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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Legal Resource for “Illegal” Immigrants & Facts on “Illegal” Immigration

As we watch America too quickly descending backwards in both progress and 5c3784d0a0e4e44a463c9aa51af4f684morality under the tyranny of Trump/Pence, we must never forget the turmoil of those being thrown out of America. Too many Hispanic people live in fear night and day of being harassed, arrested or deported, and too many people -based on those I personally know- are aware of the legal rights they have,  “illegal” or not. Thus, I am posting a link for all people facing threat of arrest, detainment or deportation under the new, sickening tyrant rule of Trump/Pence.

The following link(s), which directs you to a section of the National Immigration Law Center, is a PDF file giving the rights each individual holds when it comes to questioning, detainment or deportation. It also refers people to a link where you can ensure loved ones know your location, stating:

  • Make sure your loved ones know how to find you if you are detained by ICE. They can use ICE’s online detainee locator (https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do) to find an adult who is in immigration custody. Or they can call the local ICE office (https://www.ice.gov/contact/ero). Make sure they have your alien registration number written down, if you have one.

Additionally, because one of these rights is the right to not speak, there is a card to print out and carry with you in the event an officer attempts to question or arrest you. Some of which has been copied and pasted below:

Hand this card to the officer, and remain silent.

The card explains that you are exercising your right to refuse to answer any questions until you have talked with a lawyer.

Please be informed that I am choosing to exercise my right to remain silent and my right to refuse to answer your questions. If I am detained, I request to contact an attorney immediately. I am also exercising my right to refuse to sign anything until I consult with my attorney. Thank you.

While this may not be enough or even offer much for anyone living in fear, I hope if you’ve found this it will offer at least a tiny bit of comfort. Click here for the link.

Now for a word to those who think they they are justified in supporting Trump’s racist, inhumane attack on ‘illegal’ immigrants (are none of you aware that if you are of European descent you, too, are an immigrant- this country was invaded by immigrants). Let’s go over a summary of you cruel beliefs and lies, as well as what the truth to those lies regarding “illegal” immigrants really are.no immigration ban.png

If you believe in the deportation and illegal immigration that is going on, you support the following facts as well. To do so and not be bothered is not only heartless but also shows your privilege -which most of you deny-, your false feelings of superiority, your ignorance (or most likely your stupidity), and your inhumane depravity.

Supporting immigration bans and deportations means you are supporting the following… From words to actions…all of it is a disgrace to humanity.

First, starting with labels… To define human beings as legal or illegal is sick enough in my opinion, but to then support and also be okay with their detainment and deportation despite what it means to their safety or their very lives?  

Oh and let’s not forget the fact that you also are supporting ripping people from their mothers, fathers, grandparents, wives, husbands, their children. And the impact on these people, including the innocent children, never strikes your alleged pro-life beliefs of being savage or gods forbid, wrong.

People are suffering in numbers virtually uncountable; in ways most people cannot even conceive. The fear they face even just sending their children to school or going to work no one can understand unless they are living it which you obviously are not being a supporter.

Worse yet, the very arrest and detainment process in itself is not even done to the standard being considered creditable, much less considerate or humane. Trump officials have been caught in the illegal act of “bullying” police departments into doing work ICE “legally” cannot do, such as entering a person’s residence without a warrant. Some police departments surprisingly have brought these attempts to national attention and declined taking part in their actions publicly, but not all have been so kind.

We can see more cruelty in the arrest and detainment process by looking at just one story of a woman in Texas. This proves no place is safe, not even medical care is taken into consideration, nor does safety come even after a person has been admitted to a hospital. They made this last month when ICE invaded the hospital room of a woman with a brain tumor, tying her ankles and wrists before dragging her to a ‘detention center’, cutting off her ability to contact the outside world -this included doctors and family.

All of this from self righteous “people” who support this for one of the following (emphasized by Trump’s lies)…

…immigrants from China and Vietnam and India more broadly, Trump in April of this year said our “jobs are being stolen … like candy from a baby.” In August 2015, Rasmussen—a conservative-leaning polling groupfound that 51% of respondents believe “illegal immigrants are taking jobs away from U.S. citizens.”

