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Here’s What We Know So Far About The New Refugee Caravan That Just Left Honduras

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A new refugee caravan made up of Central Americans have fled their homeland this week and have begun making their trek to the U.S./Mexico border. That means this is the third refugee migrant caravan from Central America in less than a year.

An estimated 600 people are in the caravan that left San Pedro Sula in Honduras late in the evening. CBS News reports that 300 of them, mainly women and children, were able to make it on a bus while the other half started walking toward Agua Caliente, which is a border town between Honduras and Guatemala.

“It’s not easy. I leave half of my heart here,” Rosa López told The Guardian. She also said that she left six of her kids in her hometown. Her sister will be taking care of them. “But there’s no going back,” she said, adding that: “We don’t envision becoming rich. We just want the basics – a job to survive.”

Mexico’s Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero said, according to CNN that they’re already preparing for the arrival of the new group.

“We are awaiting the arrival of another migrant caravan in mid-January,” Sánchez Cordero said during a news conference. “The first thing we’re doing is reinforcing the 12 points of entry that we rely on.”

President Donald Trump tweeted that this new group is the reason why we need the border wall.

“A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras,” Trump tweeted. “Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!”

The arrival of the group to the Mexico/U.S. border is unknown but it could take months.

According to Pew Research, there was a huge decline in the entrance of refugees in the U.S. last year from 110,000 to 50,000, and the minority of entries from that group came from Latin America.


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Here Are All The Things You Should Know About Rising Star Ariela Barer From 'Marvel's Runaways'

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Here Are All The Things You Should Know About Rising Star Ariela Barer From ‘Marvel’s Runaways’

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Ariela Barer might not be a name you recognize yet but she is definitely making moves in Hollywood. The 20-year-old plays Gertrude “Gert” Yorkes in “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu and even had a role in Netflix’s “One Day At A Time.” Your new favorite bruja is a breakout star and she’s bringing her Latinidad with her.

Barer is the Libra in chief.

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On Twitter, she writes about how she plans to start a cult this year and every sign will join it, except Sagittarius’ who will be sacrificed in Libra’s honor. True story.

Ariela is Jewish-Mexican.

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Both her parents are born in Mexico and they’re both Jewish. She was born in Los Angeles, but only ever ‘vacations’ in Mexico, because that’s where her whole family (besides her parents) live.

She and her sister are newly famous.

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Her big sister, Libe Alexandra Barer, plays Carly Bowman in Amazon Primes’ “Sneaky Pete.” She’s also been in “Parenthood” and a Subway commercial! Boo-yah. Power duo.

She can’t live without Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

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Yup. That girl is team Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and all you Takis fans will have to find a different cult leader.

She had no idea what she was auditioning for when she tried out for “Marvel’s Runaways.”

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She tells Remezcla, “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for, which was sort of a blessing because it took a lot of the pressure off. I went in without hyping myself up too much about how big the Marvel Universe truly is. I got to go in and just connect with the script and the story and the people. The superhero elements just came naturally after that.”

She originally auditioned for the Molly Hernandez role, but nobody believed she was only 14 years old.

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IRL, she’s 20 years old. So they told her to read for the part of Gert, and she completely connected with the character. She was immediately asked back for a screen test.

She felt like she didn’t even have to try to be Gert. She is Gert.

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“She is someone I relate to completely,” she told Remezcla. “She’s exactly who I was when I was 16. I felt immediately connected to the character and was able to let all my insecurities go out the window. It was so liberating, which is exactly who Gert is as a character. It was a huge weight off my back. It was so perfect.”

Barer loves how Gert shows that superheroes can have anxiety.

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For her, Gert is the superhero of feminism and social activism. Unlike any social activist you follow on the interwebz, you get to see the vulnerable side of Gert. She told Bustle that she’s excited for her character to “open a conversation on mental illness.” Gracias, Barer.

She played Carmen, the goth friend obsessed with how mean Justina Machado’s character is to her.

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Her character ends up shedding light on immigration issues after her parents are deported and she’s forced to move to Texas to live with her uncle.

Caption: “A monitor shot from my very first episode when I could barely hold it together I was so excited to be there & now once again I am that excited cause #onedayatatime comes out on Netflix tonight at midnight!!!”

You might also recognize her from “Atypical.”

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Netflix’s genius original show from the perspective of a highly functioning autistic boy guest stars Ariela Barer. She starts out as his bully and gets punched in the face for it. By the end, she’s secretly smooching him in closets.

Barer is in a band called The Love-Inns!

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She told Sweety High, “It’s special to me because I started the band with my best friend Eden Hain when we were 16, and we’ve grown a lot together through our music.” The two are inseparable.

She doesn’t want you to hit on her.

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Never thought of putting a physical sign on my body. Geniosa.

She’s gay. ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤🖤

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In December 2016, she tweeted, “Literally everything I do is to get back at the people who called me ugly & gay in middle school. They were right, but it was mean spirited!” The tweet is still pinned to her feed.

Barer won’t cross the picket line.

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Heard about the largest mass teacher strike in U.S. History? Well, Barer is here for it and wants you to wear red in solidarity. Her and Gert son la misma persona, don’t you think?

Barer is one hell of a feminist.

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She’s released an all-female “Lord of the Flies” reminiscent short film called “Ladyworld.” The premise is that eight girls are stranded in a house without electricity, and Barer uses that as a foundation to explore the female psyche. Yes, girl!

She likes cauliflower pizza.

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Yup. There’s one person on this earth that likes cauliflower pizza and it’s Ariela Barer. Her mom grinds up the cauliflower and makes her healthy pizza crust from scratch!

Her dream co-star is Viola Davis.

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Oh and her favorite show is “Jessica Jones.” She’s here for the dark, female-centered masterpieces of Marvel and turns out she’s one of them now!

She’s aiming to be a little less obsessive.

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“I tend to get obsessive over tiny things and overthink everything,” she tells Sweety High. “I’m trying to let things be and deal with things as they are in present time and not so much as they are in the million scenarios I’ve imagined in my head.” Lo mismo.

Her dream world is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

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She would be happy for the rest of her life if she could just live in the world of TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Her ultimate dream is to do a musical number with Rebecca Bunch. Like, same.

She’s mejor amigas con Isabella Gomez.

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Find the two canoodling on “One Day at a Time” and IRL. I’m so here for this new Latina girl gang of Hollywood! Viva las mujeres!


READ: Isabella Gomez From ‘One Day At A Time’ Is Humbled To Be An Icon To The Latinx LGBTQ Community

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