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People Are Dragging The Owner Of This Bar For His Non-Apology Apology Over This Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Cinco de Mayo has a way of making people think that Mexican culture is something to play around with and use to make some money. Every year, there are some lines crossed and some jokes that go a little too far. That’s the kind of mess that Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Calif. discovered after they made a game out of the border wall idea. The rules of the game were simple: climb the wall and get a “green card,” which was good for one drink. Yes. This really happened and people are not happy with the owner’s non-apology apology.

Here’s how the people at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Calif. tried to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their patrons.


The image on the left displays the “green card” bar patrons received after climbing the “wall.” Of course, people were upset because they felt the game trivialized the seriousness of the current immigration debate. Several people took to Yelp to share their dismay with the poor taste in entertainment for Cinco de Mayo. Others also converged on the bar’s Facebook page, calling the company out on this year’s event.

Owner Paul Hennessey believes it’s all just one big misunderstanding and that people are taking the festivities the wrong way. According to the LA Times, Hennessey said, “It was our way of protesting the fact that Trump wants to spend billions of dollars to build a wall that is pretty useless. I guess the way it was presented, some people took it a different way.”

Hennessey thinks everyone should calm down and listen to his explanation and use their time to do something good, seriously.

A message from Paul Hennessey:

I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. Our intentions…

Posted by Hennessey’s Tavern on Saturday, May 6, 2017


The message on their Facebook wall reads:

“A message from Paul Hennessey:

I would like to thank everyone for your comments about our climbing wall. Our intentions were to create a dialogue and show how ridiculous that it is to spend tens of millions of dollars to build a wall and even infer that Mexico foot some or the entire bill and have their citizens build it.

This event obviously struck a chord with many of you out there and you and a number of you did not understand our intent. I encourage all of you to take the time that you have spent posting on social media to spend an equal or greater amount of time writing your congressman or the President himself to express your concerns just as I have.

Thank you for your comments and let’s stop this wall from being built.”

This commenter felt Hennessey’s apology was insincere.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“How insulting is this non apology?! Jesus Christ,” one commenter said. “The entitlement and sheer lack of holding themselves responsible is exactly what’s wrong with this country and why folks like these feel it’s us that’s wrong and not them.”

Others did not believe the game was created to “start a dialogue.”

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“Pathetic. You started a dialogue alright. Just not the one you are so desperately trying to convince people of,” a Facebook user wrote. “Do you really think they are that stupid?! What is wrong with you?! Worst possible way to start a dialogue about something in the history of ever. Do yourself a favor and just stop talking.”

Meanwhile, others aren’t even giving them that benefit of the doubt.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“Cool story bro. I don’t for a second believe you were making an ironic meta statement about the wall,” a Facebook user told Hennessey. “Not after hanging up on us and being jerks all morning when being asked for an explanation. Nice try.”

People were also there to let Hennessey know that he needs to spend less time telling people what to do and to craft an actual apology.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“I do not see an apology in your response, but rather, a patronizing statement on what I am ‘supposed to do.’ I have, also, spent plenty of my valuable hours writing to my legislators,” this Facebook user wrote. “Intention or not, you engaged in a racist act and there has to be some ownership in that. While I ‘appreciate’ that you were trying to make a statement, there is no space in my community’s heart for those kinds of acts. Now I will urge YOU to use your White privilege to help in a productive way.”

But a handful of people did come to the bar’s defense.

CREDIT: Hennessey’s Tavern / Facebook

“I was born and raised in Mexico and only immigrated to the US a few years ago,” a Facebook user wrote. “I find your wall idea hilarious and a very creative way of making fun of some short minded orange individual and his initiatives.”

Paul Hennessey has not made any more statements regarding the Cinco de Mayo celebration.

(H/T: OC Weekly)


READ: North Carolina High School Students Built A Wall As A Senior ‘Prank’

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ICE Tells International Students To Go Home Or Face Deportation Because Of Switch To Online Classes

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ICE Tells International Students To Go Home Or Face Deportation Because Of Switch To Online Classes

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Just as students begin to contemplate what a fall semester might look like amid a global health pandemic, the Trump Administration has thrown another curveball at foreign university students. In a new rule issued by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, foreign students must return to their home country if their school will no longer be offering in-person learning, effectively forcing students to decide between full classrooms or international travel during a health crisis.

Once again, a cruel and poorly thought out, hastily announced rule change has thrown the lives of hundreds of thousands into doubt.

The Trump Administration announced new rules that require foreign students in the U.S. to be part of in-person classes.

Despite the global pandemic that is currently spiraling out of control in the U.S., the Trump Administration has issued new immigration guidelines that require foreign students to be enrolled in in-person learning. With this new rule, foreign students attending colleges that will operate entirely online this fall semester cannot remain in the country to do so.

The new comes just as college students begin to contemplate what their upcoming semester might look like and leaves them with an uncomfortable choice: attend in-person classes during a pandemic or take them online from another country. 

