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Username: Omar Araiza
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Omar Araiza is a new staff writer at the Burnt Orange Report, with a focus on immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues.

Conservatives Resort To Lying About Child Refugees' Vaccination Rates To Justify Their Deportation

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Conservatives are coming up with multiple kinds of excuses in order to deport the Central American child refugees, all while trying to hide their true prejudice against them. Case in point: "Our schools cannot handle this influx, we don't even know what all diseases they have. Our health care systems can't withstand this influx," recently said U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, trying to make a healthy safety case for deportation and "war" against these children.

Sadly for conservatives, their excuses and lies simply don't match up to the facts. In a horrible twist of irony, according to statistics by the United Nations, Central American children have a higher vaccination rate than U.S. children.

And whose fault is this? The very same conservative officials and voters in America raging war against vaccinations, and health insurance coverage.

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NCLR President Warns GOP On Child Refugees: Latino Voters Will Judge You Too Come Election Day

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) President Janet Murguía ripped the Republican Party apart this week with harsh criticism over their unchristian and un-American attacks towards child refugees seeking shelter in our country. While in Los Angeles during the NCLR's annual conference, Murguía publicly shamed numerous politicians for their outrages remarks concerning these kids -- warning they carried third world diseases and plagues.

Murguía did not forget to mention Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing his recent theatrical attempt of sending troops to the border in order to garnish points for a future 2016 presidential run.

"Soldiers with guns confronting children seeking refuge," said Murguía. "What is wrong with these people? How can they talk about children like this? Who treats children this way? Every one of the elected officials I just quoted consider themselves people of faith, but there is nothing godly in their words. It is disgraceful."

Murguía sent a very clear message to Republicans: Latino voters are watching how you treat these small, defenseless members of our community at large. And we won't forget come election time.

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Anti-Immigrant Protesters Express 'Compassion' For Refugee Children By Demanding Their Deportation

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Protesters against, and in favor of providing shelter to refugee Central American children held a large rally this past weekend in downtown Dallas.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced last month the city would help in the humanitarian crisis by taking in 2,000 refugee children. Jenkins received large praise from Democrats for his commitment to helping those in need, but conservatives in Dallas were quick to criticize him.

As evident by the picture on the right, anti-immigrant protesters showed up visibly angry at the thought of their city providing shelter to these young children. Claiming to also have a genuine concern for these young kids, protesters in favor of deporting the refugees held posters that read "No Amnesty" and "Secure Our Border," their idea of "compassion" for these children.

"There is a great amount of lawlessness in this country, and it comes from misguided administrators like Mr. Jenkins," said one resident from Garland.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's Newest Crusade: Abolish DACA Program And Deport All DREAMers

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) filed a bill Thursday with the intention of ending the highly successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy initiated under President Obama. Doing so would result in the deportation of all young undocumented residents (known as DREAMers) under the program. According to Cruz and his fellow GOP colleagues, DACA and President Obama are responsible for creating the refugee crisis we have in our hands.

"We all recognize the terrible humanitarian crisis that is occurring at the border, and all of us should come together to end the policies that have caused it," said Cruz in a statement. "Tens of thousands of children are being smuggled into the United States by dangerous drug cartels and transnational gangs; it is heartless to allow that to continue."

Republican logic explained: Let's use this humanitarian crisis as an excuse to target young undocumented residents, and use them as political scapegoats to rile up conservatives -- all meanwhile fixing absolutely nothing.

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Puts Humanitarian Border Crisis Above Own Re-Election Chances

by: Omar Araiza

Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Not a day has passed since the border crisis caught national attention that Conservative officials have attempted to vilify the young children that came to our borders seeking refuge, and fought to deport every single one of these kids to their likely death by violence in their home countries. For people that claim to be highly religious and driven by faith, Conservatives these past weeks have done only but an amazing job at proving that their actions are neither religious or humanitarian.

But, for all the hatred spewed, there has been an equal-- if not more powerful-- push to provide safety and shelter for these young kids by many caring people in our communities.

One such case is Dallas County, after announcing it would provide shelter to 2,000 refugee children held by the Department of Homeland Security along the border.

The announcement was made by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at the Texas Democratic Convention last month. Jenkins, the top elected official in Dallas County up for re-election this year, has since become a big target by angry Conservatives calling for his defeat in November.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Undocumented Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas Arrested At South Texas Border

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

Pulitzer Prize-winning, undocumented journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas, came to the Rio Grande Valley last week to visit and report on the children refugees being sheltered in McAllen. Vargas was able to interview and film the young refugees, wanting to share their story with the rest of the country.

"I flew into the valley Thursday morning to visit a shelter for unaccompanied Central American refugees and participate in a vigil in their honor. Outraged at the media coverage of this humanitarian crisis (these children are not "illegal," as news organizations like CBS News and the New York Times call them), and frustrated by the political ping-pong centered on border security and increased enforcement, I also came here to share my own story of coming to the United States as an unaccompanied minor from the Philippines. I wanted to help change the narrative of the conversation and, with a camera crew, share stories from the shelter and its volunteers," Vargas wrote on Politico.

Yet, for all residents, traveling outside the Valley requires passing inspection by Border Patrol at the Falfurrias checkpoint or at the airport. Procedures Vargas was not aware of.

Update 6:43pm: Vargas was released. His comments below.

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Rick Perry Needs To Stop Playing Politics And Issue A Disaster Declaration On The Border Crisis

by: Omar Araiza

Fri Jul 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM CDT

With every passing week, the crisis on the border complicates even further, and the majority of the young children detained continue to have to reside in cramped and unsanitary places.

The crisis first caught national attention once pictures of the horrific conditions these young kids were kept in were published by the media. Yet, instead of using resources to try to provide adequate shelter for these young children, Gov. Rick Perry has instead chosen to direct funding to further ramp up border security. A decision that hasn't helped the 52,000 displaced children we have at hand.

State Rep. Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) is calling on Gov. Perry to issue a disaster declaration. Perry did so when Hurricane Katrina struct the Gulf Coast, leaving thousands of refugees in its path. The same, Coleman argues, can be done for these children.

"When Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf Coast communities, Texas under Governor Perry's leadership stepped up to the plate. We provided secure shelter, food, and medical care for over 200,000 refugees. It's time to do the same for these children," said Coleman in a press statement.

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Galveston County, League City Defy Federal Law By Passing Resolutions "Banning" Refugee Children

by: Omar Araiza

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

As reported yesterday, League City council members were scheduled to vote on a controversial resolution that essentially closed their community to children refugees from obtaining shelter there. The resolution passed on a final vote of 6-2.

Galveston County joined League City, also passing a similar resolution "banning" these children. The final vote there was 4-1.

The author of the resolution in League City, council member Heidi Thiess, argued the goal of "big government politicians and open border activists" was simply, ultimately, "amnesty."

"It is not in the county's or public's best interest to house these undocumented minors," stated Galveston County's resolution.

Sadly for conservatives pushing for these resolutions, that is not how the law actually works.

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Texas Republicans Sign Letter Demanding Deportation Of DREAMers

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

In their typical Republican behavior, the GOP has pointed fingers and blamed just about everyone when it comes to the influx of refugee children on the border, even coming up with ridiculous conspiracy allegations about the crisis.

But what easier group to gang up against than those who were already here undocumented. Particularly, our young undocumented residents known as DREAMers.

Numerous Texas Republicans have signed onto a House letter by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), demanding that President Obama terminate his administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Eliminating DACA would once again result in the immediate deportation of young DREAMers.

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League City Council Members To Vote On Resolution That Bans Refugee Children

by: Omar Araiza

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

Prepare to have your faith in humanity questioned after reading this news.

As the refugee crisis continues to unfold along the border, the hardships these young children are facing is being continued to be made into a political game by conservatives, particularly as means to come up with senseless conspiracy theories and as ways to further criticize President Obama.

But, today, the League City city council may take prejudice against these children to a whole new level. The city council is set to vote on a resolution to keep out these young kids from their community and ban city staff and agencies from setting up any facility to house, process, or shelter children refugees.

Conservative council member Heidi Thiess, pictured on the right, is behind the resolution. "We're sending a message to the feds and the state authorities that you've got to stop this crisis. You've got to manage it. It's getting out of control," said Thiess.

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