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Twitter Trolled Jonathan Dos Santos For Wearing A ‘Sports Bra’ But There’s A Very Techy And Smart Reason Why He Wears One

In the final match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos made the only and winning goal against the U.S. scoring in the 73rd minute to give Mexico a 1-0 lead over in Sunday’s Gold Cup Final. Twitter was in an uproar but over what Dos Santos… was wearing.

After he scored, Dos Santos raced on the field in a victory lap that included lifting his shirt up to his chin. Underneath, we all saw his famous six-pack and what looked to be a sports bra. Of course, Twitter users have questions and are taking to the Internet for answers.

The first phase of questioning was total disbelief.

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The vast majority of folks talking about Dos Santos’ sports bra are just straight up asking, “Did I really just see that?” We’re here to tell you that is exactamente what you saw.

Some beautiful humans made sure to clarify that this is a no-judgment question.

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There are certainly some far more judgmental Twitter users asking the same question with all kinds of sexist and homophobic undertones but these avid soccer fans just wanted to understand what Dos Santos was wearing.

Others took the image at face value and were just genuinely pleased at how relatable his wardrobe is.

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We have yet to spot a single male who exhibited this kind of judgment-free reaction to the idea that Dos Santos was actually wearing a sports bra. Meanwhile, women are excited to see an elite athlete be a little bit more relatable on international television.

The next phase was all about offering proof.

@thekidd203 / Twitter

Yup. “Dude is wearing a sports bra #dossantos #GoldCup2019,” writes @Midlo_RamFan. Another fan wanted to point out that he actually asked this question weeks ago when he first spotted the sports bra, and referred to his own tweet as proof that he saw it first.

Then came the questions. All the questions.

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The first question was whether Dos Santos was making a fashion statement. Another question was whether he was wearing a sports bra to honor sports’ heroes? Twitter user @_renesilva_ poised the theory, “When Dos Santos showed the world he was wearing a sports bra, during his goal celebration I was thinking it was to pay respect to San Jose Legend Brandi Chastain.”

Another valid question: Do athletes have man boobs?

@CT_Alchemist / Twitter

We’re not doctors and can’t say for sure. But, yeah, no, Dos Santos definitely is not using a sports bra to support his man boobs.

Does Dos Santos experience nipple chafing?

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Look, it’s a guarantee that us Latinx Internet nerds have no idea what it’s like to run around in a sweaty shirt for 10 hours cada día. Would we believe it? Absolutely.

But apparently, the ‘sports bra’ is actually a tracking device!

@MiloDaytona / Twitter

According to Gear Patrol, the bras contain highly accurate heart rate monitors and GPS trackers. It gives coaches and trainers “access to data that they previously couldn’t have dreamed of, including speed, distance covered and overall wear and tear on the athlete.”

The folks who already knew that just got to sit back and laugh at the Internet in motion.

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Compared to commercial trackers, these trackers are able to capture 10 times the amount of data per second. It’s mostly used to limit athletes to prevent injuries. If they see they’re running too fast too early on in training, trainers can tell them to slow down.

Now, the rest of the world gets to judge these Twitter users on how naive they/we are to elite athlete technological advancements.

@gcfonthemoon / Twitter

Yes, America is obsessed with body image and gender roles and the rest of the world knows it. It’s pretty clear to see how women reacted versus men to the idea that the archetype of manliness might be wearing a sports bra. Apparently, Dos Santos and other elite athletes are less concerned with gender roles and more concerned with doing their job.

While Mexico won the Gold Cup, we think technology — and Dos Santos — deserve their own trophy.  👏🏼👏🏼

@lachicanamayra / Twitter

Bravo. You got us all talking and thinking about men wearing sports bras, dragged all the sexist trolls out on the Internet, and are keeping athletes safe. Technology, you win. Nipple chafing, you lose.

