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California Artist Using Expired Cheese To Build Border Wall

A California artist is helping President Trump build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. Cosimo Cavallaro, the Los Angeles-based artist, is trying to do his part in creating a “barrier”. But instead of using fencing and barbed wire, Cavallaro is using spoiled cotija cheese. Cavallaro started building a competing wall (6 feet high, made entirely of $100 cheese blocks) on Monday in Tecate, California, near the Mexico border. Now he’s asking for donations to buy more cheese slabs and make the barrier as long as possible.

The art isn’t meant to be political but rather a reaction to the current American climate when it comes to the border wall.

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“To spend all this money to keep dividing the countries, I think is a waste,” Cavallaro told the Los Angeles Times. “You see the waste in my wall, but you can’t see the waste in [Trump’s] $10-billion wall, which in time will be removed?”

As well as putting together his cheese wall, Cavallaro is selling shirts to raise funds, including one showing an image of a cheese grater to make the pun “Make America Grate Again”, which is a play on President Trump’s campaign slogan.

Cavallaro says he is building the cheese structure with perishable components to show the decadent nature of material objects. It’s also to demonstrate the ludicrous purpose and meaning of the border wall.

“This has been on my mind for many years, but when he became president, it became obvious that was the place to do it.” Cavallaro said.

This isn’t the first time he’s made art out of food.

Cavallaro has worked on similar projects in the past that have included other perishable foods (cheese and chocolate) as an artistic gesture. That includes “My Sweet Lord”, a six-foot-tall, Jesus sculpted from milk chocolate and Room 114 at the Washington Jefferson Hotel in New York City, which he smothered in 1,000 lb of melted mozzarella.

“A lot of art is just an object in space. You take it, you move it, you move it here, you move it there. But when you cover a room in cheese or in ketchup or in food, you can’t rip that off anymore. That experience is so visceral, so real. And it lives in your mind. ” Cavallaro said in a video on the project’s website.

Cavallaro, who grew up in Canada and has roots in Italy, is following his previous projects theme in trying to make a statement through perishable foods. Cavallaro leased the property where he is building the project for a year and he plans to add to the wall as more donations come in.

For Cavallaro, the artwork represents how absurd and “cheesy” the time we are currently living in has become.

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While the border wall continues to be a divisive issue, Cavallaro hopes this brings people together. More than $2,000 has already been raised to complete the art work and has received national attention for the project.

For those pitching in for the wall, there is also some incentive. The Gofundme page says if an individual donates $1000 they will receive “a full cheese wall brick signed and vacuum packed after the art installation is completed.”

Cavallaro hopes his project doesn’t come off as political rather an artisitc statement of how turbulent times are right now. He says he hopes he gets people involved with art to try to create something positive.

“The idea is to get people involved in building this installation,” Cavallaro told the Sacramento Bee. “It’s about borders. It’s about overcoming that boundary. I believe that as humans that’s what we’re here to experience. We come up against them, we overcome them and we keep growing.”

READ:Artists In San Diego And Tijuana Projected Activist Art Onto Trump’s Border Wall Prototypes

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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9-Year-Old Migrant Girl Drowns While Trying to Cross the Rio Grande in the U.S.

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On March 20th, U.S. Border Patrol agents found a 9-year-old migrant girl unresponsive along with her mother and sibling on an island in the Rio Grande.

U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to resuscitate the family. The agents were able to revive the mother and her younger, 3-year-old child. The Border Patrol agents transferred the 9-year-old migrant girl to emergency medics in emergency medics in Eagle Pass, Texas, but she remained unresponsive.

In the end, the 9-year-old migrant girl died–the cause of death being drowning.

The mother of the two children was Guatemalan while the two children were born in Mexico.

The death of the 9-year-old migrant girl is notable because this is the first migrant child death recorded in this current migration surge. And experts worry that it won’t be the last.

And while this is the first child death, it is not the only migrant who has died trying to make it across the border. On Wednesday, a Cuban man drowned while trying to swim across the border between Tijuana and San Diego. He was the second migrant to drown in just a two-week period.

Why is this happening?

According to some reports, the reason so many migrants are heading towards the U.S. right now is “because President Trump is gone”. They believe they have a better chance of claiming asylum in the U.S.

Another factor to take into consideration is that a large number of these migrants are unaccompanied minors. According to migrant services volunteer Ruben Garcia, Title 42 is actually having the opposite effect of its intent. President Trump enacted Title 42 to prevent immigration during COVID-19 for “safety reasons”.