Research has found the reality of “illegal immigrants”“illegal immigrants” in America to be the exact opposite of Trump’s claims. This is but a small portion of many studies you can easily locate for yourself by some easy research.

Immigrant workers are actively lured to the United States largely by big business employers who don’t want to pay decent wages. But American families also rely on cheap goods and services to maintain a sense of material status. Also, after decades of wage stagnation where we’re all working more and more hours to make ends meet, U.S.-born workers rely on low-wage nannies and housekeepers and other service workers to pick up the slack of family life. According to data cited by the Wall Street Journal, every 1 new immigrant creates 1.2 new jobs for local workers. 

Also,

“…considering that comprehensive immigration reform—legislation both parties once supported—would boost employment, investment and productivity and grow the tax base, the jobs case against undocumented immigrants is increasingly hard to make.”

Next, somehow these people have began to claim –incorrectly– immigrants are a drain to public benefits. Trump, like most anti’s, depend only on fake, fabricated or deceptive facts known as alternative facts; never do they have a respectable source to cite.

As Time so accurately puts it:

Citing a study by an anti-immigrant organization, Trump said: “illegal immigrant households receive far more in welfare benefits” than native citizens.That assertion has been disputed by the conservative Cato Institute, which actually found that they are less likely to use welfare benefits than citizens—both in terms of frequency and dollar amount.

How can that statement ever be true when it has been made illegal for undocumented immigrants to obtain public benefits. They do not qualify for food stamps, Medicaid or any of the other public benefits despite the fact that they pay approximately  $13 billion in payroll taxes annually (that’s a net gain, by the way).

They help to fund the public benefits they cannot receive yet the very same people complaining about this false issue could or can or even do receive public benefits of all sort.

To take it one step further, if people took a look at the 1996 welfare law, they would learn that not even legal immigrants don’t have access to public benefits until they’ve been in America for more than five years.

As for Social Security, Trump and his deceitful supporters would have us believe that illegal immigrants also don’t pay money towards these benefits but take advantage of it, nevertheless.

The reality is very different.

Illegal immigrants, again, are not even eligible to collect Social Security (SSA) benefits. Despite that, they still are responsible for paying $100 billion in Social Security. According to a statement by the SSA to CNNMoney regarding illegal immigrants and social security benefits:

“They are paying an estimated $15 billion a year into Social Security with no intention of ever collecting benefits,” Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the SSA told CNNMoney. “Without the estimated 3.1 million undocumented immigrants paying into the system, Social Security would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover payouts starting in 2009,” he said. 

Stephen Goss went on to say how vital these workers are in maintaining as well as improving, quote,

“…the effects of the decline in U.S.-born workers paying into the system.”

FURTHER, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects  by 2037 that the system won’t any longer be able to pay rightful benefits promised to “American citizens”.

These allegations of “illegal” immigrants being the reason for unemployment, accusing them of stealing, abusing or whatever other hateful alternative “facts” can be verified if people are willing to do some research and reading. I’ve addressed a few above, but for more facts or simple information, don’t use your same biased resources but instead use an independent resource so you can become aware of
what you are saying, before you speak.

I hope those of you who were unaware will now head off to research the real facts, not the racist, biased ones planted in their minds via Fox News or Donald Trump.

With too many people and families in America facing –unrightfully so,- being ripped apart from their families, taken back to a violent or dangerous situation or country, just to name a few circumstances going on now with the “bans” and raids on people for no reason, I’d think knowing what you believe and support as your politics would be made the ever more important, for those who care for the consideration and care of other human lives.

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In Third Grade this Black Child Is Denied Equal Education-

This precious Black male is a 3rd grader by the name of Edmund. He’s an outstanding student, he already has a 3.83 GPA and he has above average scores as well as above average when it comes to his school’s test scores; language arts, math, and science. Just as importantly, he has a huge, giving heart. His mom says:

“We attribute his success to doing our best as parents and the great education he is getting at a local charter school, Gateway Science Academy.”

