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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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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Has Signed Since Taking Office Last Week

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Has Signed Since Taking Office Last Week

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him to dismantle some of former President Trump’s damaging orders. There are racist travel bans, necessarily harmful family separation policies, and the climate crisis all on the table that must be addressed. President Biden is doing just that and here are some of the orders he has signed to tackle the issues.

So far, President Biden has signed 40 executive orders that have reversed some of the worst Trump-era policies and regulations.

Update January 27, 2021

President Biden has signed multiple executive orders tackling different parts of the Covid-19 response.

Americans have been struggling to control the pandemic with minimal leadership from the federal government for almost a year. Local, county, and state governments have done their best without a unified federal response. President Biden, who inherited the mess from the previous administration, is tackling the pandemic headon.

President Biden spent his second day signing several Covid executive orders, which include:

  • Promoting Covid-19 safety in domestic and international travel.
  • Expanding access to Covid-19 treatments.
  • Promoting data-driven response to Covid-19.
  • Supporting states’ use of National Guard in Covid-19 response.
  • Strengthening public health supply chain.
  • Establishing the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force.
  • Supporting the reopening and continuing operation of schools.
  • Promoting workplace safety amid the pandemic.
  • Establishing a Covid-19 pandemic testing board.

On his third day in office, President Biden focused on benefits for the American people.

Covid-19 has decimated the workforce and people are struggling to make ends meet. Evictions are looming nationwide as people have gone months with no assistance from the federal government, a stark contrast from the rest of the developed world.

President Biden is working to undo the issues that have stood in the way of American people getting their assistance with executive orders including:

  • Expanding food assistance programs.
  • Assisting veterans with debt.
  • Guaranteeing unemployment insurance for workers who refuse work due to Covid-19.
  • Establishing “benefit delivery teams.”
  • Facilitating the delivery of stimulus payments.
  • Address Covid-19 economic relief.
  • Empowering federal workers and contractors.

The president signed other orders on the sixth and seventh days of his administration tackling myriad issues.

President Biden promised the American people that he would work quickly to undo the damage created by the last four years. It is a promise that he has made good on. He has tackled several societal issues that has hindered Americans from living free and full lives.

President Biden’s executive actions here included:

  • Reversing the transgender military ban.
  • Reinstating Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Promoting the ‘Buy American’ agenda.
  • Calling for the evaluation of Trump’s housing policies.
  • Ending the reliance on private prisons.
  • Reaffirming the commitment to tribal sovereignty.
  • Denouncing anti-Asian discrimination and xenophobia.

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The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

READ: President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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