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882 Folklorico Dancers Broke A Guinness World Record In Guadalajara While Dancing To ‘Jarabe Tapatio’

Anytime we hear a mariachi play our Mexican hearts are filled with joy. The same can be said about seeing a Frida Kahlo painting, hearing Selena on the radio, going to the swap meet with mom, eating chilaquiles, or having cafe de olla. There are just so many beautiful cultural things that make us proud to be Mexican. When we see such mesmerizing displays of Mexican culture, we hope the entire world can see how unique Mexicans are. Such was the case when we saw this incredible show of Mexican tradition of Folklorico dancers shattering a world record.

On Aug. 25, almost 900 Folklorico dancers convened in Guadalajara to break a Guinness World Record.

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In the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, 882 dancers danced to the “Jarabe Tapatio,” in order to break the previous record in 2011. Back then, a measly 457 Folklorico dancers participated, but that number is a thing of the past.

“This new record shows that our traditions are continuing to spread among young people,” Xavier Orendain, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara and the organizer of this event, told reporters.

Dancers of all ages took part in this incredible performance and were backed by a mariachi group that coordinated with their choreography. 

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“It was such a great sensation,” one of the mariachis said about watching the dancers break the world record. “It’s an experience I will never forget. One of the dancers told Telemundo that she showed up early that same morning to register for the Guinness World Record dancing event.

The event took place during a huge mariachi festival that happens in Guadalajara every year so the timing was perfect.

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The annual Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería in Guadalajara brings together mariachi ensembles from all over Mexico and continues through Sept. 2.

Just for the record (pun intended), Guadalajara isn’t a stranger to breaking world records. They have a slew of title records under their name.

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At a previous Mariachi and Charrería gathering in Guadalajara, 69 people broke the record for “Most people twirling lassos simultaneously.”

What is interesting is that the Guinness World Records organization really takes this stuff seriously. For example, for the Most people twirling lassos simultaneously” record, 81 people took part in the event but “12 were discounted for not keeping the rope moving for the full 2 minutes.” Wow, we’d hate to be part of those disqualified. They probably can never live that down.

Earlier this year, 1,486 people took part in the largest tequila tasting event ever

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Here’s an event we wish we could have participated in. And, for those curious, the tequila of choice was three kinds: blanco, reposado, and añejo. Dang!

In 2015, 251 people dressed up as jimadores.

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For those wondering, jimadores are people who harvest tequila. These men didn’t just dress up as jimadores, but they also worked on tequila plants during the world record event as well. Might as well make it worth it, right?

In 2012, 129 women participated in the “Largest gathering of escaramuzas.”

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Escaramuzas, which translates to female equestrian, gathered in a total of 16 teams. All of the participants were females that ranged in age from 5 years old to 50 years old, Guinness reports. “They all performed a routine that lasted 17 minutes and 25 seconds, which exceeded the time they all had to remain together (10 minutes) for the record attempt.” So impressive! 

Of course, one of the best Guinness World Record’s that was set in Guadalajara has to be the most mariachis playing in sync. 

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In 2013, 700 mariachis gathered to perform and break the Guinness World Record. Most of these Guinness World Record events that have taken place in Guadalajara have occurred during their annual mariachi event. Xavier Orendain, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Guadalajara, said part of the reason they like to host these types of events is to show the world that Guadalajara is a safe city and that everyone who wants to come to Guadalajara is welcome.  

“It’s a message of hope that we can break any wall, any barrier,” Orendain said. Okay, that was definitely shade, right? We love it!

Here’s the dance performance below.

What record do you think Guadalajara should break next? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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The Trump Administration Is Proposing Raising Application Costs For DACA Recipients And Charging For Asylum Applications

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The Trump Administration Is Proposing Raising Application Costs For DACA Recipients And Charging For Asylum Applications

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There is tough news out of Washington this week that could make chasing the American Dream cost a lot more. According to a report published on Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security is proposing raising a range of fees for those seeking legal immigration and citizenship, as well as an increase in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal fees. There would also a proposed charge for asylum applications, which would charge $50 for applications and $490 for work permits. As of now, only Fiji, Australia and Iran currently do this for asylum applications. 

The price hikes would make the cost of citizenship applications go up by 83 percent, from $640 to $1,170. This would primarily affect roughly 9 million immigrants that are eligible to become U.S. citizens. DACA fees would also see a substantial rise as they would increase from $495 to $765. News of this fee hike comes in the same week that the Supreme Court heard arguments on the validity of President Trump’s justification to terminate DACA.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the “current fees do not recover the full costs of providing adjudication and naturalization services.” The last time this such fee schedule was adjusted was at the end of 2016.

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The reasoning for the proposed price hikes and new fees is to help cover new expenses at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of USCIS, said that this will help the agency cover new costs in the last few years due to an increase in citizenship applications. 

“USCIS is required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures, just like a business, and make adjustments based on that analysis. This proposed adjustment in fees would ensure more applicants cover the true cost of their applications and minimize subsidies from an already over-extended system,” Cuccinelli said in a press release. “Furthermore, the adjudication of immigration applications and petitions requires in-depth screening, incurring costs that must be covered by the agency, and this proposal accounts for our operational needs and better aligns our fee schedule with the costs of processing each request.”    

As of now, the agency will have a period of 30 days to receive public opinion, as established by law. The plan then is expected to go into effect Dec. 2, while the comment period will remain open until Dec. 16. 

