Dating site Arrangementfinders.com has a "brilliant" idea to help undocumented immigrants.
They have put up at least one billboard off interstate 35 near Frontage Road in Austin, Texas that doesn't just hint at, but actually tells undocumented immigrants to find sugar daddies to avoid getting deported.
The sign reads, "Undocumented Immigrant? Before You Get Deported, Get a Sugar Daddy.”
The site's chief marketing officer, Jacob Webster, says he decided to run the ad “in response to Donald Trump's promise to deport all 11 million of the nation’s undocumented immigrants.”
“ArrangementFinders.com skews heavily towards Hispanic women, with that demo making up over 31 percent of all the females on our site nationally and over 53 percent in Austin,” he added.
As if the ad wasn't offensive enough, many are criticizing the company not just for the provocative message but partaking in racism by using the image of a Latino woman.
But Webster backs the choice of model by the fact that a third of their users are Hispanic women.
ArrangementFinders was launched in 2009 and "connects men and women looking for mutually beneficial arrangements." It is known to be a sugar baby dating site, which advertises benefactor-with-benefits relationships.
The billboard's premise is misleading, critics charge.
"American immigration is not as simple as finding a wealthy internet benefactor and coasting into marriage and citizenship after President Trump’s promised ‘deportation force’ leaves town. Just ask Melania Trump, whose complicated immigration saga reveals the hurdles even an allegedly wealthy man’s wife must clear to obtain a green card," writes Kelly Weill for the Daily Beast.
"And if the ArrangmentFinders campaign is suggesting paid sex work, rather than a convenient marriage, its implications are even more dangerous for undocumented immigrants. Where a run-in with police could mean jail time for legal U.S. residents, undocumented sex workers also face deportation," Weill adds.
Donald Trump doesn't seem to get tired of boasting that he will deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. once (read: if) he is elected president.
It doesn't apparently occur to him that the 6.8 million-strong work force among these immigrants support the country's economy massively and their absence will decrease private sector output anywhere from $381.5 billion to $623.2 billion.
However, his rhetoric has created an air of panic among undocumented immigrants, and Latino immigrants have been coming out in droves to apply for citizenship so they can vote against him.
“People who are eligible are really feeling the urgency to get out there,” says Tara Raghuveer, deputy director of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition that helped put on an application workshop in Denver. “They are worried by the prospect that someone who is running for president has said hateful things.”
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