For more than a year now, U.S. President Donald Trump has brought all kinds of attention to the number of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the United States. But one statistic that rarely gets any attention is the number of undocumented U.S. immigrants currently living in Mexico. As Excelsior reports, a 2015 INEGI survey (from Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography) showed that 91.2 percent of U.S. citizens living in the country are not legal residents. As of 2017, the U.S. State Department put the number of U.S. citizens residing in Mexico at around one million.
One notable difference between Mexico and the U.S. is how they handle their respective undocumented population. U.S. immigrants living in Mexico rarely face deportation — in 2013, only 690 U.S. citizens were deported from the country. Most undocumented citizens face only small fines and are encouraged to get a legal status. According to Excelsior, 11,328 Mexican citizens have been deported under the President Trump administration so far, though it is not clear where the paper got this number.
Latino Rebels has a thorough breakdown of all this information and much more, so please check out their recent article.
Listen up tequila lovers – we’ve found your new HQ. And it’s time we spread the word.
Forget fancy vineyard buggy tours, or brewery visits. Mexico has really upped the game on boozy vacations.
Because, guys. GUYS. We’ve found a boutique hotel in Mexico that lets you sleep inside a massive tequila barrel.
No, but really.
How’s a weekend surrounded by an unlimited supply of tequila, sound?
Welcome to the Matices Hotel de Barricas, Mexico, where guests can eat, sleep, drink and dream tequila.
It’s the only hotel in the world that’s set on a tequila farm and distillery, and that offers bungalows shaped like barrels amongst agave (I mean… that is pretty niche).
And we’re obsessed.
I repeat: they’re set among vast fields of agave plants.
Not only will you be able to sleep in a barrel that mimics the ones they use to brew tequila, you’ll be able to IMMERSE yourself in the tequila-universe for however long you’re there for (how’s a lifetime sound?).
Here are all the things you never knew you needed to know about how to sleep in tequila barrels.
It’s set in the pueblo magico of… Tequila, Mexico.
It only seems good ‘n fair that this hotel is based smack bang in the heart of Tequila, Jalisco.
Spoiler alert – Tequila is the tequila capital of the world. It’s become something of a tourist hotspot for tequila fans hoping to learn more about this golden elixir. After all, agave plantations in the area have been churning out the good stuff since the 16th century!
And we can’t get over how beautiful the grounds are.
Open the large front-door of your personal barrel, and you’ll be greeted with rows upon rows of blue agave – the stuff tequila is brewed from.
Ok, so maybe it’s not a traditional ‘detox’ vacation, the hotel is located far from the bustle of the city.
The whole place is owned by a world-renowned distillery called Hacienda Tequilera La Cofradía. The hotel itself only opened in 2017, but word is spreading like wildfire!
And it’s easy to see why.
Four walls? Boring. Corners? Yawn.
The hotel offers 22 wooden barrel rooms with a range of suites – from the ‘Aged King’ and ‘Silver King’, to the ‘Extra-Aged King’.
Each barrel room can fit up to two guests and comes with a king-sized bed, rainshower air-conditioning, fridge and more. There are curved glass windows on the ceiling and some cute, kitsch wall paintings that give off some very Wild West vibes.
Sure, it’s no Ritz but hey – we’d pick unlimited tequila and rustic charm over fancy bar soap, most days.
The hotel also offers ordinary rooms for those travellers who, for some unfathomable reason, might not want to spend the night pretending to be your favorite liquor.
I mean, do you really love tequila if you don’t want to… be tequila?
I mean, it’s basically a boozy hobbit hole for adults.
Tequila is aged in a barrel and comes out better. Be the tequila.
Rest in here, come out e l e v a t e d.
The grounds are also pretty freaking cool.
That picture above is their La Taberna del Cofrade – a restaurant and bar that’s 4.5 meters (15 feet) deep underground!
Other cool spots around the hotel grounds include their The La Cofradía Tequila Site Museum that lays out their impressive achievements and history across 5 exhibition halls. There’s also an ‘Art in Fire Ceramic Factory’ where the ceramic structures and containers for tequila are made.
There’s also a very cool aging room where the tequila is stored in protective oak barrels until it’s ready for glugging.
And naturally, there’s a tequila shop where you can pick out some bottles to bring home to those who so foolishly didn’t join you on the best vacation ever.
You’ll also be able to get up-close and intimate with how the tequila is made.
After all, the hotel is connected to the La Cofradia tequila factory and is just a quick stroll away.
You’ll be able to stoke the fires of your tequila obsession with a fascinating guided tequila tour of the factory where you’ll learn all about tequila farming and distillation.
The distillery is said to use some pretty impressive modern distillation techniques. However, they use some of their same old recipes in order to make some of the world’s best tequila.
Wanna get hands-on? You can help out the farmers working in the field, design ceramic containers and tequila bottles, or even distil your own tequila from scratch!
Okay sure, but when’s the drinking start?
We thought you’d never ask. According to reviews, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink on arrival – tequila shots, naturally.
