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Know Your Rights: Stand Your Ground With Law Enforcement

Remember that it is always easier for people who are white and cis to exercise these rights. Thus, allies and members of the majority can and should use this privilege to stand up to law enforcement. To support both themselves and minority groups. In a country with an abundance of accessible, clearly defined rights, it would be ill-advised not to familiarize oneself with the legal tools at one’s disposal, or take advantage of their power.


What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada’s Ruthlessly Pragmatic Immigration Policy

Immigration policy has been in the spotlight for the past couple of years and U.S. President Donald Trump’s increasingly inflammatory rhetoric about immigration has sparked nationwide debate over the fate of America’s future immigrants. Arguments over immigration are increasingly more extreme: more immigration is an immense threat to national security or illegal immigration is not intrinsically a problem and there should be no policies that expand immigration enforcement. Both are unrealistic and uninformed views on how the


Trump Rescinds DACA

On Tuesday, Trump and his administration announced that he would begin to unravel an immigrant program from Obama’s presidency called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was a policy implemented in June of 2012 that called for deferred action for certain young individuals who immigrated to the United States as children. The program allowed undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. When making this announcement at the Justice Department, Attorney Jeff Sessions


Undocumented Immigrants: Why They Can’t Just “Get In Line”

Ever since the beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump has aimed to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border to “keep out the rapists and drug dealers” from infiltrating his “great nation.” Trump is currently on the way to building his wall when he proposed a bill to abolish government programs and agencies such as museums, libraries, and public broadcasting to instead transfer the funding from those programs to fund his wall.   I


Trump’s “Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement” List Resembles A Tactic Used By Nazi Germany

 “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American Victims. The office is called VOICE – Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests.” This past Wednesday President Trump gave his first address towards Joint Session of Congress. During his address he touched on Undocumented immigrants calling for a new department called VOICE


Brexit Blocked? How The House Of Lords Is Protecting EU Migrants

The House of Lords has, for the first time, voted by a large majority to disrupt aspects of Theresa May’s Brexit plans. Yesterday a total of 358 peers (vs. 256) passed an amendment declaring that they are not happy to accept the government’s Brexit proposals unless the rights of EU nationals living in the UK are respected. In the UK, Parliament is split into two chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords.


Business As Usual: Trump Takes To Twitter To Reprimand Nordstrom

Donald Trump has often been accused of having clouded presidential judgement because of his financial ties, and this time is no different. Trump has once again raised concerns among citizens over the relationship between his business empire and political affairs after he took to Twitter to criticize Nordstrom after they dropped his daughter, Ivanka Trump’s, line of clothing and accessories from their stores. Trump handled this personal issue in the best manner he could as


What Does it Really Mean to be an American?

America, the land of the free, the home of the brave… but what does that mean exactly? Maybe, we all bleed red white and blue? No. We all live under the same freedoms, making us equal? Not quite. So what is it that unites the American people? We are seeing every day how divided and misguided the U.S. appears to be. No matter your political affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, it is


From An Immigrant, Thank You For Standing Up

On Jan. 28, Donald Trump issued a temporary ban on refugees and citizens coming from Muslim countries. Refugees and Muslim immigrants were stopped and detained at the US border for hours. There was no reason for these people to be detained, apart from the fact that they’re Muslim. This ban was, almost immediately, met with thousands of people speaking up on social media and protesting in front of various US airports. If you cannot fathom why


Immigrants Make America Great

On Jan. 25, President Trump signed executive orders that would cut funding for sanctuary cities and that would begin the funding for the wall between Mexico and the United States. Among those orders, there is a provision that would entail a weekly report of crimes committed by illegal immigrants in order to inform the public of dangers imposed by  sanctuary cities. The purpose of this weekly list is not to make the public aware of

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