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She Thought She Would Build Her Dream In The United States, But After Being Deported Tijuana Is Giving Her The Opportunity Of A Lifetime

For those who migrate to the United States,  a chance to start over and to pursue the legend of the American Dream is vital to the years of hard work they will put into adjust and assimilate. Sometimes that dream is the grantee of safety. Other times is the ability to provide for one’s family. Whatever that dream is, it’s something that is promised to the people who come to the United States and it’s often what motivates them.

However, for migrants, the American Dream isn’t always so easily attained. Unfortunately, one’s status oftentimes impacts whether that dream is even accessible at all.

That’s what happened to one mother who was deported before she was able to achieve her dream of opening a Mexican restaurant in the States.

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However, that didn’t stop her from chasing her goal and making it happen.

Back in April, Twitter user, Sergio Peraza shared a post on Twitter celebrating his mother for finally fulfilling her dream, now encouragement over the restaurant is making the rounds. Peraza’s mother always wanted to open her own restaurant but was deported to Mexico before she was able to make that happen. Instead of being discouraged, she pushed through the disappointment and made her dream a reality in her new home of Tijuana. Called Mi Lindo Nayarit, the restaurant specializes in Mexican cuisine.

Peraza even posted pics to hype up his mom’s cooking and they are all too tempting.

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The restaurant’s menu offers such treats as huevos el Nayar, Caldo, tortas, empanadas, posole and all the other Mexican delicacies that we love to eat. The dishes Mi Lindo Nayarit serves are perfect for both tourists looking for a taste of authenticity and for locals who just want a yummy meal.

Peraza’s post about his mother’s restaurant quickly went viral, attracting over 5,000 retweets and twice as many likes. Of course, this resulted in lots of comments celebrating Mom and drooling over her food.

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Some Twitter users wished the new restaurant prosperity and success in their business. The success doesn’t just impact Peraza’s mom. All the people working at the restaurant depend on it to thrive. Supporting small Latinx businesses are what the Latinidad is all about so we love this show of solidarity and appreciate its greater impact.

Others planned trips to visit the restaurant in order to support it.

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The beauty of Mi Lindo Nayarit being in a resort town is that supporters can plan a vacay and support the restaurant during the same trip. Sounds like the perfect idea for any upcoming three day weekends we might have on our calendars.

The overall consensuses was that Mom’s culinary aesthetic can’t be beat.

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If the old saying that we eat with our eyes first is true, then Peraza’s mom has us feasting for days on just these images. The helpings are huge, the food looks fresh and we can feel the love coming through from these tweets. It’s exactly what Mexican food should be.

Ultimately, it’s so wonderful to see this woman preserve through her deportation and see her dream come true.

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With all the terrible news coming from the border and ignorance and hate that is consistently aimed towards migrants, we hope to see more stories of success like this one. Let’s support each other in our dreams. It’s only through that support that we can all prosper and grow. Sometimes all the love and validation we have given will manifest into some bomb Mexican food.

A High School Student Is Being Detained By ICE But His School Is Rallying Support Behind Him

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A High School Student Is Being Detained By ICE But His School Is Rallying Support Behind Him

Will Lanzoni

A New Haven, Connecticut school was rocked by the news that one of its students had been detained by Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). The announcement by the principal came over Wilbur Cross High School’s PA system and sent shockwaves throughout classrooms.

Mario Aguilar was arrested by ICE when the 18-year-old attended a court hearing to handle charges over a traffic accident. Students and teachers were unsettled by his detention. They decided to support Aguilar through the immigration process and fight against his deportation. 

Teachers even tried to send him his homework — a symbolic gesture that they were still holding a space for him in their hearts, minds, and classrooms. ICE sent it back.

Teachers are heartbroken over Aguilar’s detention. 

Students and teachers orchestrated a coordinated effort to support Aguilar. They wrote letters to ICE to influence his release. They showed up to his court hearing. Students printed “Free Mario” posters and stickers to raise money for his commissary. They kept his desk empty in Spanish class believing if they did that maybe Aguilar would come home soon.  

Teachers sent him his homework and some books — but it was sent back, labeled return to sender. ICE asserts that if it is not related to his case, Aguilar can’t have it, according to CNN

“Mario was hundreds of miles away from his family, from his home. He got stability at school and security within this community, until he was taken from us,” Principal Edith Johnson, whose parents came to the mainland from Puerto Rico, said at a press conference. “Throughout my years as an educator, I’ve lost too many children to community violence, tragic accidents, medical conditions and significant trauma that keeps our students out of school — and now, another terrifying variable certain to take students off course, with ICE arrests.”

Aguilar’s Spanish teacher Mary Perez Estrada was there during his asylum hearing. She was one of the teachers who sent him books she hoped would comfort him. “As Mario spoke before the court, detailing how he’d fled persecution from gangs in Guatemala, Perez Estrada hoped the judge would see what she did in her student — someone who deserves a chance,” according to CNN. “The judge didn’t make a ruling that day. He told the court he’d announce his decision on December 12.”

Wilbur Cross students demand that ICE “Free Mario.”

Aguilar was detained by ICE while attending a court hearing related to his involvement in a car crash. When his cellphone slid off of his dashboard he accidentally hit a parked car when he attempted to retrieve the phone. No one was hurt and the vehicle was only minorly damaged. 

“I hope that he knows we’re fighting for him and I hope that helps, but that’s very minimal when you’re stripped away of your humanity,” said CT Students for a Dream organizer Anthony Barroso. “We’re here to also to show Mario if he can hear the news, that we are fighting for him, and many others in the same situation.”