You’ll also get the chance to do some free taste testing. We’d definitely recommend jumping every chance to drink from the source – Casa Cofradia is responsible for some pretty awesome tequilas.
They include the spicy Agave Loco, and Astral, a tequila repped by the former ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’, Jonathan Goldsmith.
Best of all – you can drink and go straight to bed. If emerging, slightly hungover from a barrel, doesn’t sound like fun we don’t know what does.
And minus the regrets. No regrets here.
Lastly – you’ll also be a stone’s throw from the lovely Tequila township.
There’s a handy free shuttle that goes between the hotel and Tequila town itself – conveniently rich in waterfalls, volcanoes and pre-hispanic ruins.
If you find some sober moments and are in the mood for adventure, feel free to jump on a horse, explore the area on a bike or dirt bike, or simply hike the rolling hills of this gorgeously old-school region of Mexico.
So go on – live your best life. And by that we mean, spend a night in an oversized barrel. You owe it to yourself.
I mean, just leaving this here…
Because if you haven’t slept in a Tequila barrel in a field of majestic agave plants, have you ever truly lived?
With the wrap-up of Comic-Con 2019, we’ve still got comics and all things fandom on our minds. We’re, of course, big fans of comic giant Marvel. The company has long been the innovator in its industry and artists like Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Sana Amanat, and Scott Lobdell have created art and stories that push their narratives towards real-life issues. Racism, sexism, ableism and general bigotry have been addressed in the pages of their comics. They’ve made readers stop and look at the similarities between these fictional worlds and our real one.
“The X-Men,” especially, is one title that explores these concepts. At its core, “X-Men” is about taking the outcasts of society and making them superheroes via what makes them different. Still, despite their roles as heroes, the mutants of X-Men are seen as dangerous outsiders who need to hide who they are or risk being targeted by radicalized and violent bigots. Sound familiar?
This Twitter user noticed the similarities in themes between old “X-Men” cartoons from 25 years ago and our current society.
Twitter / @tyewang
Twitter user Tye Wang noticed these signs while watching “X-men: The Animated Series.” They read “Go Home!” and “Mutant Go Back To Where You Came From.” He pointed out that the observations from the cartoon — especially concerning race relations — reflect our current world.
Wang shared the dialogue that went along with the images:
“The assassin was Gambit, but ALL mutants get blamed. People are afraid, they want action, they want to protect, they want revenge.”
The scene goes on to discuss mutant laws being passed to “protect” non-mutants from “dangerous and criminal mutants.” It’s clearly an allegory for how society reacts to both migrants looking for sanctuary in our country and those who have immigrated here legally and have become citizens.
We’ve recently seen this racist trope used by the American president.
Twitter / @nowthisnews
On July 14, 2019, Donald Trump went on a racially charged Twitter rant aimed at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow congresswomen. In the rant, the president asked of the women, “Why don’t they go back.” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Tlaib, Rep. Pressley and Rep. Omar are all women of color and are American citizens. However, since they have been vocal on many social issues that they hope to see changed, the president attacked the group — quickly latching on to a phrase that racists have long used against Black and Brown people.
During the major immigration period of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, America had open borders.
In this time, migrants came from Europe in mass quantities. The president’s own mother and father are members of this major immigration. Some of these migrants were persecuted for their mother country. Some received the same threats that today’s migrants face.
However, the focus for racist hate soon turned towards Latinx people, Black people and other brown members of society. Despite their own exodus, white Americans told Black and brown folks to go back home. Never mind that the border crossed over into native land. Never mind that Black people were brought over in chains. It was just another excuse to accuse “outsiders” for the world’s problems.
These issues are the same ones that members of the X-Men faced in their adventures.
Twitter / @SlimJim2123
It wasn’t just fighting Magneto and the Evil Brotherhood of Mutants. The X-Men also took on societal issues. Creator Stan Lee imagined the mutants to be a stand-in for minorities so it was natural that the heroes faced issues that marginalized groups experience.
Raised in Harlem and Cairo, weather-themed superhero, Storm, experienced the intersections of social injustice as a Black mutant woman. She faced prejudice from those who saw her as a dangerous mutant as well as those who saw her as someone who didn’t belong in America.
She also faced discrimination as a woman. The topic of wage equality came into the original ’70s and ’80s run of “The X-Men.” Forty or so years later and wage equality between the sexes and the races continues to be an issue; proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The hate that we see in today’s anti-immigrant mentality is the same that the X-men experienced back in their origins.
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During the original run of “X-Men: The Animated Series,” the mutant Jubilee faced an unfortunately familiar sentiment. While trapped by anti-mutant extremists, the hero asked, “Why do you hate us? What did we ever do to you?” The response she got was that she was hated for being born a mutant, something she has no control over.
This is the same hate that racists aim at Black and brown people. They are not judged by their character or their actions, but on the fact that they were born different. Whether born in a different place or born a different race, just like the bigots in “X-Men,” racists only care about what makes us different. Some things never change.
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