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This article originally appeared in the Daily Beast during the Obama administration. It’s written by the executive director of the “National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.” I’m guessing that means it’s a pro-abortion group.
 
This article appeared on the organization’s website for years and was still there as of June 11th of this year. It has now been scrubbed by the organization and has also disappeared from the Daily Beast site. However, the story still shows up on cache — for now. Amidst the lies by the left as to what this administration is doing on the border and as the fake “fact-checking” sites all pretend then president Obama did nothing of the sort, look at how this group that is firmly a part of his base attacked Obama for what he was doing with children and mothers coming across the border. It’s no wonder they deleted it.  Feel free to ask Ms. Gonzalez-Rojas why she deleted it after all of these years.  jessica@latinainstitute.org
 
Obama Lets Down Immigrant Women
Jessica González-Rojas
The Daily Beast
Washington
This article was originally published on The Daily Beast.
 
To the great disappointment of civil and human rights advocates, President Barack Obama has askedDepartment of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to delay submitting recommendations for reforming deportation policies and practices. The promised recommendations had been a bright spot on the horizon for our communities and this latest delay is quite concerning for immigrant women and families.
 
With record deportations and families torn apart, we are in the midst of a humanitarian and moral crisis. The Administration’s failure to prioritize this, coupled with Congressional inaction on immigration reform, only illuminates the need for our continued vigilance.
 
The cry from activists, mothers, DREAMers, and immigrant rights leaders from across the nation has been clear. The aggressive and harmful detention and deportation of 2 million immigrant people has taken a toll on countless families, and the very fabric of our country. And it must come to an end.
 
Every day, I hear from Latinas across the country who are struggling to get by after their husbands, parents, or partners have been deported. I talk to women who are afraid to go to the doctor because they fear ICE agents waiting for them in the parking lot.
 
The hardest stories come from the mothers. Between 2010 and 2012, the Obama administration deported more than 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children, and more since that time. Many of the children of deported parents end up in the child welfare system, and may be separated indefinitely.
 
To make matters worse, if a mother attempts to return to the United States to unite with her children after being deported, she can face a felony charge with a federal prison sentence of up to 20 years.
 
These deportations, combined with the climate of fear created by the existence and aggressive implementation of programs like Secure Communities and 287(g), have a devastating impact on immigrant women, whether they are themselves deported or left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered families.
 
As a mother myself, it breaks my heart to think of being separated from my son.
 
It’s time to listen to the stories of immigrant women and families, to fully understand the human face of this issue.
 
The majority of immigrants today are women, and those women are the backbones of their communities. They are workers, teachers, and caretakers. They are more likely to start business than their native-born counterparts, and are the drivers of integration in their families. They encourage kids to learn English, do well in school, and register to vote. And yet they are being the denied the opportunity to live with dignity and without fear.
 
Women like Adriana, who is 41, and had lived in the US for 17 years, and raised 2 children, when her husband was deported to Mexico, away from the family and life they had built in this country. Shortly after being deported, Adriana’s husband was kidnapped and, she believes, killed. Adriana is now the sole caretaker and breadwinner for her family, including her two young grandsons.
 
Every day, Adriana lives in fear that she’ll be deported, and her grandsons will have no one to care for them. She is even afraid walking them to the bus stop in the morning for school.
 
Adriana’s story is not unique—she is one of many immigrant women whose lives and livelihoods have been turned upside down by immigration policies and practices that fail to recognize their contributions or allow them to lead healthy, successful lives.
 
We must remember Juana Villegas—who, while being held in immigration detention, was forced to give birth in shackles and denied the right to breastfeed her child, endangering her health and the health of her newborn.
 
We must remember Victoria Arellano—a Latina trans woman who was detained and subsequently denied HIV medication and treatment, and died as a result.
 
And we are just beginning to bring to light the ongoing reports of sexual assault perpetrated against women in immigration detention, including the countless unreported cases.
 
These indignities are more than injustice—they are a denial of our very humanity.
 
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
 
That’s why we are calling on Congress and the Obama administration to stop focusing on policing and imprisoning our mothers and children, and focus on humane, meaningful reform.
 
It’s time to end detention bed quotas, mandatory detention policies, and the alarming trend of entangling community police departments in immigration enforcement.
 
It’s time to implement and expand community-based alternatives to immigration detention that keep families together.
 
It’s time to protect the safety and civil rights of our border communities by clarifying legal limits on Customs and Border Patrol’s authority, and ending the violent militarization of our borders.
 
And it’s time to ensure that the human right to health care, including reproductive health care, is a reality for every single person in this nation, regardless of her immigration status, by passing the Health Equity and Access under the Law for Immigrant Women and Families Act, by ensuring standards of care for people who are detained, and by ending the denial of health coverage to undocumented people.
 
We will not solve our nation’s immigration challenges by throwing prisons and police at the problem. To build a stronger and more successful future for us all, we must recognize the contributions of immigrant families and affirm the human right of every person to live with salud, dignidad, y justicia, health, dignity, and justice.
 