Doing nothing, even if what is being done won’t change the result, did not feel like an option. For the students and teachers, for Aguilar’s community, they understood that being deported back to Guatemala could mean sending him back to his death. 

“The goal is to let everybody know what the situation is, spread the word, so we can be a bigger community,” junior Wilbur Cross High School student Stephanie Pawcar told NBC.“I don’t personally know Mario, but he is a student at Wilbur Cross and it’s really important because it’s something that needs to be talked about.”

According to Principal Johnson, students have written over 400 letters in support so far with more rallies and protests planned. 

Students and teachers are arguing that Aguilar has a right to fight his deportation.

Aguilar’s peers believe he should be able to stay in the United States and fight his case in the courts, rather than being sent back to the country he fled when he was 16. Gabriel Gonzalez is a senior at Aguilar’s school and a budding filmmaker. She is utilizing the medium to create a film to help her classmates understand why they should care about Aguilar’s case. “He wasn’t known before, but now literally there’s posters around the school with his face on it everywhere.

People didn’t know about him because he was just a regular student,” Gonzalez told CNN.

“But now the fact that just this ordinary student was taken, his whole life has been turned upside down because he happens to be from somewhere else, shows that this can happen to anyone. And it shouldn’t happen to anyone, because we’re all just trying to live our lives as teenagers or normal, everyday people walking around the street.”

We Found One Of The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Of 2019: Red Lobster Dropped A Seafood-Themed Holiday Collection And Just Look At It

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We Found One Of The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Of 2019: Red Lobster Dropped A Seafood-Themed Holiday Collection And Just Look At It

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Why would you give the special people in your life something they’ve seen before when you can give them unusual Christmas gifts. Rather than regular new cufflinks they might like a Red Lobster Biscuit sweater, complete with a fanny pack to store, well biscuits of course. Yup, you heard right, we’re not making this stuff up. This year, Red Lobster is selling holiday-themed merch and we’re not sure whether we love it or hate it. 

Red Lobster’s Christmas-themed collection includes an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ with an insulated pouch —for stuffing biscuits in it.

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I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays are all about wearing a cute, and a little eccentric outfits and of course, the food. Red Lobster gets it, and is therefore releasing all kinds of holiday-themed merch, the most notable of which is the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Sweater.

You read that right, Red Lobster opened an online shop for a limited time with all kinds of holiday merchandise.

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Red Lobster’s online pop-up shop is officially open for business. Not only can you pre-order the Cheddar Bay biscuit sweater, but there are also other holiday themed pieces to order. There are four different graphic t-shirts and a branded tumbler cup as well.

The Cheddar Bay Biscuit Holiday Sweater will set you back a mere $39.99. 

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The sweater is complete with an insulated pocket to hold your Cheddar Bay biscuits and keep them warm on-the-go —because, duh, the biscuits at the beginning of a Red Lobster feast are everyone’s favorites. Other pieces of clothing are emblazoned with fun sayings like the T-shirt that says “Cheddar Bay All Day” or “It’s Always Biscuit Season”—and we can’t say we don’t agree. 

As was to be expected, the lovely —and opinionated— people who inhabit Twitter, had some thoughts, and it looks like they’re just as conflicted as we are. 

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Twitter user Susan Davis went as far as to ask her followers what they thought about the ultimate ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ much to our surprise, out of the 239 voters who participated in her survey; 79% wanted her to buy the sweater. 

Others were perplexed, dumbfounded… confused, really.

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A lot of us are just confused as to what made Red Lobster believe we needed a seafood-themed Christmas sweater, but also, why do we want it so bad?

Wear your love of seafood on your sleeve, or on this case… in your pouch.

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All of the t-shirts retail for about $20 and the tumbler cup is selling for $9.99, so you can show your love of seafood without breaking the bank. The shirts have fun sayings like “Cheddar Bay All Day” and “It’s Always Biscuit Season” because, duh, the biscuits at the beginning of a Red Lobster feast are the best part!

You can also wear your appetite on your sleeve —or on your knit, if you will— with our very own food-inspired ‘ugly Christmas sweater’.

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If you thought Red Lobster would be the only one making food-inspired ugly Christmas sweater, then you my friend, were mistaken. The same store that brought you ‘Guacardo’, ‘Pan Dulce’ pins and ‘Chocolate Abuelita-scented’ candles; introduces the seasonal “All I Want For Christmas… Is More Tamales” sweatshirt. 

Do you want champurrado with that sweatshirt?

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Mitú Shop released a new, limited-edition range of holiday-inspired apparel. Including the ‘More Tamales’ sweatshirt, another that reads “All I want For Christmas Is Otro Plato,” featuring a bowl of delicious caldito. Can you call this an ugly Christmas sweater when it’s being totally honest? Let these sweaters keep you cozy throughout the holidays, while letting your family know what’s on your mind and in your heart…another plate of whatever is making your stomach happy. Porque, panza llena, corazón contento.

The Christmas collection is a nod of solidarity to all of us who grew up in Latinx households and who have to eat their weight in homemade food, each year. 

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Drawing inspiration from mamás and abuelas everywhere, the collection also features an apron emblazoned with the words “Reina De Los Tamales” because if the matriarch in charge of making tamales for your family each year, is not your Reina, then idk, your priorities are not straight. 

Serape Santa hats, anyone?

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Show off your Latinx roots even on Christmas! Just in time for the holidays, we bring to you the classic cone-shaped, fuzzily adorned, Santa hat. Except our Mitú shop hat has a twist to it. Made with the iconic Mexican serape woven print, this year you can boast your cultural heritage even on Christmas.