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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.

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.

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.

“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 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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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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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

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Biden Administration’s Handling Of The Border Criticized By Both Sides Of The Aisle

The Biden administration inherited more than an out of control pandemic when they got to work in January. The former administration also left the Biden administration an orchestrated crisis at the border. For some, President Joe Biden is not acting fast enough to fix the problem.

President Biden announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the response to immigration at the border.

The approach, according to Politico, is going to be a two-pronged approach to effectively curb irregular immigration. First, the vice president will focus on stopping the migration journey by addressing the issues in the countries that people are fleeing. Particularly, Vice President Harris will be focusing on the issues in the Northern Triangle countries, which are El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

At the same time, the vice president will be working with the countries directly to solve the root problems. Vice President Harris will be working to strengthen the nation’s relations with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

“I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” President Biden told reporters at the White House.

There is a lot of talk about the U.S.-Mexico border right now from both Democrats and Republicans.

Bruno Lozano, the Democratic mayor of Del Rio, Texas, is calling on the Biden administration to take steps to curb the issue. Mayor Lozano was a guest on Fox News recently and spoke about what he saw as an influx of migrants coming into his town. Mayor Lozano told Fox News that the number of people coming to the border has strained Customs and Border Patrol in his city.

“You have a breach on national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history and you’re not even batting an eye about it, you’re not even calling it a ‘crisis‘, you’re calling it a quote-unquote challenge,” Mayor Lozano, told the New York Post on Sunday. “It’s a slap in the face.”

Some residents of Del Rio are critical of their local leaders shifting blame for their own shortcomings.

The brutal winter storm that recently shut down Texas depleted many municipalities of their resources. Residents in Del Rio are putting the blame on their local leaders who have tried to pass the buck. Weeks after the winter storm crippled Texas, grocery store shelves remained empty and residents felt overlooked.

Mayor Lozano has been pleading with President Biden to step up and help them deal with the influx of migrants. Del Rio has one processing center for migrants and the increase has left the city and the processing facility strained.

The Biden administration has faced backlash after photos of detention centers show people sleeping on floors.

There have been several reports that the Biden administration is building new places to hold migrants that have come to the border seeking asylum. The administration is currently taking in unaccompanied minors who are arriving at the border while preventing other migrants from crossing the border.

The Biden administration promised to change the approach to the border, but Title 42 has been left intact. Title 42, which was enacted by the former administration at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, keeps people from entering the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order that invoked Title 42, which closed the border indefinitely due to public health concerns.

At the root of the attention is the claim that there is a surge of migrants.

Some Republican politicians are claiming that news of more lenient immigration laws is prompting a “surge” of arrivals. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California claims that what is happening is a “crisis … created by the presidential policies of this new administration.”

Yet, a Washington Post report debunks the idea that there is a sudden surge. Rather, what is happening, according to the report, is a usual seasonal trend. CBP has reported a 28 percent increase in apprehensions at the southern border in January and February but data shows an annual spike in migrants from March to May every year.

The issues on the border are complex and will require a lot of time and energy to handle effectively and compassionately. The Biden administration promised to tackle the complex issue of immigration during the campaign.

READ: Biden Is Counting On Mexico’s President To Help With Immigration But That’s A Risky Move

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