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This Latina Immigrant Gave This Contest “A Shot” And Now Has Tickets To Trump’s Inauguration

As a new citizen of the United States, Leticia Ibarra voted for the first time in a presidential election. Despite voting for Hillary Clinton, Ibarra will be in Washington D.C. to watch Donald Trump be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States — and it all happened by luck and chance.

The 33-year-old, who works for a tech company in Chicago, was watching HITN-TV, a PBS-like Spanish-language network, and heard about a contest they were hosting titled “Vive Tu Momento.” The contest, a promotional campaign to help the Latino community learn about the presidential election process and encourage voter turnout, asked participants to predict which states each presidential candidate would win. The participant with the highest number correct would win a 3-day expense-paid trip to D.C. to attend the Presidential Inauguration.

Ibarra said the campaign sparked an interest in politics between her and her husband, Sergio, and thought she’d give the contest “a shot.”

Leticia Ibarra with her husband.
CREDIT: Leticia Ibarra with her husband.

While the election results surprised Ibarra, along with the majority of the country, she still figured out the states that Trump would win — and she said it wasn’t that difficult.

“When I entered the contest, I actually felt like I had a good chance of winning,” Ibarra tells mitú. “It wasn’t a guessing game. People who really wanted to win had to do their homework and do some research. Luckily, finding the information was fairly easy. In addition to HITN-TV providing helpful resources on their website, news articles covering the election were also really helpful.”

Ibarra tells mitú that when she found out she won the contest, she was beyond thrilled. However, we couldn’t help but wonder how she’d feel about attending an inauguration for a person that not only said hateful things about Latino immigrants but a candidate that she didn’t even vote for. Ibarra says she’s remaining positive about her upcoming, and monumental, experience.

Ibarra, who was born in Michoacán, Mexico, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 11 with her parents and seven siblings to work in the agriculture fields in Oregon.

Leticia Ibarra's dad working in the fields in Oregon.
CREDIT: Leticia Ibarra’s dad working in the fields in Oregon.

She was also the first in her family to attend a 4-year university. Ibarra says her family is very excited that she will be able to witness this historical moment.

Leticia Ibarra now and at 11 when she migrated to the U.S.
CREDIT: Leticia Ibarra now and at 11 when she migrated to the U.S.

“We’ve watched the presidential inauguration on TV for years, but I never imagined I would be there in person,” Ibarra says. “As a first-generation Mexican-American, I am proud to be able to represent my family in Washington, and share this once in a lifetime experience with my husband, who will attend the event with me.”

Interestingly enough, Ibarra has a unique perspective on her odd predicament. Unlike other anti-Trump liberals, Ibarra tells mitú that she is respecting the election system and is supporting the outcome.

Leticia Ibarra
CREDIT: Leticia Ibarra with her family.

“I’m hopeful that we can come together as a country and continue to respect such an important part of our democracy,” Ibarra says. “The peaceful transition of political power is one of the many reasons I am proud to be part of this great nation. It is my genuine hope that the new president will work hard to serve the needs of the American people.”

We asked her if she’s nervous about attending the ceremony considering there will be protesting going on in D.C. that same day.

“I hope that the inauguration ceremony is carried out in peace and harmony because the safety of all who attend is the most important at this event,” Ibarra says. “The unity of all of us as a country is more important than our political differences. God is the most important and after God are all of us – the people. For this reason, I hope that this event takes place peacefully and that we can be a nation of blessings for all Americans and for people around the world.”


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Donald Trump Refused To Condemn His White Supremacists Pals And In fact, Told Them To ‘Stand By’

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Donald Trump Refused To Condemn His White Supremacists Pals And In fact, Told Them To ‘Stand By’

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Last night’s first presidential debate of the 2020 election gave us about as much optimism and assurance of safety as his past four years in office. Particularly because when it came to the moments when our current president was given a chance by moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacists and “militia” groups while also demanding that they stand down as opposed to inciting violence, he refused.

Even if you’ve yet to watch Tuesday night’s debates, you’ve undoubtedly heard that throughout the night Donald Trump acted like a child who had never once been taught by a teacher to wait his turn to speak. Or, to simply answer a question. Shockingly, Trump stuck to this approach in one of the most critical aspects of the debates that could have gained him followers or at least assuaged Americans and their fears about his leadership and morality.

When it came to the moment when he was asked to condemn white nationalists and militia groups Trump pussyfooted around then gave a pretty damning response.

During last night’s debate when asked to denounce those groups, Trump gave non-committal answers.

When asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace asked if he was willing and ready to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and tell them to stand down during the current and ongoing demonstrations taking place across the country, Trump told one group to “stand back and stand by.”

What’s more, he asserted that violence at the protests was not being instigated by conservatives.

“Sure,” Trump responded. “I’m willing to [tell them to stand down] but I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

“Say it. Do it. Say it,” Biden urged Trump in response to his non commital answers.