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After the comment period ends next month, USCIS is then obligated by law to consider comments on the proposal before any of the new fees can put forward. This time period is key for millions of immigrants that are eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens before such fees rise. Immigration advocacy groups are calling forward to those groups as they may have only a few weeks before these price hikes go into effect. 

“If you were lacking motivation before, it’s now even more important because this outrageous rule aims to price out low-income and working-class immigrants from U.S. citizenship and so many other immigration benefits,” Diego Iñiguez-López, NPNA’s policy and campaigns manager, said in a statement to NBC News. 

These proposed price hikes come at a time when the overall percentage of lawful immigrants living in the country that are willfully applying for and gaining citizenship has reached its highest level in more than 20 years. That can’t be said for Mexican Americans who fall behind other groups when it comes to naturalization rates. This is also despite being the biggest group of lawful immigrants in terms of country of origin. 

“This is one more way under the administration that they are making legal immigration unattainable,” Ur Jaddou, former chief counsel at USCIS under the Obama administration, told Buzzfeed News.

Advocacy groups call the price hikes an attempt to further hurt those with already limited resources.  

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Boundless, an immigration services firm, called the proposed price hike another blow to immigrants trying to come into the U.S. The firm says that increased fees target the poor and those in vulnerable positions by pricing them out of citizenship.

“Once again, this administration is attempting to use every tool at its disposal to restrict legal immigration and even U.S. citizenship,” said Doug Rand, the group’s co-founder, told the Washington Post .“It’s an unprecedented weaponization of government fees.”

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United Airlines’ Flight Attendants Accommodate White Man’s Racist Request Not To Sit Next To Teen Because She’s Black

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United Airlines’ Flight Attendants Accommodate White Man’s Racist Request Not To Sit Next To Teen Because She’s Black

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Taylor Richardson, who coincidentally was featured on Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21 to Watch” list, was flying on United Airlines from Denver Airport. The 16-year-old said she overheard a man tell the cabin crew he didn’t want to sit next to her because she is black. Richardson was mortified when the flight attendants politely accommodated his request and moved his seat. 

United Airlines eventually responded to Richardson’s account of the incident that she posted on Twitter, saying they take “claims of discrimination very seriously. ” 

In 2017, Richardson was featured in Teen Vogue as an aspiring young astronaut. The self-described “STEMinist” idolizes Mae C. Jemison, the first black woman to travel into space. The racist incident only highlights the same battles that Jemison fought still await the future leader. 

Taylor Richardson shares the horribly racist experience on Twitter.

“So yesterday while flying from Denver to Jacksonville, I had my first encounter with a white man who didn’t want to sit next to me because I was Black. Thank you @united for accommodating him,” Richardson wrote. 

Richardson elaborated on the experience in a series of tweets directed at United Airlines’ handle. 

“He was not loud just in a normal tone asked to be moved. At first, I didn’t even know why, then he was like, ‘I don’t want to sit next to her because she is black,” she said. 

Richardson acknowledged that the flight attendant’s effort to accommodate him was probably just to diffuse the situation. 

“I would like to say upfront there wasn’t any commotion. Your airline rep was not rude she was caught off guard by his comment and to not make a scene just moved him. I’m only 16 so I dare not disrespect an adult even when ignorant to the facts,” she said. 

The teenager explained that the woman then moved the man to another seat. The seat next to Richardson’s was left vacant for the remainder of the flight. 

“The airline lady was very kind and very discrete. No commotion. He didn’t do anything he got up and I enjoyed the rest of my flight heading home. I guess it could have been worse if I had made a scene. I chose to not give him my time or energy,” she said. “I decided to eat my pizza and remain calm and unbothered. Going high in low moments!”

United Airlines responds to Richardson’s account of the incident.

United Airlines issued an apology to Richardson in a private message on Twitter and a later a general statement. 

“Please know we sincerely regret that this was your experience, as we never want our customers to feel any sort of discomfort while flying and truly appreciate your understanding,” the airline told Richardson on Twitter. “We always strike to leave a good impression on our customers and want you to know we care.”

A United Airlines spokesperson told the Sun Online Travel that they take matters of discrimination seriously. 

“We immediately had an online chat with our customer when we heard about this issue and will reach out again to speak with her directly for additional information. We will also be speaking with our crew to better understand what happened,” the spokesperson said. 

This incident occurred within days of will.i.am accusing a different airline of racism.

The Black Eyed Peas artist will.i.am accused Quantas airlines of racism on Twitter. The “My Humps” singer claimed that on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, Australia he was using noise-canceling headphones. He didn’t hear the announcement to put his items away, but when a flight attendant approached him he quickly complied. 

He said the flight attendant, “clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of color.” When the plan landed police were waiting to arrest will.i.am. 

“I’m sorry? Is callin the police on a passenger for not hearing he P.A due to wearing noise canceling headphones appropriate? If didn’t put away my laptop ‘in a rapid 2min time” I’d understand. I did comply quickly & politely, only to be greeted by police. I think I was targeted,” he said

Quantas released a statement but they did not acknowledge the use of police or mention any discrimination. 

“There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise canceling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew. We’ll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour,” the statement said

In July, Spirit Airlines was dealt a similar issue when a black woman claimed a woman refused to sit next to her because of her race, forcing her to switch. In a world where black people continue to be systematically denigrated, incidents like this come as no surprise.