Twenty-four-year-old Miriam Cepeda wants to make America great again – by Donald Trump’s standards – and she’s not afraid to say it. In a Texas region where 90 percent of the population is Latino and 70 percent voted for Obama in 2012, she volunteers to campaign for Trump. “Being a Latina and supporting Mr. Donald J. Trump in this democratic stronghold that we live in here in the Rio Grande valley is hard in the sense that I get shot down maybe four [out of] five times, but at the same time it just takes one positive feedback to keep you going.”
She’s not shy about the elephant in the room, either. “Our culture is very machísimo [but she means machista] so that meaning there’s a lot of pride and honor; they will not give into somebody that’s claiming that their race are rapists or criminals.”
“That’s the truth. That’s what the truth is,” she says frankly. “He’s the only candidate that’s been upfront about it. Even though the statistics are there, they will refuse to see them.”
To stand behind his Cinco De Mayo taco bowl fiasco, she held a traditional pachanga with tamales, sangria and – yep – taco salad. The panchanga was packed proving that Cepeda is not the only Trump supporter in the valley. They even proudly shared the Trump piñata they had sitting in the middle of the room. Maybe they didn’t know piñatas usually get the sh*t beat out of them. Or perhaps they did. Part of the whole strategy seems to be unapologetic recognition of people’s feelings of Trump and their opposition to them. It’s so bold we almost admire it. Except, Trump.
In case you missed it, Trump recently assumed the United States could purchase Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark. When the prime minister of Denmark publicly denounced that even the idea that Greenland was for sale was “absurd,” Trump took to Twitter to call her “nasty.”
Last year, a former White House official reportedly heard President Trump joke about trading Puerto Rico for Greenland in a meeting. Ever since the former official leaked the story, Boricuas are the ones cracking all the jokes.
Boricuas are daring Trump to make the trade, given Denmark allowed for Greenland to govern themselves in 1979.
In 2008, Greenland voted for the Self-Government Act which transferred even more power from the Danish government to its own local government. Since then, Greenland has gradually assumed responsibility for its local laws, law enforcement and finances. Plus, for Puerto Ricans on Twitter,”the Danish cookie tin cans will finally have cookies instead of sewing thread and needles.”
Now, Boricuas are seeing Denmark’s influence everywhere.
We always knew our abuelas were brujas, seeing into the future. It’s like they knew that the only way we could repair (though, not with needle and thread) Puerto Rico’s government would be with the Danes.
Are Puerto Ricans soon-to-become a “Product of Denmark?”
“Toda una vida en training,” tweeted one Boricua. Puerto Ricans are taking to Twitter to discuss how they might already be culturally primed to become part of Denmark.
They have already started calling themselves the “Caribbean Vikings.”
“You can hear the Caribbean Vikings coming from the dembow beat over the horizon,” tweets one Puerto Rican. Can you imagine? 😂
Except, they’ve made some changes to the traditional Viking gear.
Don’t underestimate what Boricuas can do with a plantain. You might know us for our mofongo, but you won’t survive an encounter with a plantain-wielding Puerto Rican out for vengeance.
Puerto Ricans have googled their new queen, and they approve.
“She looks so much better than Trump,” tweets one Puerto Rican. “Count me in, too!” Another says, “love the idea. Denmark will definitely treat us better. Long live the Queen!” The #DinamarcaPR movement is alive and well, y’all.
That said, Puerto Ricans are divided on having to learn another language.
When Spain colonized Puerto Rico, the indigenous peoples’ (Tainos) were brutally killed, along with their language. With Spaniard rule, Spanish became the most spoken language on the island. Now, as a territory of the United States, English is also an official language. Some folks are tired of colonialism, while others are down to learn a new language in exchange for free healthcare and respect.
Some have joked that they’d be trading up from Captain America to Thor.