Jessica González-Rojas is the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
 
#IllegalImmigration #KeepFamiliesTogether #TellTheTruth #FakeNews
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I write this with the full knowledge of the irony that I’ll be posting it on my social media sites. Social media — like it or not, it’s here to stay.  The creators of such websites as Facebook and Twitter will have us believe they did it to better the world or to offer voices, known and not-so-known, a vessel through which they could be heard.  Of course, in the movie “The Social Network,” it’s alleged Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook to pick up girls.  Today, he denies that and says he did it to make a better world.  Either way, they aren’t mutually exclusive.  I’m guessing one can consider finding hot chicks on campus a way to better one’s own world.  I digress. Billions of us use social media now and, we do it with a false assumption.  We assume that when we post something, those connected to us will see and be able to consume it.  It’s not a bad assumption if the purveyors of these sites were honest with us.  They aren’t.  The lie is simple, come to my site, post to a page we give you, invite your friends, family, co-workers, classmates and they’ll see what you post.  You’ll see what they post.  Good deal, right?  If that really were the formula, the site owner would still make huge profits off of advertising sales.  The more of us and our people who spend time on the site, the more eyeballs on the paid ads.  But, that’s not how it works.  In reality, it’s a bait-and-switch scheme. I’ve often thought that after some people hit huge financial success, their outlooks change.  Zuckerberg and others who started Facebook are billionaires.  So are the folks that started Twitter and Google.  Why not ride the wave and enjoy the benefits?  Because money becomes less of an objective.  And, I believe, a certain level of guilt kicks in.  The idea that they started these sites to offer you and me the ability to freely speak may be partially true.  The idea they started the sites to make money is certainly true.  But, now that the money is a given, those who run and own the sites need a new objective: control the message.  Test out my theory.  Post something anti-Trump and see how many likes/retweets/shares you get.  Then post something pro-Trump and compare.  Use the same hashtags and verbiage.  Just make sure one is pro the other anti.  Now some proof. Am I a conspiracy theorist or is there reality behind this notion?  Here’s what’s real: I have over 360,000 followers on Facebook.  I grew it from nothing to where it is today.  I did it through posting pictures, memes, videos, original content and a small amount of advertising early on.  Some days, I’d add 1000 followers or more.  Facebook wanted more original pictures, videos and status updates.  The more I posted, the more I pushed the page on my radio show, the better for us all.  I gained more influence, my followers got great content they might not get on the radio show, and Facebook got more eyeballs to see their advertisers messages meaning more money for them.  Then suddenly the growth stopped.  Word of “algorithms” came to the surface and how they changed to direct eyes where Facebook wanted them to go.  What the heck is an algorithm? Facebook — and Twitter does this too — decides what you do and don’t see in your timeline.  In essence, you subscribe to my page and you’re saying you want to see what I post.  Facebook has a different plan.  It somehow calculates what it sees as your interests through your clicks then directs more of that content your way whether you like the page or are positive in the content or not.  It’s my believe those running the site have taken it several steps further.  In fact, I’ve been receiving messages like this: Could Facebook really be simply unliking people from my page without them knowing?  I decided to dig a little deeper with the tools Facebook itself offers on the site.  The idea behind offering these tools is if you’re not getting enough likes or your posts aren’t going viral like you would hope, you can buy your way to success.  I was stunned by what I’d found.  From the 1000+ likes per day I was getting to not much movement at all.  In fact, some days, the UNLIKES outnumbered the Likes.  Strange in deed.  I’ve found I’ve gained only a couple of thousand net likes in the last few months and the number of unlikes has grown exponentially. After doing some searches on the Internet, I’ve come to find terms “ghost-banning” and “shadowbanning.”  This is a mechanism by which social media networks can squelch the voices and reach of pages they see fit.  There’s not doubt that Zuckerberg and others at Facebook and the founders and higher-ups at Twitter are very liberal.  That doesn’t bother me provides they actually are offering accommodation to all voices on their sites to which the ask us to visit.  Yes, I can post.  Yes, you can see my content if you go directly to my page.  But, it’s clear that if you Like my page and look for my posts in your timeline or newsfeed, Facebook and Twitter are deciding what you do and don’t see.  This is why when a left-wing loon actor or musician or media personality posts something, it goes viral much more quickly and consistently than a post from the other side.  This is why when you put in #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter, there’s a symbol Twitter adds to the post out of respect but, if you put #BlueLivesMatter no such equivalent symbol appears.  This is why when President Trump does something most Americans would like, it hardly trends.  Conversely, when some leftist media outlet makes an unsubstantiated claim against him, it trends quickly and stays on the top of the list for longer.  How do you fix this? It’s a good question with a complicated answer.  We can’t force Facebook nor Twitter to be fair and stop with the ghost and shadowbanning.  They have control of their websites and they’ll continue to force people from following pages like mine and hiding my content from my followers.  If you like Facebook and Twitter — and I do like the idea of them — then go to the specific pages of those you follow to get their content.  In other words, if you go to facebook.com/joetalkshow or twitter.com/joetalkshow, you’ll see my posts.  If you wait for them in your timeline or newsfeed — you may never see them.  Also, be sure the pages you like and profiles you follow don’t change status.  Facebook and Twitter are unliking and unfollowing with you knowing at times.  Also, there are other options popping up. Yes, we have been overloaded with social media platforms and I get there could be some fatigue by keeping track of them all but, there are new options out there that say they truly offer what we thought the big guys were offering: a forum for people to truly and freely share ideas without the management deciding if they agree with them.  I’ve gained quite a following at www.minds.com/joepags and am slowly building at gab.ai/joepags.  I really like the user interface at Minds and Gab.ai is growing like crazy.  There’s clearly a need and desire for less control and more freedom and these are options certainly worthy of you checking out.   Pags
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