And for students enrolled in schools that have already announced plans to operate fully online, there is no choice. Under the new rules, the State Department will not issue them visas, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not allow them to enter the country. 

“Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” read a release from ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program. “If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings

Already, several major universities have announced their intention to offer online learning because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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The strict new rule comes as higher education institutions are releasing information on their reopening plans. Schools are preparing to offer in-person instruction, online classes or a mix of both.

Eight percent of colleges are planning to operate online, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking the reopening plans of more than 1,000 U.S. colleges. Sixty percent are planning for in-person instruction, and 23% are proposing a hybrid model, with a combined 8.5% undecided or considering a range of scenarios. 

Harvard University is one of the latest institutions to unveil its plans, announcing on Monday that all undergraduate and graduate course instruction for the academic year will be held online. Joining Harvard’s stance are other prestigious universities, including Princeton and the University of Southern California.

The U.S. has more than 1 million international students from around the world.

The U.S. is the number one destination for foreign students around the globe. More than a million foreign students are enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities, although that number has dipped slightly in recent years – largely attributed to the election of Donald Trump.

Mexico sends more than 15,000 students to the U.S. and Brazil is responsible for 16,000 foreign students in the country. By contrast, China and India send a combined almost 600,000 students to study in the U.S.

The new rule is expected to cost U.S. colleges and universities more than $4 billion.

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Putting aside the very real health implications of forcing students to decide between attending in-person classes or traveling back to their home country amid a global pandemic, the U.S. economy is also going to take a hit.

International students in the U.S. contributed nearly $41 billion to the national economy in the 2018-2019 academic year. According to the Institute of International Education, the vast majority of funding for international students comes from overseas, rather than being funded by their host institutions, meaning that international students are big business for American universities. While students will still be required pay tuition fees, it’s possible that a hostile policy towards people seeking to study in the US could discourage prospective students.

If fewer international students are able to study in this country, it could spell trouble for the colleges that bank on them. Over the last decade, deep cuts in state funding for higher education have put pressure on schools to admit more students who need less aid, which is why so many schools have come to rely on the revenue from foreign students, who typically pay top dollar. 

“Those students are also, by and large, paying full tuition to study in this country,” Lakhani said. “That’s a really valuable tuition base.”

Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Eliminating DACA

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Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Eliminating DACA

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For three years, people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status faced an uncertain future. The Trump administration was involved in legal battles after abruptly eliminating the program. For the third time this week, the Supreme Court has handed down a major loss for the Trump administration as they protected DACA from Trump’s attack.

The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration cannot end DACA.

The 5-4 decision is the third major legal loss for the Trump administration this week. SCOTUS ruled earlier this week that LGBTQ+ cannot be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. The court also refused to take up a case challenging California’s sanctuary state law letting the law stand.

The decision to temporarily protect DACA was a split decision with all of the conservative justices (Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel A. Alito Jr.) voting in favor of the Trump administration. Justice John Robert joined the liberal justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan saving the program from the Trump administration, for now.

In the ruling, written by Justice John Roberts, the court cites that the acting secretary of state violated the Administrative Procedures Act when ending the program. Basically, the announcement was lacking substance and did not address key parts of the policy. This made the announcement void of an argument supporting the dismantling of the program.

The ruling is only temporary relief for the hundreds of thousands of young people on DACA.

While the program has been spared, it is not completely saved. The decision from the Supreme Court today focuses on the way DACA was eliminated, not the actual elimination. This means that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now has time to reevaluate its case against DACA to try again.

“The Court still does not resolve the question of DACA’s rescission,” Alito wrote in his dissent. “Instead, it tells the Department of Homeland Security to go back and try again.”

The conservative justices, while dissenting, did release statements that agreed with parts of the decision to block the Trump administration from eliminating DACA. The Trump administration first announced that they were ending DACA in 2017 with a press conference on the border led by Jeff Sessions.

Justice Sotomayor made her own headlines after calling the case a racist attack.

“I would not so readily dismiss the allegation that an executive decision disproportionately harms the same racial group that the President branded as less desirable mere months earlier,” Justice Sotomayor wrote in her concurrence of the decision.

Organizers and activists are giving credit to the DACA community for this victory.

The DACA community has led the charge to protect their status in the U.S. The movement has largely been done thanks to the work of DACA recipients fighting for their right to be here. For many, it is the only country they know after arriving to the U.S. without proper documentation when they were young children.

The president has tweeted his clear displeasure on the Supreme Court that he tried to stack in his favor by appointing two justices.

Both justice Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were Trump’s appointees. After three losses from the Supreme Court, President Trump followed his usual playbook and accused the Supreme Court of not liking him.

Now, it is time for Congress to act.

With DACA recipients temporarily spared sudden deportation, Congress must act and pass legislation protecting Dreamers from being deported. The Dream Act is one piece of legislation that offers DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship, something most Americans agree with.

READ: ICE Is Threatening To Reopen Deportation Proceedings Against All DACA Recipients Regardless Of DACA Status