“Families that have been expelled multiple times that are traveling with children,” Garcia told PBS News Hour. “Some of them are making the decision to send their children in by themselves, because they have families someplace in the U.S., and they know their children will be released to them.”

Is there a “border crisis”?

That depends on who you ask. According to some experts, the numbers of migrants heading to the U.S./Mexico border aren’t out-of-the-ordinary considering the time of year and the fact that COVID-19 made traveling last year virtually impossible.

According to Tom Wong of the University of California at San Diego’s U.S. Immigration Policy Center, there is no “border crisis”. “This year looks like the usual seasonal increase, plus migrants who would have come last year but could not,” Wong says.

As the Washington Post explained: “What we’re seeing right now is a predictable seasonal shift. When the numbers drop again in June and July, policymakers may be tempted to claim that their deterrence policies succeeded.”

What is the Biden Administration planning on doing about it?

As of now, it is pretty evident that the Biden Administration has not been handling this migrant surge well, despite ample warning from experts. As of now, President Biden has put Vice President Harris in charge of handling the issues at the border.

As of now, the game plan is still very vague. But in the past, the Biden Administration has stated that they plan to fix the migrant surge at the source. That means providing more aid to Central America in order to prevent further corruption of elected officials.

They also want to put in place a plan that processes children and minors as refugees in their own countries before they travel to the U.S. The government had not tested these plans and they may take years to implement. Here’s to hoping that these changes will prevent a case like the death of the 9-year-old migrant girl.

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Ted Cruz is Roasted On Twitter After Posting Bizarre Video Saying He Was ‘Heckled’ at the Border By Cartel Members

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Ted Cruz is Roasted On Twitter After Posting Bizarre Video Saying He Was ‘Heckled’ at the Border By Cartel Members

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Ted Cruz is, once again, in the headlines. The Texas senator took a break from feuding with celebrities on Twitter to take another trip to Mexico. But this time around, Rafael Cruz wasn’t fleeing his state for a quick Cancun getaway.

This past weekend, Senator Cruz took a trip to the U.S./Mexico border along with 18 other Republican senators. Their mission, ostensibly, was to shine a light on what they deem to be a “border crisis”.

Instead, what ended up grabbing headlines was Ted Cruz’s bizarre documentary-style video of the trip that he released on Twitter.

Surrounded by tall grass, Ted Cruz addresses the camera in hushed tones, much like he was hosting a nature documentary. “So it’s past midnight. I’m standing on the shore of the Rio Grande. I’m down at the Texas border along with 18 senators who made the trip to see the crisis that is playing out.”

In the grainy video, he continues: “On the other side of the river we have been listening to and seeing cartel members – human traffickers – right on the other side of the river waving flashlights, yelling and taunting Americans, taunting the border patrol.”

Later, Ted Cruz also visited a migrant shelter and attempted to film the migrants for his social media posts.

A worker intercepted Senator Cruz and repeatedly asked him to respect the migrants and stop filming. “Please respect the rules sir, and give the people dignity and respect,” says the woman. “Full heartedly I ask you, please respect the people. This is not a zoo, sir, please don’t treat the people as such.”

Indignant, Sen. Cruz refused to comply. “You were instructed to ask us to not have any pictures taken here, because the political leadership at DHS does not want the American people to know,” he responds.

Despite Rafael Cruz‘s goal of bringing attention to what’s happening at the border, his nature documentary ended up being what really captured the internet’s attention.

As is usual with Rafael Cruz, the internet couldn’t help but see his Crocodile Dundee-style documentary as the ploy that it was. And because Rafael is so easy to drag, that’s exactly what the internet did.

Mainly, Twitter mocked Ted Cruz for the irony of him being in Mexico when he was just there weeks ago under very, very different circumstances.

The jokes kept coming…

And coming…

And coming.

The bottom line is, Ted Cruz never publicly cared about the huminitatirna crisis of border camps (which, by the way, are problematic) when Trump was president.

But now, Ted Cruz is using the increased migrant numbers as an opportunity to virtue signal and fan the flames of fear among Americans. As Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar said, Cruz’s Rio Grande trip was “political theater”.

“These are people who are about to engage in political theater, use the border as a prop, [and] do a whole lot of complaining and finger-pointing,” she said in a recent podcast interview. “But these are the same people who’ve been in the Senate for a number of years.”

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