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Cubans Just Got WiFi this Year and They Already Figured Out How to Use It to Migrant Safely to the U.S.

Cuban immigrants, who just this year got access to WiFi, have learned to use apps and smartphones to get themselves safely across South America and into the United States. Not kidding.

Cubans have just created a modern-day Underground Railroad through South America using social media.

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What are Cubans using to make the journey? Facebook Messenger, mainly.

The digitally-led Cuban migration is proving that social media is powerful enough to cut out illegal and dangerous human smuggling.

Border disputes between South American countries have caused several blocks, but the Cuban people just keep waiting and moving when they can.

Take away? Social media has proven itself worthy of more than just drunk status updates and check-ins to your favorite café…

Who knew that social media could be so damn useful? Share this story with your friends so they can be informed about what is happening in the world.

ABC’s ‘Baker And The Beauty’ Fires Up A Romance Inside A Cuban Bakery

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ABC’s ‘Baker And The Beauty’ Fires Up A Romance Inside A Cuban Bakery

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Latinos are getting the romantic comedy series we didn’t know we were salivating for in ABC’s “Baker and the Beauty,” which tells the tale of a Cuban baker falling for one of his customers. The customer just happens to be an “international superstar and fashion mogul.” Dominican-American actor Victor Rasuk will star alongside Peruvian-Argentine actress Nathalie Kelley as Daniel Garcia and Noa Hollander, respectively. Daniel works at his father’s Cuban bakery, entrenched in the wonders and frustrations of being part of a family business. During a life-changing moment at a restaurant, Noa takes pity on Daniel and invites him to go out on the town with her. The family business booms as Miami crowds learn of their romance and the two fall in love over the enticing smell of Cuban bread baking, and guava and cream cheese tenderly wrapped by Daniel’s expert baking hands. “He’s the baker and she’s the beauty,” Daniel’s cousin jokingly sings in the trailer.

Mix Cuban bread with a Latino-centered rom-com and you’ve got all the hype that the new trailer is officially buzzing.

The entire story is based off what can only be called an Israeli novela.

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The show of the same name is one of the best-loved scripted series ever to air in Israel. Now available on Netflix Israel and Amazon Prime Video, the original follows the same plot of different cultural backgrounds: a working-class Yemenite baker and Ashkenazi supermodel fall in love as a means to touch on social divisions with more humor.

The Latino version will be set in Miami, Florida and follows the life of Daniel Garcia (Rasuk) who has done everything he’s supposed to do. He’s followed through on the family business and looks up to his parents’ romance as life goals. “They make each other better,” Daniel tells his new love interest in the trailer as we see the two dancing down the hallways of their home.

Then, one night, Daniel’s girlfriend proposes.

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His whole family had been warning him that she’s going to want to get married soon. When they find out what restaurant they’re going to that night, they start cackling. “For that, you can spend a weekend in the Bahamas,” a primo warns. The family has made it clear: “a girl like that” is going to just want more and more. It’s clear that Daniel isn’t interested in taking their relationship to the next level and sputters when, at dinner, she calls the attention of the entire restaurant to propose.

Needless to say, she’s pissed when he publicly rejects her, ending their relationship.

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Viewers, we get the twisted pleasure of watching Rasuk get splattered with what is likely an $87 bowl of soup in the trailer. However, since the restaurant his now-ex has chosen is filled with all the rich and the famous, the entire novela breakup is filmed on stars’ smartphones. One of those stars is the stunning Noa Hollander, played by Nathalie Kelley.

Kelley has said that the most powerful part of playing her character is that “while she’s this renowned beauty” she also feels “not good enough.” Kelley grew up as one of the few Latinas in a suburban Australian neighborhood and was teased constantly. “The more acceptance and love for ourselves that women can cultivate within themselves and then share with other women, the better for society as a whole,” Kelley told Variety reporter Danielle Turchiano.

The supermodel invites a pitiful man with soup all over his shirt to join her on a wild night on the town.

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What started as a night that ended a serious relationship has become the beginning of a wild love affair. Like a bien portado Cuban son, Daniel is live reporting back to his family on the happenings of his evening. “Que caca me dices,” his mom incredulously asks until social media starts blasting photos of Daniel and Noa spending the evening together. From there, their business takes off as Miamians hope to bump into Noa at the panadería.