 

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But apparently the human and soul this child possess doesn’t matter nor do his achievements. At least, not to the state of Missouri. He misses his friends as he has attended the school since kindergarten. Staff at Gateway Science Academy want to have this law changed; some of the teachers and staff have signed his petition to allow him to attend the school.

But again; a huge slap has hit right in our face as this gifted and talented 3rd grader is being denied the right to equal treatment and equal opportunity.  The racism against the Black community would struggle to be any more blatant than what this child and his family he is going through.

His mother was informed he would be able to attend the school if they moved St. Louis county, as opposed to St Louis. But that is not why he is not allowed to go back to his school. A white child would be able to transfer schools in his situation; this is strictly because he is Black.

That and the Missouri government not only refusing to take action immediately -as they should- but furthermore, some educational boards in the state or area of STL are trying to deny it is about race and that this could happen to anyone. Thankfully not all are so stupid and at least own up to the fact that it has to do with a past desegregation law -from 1980s- which is hampering Black children rather than helping them.

There are some as I said who at least admit that white kids would be allowed to transfer and this is due to the color of his freaking skin! Anyone whom could stand behind this has to be soulless; absolutely heartless.

This is an ACTIVE STATE LAW, EXISTING TODAY IN MISSOURI. To quickly summarize this law (I’ll provide links below) in the 1980s the state of Missouri created a law which was supposed to let Black children desegregate and allow them to enter white schools. That same law is now preventing Black children that live in the country from transferring to a city school.

As his mother has said, IF IT WERE SIMPLY DUE TO CHANGE IN LOCATION THAT HE COULD NOT ATTEND SHE WOULD UNDERSTAND. BUT IT IS NOT DUE TO THEIR CHANGE IN LOCATION AND THIS IS ADMITTED AND WRITTEN IN LAW.

It’s actually legal, STILL, in Missouri to say he cannot live in one location and also continue receiving the preferred, higher quality education, for one reason and one reason only: he is Black.

“He is such a humble kid. His teacher told me that one of the first things she thought was that he was going to come in and be all like, I’m cool. He comes in like nothing’s happened. But he does think it’s pretty cool. He’ll ask me every day, ‘Mom, how many signatures do we have on our petition?’ He’s excited about that.”

But, she added, the family realizes that its drive to keep Edmund where he is might not succeed.

The ACTUAL problem is the state government’s refusal to change the law despite the schools wishes, parents wishes and of course, the child’s wishes. But as of yet, the government isn’t willing to do the moral and intelligent thing and get rid of a law which discriminates and dismisses any Black student from receiving the same quality education their white peers or classmates receive without issue.

“In the long range, how might the broader situation be changed to avoid future situations like Edmund’s? Glaser at VICC admits he doesn’t have a definitive answer. He notes that the current program won’t be allowed to continue forever, but he isn’t sure what will replace it, or who will draw up the rules.” [More Below]

This is absolutely outrageous, heartbreaking and I hope this family and the community will fight to hell and back over. What’s more is some of you white people have the audacity to deny being light skinned means you have a privilege others don’t. I HATE THIS ‘PRIVILEGE’!!!!

And you better believe I would give it away in a second unless all people could receive it!… However, it sickens me to say that is not how things are right now and white people need to wake up, realize and stop their racist behaviors, become aware and stop taking advantage of a racist, unjust country. Instead whites need to admit the truth, no matter how shaming it is, how enraging and demeaning it makes one feel. I loathe it; I loathe sharing the skin tone of people who inflict things such as this upon others due to skin color. 

I am lucky and grew up in the Black community. From a very young age I saw the racism and at 14 I saw a Black male crying as he was hogtied, laid face down while cops ignored his pleas for help and asked each other how they were doing. I watched as this man cried, begged for help, called out for others, and I watched in sheer hatred as his soul left his body. 

When he left, I felt a part of myself leave me. Something died within me as he was allowed by the police to suffocate to death because he had fallen asleep in White Castle. He had narcolepsy and so of course the cops were called. Cops. Around 20 were there when he left this earth. He had done NOTHING.

