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She Spoke At A Press Conference About Her Family Being Detained And Was Picked Up By ICE

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Earlier this week, Daniela Vargas became the latest DREAMer detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 22-year-old, who was brought to the U.S. from Argentina when she was just 7 years old, now faces deportation. Vargas, whose brother and father were detained last week, was detained after she spoke at a immigration rally and press conference at City Hall in Jackson, Mississippi.

According to The New York Times, Vargas was in a car leaving the press conference when her car was stopped by police. The Clarion-Ledger reports that I.C.E. agents stopped the car with Vargas inside, quickly arrested her and said, “You know who we are, you know what we’re here for.” According to the BBC, Vargas was detained and is being processed for visa overstay since her DACA status expired in November 2016. She was attempting to save the $495 necessary to renew. Vargas applied for renewal in mid-February.

“Today, my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a DREAMer to help contribute to this country, which I feel is very much my country,” Vargas said at the press conference before she was detained, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “Now, I’m not so sure my dream will continue to develop,” she said. “A path for citizenship is necessary for DACA recipients but also for the other 11 million undocumented people with dreams.”

According to The Huffington Post, ICE officials made a statement on Wednesday saying that Vargas will be subject to court proceedings deciding her eligibility of relief. Abigail Peterson, Vargas’ attorney, told The Huffington Post that she was informed on Thursday that ICE plans on pursuing immediate deportation and bypassing any court hearings.

Vargas’ attorney shared a full statement from Vargas to The Huffington Post and you can read it here.

Here’s a CBS News interview with Vargas’ attorney describing the detention.

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A Cuban Singer Is Suing Carlos Vives And Shakira For Allegedly Plagiarizing Part Of His Song

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A Cuban Singer Is Suing Carlos Vives And Shakira For Allegedly Plagiarizing Part Of His Song

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Carlos Vives and Shakira have enjoyed some serious success with their single “La Bicicleta.” Last summer, the song hit number one on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. Earlier this year, it won Tropical Song of the Year and Video of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards. But a Cuban musician is calling a line of the song into question and claiming he was plagiarized. According to Billboard, Livan Rafael Castellanos, who’s stage name is Livam, is suing Vives, Shakira, and 11 other people and agencies because of one line that was plagiarized. The line in question: “Yo te quiero tanto.”

According to the BBC, Livam filed a lawsuit in February after both parties failed to come to a settlement in October of 2016. The lawsuit, which was filed in Shakira’s country of residence, Spain, claims that Vives’ and Shakira’s “que te sueño y que te quiero tanto” was taken from Livam’s “yo te quiero, yo te quiero tanto.”

A rep for Shakira and Vives released a statement to Billboard denying any wrongdoing: “‘La Bicicleta’ is a completely original work and they adamantly reject any allegation to the contrary.”

This isn’t the first time that Shakira has been accused of plagiarism. Back in 2006, Puerto Rican singer Jerry Rivera reportedly claimed Shakira used the horn riff from his song “Amores Como El Nuestro” throughout her hit single “Hips Don’t Lie.” Dominican songwriter Ramon “Arias” Vasquez also claimed that Shakira, El Cata and Sony copied his song when they recorded “Loca.” Vasquez’s case, which went to trial, fell apart when it was discovered that his proof, a cassette tape with song, was a fake.

Check out the two songs below and decide for yourself. Here is “La Bicicleta.”

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And here’s “Yo Te Quiero Tanto” by Livam:

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