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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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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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This Teacher Received A Nissan Pickup Truck Decked Out As A Mobile Classroom

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This Teacher Received A Nissan Pickup Truck Decked Out As A Mobile Classroom

Like students around the world, kids in Mexico have been forced to take school online or tune into programming on public TV in order to learn. But that’s just the kids who are lucky enough to have access to Internet or a TV. Many students live in rural areas and lack the adequate resources to continue their studies amid the global pandemic.

But thankfully, there are many good samaritans out there (aka compassionate teachers) who have invented their own ways to bring the classroom to kids wherever they are.

A Mexican teacher was gifted a decked out pickup truck by Nissan.

Since schools were forced to close last year in April, Aguascalientes special education teacher Nallely Esparza Flores, has been driving four hours a day to educate students one-on-one at their homes from her truck bed, outfitted with a small table and chairs.

News of her project spread across social media, eventually reaching the corporate offices of Nissan México. This week, the company surprised Esparza with the gift of a new pickup truck specially outfitted with a small open-air mobile classroom built into the truck’s bed.

“Today I feel like my labors and the help that we give each day to children and their families is unstoppable,” she said on Twitter Wednesday, sharing photos of her new vehicle. “My students no longer have to take classes in the full heat of the sun,” she said.

Nissan representatives said they decided to give Esparza the adapted NP300 model, 4-cylinder truck after hearing her story because she was “an example of perseverance and empathy.”

“When we learned about the incredible work of this teacher, we got together to discuss in what way we could contribute to this noble work,” said Armando Ávila, a vice president of manufacturing.

The mobile classroom is pretty legit and will allow Esparza to continue her good deed.

Esparza inside her new classroom.

The decked out Nissan pickup truck has three walls (the other is a retractable sheeting) and a ceiling made with translucent panels to protect teacher and student from the elements while letting in natural light.

It also has retractable steps for easy access to the classroom, electrical connections, a whiteboard and an easily disinfected acrylic table and benches that are foldable into the wall to provide space. The table also has a built-in plexiglass barrier to allow social distancing.

Access to education in Mexico is highly inequitable.

Esparza, like many teachers across the country, found that not all distance learning was equal. Many of her students in Cavillo were from poor families without internet access. So she used social media networks to keep in touch with such students via cell phones, but even that was not necessarily an available option for all — and not ideal. Finally, she decided to solve the problem by hitting the road in her pickup truck.

According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), only 58% of students in Mexico had a home computer – the lowest percentage among all OECD countries. And only about one third (32%) of the school computers in rural schools in Mexico were connected to
the Internet, compared to more than 90% for schools located in urban areas.

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