Taco Salads, Strawberries and the GOP Leader’s Visit To Congress

Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez: I gave a speech this morning on the House Floor welcoming the new leader of the Republican Party to Capitol Hill and showing him what is on the menu in the cafeterias today — taco salads (the food Republicans eat to show their love for The Hispanics) and strawberries (which almost certainly were picked and packed by undocumented farmworkers), which is a little ironic given that the GOP now wants to deport 11 million people, mostly Latinos, from the U.S.

Worker Hangs Mexican Flag Atop Donald Trump’s Vancouver Hotel


By MEGHAN KENEALLY VIA abcnews.go.com

Worker Hangs Mexican Flag Atop Donald Trump’s Vancouver Hotel

This image of a Mexican flag and a worker on top of Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver was posted to Diego Saul Reyna’s Facebook page, April 2, 2016.

A worker who helped build Trump International Hotel in Vancouver says he took a stand against the building’s namesake and his immigration policies over the weekend.

Diego Saul Reyna posted a photo and message about his decision to hang a Mexican flag at the top of the hotel’s tower on Saturday in the Canadian city.



When I Heard Trump’s Speech As A Mexican-American

When I Heard Trump's Speech As A Mexican-American

Posted by BuzzFeed Video on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fabiola Fernandez: The only one who should be deported is Trump,he’s a racist, bigamist, asshole who would screw his own daughter.hate to say it Trump is a Hitler in the making nothing to be proud of America.ps the kkk supports him,think about that for a moment a home-grown terrorist organization supports him.

Things that Latinos Are Tired of Hearing and Explaining


9 Things Latinos Are Tired of Explaining to Everyone Else



trumpWhile demonstrators plan “Dump Trump” protests outside of NBC Studios, George Lopez and Funny or Die are teaming up to expose the absurdity of Donald Trumphosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend through comedy.

MORE: WATCH: Protestors Demand NBC “Dump Trump” at Rally Near ‘SNL’ Studio

The funny man returns as Donaldo Trumpez, a Mexican version of Trump, though this time appearing on “Noche De Sabado En Vivo,” which translates to “Saturday Night Live.”

The clip begins with Trumpez dressed in a “Humpty Trumpty” costume, as a Mariachi band sings, “Humpty Trumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.” Of course, Trumpez hilariously adds in, “In the polls!”

Trumpez then delivers a speech that couldn’t be more spot-on.

“There was a time when I could call leaders stupid, and let people know I could fix any problem without any explanation, and no one would question me,” Trumpez, taking a jab at the real Republican hopeful’s lack of proposals, said. “A time when all I had to do was call a foreigner a rapist or refer to a female candidate as ugly and the whole world would cheer.”

For the more than 520 thousand petitioners who have called on the variety show to disinvite Trump, this is exactly what producers are doing: applauding Trump’s racist and sexist speech by giving him a platform to spew it.

Despite cries from politicianscelebrities and thought leaders, the petition and a rally, Trump is still scheduled to host SNL Saturday, Nov. 7.

PLUS: Adrienne Bailon Sounds Off on Donald Trump’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ Gig

Watch the short “Noche De Sabado En Vivo” episode above.



From Undocumented to Goldman Sachs Exec: Julissa Arce’s Amazing Story



NEW YORK, NY — A job at the investment bank Goldman Sachs is one of the most prized positions in the country. The company prides itself on attracting some of America’s most talented professionals—ambitious, smart and highly motivated. Many people would probably be very surprised to discover that at least one undocumented Mexican immigrant was working shoulder to shoulder with the country’s corporate elite.

Former Goldman Sachs vice president Julissa Arce, 32, wants to change the way Americans think about immigration by sharing her story. And in her upcoming September 2016 memoir, “My (Underground) American Dream,” she aims to describe her long and difficult journey from undocumented to documented, which took her from selling funnel cakes in Texas to Wall Street.

The young Mexican immigrant used forged documents when she applied to Goldman Sachs, where she lived a double life during seven years. On the one hand, she was earning raises and promotions—starting with an internship in 2004, then hired full-time after graduation and climbing up the corporate ladder from an analyst in 2005 to vice president until leaving in 2011. On the other, she couldn’t apply for a credit card, drive with a valid license, or travel outside the country because she was still undocumented.

“I didn’t think of it from day to day… but there were definitely some scary moments,” Arce said in a phone interview with NBC News.

“I was focused mostly on doing a good job,” said Arce, who has always been a whiz at math and was working on complex financial instruments like structuring derivatives. “But if I ever got called into my boss’s office unexpectedly, my first thought was always ‘they found out’… and the effects of being confronted with that truth lasted for weeks.”

