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According to Muñoz, her brother had already paid his legal fees to become a DACA recipient and was checking in for a routine visit to his immigration office when he was detained and deported. "Two ICE officers just rammed him face first into the wall of the cell and handcuffed him and they put him on the first warmed up bus to Tijuana," Muñoz says, "The ICE officer told the other officer, 'You owe me lunch,' because they bet on whether my brother would have a break down over getting deported and he did."
The deportation tore Muñoz's family apart and has motivated her to support families going through similar ordeals. With initial immigration filing fees starting at nearly $500, Muñoz says fundraising for undocumented families to pursue a path to legal status is where she wants to focus her efforts first. "When you're living paycheck to paycheck and working jobs that pay terribly just to put food on the table, you don't really get the chance to save as much as you possibly need to get all that stuff sorted," she says, "I just want to help other families to not go through this hell."
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After her involvement in organizing last month's sold-out Love Trumps Hate benefit concert for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, Muñoz began the process of organizing her own independent benefit show. "I love all this activism that's happening with music," she says the support she's received so far for Solidarity for Sanctuary has been overwhelming, "Now, this show will be the first of many in a series of more shows, guest nights, art showings and all that good stuff [using] the creative community to raise funds for our undocumented families."
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"What I really want to do with this series is to start breaking down the criminalization of undocumented immigrants," Muñoz adds that along with
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