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With the rise of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies, there has been heightened concern for the wellbeing of immigrants living in the United States, in particular the undocumented community. This is true in Pittsburgh, where hundreds demonstrated last month during the Day Withut Immigrants. But outside of large demonstrations, many people are uncertain about the best ways to get involved and take action. We talked to organizers Christina Acuña Castillo and Gabe McMoreland from the Thomas Merton Center for suggestions.
On January 25, Trump signed an executive order denying federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. The very next day, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez ordered county officials to comply. While Miami was never officially considered a Sanctuary City, the move sent waves of shock and disbelief across the country. How could an elected official who is an immigrant himself be the first to comply with such aggressively anti-immigrant policy?
In a country where Latinos are largely marginalized, reading news like this about someone with the last name “Giménez” creates a certain cognitive dissonance. While it may seem baffling, Giménez’s decision is not surprising at all considering the skewed political context he emerges from.
On Friday, January 27 president Donald Trump signed an executive order blocking citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days. The order also shuts down refugee settlement for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees from entering the US until further notice.
It has been an intense 24 hours. Emotions are high and people are scared. Before you read this blog I want you to take a deep breath. Repeat.
Cafe Con Leche's 2016 Resident Artist, Jason Mendez PhD, has teamed up with Tameka Cage Conley PhD to create a beautiful performance piece, Redemption: Sons at the New Hazlett Theater.