In a video which has since gone viral, Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas — two immigration activists advocating for the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act — confronted Iowa Republican Representative Steve King about his anti-immigration racism.
The video has partly become viral because it also shows Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul choking down the first bite of his hotdog and then running away with his beer the instant he hears that Andiola and Vargas are immigration activists. Paul supports increasing fortifications along the U.S./Mexico border but does not “think any type of immigration reform will get out of Washington that includes a path to citizenship.”
In the video, Andiola hands her DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) card to King and offers him the chance to tear it up. The DACA card basically gives undocumented people like Andiola the ability to stay in the U.S. for two years at a time without the threat of deportation, something the Secretary of Homeland Security put into place on June 15, 2012. King voted to end the program barely a week ago.
In response, King refuses, condescendingly compliments Andiola’s English-speaking ability as a way to insist that she’s distorting his words, and then offers the circular reasoning that undocumented people are “lawless” criminals who should not stay in the U.S. while trying to gain citizenship.
At 4:04 a man comes up and tries to tell the recorder that she’s not allowed to record their conversation. At 6:30 an onlooker starts repeatedly telling them to “go home.”
In 2013, King infamously said "For every [undocumented immigrant] who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert." He also supported Arizona's failed "license to discriminate" bill that would have allowed religious business owners to refuse service or employment to LGBT people.
The Huffington Post provides some of Andiola and Vargas’ background:
Vargas and Andiola are prominent immigration activists and co-directors of DRM Action Coalition, a Dreamer-led group that advocates for reform. Andiola worked for bisexual Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) last year after receiving work authorization through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but left her job in December to fight her mother's deportation proceedings. She has been in the U.S. since she was 11 years old. Vargas, who came to the U.S. at the age of 5, passed the New York bar examination but can't fulfill his goal of practicing law in the military because of his undocumented status.
Andiola and Vargas made a follow-up video during which Andiola said that King “really showed his ignorance and his hatred toward us.”
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Twerking aficionado's will recall the masterpiece Julian Serrano cooked up in his kitchen, among other places. If you happened to miss it, you can check it out here.
In Serrano's latest work he's on the street jacking it to J Lo's "Booty".
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Apparently, five-year-old Noah Ritter from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania has a future in television as he has apparently charmed over 300,000 YouTube viewers so far with his TV interview from the Wayne County Fair.
He also apparently says "apparently" eight times in less than a minute and a half. But we're willing to tolerate it since he's an adorable mini-ginger.
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The a cappella fivesome group Pentatonix just dropped the video for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired tune "We Are Ninjas." It features the singers sporting the red, orange, blue and purple TMNT colors while dancing and singing in a gritty metropolis.
Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film hits theaters this Friday.
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Freedom To Marry Wants Young, Pro-Equality Republicans To Run For Delegate Spots At 2016 GOP Convention
Freedom to Marry recognizes the shifting tide toward a pro-marriage equality Republican Party, and they aim to capitalize on the demographic most ready to take the plunge. In a series of meetings in Iowa this week, FtM will encourage Republicans under the age of 30 to run for coveted delegate position slots at the 2016 GOP Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Their participation would help the party move on important changes in language, from anti-gay to pro-conversation, which could be key should the Supreme Court not decide on a same-sex marriage case in the coming year.
“It’s time for the party to modernize on this issue,” said Margaret Hoover, a Republican strategist, CNN commentator and native Iowan who is part of the Freedom to Marry delegation making the trip to the key early presidential state...
“We want for the presidential process in 2016 [that gay marriage will] be an issue nationally that Republicans are debating,” said Tyler Deaton, the campaign manager for the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry effort.
He added, “Our intention is to bring a record number of young delegates to the convention … and make some history.”
The Republican Party has consistently received flack for its exclusivity, particularly against young people, women, and the LGBT community. Freedom to Marry hopes to achieve a more even-keeled approach by shifting the party's platform.
“We recognize that there are diverse and sincerely held views on civil marriage within the Party, and that support for allowing same-sex couples the freedom to marry has grown substantially in our own Party,” reads some of the proposed language.
“Given this journey that so many Americans, including Republicans, are on, we encourage and welcome a thoughtful conversation among Republicans about the meaning and importance of marriage, and commit our Party to respect for all families and fairness and freedom for all Americans.”
Those hoping for a younger, more-center-leaning GOP in 2016 have their work cut out for them.
Posted Aug. 5,2014 at 6:31 PM EST by Joseph Ehrman-Dupre in 2016 Election, Cleveland, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights, Gay Youth, News, Republican National Convention, Republican Party | Permalink | Comments (3)
Following Utah's announcement that it would appeal a ruling striking down its same-sex marriage ban to the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia announced today that it would do the same this Friday, the AP reports.
Said Attorney General Mark Herring:
"Throughout this case, I have fought for the fundamental rights of Virginians and the quickest possible resolution. I believe the district and appeals courts ruled correctly in striking down Virginia's discriminatory marriage ban, but it has long been clear that the Supreme Court will likely have the final word. I want that decision to come as soon as possible and I want the voices of Virginians to be heard. This case has moved forward at an incredibly swift pace, and I look forward to a final resolution that affirms the fundamental right of all Virginians to marry."
Plaintiffs in the Bostic case are represented by Ted Olson and David Boies at the American Foundation for Equal Rights, who represented plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 fight.
Read Virginia's announcement below: