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The Homestead detention center in Florida, which has housed thousands of migrant children since 2018 and has become a symbol of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, will soon shut down.

Although we still have a long way to go before we fully stop Trump’s hateful policies, this victory shows the impact #PeopleLikeUs have when we come together, get into good trouble, and fight for change.

Tom Wong, a University of California, San Diego professor and NAL board member, surveyed more than 600 asylum seekers affected by Trump’s controversial “remain in Mexico” policy. He came to a horrifying conclusion: People are being sent to die.

While migrants wait in Mexico for their cases to be processed, they are often threatened with physical violence and many end up becoming homeless. This comes after living in the dismal conditions of a detention center; 85% of those surveyed reported that “immigration detention facilities failed to provide adequate food and water and that they were unable to sleep due to overcrowding, cold temperatures and other conditions.” #PeopleLikeUs must stand up and speak out about the atrocities caused by Trump’s cruel and inhumane policies.

Election Day—our favorite day of the year—is Four ???? Days ???? Away ????

Even though the 2020 election has the majority of the spotlight, the local elections happening in dozens of states across the country early next week are so important. They determine the policies that shape our daily lives and impact the rights of #PeopleLikeUs, which is why we must vote!

Make your voice heard and vote on Tuesday. In the meantime, find out who’s on your ballot and make a plan for where and when you will vote. #VotingMatters

The countdown is on!

Our New American Hero Awards party and Power and Policy summit are TWO WEEKS away! We’ll be celebrating Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, and New York State Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz at our New American Hero Awards in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

Then, we’ll hear from Stacey Abrams about how we can address critical issues facing #PeopleLikeUs at our Power and Policy national conference on 11/15 (also in D.C.).

Avoid FOMO—get your tickets today for our biggest parties of the year!

Our final 2019 Boss Ladies trainings for young women of color are almost here. In fact, we’re having one tomorrow in Los Angeles!

These one-of-a-kind half-day trainings focus on preparing young women of color to own their power and serve as staff members on campaigns. You can still get a last-minute ticket to attend our Boss Ladies LA training tomorrow, or you can get one for our Boss Ladies Columbus training on November 16. Spaces are going fast, so be sure to get tickets for you and your squad now!

This week, we want to give a shout-out to:

  • Stephanie Chang, a Michigan State Senator, NAL alumna (#NALpista), and member of our elected officials network for working on legislation that would allow driver’s licenses for Michigan residents who can’t prove legal presence.

Do you want to give someone a shout-out? Just send it to us via email or tag us on Instagram or Twitter (both @newamericanld) so we can repost and include it in the next Resistance Roundup!