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Staff writer, @DailyKos. Formerly @AmericasVoice. Immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, cats. Cancer survivor.
May 17, 2021 4 tweets 4 min read
"Maria Praeli ... said she and others spoke candidly to Biden about their concerns and about worries their fates could be upended by a TX court if Congress doesn’t act.

'Our lives have been in limbo for far too long,' Praeli said." #HomeIsHere #HereToStay #DACA recipient @mariapraeli: “I am enormously grateful to President Biden and his team for taking the time today to hear from—and truly listen to—#DACA recipients like me in the Oval Office." #HomeIsHere #HereToStay
May 17, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
“She'd always say, 'I'm a diva, I'm a bitch, I'm an icon, I'm a legend, and I'm your history,' Gutierrez-Mock recalled.” “Ms. Elizondo frequented Compton's Cafeteria, which was part of a chain of eateries owned by Gene Compton, located at 101 Taylor at Turk Street in San Francisco, from the 1940s to the 1970s.”
May 14, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Rep. Raúl Grijalva reintroduces bill ensuring overtime pay for excluded farmworkers.

@UFWPresident: “It is hard to believe the overtime exclusion still persists 83 years later for the men and women that feed America."…… UFW: "Agricultural workers were written out of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which granted overtime to nearly all other American workers, when Southern segregationist lawmakers did not hide their bigoted motivation ..."
Apr 26, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Detention Watch Network further said in a report last year that "ICE’s failure to release people from detention during the pandemic added over 245,000 cases to the total U.S. caseload":… Detention Watch Network: "Throughout the pandemic, ICE failed to provide adequate supplies of soap and PPE to people in detention and to detention center staff. Testing was inadequate and irregular."
Apr 6, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
"A federal watchdog said it fined former Trump housing official @LynnePatton $1,000 and barred her from federal employment for four years after she violated a law prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in political activities while on duty."… "The U.S. Office of Special Counsel penalized @LynnePatton, who served as Housing and Urban Development regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, over a video she produced with New York City Housing Authority residents to air at the 2020 Republican National Convention."
Mar 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
.@FrankSharry: "This is what the Republican Party has come to: white nationalists are good, they’re an essential part of our base; non-white refugee children are bad, they’re an existential threat to America."… "@GOPLeader heads to the border to lead the desperate right-wing attempt to declare the admission of unaccompanied children seeking safety from violence a 'crisis.'

This is the same Kevin McCarthy that perpetrated the Big Lie that the 2020 election was marked by fraud ..."
Mar 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
'Were willing to put their lives on the line': House Democrats reintroduce bill that would block deportation of military veterans.… “The package also calls for the Department of Defense (DOD) and DHS to jointly establish a program to ensure members of the Armed Services and their spouses and children have a pathway to citizenship”:…
Mar 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
"A tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico, where hundreds of migrants stayed in deplorable conditions after being subject to a Trump-era policy requiring they stay in Mexico until their immigration court date in the US, has been drawn down":… "President Joe Biden ended the Trump-era policy, informally known as 'remain in Mexico,' and kicked off the process of allowing entry to migrants who had been subject to it. The camp in Matamoros is one of many locations where migrants had been forced to stay ..."
Mar 9, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
.⁦@staceyabrams⁩: “We saw unprecedented levels of turnout across the board. And so every single metric of voter access that has been a good in Georgia is now under attack.”… Mother Jones: “On Monday afternoon, the legislators approved a bill repealing no-excuse absentee voting, which 1.3 million voters used to cast ballots by mail in 2020, including 450,000 Republicans.”
Mar 2, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
Biden admin task force says families separated at southern border by previous admin will have option to reunite in US:… #FamiliesBelongTogether The admin's "statement of principles" says the task force will partner w/non-governmental orgs and private sector to provide families w/support including mental health care, w/expenses covered by govt/orgs/private sector "to the extent possible":…
Feb 11, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Groups call for investigation after Haitian man is stripped and beaten by guards at ICE facility:… "The use of violent force against Black immigrants is not new; it is part of an ongoing pattern and practice of anti-Black racism by ICE officials":…
Feb 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
ICYMI: Senate Dems reintroduce bill putting #TPS holders on path to legalization.

If passed, the legislation could stand to protect over 400,000 immigrants from nearly a dozen designated nations, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Yemen.… Barbara Rauda, a #TPS holder and frontline cleaner at Walter Reed Military Hospital: "I have been in the U.S. for over twenty one years and I have three children who are U.S. citizens, having a green card would help keep families like mine together.”…
Feb 10, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Outcry as more than 20 children deported to Haiti.

"Following intense lobbying from groups & congressional staffers, who pointed to political instability & lawlessness in Haiti, repatriation flights to Haiti were paused on Fri., but they resumed on Mon."… "The expulsions were carried out under a 77-year-old public health statute, called Title 42, first invoked by the Trump administration after the start of the coronavirus outbreak."
Feb 5, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
The eight Senate Democrats who had voted for Tom Cotton’s anti-immigrant amendment:

@SenatorTester… “A bipartisan majority in the Senate came together to send the ‘message’ to undocumented people that they're not welcome here.”…
Feb 4, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
120 law professors tell Sec. @AliMayorkas: DHS has discretion to stop deportations.… #StopTheFlights "The professors and experts joined together in the letter in response to increasing alarm about deportation flights which have occurred in recent days and are still being scheduled for this week to Jamaica; the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cameroon; and Honduras ..."
Feb 3, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
An ICE deportation plane deporting Cameroonian, Angolan, Congolese and other African migrants is expected to leave Louisiana TODAY:… "On Monday, a coalition of migrant rights groups – Freedom for Immigrants, Al Otro Lado and Advocates for Immigrants Rights – presented fresh allegations to the DHS of what they described as torture of Cameroonian asylum-seekers."
Feb 3, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
“For years, all Americans have relied on the outsize impacts that undocumented immigrants’ contributions bring to the economy”:… “[A]n estimated 5m undoc immigrants—nearly 3 in 4 undoc immigrants in the workforce—are keeping the country moving forward as essential workers in the face of the pandemic. A path to citizenship is not only the right way to honor these members of the American family ...”
Feb 2, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
NEW: Sen. @ChrisVanHollen calls on @ICEgov to immediately halt the deportation of Cameroonian and other African asylum-seekers. “For months under the previous admin we heard reports of abuse, physical coercion, and discriminatory treatment of Cameroonian and other African asylum seekers at the hands of ICE, and we still await the details of a DHS investigation."
Feb 1, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
100 lawmakers are urging @SpeakerPelosi and @RepJohnYarmuth to include legalization for undocumented essential workers in #COVID19 recovery package:… From letter led by @HispanicCaucus: "An estimated 5m undocumented immigrants ... are serving our country every day as essential workers ... Undoc essential workers have stepped up to serve our country in a time of crisis and should be able to apply for US citizenship."
Jan 30, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Javier was formerly protected by #DACA but didn’t renew out of fear of sharing his info. @ICEgov is now trying to deport him.

Javier must be released—and we must permanently protect all 11 million undocumented immigrants now.… “Javier Castillo Maradiaga’s deportation to Honduras planned for early Monday morning was stopped by President Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on most removals, but that decision was overturned by a Texas judge and ICE took action.”
Jan 12, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Trump to end presidency the same way he kicked off run, by attacking immigrants:… Border Network for Human Rights executive director Fernando García: "Rather than spend his last days in the Oval Office addressing the pressing #COVID19 pandemic and ensuring an orderly transition, Trump is doubling down on his xenophobic, white supremacist agenda."