“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump shot back, turning his attention to Wallace. “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”

The Proud Boys are a far-right men-only organization that has been spotted at multiple 2020 Trump campaign rallies wearing black and yellow polo shirt uniforms.

The group promotes and often engages in political violence.

This is why Trump’s non-committal responses like “Sure” to requests from Wallace and Biden to condemn these groups are worrisome. Even more so why, when pressed by Wallace and Biden who pointed out repeatedly that “sure” is not the same as actually doing so was so troubling as well. Moreover, it’s important to note that Trump’s response to “I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing” is another “all lives matter” kind of way to denouncing white supremacist groups.

Of course this is not the first time the president has defended the actions of white supremacists.

In August, Trump refused to condemn the actions of his supporters in Portland, Oregon, and Wisconsin who used pepper spray to attack demonstrators. In the past, Trump has also defended Kyle Rittenhouse, a shooter who attempted homicide in Kenosha, Wisconsin at a BLM protest, saying that he had been “very violently attacked.”

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As Trump Rushes To Build More Border Wall Before The Election, Here’s A Timeline Of His Border Wall Failures

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As Trump Rushes To Build More Border Wall Before The Election, Here’s A Timeline Of His Border Wall Failures

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With just 34 days to go until the election, Trump is in an all out mission to build as much border wall as he can. Throughout his 2016 campaign and his time in the White House, he has made his vanity project a key component in his identity as president.

He’s used it to ratchet up xenophobia and to implement his draconian immigration policies while also using it to build support among his die hard MAGA-loving supporters. But there’s just one problem: Trump has completely failed in his mission to deliver a border wall to his supporters.

Since the 2016 election, according to the LA Times, the Trump Administration has only built 5 new miles of border wall – yes, just five miles of border wall along a 1,954 mile long border.

However, the larger point is that we are still wasting billions of dollars to built an apartheid wall twice as tall as the Berlin Wall. It’s a complete waste of money and it’s wreaking havoc on our environment, politics, and security.

Trump is racing to complete more border wall in time for the November election.

The election is just over a month away and the Trump administration is quickly realizing that one of Trump’s biggest promises to his supporters, remains unfulfilled. This has led to an all out push to construct additional border wall, with construction crews now adding nearly two miles per day. It is an unprecedented pace toward meeting one of Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promises.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say that the rate of construction has nearly doubled since the beginning of the year, accelerated by the government’s ability to cut through national forests, wildlife preserves and other public lands already under federal control.

The rapid pace of construction has had the biggest impact in Arizona. There, crews have literally blasted through protected areas and federal lands — areas where the administration is able to bypass environmental laws, archaeological reviews and other safeguards.

In fact, crews have been using dynamite to level the steep sides of Guadalupe Canyon, a rugged span where the cost of the barrier exceeds $41 million per mile. Across the state at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, border agents have forcefully broken up protests by members of the O’odham Nation attempting to block the bulldozers near ancestral burial sites and a fragile desert oasis.

Officials hope to hold a ceremony celebrating 400-miles of new border wall before the election.

Trump is hoping to celebrate the 400-mile mark with a major celebration touting his great success on the border wall. But as earlier figures show, it’s all a sham. Most of the border wall that’s being built is not new.

However, Mark Morgan, the acting CBP commissioner, told reporters that the president has proved his doubters and critics wrong.

“Even as the nonbelievers, the folks who have been out there for a very long time who said we were never going to get this done, what I refer to as the judicial activism of lower courts that have tried to stop our construction of the wall, the false narratives and, quite frankly, the lies out there about the effectiveness and need of the wall — despite all that — this president has remained steadfast in his commitment, his commitment to the American people and to the men and women of CBP,” said Morgan, erroneously claiming the government was building 10 miles per day.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden says he will shut down border wall construction if elected president.

As with so much else, the future of the wall project is contingent on the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Biden has been very open about his plan to immediately end construction of the border wall if elected. This could be a big shock to the giant industry that has sprouted up to build the wall. Crews have been working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on at least five locations on the border, according to officials overseeing the project who spoke on the condition of anonymity to the Washington Post.

“There will not be another foot of wall construction in my administration,” Biden said in August during an interview with reporters from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Biden said he favors “high tech” systems that rely on surveillance technology and would direct resources to the legal border crossings where most illegal narcotics are seized.

Despite the lack of new construction, CBP officials are already calling the wall a success.

Officials say that the increase in apprehensions of migrants caught hiding in tractor trailers or coming ashore on California beaches is proof that the border wall is working. But that just simply isn’t the case when you’ve only built 5-miles of border wall.

Meanwhile, even though it’s patently false, Trump continues to deceive the public with claims that Mexico is footing the bill. Mexico is not paying for the wall.

The president has obtained $15 billion in federal funds for the project, but just one-third of that money has been authorized by Congress. The rest, nearly $10 billion, has been diverted from the U.S. military budget, giving Trump enough to build 738 miles of new barriers, or enough to cover more than a third of the 2,000-mile boundary with Mexico.

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