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

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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. 

READ: Mexico’s Beautiful And Complex History Will Leave You Wanting To Visit The Country Even More

ICE Is Taking Advantage Of Migrants Who Can’t Read Or Write In Their Court Proceedings

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ICE Is Taking Advantage Of Migrants Who Can’t Read Or Write In Their Court Proceedings

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Last summer, images of undocumented immigrant children went viral. These images didn’t show them crying, or being taken away from their parents. These children were pictured alone in court. The nameless children had no one by their side, no one to represent them, and had no clue what was going on, despite the fact that they were there trying to seek asylum. In some cases, these children wore headphones as a means to translate what the judge was saying. However, given that they were just children, the translation was almost useless. Reports are now servicing that immigration officials are using the language barrier as a means to keep them out of the U.S. 

An op-ed, written by a volunteer at the border, states that asylum-seeking immigrants cannot read or write in English or in their native tongue and immigration officials are taking advantage of that.

Emily Reed, a recent grad student from Barnard University, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that stated she witnessed this manipulation from immigration officials against illiterate undocumented people. Reed was at the border in Texas volunteering with classmates at the South Texas Family Residential Center volunteering with the Dilley Pro Bono Project when she witnessed this manipulation. 

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection often conveniently exploit asylum seekers who cannot read. Along with an unfamiliarity with our deliberately complex immigration system, the illiteracy of Central American migrants, especially women, facilitates the deportation of parents and separation of families,” Reed wrote. She added, “By manipulating illiterate refugees who often unwittingly sign away their rights, the U.S. government is violating the basic tenets of the internationally recognized and protected right to seek asylum.” 

Reed added that her volunteer program with the legal center provided Spanish documents to the migrant families, but they couldn’t under that either.

“Simple translation is not enough,” she wrote. “The Dilley Pro Bono Project provides documents in Spanish, but even this paperwork was difficult for many migrant women to understand. Many women I helped to fill out paperwork struggled simply to write their children’s birth dates.”

The migrant families are being rushed within the court and legal process, which in turn, is causing deportation to happen a lot faster.

Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that the haste paperwork at the border made it possible for immigration officials to rush and deport undocumented immigrants. The ACLU stated this process should not be rushed because people need to take their time and understand what is going on and what it is that they’re signing. 

“This waiting period is crucial to ensure that parents have an opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to fight their own removal cases, leave their children (who may have their own asylum claims) behind in the United States, or make some other decision,” the ACLU stated lasted year. “In short, families will be making life-altering decisions after months of traumatic separation — and the fact that the government is trying to shortchange them a matter of days to do so is galling.”

A New York Times report showed that 58,000 asylum seekers are currently stuck in Mexico under Trump’s policy because they’re awaiting asylum hearings.

The backlog for these asylum hearings is up to six to eight months, and when they’re ready for their hearing the majority of them won’t understand what needs to be done. This is why they need proper representation, and a patient legal system so they comprehend what is being asked of them and what the next steps are. 

What makes this matter even worse is that there’s not enough legal representation for each family unit, or individual, at the border. 

Last year, it was very apparent that there were not enough lawyers or legal help for undocumented immigrants at the border, and this year there’s even more undocumented people awaiting help and attempting to seek asylum. There people like Reed who want to help asylum seekers, but it’s not as easy as they might think. 

“People see the crisis happening, and they want to do something right now, which is great. But when we explain that this is a long-term fight, and we need your long-term commitment. That’s when people sort of back off.” Zenén Jaimes Pérez, the communications director at the Texas Civil Rights Project, told Huffington Post last year. 

If, however, you are willing to put in the time, or you’re interested in learning more about how you can provide legal help, or assist legal teams at the border, please reach out to: the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (“ProBAR”); the Immigration Justice Project (“IJP”); the ACLU of Texas; and RAICES.

READ: Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

Chipotle Is Rolling Out So-Called Carne Asada Nationwide But Twitter Is Skeptical


Chipotle Is Rolling Out So-Called Carne Asada Nationwide But Twitter Is Skeptical

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Word on the street is that Chipotle has added a new source of protein to its menu for the first time in a year. According to CNN Business, Chipotle is rolling out carne asada for a limited time at its more than 2,000 stores in the United States. 

The real question here is, however, is it better than the carne asada at your tio’s BBQ on Sunday’s? Guess we’ll have to read the reviews and try it out for ourselves.

According to CNN Business, the carne asada option was tested in three American cities over the past year and the company states that it was received “incredibly well.” Chipotle also said that it approved the new addition to steak for three popular diets that you might have heard of recently — ketogenic, Paleo, and Whole 30. 

Here we thought Chipotle was simply trying to cater more to their Latinx consumers, but alright, we see you. 

Since news broke that Chipotle would now be serving carne asada, Twitter had some thoughts. Some positive, some negative, and others downright hilarious.

If you’re a member of Chipotle’s app-based rewards program then you were most likely one of the first to receive notification about the new menu item, and if you’re not — don’t worry, because carne asada is already available for you to order.

However, before we dive in @VidaByJen on Twitter is asking the REAL question on our minds.

Can guac just be free now? Please. Thanks.

Twitter users were also quick to publicize their own personal reviews of what the carne asada was like.

One Twitter user said that “upon first bite the difference in flavor from the regular steak is noticeable.” But in the larger scheme of things, it doesn’t have a noticeably significant effect on taste. The reviewer then went on to say that the carne asada “comes in bigger pieces than the regular steak” making it “difficult to bite into and chew.” Well, the Latino community is used to that, but fair point. 

The bottom line? The carne asada “is tasty but not a huge game changer especially if you typically order steak.” The price point is also a bit higher, so she said she would “not recommend it to a friend.” Welp, there you have it. 

Another Twitter user pointed out the obvious, the carne asada is just steak cut into long strips but go off Chipotle.

Don’t @ us!

One Twitter user said that Chipotle was playing y’all, “you know they already had steak. They’re just adding a lil lime and calling it carne asada.” 

Hmmm, where’s the lie? 

However, these facts still didn’t dissuade anyone from being excited. 

We’ll let them have this one. But y’all should get invited to a BBQ instead of spending your coins at Chipotle, tbh.

Chipotle also spoke up when asked exactly what the difference is between carne asada and steak.

A twitter user asked “what’s the difference between this and regular steak?” To which Chipotle replied, “The original steak is marinated in adobo sauce so this lime and cilantro Carne Asada recipe adds a whole new flavor profile to the protein.” See, the previous Twitter user was onto something. 

Even with Chipotle’s transparency, people are still not believing it.

We’ve been led astray! Carne asada IS steak. 

Someone who may or may not be a Chipotle employee also tweeted that “the amount of times we’re all gonna have to explain the difference” is going to be tired.

We feel ya, but good luck girl! 

Kat Thompson of Thrillist also reviewed Chipotle’s new carne asada addition. Here’s what she had to say: 

Did the carne asada turn out to be better than the steak? “This is something I’ve been going back and forth on. Would this new version of steak replace my beloved cubes? And the conclusion I’ve come to… is no,” Thompson wrote. Although the carne asada was delicious, she still found herself craving and thinking about the steak cubes. 

Despite the steak cubes fairing better in her experience, she still thought the carne asada addition was a great idea. “The acidity of the lime is welcomed, and perhaps the protein would function better in a taco — where it wouldn’t be lost amongst the pool of rice, beans, and salsas,” Thompson wrote. 

Will you be trying Chipotle’s new carne asada? Let us know in the comments below!