run’s official page.
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A recap of the week on immigration

imageimage via Colorlines

Yesterday, New Jersey became the latest state to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. The news came as both Democrats and Republicans were able to strike a deal that provided a tuition break to undocumented students, but nixed the portion of the bill that provided them with state aid.

Governor Christie (R-NJ) has gone as far as to demand apologies of those who said that he was playing “political games” with the issue. 

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image via MiamiDade.gov

Miami-Dade County, Florida, has passed a resolution terminating their funding to house temporarily detained immigrants within its correctional facilities.

The resolution boasted some eye-opening numbers regarding the number of undocumented immigrants that are detained and handed over to ICE. meanwhile, across the country in California, San Bernardino County mulls over a similar proposal.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement released it’s deportation numbers yesterday. According to the breakdown, deportations have dropped by 10% in comparison to last year’s record number. However, we are closing in on 2,000,000 deportations under the Obama administration and there does not to seem to be any relief in sight.

On a separate note, the PEW Research Center disclosed the following study. In it, there are various figures that demonstrate that Hispanics put “deportation relief” over “citizenship” at the end of the day. Perhaps immigrant advocates could take a hint. Oh, the study also shows that both Republicans & Democrats will hold a substantial amount of blame for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.

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Newly appointed Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote a letter to Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) regarding deportation quotas.

"I do not believe that deportation quotas or numeric goals are a good idea," Johnson wrote in the letter, obtained by HuffPost and confirmed by Durbin’s office.

Johnson, who has been criticized for not having experience in immigration policy matters, has touted his support for the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill.

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image via The Washington Post

Seven undocumented immigrants have launched a compliant against the state of Virginia. Following the steps of other states such as New Jersey and Maryland, the students are seeking in-state tuition at state universities and colleges. 

The 19-year-old cannot afford the out-of-state tuition of $29,000 a year Virginia charges people with her immigration status, so she and six other students filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Arlington County Circuit Court arguing that they should be able to pay the same lower rates as other longtime Virginia residents.

Similar litigation is occurring in the states of Georgia and Arizona. Although efforts to take up the issue of in-state tuition have failed in the General Assembly, the issue is expected to be taken up once again next year.

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500,000 Undocumented Immigrants Have NOT Applied for DACA

NPR reported a story based on the numbers behind the individuals who have yet to apply to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). According to the publication, there’s a HALF A MILLION individuals who would qualify for DACA but have not applied.

More numbers from the story:

  • 1.1 Million: Estimated number of potential DACA beneficiaries according to the Migration Policy Institute
  • Only 16% of eligible Filipinos have applied to DACA
  • Only 9% of eligible Chinese beneficiaries have applied to DACA

NPR notes that the $465 application fee has been a hurdle for many beneficiaries, but also notes cultural barriers:

Tiffany Panlilio says part of the problem is cultural. Organizers have to overcome a social stigma among Filipinos over admitting they’re undocumented.

TIFFANY PANLILIO: It’s kind of just seen as a big shame to your family or to your friends.

ROBBINS: Panlilio is with the organization Asian-Americans Advancing Justice.

PANLILIO: It’s very similar within the Korean community, definitely the Chinese community.

As well as fear…

ROBBINS: And then there’s fear. Young undocumented immigrants are getting mixed messages. While one department inside Homeland Security - Citizen and Immigration Services - is saying come forward, avoid deportation and get a work permit, another - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - is busy deporting friends, family, and in some cases potential applicants themselves.

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Miami-Dade County Stops Funding Immigration Detention

Miami-Dade County has passed a resolution signaling that it will instruct its Correction and Rehabilitation Department to not honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers; unless, the federal government issues a refund for “all costs relating to compliance with such detainer requests.”

You can see a copy of the resolution here, which was sponsored by Commissioner Jean Monestime and Sally A. Heyman.

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The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) is really handing it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this morning.
Not only have they shut down a DC area ICE office, but simultaneously another one in Los Angeles as well! The continuous pressure on ICE continues to escalate, as DreamActivist and The NIYA demand a full review of El Paso Detention Center. 
No case of Monday’s for anyone, not even for ICE, as immigrants continue to be deported daily.
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The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) is really handing it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this morning.
Not only have they shut down a DC area ICE office, but simultaneously another one in Los Angeles as well! The continuous pressure on ICE continues to escalate, as DreamActivist and The NIYA demand a full review of El Paso Detention Center. 
No case of Monday’s for anyone, not even for ICE, as immigrants continue to be deported daily.
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The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) is really handing it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this morning.

Not only have they shut down a DC area ICE office, but simultaneously another one in Los Angeles as well! The continuous pressure on ICE continues to escalate, as DreamActivist and The NIYA demand a full review of El Paso Detention Center. 

No case of Monday’s for anyone, not even for ICE, as immigrants continue to be deported daily.

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Pelosi: I hope to see “action from the president” on Deportations

One of the most important details regarding immigration policy, specifically the powers of President Obama when it comes to handling deportations, may have been revealed by Nancy Pelosi during a Telemundo interview this past weekend.

NANCY PELOSI: Well, I don’t know whether he has the authority. But I think that there is discretion in the law as to the impl– implementation, enforcement of– of– the legislation that is calling for these deportations. And I myself– coming from San Francisco, representing– being part of California– we have seen deportations that were totally unjustified, you know?

Our view of the law is that it– if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation. If somebody has broken the law, committed a felony or something, that’s a different story. And– when those people are apprehended, they are deported. So– I don’t see any reason for these deportations.

And– there has been un– it hasn’t been a uniform– enforcement of the law. So I think the d– prosecutorial discretion to say, “If your only violation is you overstayed or came in in a certain way, that’s no reason to split a family.” And we have seen the personal stories. And we presented them to the administration. So I think– I’m hopeful that with the documentation that we are providing to counter what others may be saying about who’s being deported, that we will see action from the president.

Head over to Latino Rebels for a longer transcript of the interview.