Jorge Rivas,

Jorge Rivas

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jorge:

WATCH: The 5-Year Fight to Shut Down 'War Games Training' in the Bay Area

Bay Area activists have long maintained that the annual Urban Shield SWAT training and expo promotes police militarization under the guise of emergency preparedness. Here's how they shut it down. → Read More

WATCH: Feds Crack Down on Volunteers Helping Migrants Survive the Arizona Desert

Nine humanitarian volunteers are facing federal charges after leaving water bottles for migrants in the Arizona desert. Colorlines talks to members of No More Deaths about their work and the consequences of their solidarity. → Read More

A Former Japanese Internment Camp Prisoner on the Dire Effects of Putting Kids in Detention

The government called it a “segregation center,” but Satsuki Ina calls it a prison camp. → Read More

Undercover ICE Officer Reportedly Lured Workers at Ohio Garden Store with Donuts Before Massive Raid

A plainclothes federal officer walked into an Ohio gardening store early Tuesday and allegedly lured workers to gather themselves by offering free donuts. Splinter has obtained a video recording of a 17-year-old worker describing the incident. She said a man carrying three boxes of donuts entered the store and claimed he was there to conduct a health inspection. → Read More

The Awful Spectacle of 200 Immigration Officers Raiding a Couple of Garden Stores

U.S. immigration officials on Tuesday sent about 200 law enforcement agents to raid two flower and gardening stores near Sandusky, Ohio. → Read More

ICE Agents Filmed Barging Into Home With Guns and Riot Gear to Arrest Father

Armed immigration agents on Tuesday forced their way into a San Diego home after prying the door open with a crowbar. → Read More

The Nightmare Isn't Over for Trans Women on the Refugee Caravan

It took 35 days and 2,434 miles across Mexico until the most vulnerable migrants on the refugee caravan were able to seek asylum in the United States. → Read More

Native American Tribe on U.S.-Mexico Border Blocks Trump's National Guard Troops From Its Lands

There’s at least 75 miles of the U.S.‐Mexico border where National Guard troops can’t go, no matter what President Donald Trump says. → Read More

ICE Caught Apparently Using Private Facebook Data to Hunt Suspects (UPDATED)

UPDATE, 3/27, 10:12 AM: The Intercept published a major correction to its report on Monday which claimed that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency was using private Facebook data to track immigrants. The site said that, because of editing errors, it had incorrectly asserted that ICE had used Facebook to target an immigrant in a particular case. → Read More

Border Patrol Is Making Some Very Humiliating Pleas to Recruit New Agents

Border Patrol officials in Arizona are struggling to fill jobs. Like, really struggling. The agency is so desperate that it’s offering $10,000 cash bonuses and a fast track to more appealing positions if existing agents move to the state. → Read More

ICE's Own Figures Show Most Immigrants in Detention Pose No Threat to Public

U.S. immigration officials last year classified 51% of the 39,000 immigrants in detention as posing no risk and no threat to the public, according to a new report based on official government data. → Read More

Couple Killed in Car Crash After ICE Pursues Them in Case of Mistaken Identity

A husband and wife in California’s Central Valley were killed in a car crash on Tuesday after being chased by federal immigration agents—who later admitted that the couple had been targeted by mistake. → Read More

The Teacher Who Taught His Students to Challenge the NRA on the Day They Lost 17 of Their Own

Just before Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Emma González launched into her now-iconic 11-minute gun control speech, she warned the crowd that it was going to be a long one. → Read More

Trump Left Out Some Crucial Facts During His Racist MS-13 Rant

One of the most gruesomely memorable bits of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday came when he introduced the parents of two teen girls from Long Island who were murdered by members of the increasingly notorious MS-13 gang. → Read More

I’m Everything This Administration Hates

Jose Guevara is undocumented. He’s queer. He’s fighting cancer, a pre-existing condition that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he’s battling with health insurance provided by his mother’s employer. → Read More

Deported Veteran Allowed to Return to the U.S. After Unprecedented Legal Victory

In what his attorneys are calling a “landmark legal victory,” a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was deported to Mexico will be able to return to the United States. → Read More

‘It Was Either Food and Diapers for My Kids or DACA': Talking to Immigrants Hours Before the DACA Deadline

MAYWOOD, Ca.—Iván Ceja landed at the Los Angeles International Airport at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. A friend picked him up and they drove toward the California-Arizona state line to deliver 30 checks that would cover the DACA renewal fees for 30 applicants. At around 4 a.m. on Monday, Ceja met with immigrant rights organizers in Blythe, the halfway point between Los Angeles and Phoenix. The… → Read More

Meet Tereza Lee, the Undocumented Immigrant Who Inspired the DREAM Act

At the age of seven, Tereza Lee’s father sat her down in the living room and told her he had something very important to tell her. Don’t tell anyone, he told her, not even teachers or her closest friends. She was supposed to keep her mouth closed. Don’t say anything. Be silent. → Read More

ICE Seeks Permission to Destroy Records of Sexual Assaults and Deaths

Immigration officials have received preliminary approval to destroy detainee records, including evidence that relates to in-custody deaths and sexual assault cases after a 20 year period. → Read More

Why You Should Stop Using the Term DREAMer

Gaby Pacheco was one of four immigrant youth who in 2010 launched a four-month, 1,500-mile walk to urge then-President Barack Obama to stop deportations of young immigrants and their family members and to pass the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act proposal offered young undocumented immigrants a path to legalization, and they called the walk the Trail of Dreams. → Read More