ABC Family is giving us another Spanglish rom-com that is as over-the-top as we deserve with familia at the center.

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All I know is that I’d hate to be Daniel’s ex right about now. Carlos Gomez, Lisa Vidal, Dan Bucatinsky, Michelle Veintimilla, and David Del Rio are also cast members in ABC’s highly anticipated Israeli plotline turned novela.

You can watch the full trailer for “Baker and the Beauty” below!

The series is set to premiere on April 6 on ABC Family.

Guatemala’s President Is Going To Have To Settle The Immigration Negotiation With Trump

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Guatemala’s President Is Going To Have To Settle The Immigration Negotiation With Trump

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Tuesday marked a new era of leadership in Guatemala as the Latin country swore in Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative doctor and former prison system director from the right-wing Vamos party. The 63-year-old won the presidency on his fourth attempt back in August with bold promises of changing a corrupt government and restoring the rule-of-law in city streets. 

“Today, we are putting a full stop on corrupt practices so they disappear from the face of this country,” Giammattei said at his swearing-in ceremony that had a five-hour delay.

His ceremony somewhat overshadowed by delays and protests against ex-President Jimmy Morales, who for four years dodged accusations of corruption. The scene of protestors throwing eggs and voicing anger at the outgoing administration was a reminder of the displeasure against the country’s deep-seated political corruption. It’s also a key reason why many are looking to Giammattei to bring change to the struggling country. 

As Giammattei takes office, there are questions on what his presidency will mean to Guatemala in the short and long term as issues over the future of an asylum deal with the United States comes into focus. 

One of the biggest issues confronting Guatemala and one that Giammattei will have to address early is the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) that was signed by Morales last July with the U.S. government. The agreement, which was highly opposed in Guatemala, lets U.S. immigration officials send Honduran and Salvadoran migrants that are requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border to apply for protection here instead. There is now increasing skepticism as reports say that the U.S. wants to expand the deal to include Mexican asylum seekers as well.

Last year, there were many Guatemalans that were part of a 3,000 migrant caravan that made its way up from Latin America to the U.S. The caravan consisted of people that were looking to claim asylum and became a symbol of the growing migration crisis at the southern border. President Trump frequently attacked the caravan and eventually threatened to impose tariffs on Guatemala if it didn’t agree to the asylum deal.

According to the Guatemalan Migration Institute, “as of Friday, 128 Salvadoran and Honduran asylum seekers had been sent as part of the agreement,” with only a limited number actually applying for asylum there and others returning home. Giammattei has previously said that he’s willing to make changes to the agreement but on Tuesday said he would revisit details later. 

The country, one of Latin America’s poorest nations, is a key part of President Trump’s plan to curb illegal immigration and asylum claims. mostly from those coming to the U.S. Southern border. The issue for many living in Guatemala is how to let those seeking asylum when itself has become a major source of U.S. bound migrants. 

Poverty levels have only grown in the last 20 years and income inequality levels continue to be a big problem in the country. 

One of the big platform issues that Giammattei ran his campaign on was helping the shorten income inequality gap and poverty levels that have only grown in the last 20 years. Fifty-nine percent of Guatemalan citizens live below the poverty line and almost 1 million children under the age of 5 are believed to live with chronic malnutrition, according to the AP. 

There is also the rampant problem of street violence and cartel gangs that have had a major effect on the daily lives of many in the country. Giammattei plans to address this with reforms that include designating “street gangs as terrorist groups.”

“This is the moment to rescue Guatemala from the absurd. It is the moment to combat corruption and malnutrition,” Giammattei said on Tuesday in his first address to the country as president. “There is no peace without security, I will present a law that aims to declare street gangs for what they are – terrorist groups.”

There is hope that Giammattei will turn a new page in Guatemala that will see change come to all in the country that has faced uncertainty for years. But only time will tell if this is indeed new leadership or business as usual.

“We will bring back the peace this country so dearly needs,” Giammattei said. “We will govern with decency, with honourability, and with ethical values.”

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