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Former Miss Uruguay Found Dead In Mexico City Hotel Room

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The winner of Miss Uruguay 2006, who once represented her country at both the Miss Universe and Miss World competitions, has been found dead in a hotel room in Mexico City.

According to police, officers responded to an early morning emergency call and found a woman hanged in a hotel bathroom. The hotel is located in Napoles, a central neighborhood of Mexico’s capital city.

Shortly after discovering her body, authorities identified the victim as 31-year-old Fatimih Davila Sosa, a former Miss Uruguay who represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant in 2006 and the Miss World pageant in 2008.

Fatimih Davila Sosa’s unexpected death has caused an outpouring of shock and grief.

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A spokesperson for the Miss Universe pageant said: “We are deeply saddened by the news and passing of Fatimih Davila, Miss Universe Uruguay 2006. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Davila sought to enjoy every moment of her life, even traveling the world.

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In the years following her pageant competitions, Davila worked as a model and was known for her role in the Televisa telenovela, “Triunfo del Amor” from 2010-2011.

Davila’s page on the Miss World website said her interests included skydiving, reading, and dancing. Her motto was “Enjoy every moment in your life.”

According to reports, Davila was in Mexico City for a job interview.

Credit: @fatimihdavila / Instagram

“Vamos a empezar el año 2019 sonriendo y con buena onda,” she wrote in her last Instagram post.

Officials say that she was not alone in her hotel room when she arrived in Mexico City.

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“An acquaintance helped her move into the mentioned hotel ahead of a job interview,” prosecutors said in a statement.

We are still waiting for an official ruling on the death but the prosecutor’s office said that a homicide investigation was launched to look into the circumstances surrounding the hanging and whether she took her own life or was perhaps killed.

There is speculation that her death is tied to a sex trafficking ring.

Credit: @fatimihdavila / Instagram

According to Mexico’s El Universal, investigators are also looking into the possibility that Davila may have fallen victim to a prostitution web that promises foreign women work as models in Mexico, but then they become sex trafficking victims.

The New York Post reports that a book released in 2012 mentioned Davila’s name as a suspect in a sex trafficking ring. According to the New York Post, the sex ring worked to convince women that sleeping with powerful men would help their careers.

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Trump Administration Calls For Asylum Seekers To Pay Processing Fees For Paperwork That Have Never Had Fees

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Trump Administration Calls For Asylum Seekers To Pay Processing Fees For Paperwork That Have Never Had Fees

President Trump and his administration have introduced a new set of regulations that will surely discourage some asylum seekers from coming to the United States. The new regulations include charging a fee for asylum applications and delaying the approval of work permits. The proposal comes as the Trump administration continues to slow down the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross into the U.S. The changes will surely make it more difficult for asylum seekers to apply and stay in the U.S. as they wait for their case to be heard.

The reality of the situation is many asylum seekers won’t be able to afford these new proposed application fees.

President Trump is giving Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan 90 days come up with new regulations to speed up the processing of asylum claims. This will include directing officials to begin charging a fee to process asylum and employment authorization applications, which currently do not require payment.

While there are still questions about the amount that applicants might have to pay, it’s unclear how many families, who are fleeing poverty, would be able to afford these fees. While the report says the price would not exceed the cost of processing applications, officials did not provide an estimate for that amount.

For comparison, the application fee for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is $495, the fee for green card holders to file for U.S. citizenship is $725, and the fee to apply for a green card can go as high as $1,225, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Among other regulations, the Trump administration is also making it harder to get work permits for some asylum seekers.

Under current federal laws, an asylum seeker can apply for a work permit five months (150 days) after submitting their asylum application. The Trump administration wants to change that regulation.

Under the new proposal, asylum seekers can be denied work permits if they entered or tried to enter the country illegally. They are also calling on officials to immediately revoke work authorizations when people are denied asylum and deported from the country. If an individual receives a work permit, a new fee will also be included.

The Trump administration though process behind the regulation is that work permits are encouraging asylum seekers to come to the U.S. While some may argue that’s probably true, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not also fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.

There are also proposed changes to “improve the integrity” of credible fear determinations.

The new report also calls on Homeland Security to “improve the integrity” of credible fear determinations. When migrants first come to the U.S. border and apply for asylum, the first step is often the credible-fear interview. There, they must prove to an asylum officer that they have a credible fear of returning home or face persecution. If they then succeed, migrants can then apply to various types of relief that are available.

President Trump has often ridiculed the asylum system because of this factor, at times calling it a “loophole” that attracts immigrants to the U.S.

The memo is the Trump administration’s latest effort to make it more difficult for migrants to come and stay in the country. This all comes amid a huge spike in border crossings, including a large number of families seeking asylum. According to DHS statistics, in fiscal year 2018, 92,959 asylum claims were made at the southern border, up from 55,584 in the 2017 fiscal year.

Many immigrant advocates are coming down on the new proposed regulations that will only make it harder to those seeking asylum.

The new proposed regulations are designed with fair intentions to deter the flow of incoming migrants. The Trump administration is financially attacking a group of vulnerable people, knowing full well the majority won’t be able to afford a fee.

It’s fair to assume there will be a lawsuit over these proposals and any new immigration policy put forward. Which means these new fees won’t be put in anytime soon. But immigration advocates are angry at these proposed measures and the consequence they will have on those seeking help.

“The idea that we will charge asylum seekers a fee to seek refuge from persecution, torture, or death is offensive and counter to our values,” the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted.

Leonardo Arzuaga, 28, of Cuba, arrived in Mexico last month. He is one of many asylum seekers that would be affected by the new proposal as he is fleeing political persecution. Arzuaga is currently waiting until he can cross the U.S. border and claim asylum.

“I think it’s a bit unjust,” Arzuaga told the AP of the recent proposals. “Because many people do not have the means to arrive, work, produce. For me it’s something that isn’t logical. Because one practically gets here with nothing.”

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