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President Trump Signs Executive Orders For Mexico Border Wall And Defunding Sanctuary Cities

President Trump has made his hard-line stance on immigration official with the flick of a pen; today, Trump signed two executive orders that will have direct impact on immigration in the U.S. by directing American taxpayer dollars to building the border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has also taken steps to attack sanctuary cities who shield undocumented immigrants from deportation. Here’s what we know so far.

Americans are going to be footing the bill for the contentious border wall.

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In a recent interview, ABC anchor David Muir asked President Trump, “Are you going to direct U.S. funds to pay for this wall? Will American taxpayers pay for the wall?”

Trump responded: “Ultimately it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico. We’re going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon and we will be in a form reimbursed by Mexico, which I’ve always said.”

Trump’s new direction — Americans taxes pay for the wall, Mexico “reimburses” the U.S. later — goes against his long-held campaign promise that Mexico will pay for the wall upfront.


Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press today that “one way or another, as the president has said before, Mexico will pay for it.” But exactly how the administration plans to make that happen is still a mystery, especially since Mexican politicians have denied that Mexico will pay for the wall several times.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has said repeatedly that Mexico is not paying for the border wall. Former President Vicente Fox has also stated Mexico will not pay.

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“It is evident that we have differences with the new United States government on some issues, such as a wall that Mexico absolutely will not pay for,” President Peña Nieto said, according to The Guardian. “At no time will we accept anything that goes against our dignity as a country and our dignity as Mexicans. Basic principles such as sovereignty, the national interest and the protection of our citizens are non-negotiable.”

In response to Trump’s executive orders, Fox tweeted, “Sean Spicer, I’ve said this to @realDonaldTrump and now I’ll tell you: Mexico is not going to pay for that fucking wall. #FuckingWall.”

According to Business Insider, experts have estimated that the wall would cost anywhere between $15 billion to $25 billion.


A Quinnipiac poll from Nov. 23 showed that 55 percent of Americans opposed the border wall.

Sanctuary cities across the nation have been warned to start complying with deportation forces or they will lose federal funding.

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“We’re going to strip federal grant money from sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the press during a briefing Wednesday morning. “The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard of our laws.”

Sanctuary cities are cities that have procedures to limit local law enforcement and government officials from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) from detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants.

Sanctuary cities have already announced they will fight back and protect their immigrant communities and they have doubled down after his press conference Jan. 25.


This includes cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Seattle, Baltimore and many more. Some don’t use the term “sanctuary city” but do uphold the values of protecting their undocumented populations.

Trump’s administration has claimed that Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is not a priority at the moment.


In two press briefings, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer has said that the Trump administration is currently focused on removing immigrants with criminal records. He has not specified when the Trump administration will address DACA.

DACA was first implemented in 2012 and gave millions of people relief from deportation if they arrived in the U.S. as children through no fault of their own. To receive DACA, you have to fall into some pretty strict guidelines:

“Were under 31 as of June 15, 2012 (when DACA was created); entered the U.S. before turning 16; have continuous residence since June 15, 2007; were physically present in the U.S. on the date DACA was created and the date of your DACA request; entered without inspection or your visa expired before June 15, 2012; are currently in school, have graduated with a high school diploma or have a GED certificate, or were honorably discharged from the military; and have no felony convictions, a significant misdemeanor, or three other misdemeanors on your record, and do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.”

According to a study by the Center for American Progress, removing the DACA workforce from the U.S. economy could result in losses of billions of dollars.


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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

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Mexico Is Owning The Instagram-Worthy World Of Glamping With These Bubble Hotels

Right now just about everyone is itching to go on vacation. But considering that we’re still mid-pandemic and the call remains to socially distance, what can one do?

Sure, glamping is nothing new – it’s filled our Instagram feeds for years and was around long before that – but it may just provide travelers with that socially-distanced staycation that so many of us need right about now. Or, better yet, wait a little while longer and get yourself to Mexico where several new glamping bubble hotels are popping up.

Mexico will soon have three “bubble hotel” options for tourists looking for the next level of “glamping.”

When you think of camping, many of us think of bugs, not showering, and doing our private business behind a bush somewhere. While that’s still definitely an option for those of us that are into it, glamping has been a trend towards making the camping experience a more comfortable one.

Glamping has been gaining popularity among nature lovers, who also want to enjoy those everyday creature comforts, but in the midst of beautiful landscapes. That’s why bubble hotels have been popping up across Mexico, to offer clients a unique stay, close to nature they’re the perfect ‘getaway’ to get out of your daily routine.

From the bosque outside Mexico City to the deserts of Baja, Mexico is a glamping paradise. 

These bubble hotels have rooms described by travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet as essentially inflatable, transparent domes designed to allow guests to cocoon themselves in nature without quite leaving their material comforts behind. 

There are already two such properties across Mexico with a third which will begin welcoming guests sometime toward the end of this year.

One of those that is already operational is Alpino Bubble Glamping in Mexico City while the other is the Campera Bubble Hotel in the Valle de Guadalupe wine region of Baja California.

Located in the Cumbres de Ajusco National Park in the south of the capital, the former has just two “bubbles,” a 40-square-meter deluxe one that goes for 4,500 pesos (about US $220) a night and a 25-square-meter standard where a stay costs a slightly more affordable 4,000 pesos.

Both have views of the Pico del Águila, the highest point of the Ajusco, or Xitle, volcano, and come equipped with telescopes that guests can use to get a better view of the surrounding scenery and night sky.

Bubble glamping isn’t the camping our parents dragged us out to do in the woods as kids.

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Sure you may be connecting with nature and enjoying awesome activities like horseback riding, stargazing, hiking or rafting, but these properties come with all the creature comforts we’re used to. 

Move nights, wifi, breakfast in bed, warm showers, luxurious bedding, and even a full bar are all standard amenities at many of these properties.

What do you think? Would you be up to stay the night at one of these bubble hotels?

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