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Border Patrol Found $4 Million On An Abandoned Boat In Puerto Rico And People Want It Used For The Migrant Crisis

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While Mexico was beating the U.S. in soccer and Brazil was taking home a Copa América trophy Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were chasing a boat off the coast of Puerto Rico. Authorities noticed that the boat was traveling without any lights on, and they found that suspicious enough to tail. The boat was traveling from Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands.

Then, the boat made a sudden turn back towards the east coast of Puerto Rico, Fajardo. The boat docked near Rio Fajardo, and authorities watched, in the dark, several people unloading bags. Border Patrol decided to approach the vessel, and as they closed in, the unidentified people fled the boat.

They left behind $3.7 million in cash.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement on Monday detailing the events of the seizure, which is now in the DEA’s authority. “We remain committed to working with other federal and local law enforcement partners to detect and deter smuggling attempts throughout the Caribbean,” stated Johnny Morales, Director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. 

The agents had to call for a Marine Patrol Aircraft to help with the chase.

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The aircraft helped to maintain surveillance of the suspect vessel. The currency was seized under failure to declare and bulk cash smuggling laws. The suspects are still at large.

A loaded Taurus .40 caliber pistol and 63 rounds of ammunition were also found.

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As miraculous as it seems to stumble upon $3,700,000 U.S. dollars, clearly something shady was going on here. Given the DEA’s current involvement, it seems the U.S. government suspects a drug operation.

That said, most folks don’t trust that it was just $3.7 million found.

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Americans’ trust in law enforcement is weak. Many folks don’t trust that the agents wouldn’t skim some money off the top of what was found. Ultimately, only the suspects really know how much money was abandoned on deck.

In fact, there are quite a few conspiracy theories floating around already.

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Everyone has a different mathematical calculation for corruption. Some folks suspect police would skim the top 20 percent while others think they’d only leave 10 percent into federal government hands. We’re sure someone has dedicated their life’s work to this calculation. DM us.

Since the fortune has been found, calls for Puerto Rican aid have resurfaced.

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We say resurfaced as if Puerto Rico hasn’t been screaming for help for years now. The truth is that this feels like another opportunity to give back to Puerto Rico what it has lost, both in infrastructure and in lives as a result of government negligence.

The student loan debt crisis in America is so real that it’s hard not to find someone talking about their debt.

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You better believe that an old white man responded to her comment telling her off for not working for her money. Politics. It’s like everyone gets to pretend that nothing has changed in this country, including the rise in student tuition and decline in high-paying jobs. We digress, but we also see you.

Some of us are taking this moment to talk about the efficiency of border walls.

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They’re just not efficient. Militarizing borders isn’t the source of solution to end drug crimes or the gang wars that are causing Central American migrants to flee their homes. In this case, Border Patrol likely destabilized a drug cartel. That’s a job we can give a round of applause for.

Real talk, most of us are just wondering what we would do with $4 million if we found it.

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Would you turn it in? Pay off your student loan debts first? Buy your padres a nice casita? Send it all to the border to buy kids some freaking soap and toothpaste? 

If you have a little extra cash to spare, consider donating to the Trans Latina Coalition, which is working on creating safer, more dignified conditions for trans Latinas in immigrant detention centers. 

READ: Sickening Screenshots Show Border Patrol Agents Laughing About Migrant Deaths

Boricuas Dub Themselves “Caribbean Vikings” After Trump Joked About Trading Puerto Rico for Greenland

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Boricuas Dub Themselves “Caribbean Vikings” After Trump Joked About Trading Puerto Rico for Greenland

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.

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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.

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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?”

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“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.”

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

Bad Bunny Strikes Again And Graces A Security Guard’s Debut Single

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Bad Bunny Strikes Again And Graces A Security Guard’s Debut Single

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San Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, more commonly known as Bad Bunny, El Conejo Malo, is very familiar with the transformative effects of SoundCloud. Bad Bunny was bagging groceries at a supermarket when he gained a cult following on SoundCloud. Since then, he’s risen to international fame, with dozens of accolades under his belt. Last year, he won the Latin American Music Awards Artist of the Year award and Billboard awarded him the Top Latin Song of the year for “Te Bote.”

Bad Bunny’s style and attitude might seem odd to some, but that’s given him all the success in the world. Like a true saint, he has a history of prioritizing his people over fame and glory. Just last month, Bad Bunny canceled a European concert tour last minute to fly home to Puerto Rico and participate in the Ricky Renuncia protests.

For the last year, Bad Bunny has been secretly working with other SoundCloud traperos to help boost their career.

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In a way, nothing has changed for Bad Bunny when it comes to what matters most to him. He’s prioritizing Boricuas and Latin trap, hanging out with his friends, and listening to SoundCloud. 

That’s how he discovered Jesús Antonio Dominguez Collazo, A.K.A. Shootter Ledo.

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Ledo has a biology degree and just fools around with music on the side. Right now, he’s working as a security guard. It just so happened that Dominguez and Benito had a mutual friend in La Paciencia, a producer with ears in all the right places. Last fall, La Paciencia played “Subimos de Rango” for Bad Bunny, and the trapero couldn’t get enough of it. Apparently, Ledo and Omy de Oro had spent just a couple hours making the track before they posted it to SoundCloud.

Bad Bunny loved the song so much that he created some verses to add.

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La Paciencia had given him a heads up that they wanted to share the track with Bad Bunny to see what he thought of the song as a single. Dominguez says he honestly hadn’t even thought of getting off SoundCloud and creating a track, let alone with El Conejo Malo, when he got the call that San Benito already was writing verses for the song. 

It’s no mistake that Bad Bunny is helping produce new artists.

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It seems that La Paciencia and Bad Bunny had set up the hotel room specifically to hear artists spit lines in person. When Dominguez first walked into the hotel room with Bad Bunny, he was nervous. Bad Bunny knew it, and afterward, asked him to come back the next morning to try again. For Bad Bunny, it felt like he was “forcing it.”

So Dominguez went back to his security guard night shift and went back the next morning with new verses.

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He literally wrote new verses during his shift and nailed it. La Paciencia and Bad Bunny took him on and more. Bad Bunny is a featured artist on the single. “What that man did, no one does…,” Dominguez said. “The most popular artist in the world did a remix to someone else’s first song. And he didn’t even know me…. no tiene nombre lo que él hizo.”

The track’s cover art honors El Conejo Malo’s own letras.

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It’s a full-circle moment when Bad Bunny gets to rap about his Gucci wallet and how, “Si quiero, me retiro feliz y contento.” He knows that he’s in his moment, and that if he were to die, they’d erect a monument of him (Me muero y me hacen un monumento / estoy en mi momento).

Now, Ledo is just waiting to see if Bad Bunny’s help with “Subimos de Rango” jump-starts his music career.

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“I’m going to see what fruits this [single] brings,” he says thinking about what’s next. “I’m going to see who sticks, who wants to collaborate. Pero, yo estoy puesto pa’ zumbar canciones… and get to where I need to get to.”

You can watch the full music video, by Shootter Ledo and Omy de Oro, featuring Bad Bunny right here.

The video premiered just two days ago and already has 700,000 views. The most liked comment on YouTube translates, “Wow, Bad Bunny with the surprising theme and bringing back trap. Thank you Bad Bunny.”

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