“We’re trading in Captain America for Thor #DinamarcaPR,” tweeted on Boricua. The funniest part about all of this, is that the Danes want Puerto Rico. A Danish person replied to this tweet saying, “You’re more than welcome to join Denmark. It’ll be an honor to have Puerto Rico be a part of our country.”
The Nordic people actually really want Boricuas to join their country.
Another Dane laid it all out for Boricuas: “Love you guys, you are more than welcome to join our little kingdom. *Free health care *Free schools *Free education and you get government support while doint it. *Work week 37 hours *Low unenployment And the best thing, we do not have Trump and Obama are visiting next month!”
The merch is already in production.
“You guys bring the beaches we bring the beer,” one Dane tweets to the #DinamarcaPR. Another Puerto Rican is just keen on the idea that “Denmark’s PM won’t throw power towels at their brown citizens.”
At the end of the day, #DinamarcaPR is a joke, but government autonomy isn’t.
Some folks are serious about this, tweeting “And they think we are joking!” Others acknowledge that #DinamarcaPR is just one way that Puerto Ricans are expressing their desire for a government that takes care of them. “I kind of am [joking] about joining Denmark. That’s absurd. But that we want actual functioning government with real policies that help people. No one is joking about that.”
Just weeks after forcing their Governor out of power, Puerto Ricans aren’t quitting until they get health care, free education and some respect.
While Donald Trump has made immigration one of the central policies of his presidency, on Wednesday he took it one further. The president told reporters he was “very seriously” considering issuing an executive order to make changes to birthright citizenship, which some argue is protected as a constitutional right.
“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land, you walk over the border, have a baby–congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen,” Trump said on Wednesday outside the White House. “It’s frankly ridiculous.”
While the President did not elaborate on what he meant by the statement, many are questioning if this is even possible. Several lawmakers and political pundits have already cast doubt on his ability to take such action calling the statement “ridiculous.” Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris lauded Trump’s comments on Twitter saying the President “should ‘seriously’ consider reading the Constitution.”
This isn’t the first time that the president has discussed the topic of ending birthright citizenship.
The president originally brought up the subject of ending the rule that grants automatic citizenship to those born in the United States back during his 2016 presidential campaign. He argued that many migrants make the trip to the southern U.S. border with intentions to have a child shortly after to give them legal status. He brought up the issue again last year when he said he would sign an executive order to end the policy.
In an interview with Axios last year, President Trump brought up the issue of birthright citizenship. He said the amendment had become a magnet for illegal immigration in the U.S. and has only encouraged more people to come here.
“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” President Trump told Axios at the time. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”
So what legal standing or power does President Trump have to change birthright citizenship?
The right to citizenship for anyone born in the U.S. has been guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution for more than 150 years. It states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”
So what power does President Trump have, if any, of ending the amendment? Not much.
The president cannot amend the Constitution or sign an executive order trying to end or restrict the right to citizenship of an individual born in the U.S. If he did there would almost certainly be a bevy of challenges in court as a violation of the 14th Amendment. In order for birthright citizenship to be revoked in the U.S., the president would need Congress to support the change and vote to ratify the amendment, which are both unlikely to happen.
While the number of female immigrants that come to the U.S every year to give birth in unclear, The Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that advocates for immigration laws, estimated that in 2012 about 36,000 foreign-born women gave birth in the U.S., then promptly left.
President Trump has made cracking down on immigration a major focus point for his re-election campaign.
President Trump’s statement coincidentally came on the same day that his administration announced a proposal to detain migrant families indefinitely. This replaced the decades-old Flores Settlement Agreement that required children to be held no longer than 20 days under government detainment.
Last April, the Trump administration unveiled the controversial “zero tolerance” policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families. That would be later reversed after much blowback from both sides of the political aisle. Just last week, an announcement was made that a range of programs would disqualify immigrants from legal status if they are deemed to be a burden to the U.S. and make it harder to obtain a green card.
So, we will have to wait and see if Trump is willing to knowingly violate the Constitution in an attempt at reelection.