Since then, I’ve used these past 10 years to fight back against racism especially with the police department and victims. It’s far worse than makes the media; and what makes the media is not even a tiny fraction of this horrific terrorism too many people have to live with.

SO DO NOT DARE APPROACH ME AND TELL ME RACISM IS NOT REAL. Any white person that blind looks like the idiot, ignorant, racist fool or cruel fool that they are. It’s disgraceful to those who actually give a damn.

Change needs to come. Let’s get this child what he deserves; the best school he can attend and make sure as hell the state of Missouri doesn’t REST until this racist law is removed!

Petition his mom is asking everyone to sign.

As the controversy surrounding Edmund’s plight persists, officials at Gateway Science Academy say they are searching for a solution.

“We’re so pleased that he wants to stay here,” said Janet Moak, assistant principal at the school. “We take that as speaking to the quality that we have offered here at the charter school. We really want to support him in those efforts, but at this point, nothing has been finalized.”

Moak wouldn’t talk about what options are being considered. State law says flatly that “a charter school may not charge tuition,” so that avenue is out. Edmund could remain without the state reimbursing the school for his attendance, but Moak wouldn’t say whether that is a viable choice.

She did say that there is no deadline for a decision to be made, only that the school hopes to resolve it soon.

In the long range, how might the broader situation be changed to avoid future situations like Edmund’s? Glaser at VICC admits he doesn’t have a definitive answer. He notes that the current program won’t be allowed to continue forever, but he isn’t sure what will replace it, or who will draw up the rules.”

He notes that the current program won’t be allowed to continue forever, but he isn’t sure what will replace it, or who will draw up the rules.

A charter school may not charge tuition — Missouri state law

“Would it be something that all the districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area could voluntarily agree to, with the approval of local boards of education?” he asked. “Would it take a federal court order? A legislative decision? I’m really not sure.”

….But, he noted, as schools move away from the traditional enrollment pattern of attending class where you live, and with a general orientation toward greater cooperation among St. Louis area government agencies, school districts could easily be included in whatever evolves. LINK TO THIS ARTICLE HERE.

 

Kitty, the PitBull Attacks…Water.

And here we see, another “vicious” Pit bull Terrier. Awwww! Hate and cruelty is taught, not bred. Save the precious Pit bulls!

Tony Soto’s Situation As Cop Continues Abuse Videos -Series-Part 2

Below will be my final post on Tony Soto until there is more news. I encourage you to follow him on Facebook and check his videos out. The rest of this post I am going to let him and his videos spread the word but first I will sum up the current issue. Currently, he is being harassed, stalked and he fears it won’t be long before he is caught without a camera and he will be the next victim of police racist, hate crimes. (Video below). Before I share the rest of the info, I must add; while filming the cops is very important, sadly even when there is a camera on it doesn’t mean the police will hesitate to kill, stalk, beat or anything else; as Tony Soto proves by himself.

Philly Police Caught In Act Plotting On Viral Philly Activist Tony Soto 8-5-15 iPhone

Far too many Americans put the police on a throne for some reason; some insane reason, they refuse to accept the truth, even when it is as in your face as many, many police brutality cases. That is an insult to every victim, activist on its own.  We must NEVER lose hope.

After his video went viral, Tony says he has been been receiving threats from cops. Given the videos and evidence, anyone should clearly be able to see he is speaking nothing but the truth; and sadly, tragically; he isn’t the only one.

On FaceBook he posted this photo not long after his vid went viral; anything suspicious to you?After his video went viral, Tony says he has been been receiving threats from cops. On facebook he posted this photo not long after his vid went viral; anything suspicious to you?

Tony posted a picture of a cop car outside of where he was. With the photo he stated: “Why r the police sitting outside of where I’m at? I’m not even home I just parked my car here seriously.”

[As seen in the photo he took which is located on the left.]

As he stated many times (and has now been proven correct):

I’m Targeted by Philadelphia Police,specially in the 15th district and officer Holloway.”

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Finally, this is a video Tony Soto believes everyone needs to see… So, here goes…
Continue reading Tony Soto’s Situation As Cop Continues Abuse Videos -Series-Part 2