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’

She Went Viral For Insulting The Food In A Mexican Migrant Shelther, Now Lady Frijoles Is A Celebrity Back In Honduras

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She Went Viral For Insulting The Food In A Mexican Migrant Shelther, Now Lady Frijoles Is A Celebrity Back In Honduras

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On November 2018, Miriam Zelaya became a viral sensation after she criticized the food she was given while waiting for asylum in Mexico. Zelaya was nicknamed Lady Frijoles after making comments about the beans served to her, claiming that it was food for pigs. Embarrassed, she later apologized publicly to the Mexican public for the statements she made. 

The story of Lady Frijoles has taken an interesting turn. 

On March 2019, Zelaya was detained with her sister, Mirna Zelaya, for a violent altercation that occured between them and Alba Escobar, the woman they were living with. The fight took place after Escobar blamed Zelaya and Mirna for the loss of her job. The two sisters were accused of assaulting Escobar with a the butt of a knife and chair; they were detained that same night. 

After being held in jail for almost four months, Zelaya pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in court. As a result, she received four years of probation and was deported to her home country of Honduras. 

While Zelaya was in jail, her daughters were cared for by close friends and family. 

This week, Lady Frijoles was welcomed back in Honduras like a celebrity.

With only three days of being back in Honduras, Zelaya has been greeted by the media with style; she was even invited to appear on television. 

On the Honduran channel, Q’huboTV, Zelaya gives her version of the night she and her sister got arrested. According to most American media outlets, the dispute was only between the Zelaya sisters and Escobar. However, Zelaya tells a very different story that involves Escobar’s husband Mirna’s son. 

In her interview, Zelaya states that the reason the argument became physical was because Escobar pushed Mirna’s son. She affirms that neither she or her sister grabbed a chair to hurt Escobar, as most news publications have reported, saying that “I can lie to you all, but I will never lie to God.” Instead, it was Escobar who threw the chair at Mirna, which bounced back when Mirna lifted her arms to shield herself, causing Escobar to begin to bleed due to the impact. 

Zelaya refutes every word said about her on other sources, saying that there wasn’t a knife involved in the argument. Rather, Escobar gave the police the knife from her cabinet and claimed that she was assaulted with it. Miriam also clarifies that she was not as involved in the physical fight as the media claims she was. The only reason she got wrapped up in the situation was because Escobar was jealous of Miriam.

“I declared myself guilty more so for my daughters. I was scared that the state was going to take them away and I was going to lose them.”

After being able to meet with a judge to discuss her deportation, the judge let Zelaya know that she was able to fight for her stay in the country, if she could provide herself with a lawyer and the money to post bail. Zelaya responded that she did not have the money to cover the costs because of her lack of resources. The judge then offered to waive the cost of bail, but she must still find a lawyer to defend her. In the end, Miriam accepted her deportation because of her insufficient funds. 

During the programming, Q’huboTV opened up the line for calls directed to Lady Frijoles. Miriam received a lot of mixed reactions. For instance, one caller asked why Miriam would put the lives of her daughters at risk during the long journey from Honduras to the United States. Others tried to debunk all the statements Miriam had said about her case against Escobar. However, many welcomed Miriam back to Honduras and wished her good luck on her journey moving forward. 

On Q’huboTV, Miriam received plenty of support from the network.

For example, the opportunity to provide her daughter with glasses at no cost. Moreover, on live television the general manager of QhuboTV, Mario “Chano” Rivera, officially announced Miriam as a new host of show called “Las Doñas.”

To end the show, Miriam expressed how her fame helped her, but also impacted her negatively, “I never expected to have a job or help for my daughter.”

During a later episode, many viewers were upset about the fact that Miriam received a job offer with Q’huboTV due to her lack of experience and education in the field of media and communications. Both Alicia and Alejandra, Q’huboTV announcers, came to the defense of Miriam and stated that people should not be envious of Miriam or try to not tear her down. They invited Miriam because she is a star due to her fame. 

Either way, Miriam is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be part of the QhuboTV family.