Arce’s “double life” started when she was 11 years old. She came to the United States in the summer of 1994 with a tourist visa, and stayed without documentation after the visa expired three years later to avoid being separated from her parents. But in spite her legal status, Arce exceled as a student—first as a member of the National Honor Society in high school, and then in college, where she majored in finance. She attended college through the Texas Dream Act which allowed qualified undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, and she graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I wouldn’t have a story to tell if I hadn’t gone to college,” said Arce. “Education was my salvation.”

Arce, now documented, could have easily kept her story private. She got married to her boyfriend in 2008 while still working at Goldman Sachs, and received her green card in 2009. After rising to vice president at Goldman Sachs, she got another job as a director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She no longer had to be afraid of being found out without proper legal status.

But after years of living with fear and shame, the Wall Street executive was inspired to tell her story after seeing the 2013 movie “Documented,” which chronicles how Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out as an undocumented immigrant in a New York Times Magazine essay. And now, Arce urges other undocumented immigrants to overcome social and political stigmas by sharing their stories.

“As long as people see immigration in numbers and statistics, it will be difficult to change the conversation,” she said. “But when you combine personal stories with facts and data, you can help everyone understand.”

The power of telling her personal story has had an impact. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could give a home to more of the talented young people who come to this country for an education and want to apply their energy and skills to supporting our economy?” said influential Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein to Bloomberg Business when asked about Arce’s story.

When Arce looks back on European immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries—who arrived before modern-day quotas and visa requirements—she can’t help but seeing herself in their stories and photos. Now, she wants Americans to reconnect with that early immigration history and listen to the stories of Latinos, Asians, Africans and other undocumented immigrants today who work hard to earn their piece of the American Dream.

“If we wanted to just get by,” said Arce about undocumented immigrants, “we would have stayed in the places we come from. But we cross deserts because we want a better life – we want to work hard – and we want to contribute to this country that we now call home.”

Arce cofounded the Ascend Educational Fund scholarship in 2012 to help immigrant students fulfill their education and career dreams. The online application process opens December 1.





Let’s take a minute to reflect the America that we, ALL Americans, want to be part of. Do we want an America that’s inclusive or an America that is divided by race, social economics or an America that stands for social justice and equality for all? Do we want an America that lives in a state of fear based on people’s looks, richness of their skin color or diverse languages we speak?  Take a look at the below hurtful photos and ask yourself do you want to live in a country that hurts each other through laws that separate us and our families? Not sure about you but I do not want to repeat history. I want to live in a country that is united and that shows respect for all different type of people–Blacks, Latinos, Asians, women, LGBT, and yes, whites too.

TRUMP IS WRONG! Report: More Mexicans leaving US than arriving

mexicansMore Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.

The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families, including American-born children, left the U.S. for Mexico from 2009 to 2014. During the same five years, 870,000 Mexicans came to the U.S., resulting in a net flow to Mexico of 140,000.

The desire to reunite families is the main reason more Mexicans are moving south than north, Pew found. The sluggish U.S. economic recovery and tougher border enforcement are other key factors.

The era of mass migration from Mexico is “at an end,” declared Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew’s director of Hispanic research.

The finding follows a Pew study in 2012 that found net migration between the two countries was near zero, so this represents a turning point in one of the largest mass migrations in U.S. history. More than 16 million Mexicans moved to the United States from 1965 to 2015, more than from any other country.

“This is something that we’ve seen coming,” Lopez said. “It’s been almost 10 years that migration from Mexico has really slowed down.”

The findings counter the narrative of an out-of-control border that has figured prominently in U.S. presidential campaigns, with Republican Donald Trump calling for Mexico to pay for a fence to run the entire length of the 1,954-mile frontier.

Pew said there were 11.7 million Mexicans living in the U.S. last year, down from a peak of 12.8 million in 2007. That includes 5.6 million living in the U.S. illegally, down from 6.9 million in 2007.

In another first, the Border Patrol arrested more non-Mexicans than Mexicans in the 2014 fiscal year, as more Central Americans came to the U.S., mostly through South Texas, and many of them turned themselves in to authorities.

Also, many Mexicans in the U.S. have become frustrated and fearful as efforts to overhaul immigration laws stalledin Congress and President Barack Obama deported roughly 2 million people during the first five years of his administration. Obama’s 2014 order shielding many others from deportation remains blocked in court.

The authors analyzed U.S. and Mexican census data and a 2014 survey by Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography. The Mexican questionnaire asked about residential history, and found that 61 percent of those who reported living in the U.S. in 2009 but were back in Mexico last year had returned to join or start a family. An additional 14 percent had been deported, and 6 percent said they returned for jobs in Mexico.

Dowell Myers, a public policy professor at the University of Southern California, said it’s lack of jobs in the U.S. — not family ties — that is mostly motivating Mexicans to leave. Construction is a huge draw for young immigrants, but has yet to approach the levels of last decade’s housing boom, he said.

“It’s not like all of a sudden they decided they missed their mothers,” Myers said. “The fact is, our recovery from the Great Recession has been miserable. It’s been miserable for everyone.”