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The Supreme Court Handed The Trump Administration A Defeat By Preserving A Federal Judge’s DACA Relief

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On Monday morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the Trump administration concerning a federal judge placing an injunction on the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). According to the LA Times, it has been 30 years since the Supreme Court has reviewed a district judge’s ruling without the arguments being made in appeals court.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled on Jan. 9 that the Trump administration has to maintain DACA nationwide. This is a major blow to the Republican administration and Congress who have used DACA’s expiration date to bargain for tougher immigration measures.

“The district judge’s unprecedented order requires the government to sanction indefinitely an ongoing violation of federal law being committed by nearly 700,000 aliens,” U.S. General Solicitor Noel Francisco wrote about U.S. District Judge Alsup’s decision.

The administration has filed an appeal at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. U.S. District Judge Alsup’s decision only requires that the administration keep the program in place. That means that DACA recipients can also renew their status, which is something that was previously blocked. However, federal authorities are not prevented from “removing any individual, including any DACA enrollee, who it determines poses a risk to national security or public safety.”

The Trump administration announced on Sept. 5, 2017 that the DACA program would begin a slow wind down with an end date of March 5, 2018. President Trump said that he was giving the matter over to Congress to create a permanent solution to the immigration debate around DACA.

(H/T: LA Times)


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Aubrey Plaza Wants To Be The First Latina To Win Best Actress At The Academy Awards

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Aubrey Plaza Wants To Be The First Latina To Win Best Actress At The Academy Awards

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The 21st Annual Impact Awards were held on Feb. 23 in Los Angeles and this year’s honorees included “Coco”, Nicholas Gonzalez, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Revolori, Diane Guerrero and Randy Falco.

The annual award show recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions to the positive portrayals of Latinos in media.

Aubrey Plaza was honored with Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture for her starring role in “Ingrid Goes West”.

The 33-year-old took the stage to accept her award, but in true Plaza fashion the actress made a point to address some very important issues. Namely, The Academy Awards and their lack of inclusion of Latinas in their award categories.

During her acceptance speech, Plaza talked about the fact that a Latina has never won an Oscar for Best Actress.

Latinas have won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress, like Rita Moreno for “West Side Story”. They’ve also been nominated for Best Actress including in 1998 when Fernanda Montenegro was nominated for “Central Station”. In 2002 Salma Hayek was nominated for “Frida” and in 2004 Catalina Sandino Moreno was nominated for “Maria Full of Grace”. Yet, none of these Latinas ever took home the prize as best actress.

Plaza went on to say that she would someday be the first Latina to win the Best Actress Oscar.

“I’m going to accept the leading best actress award on behalf of the Oscars 2018 ceremony because I heard a fun fact tonight that I never knew before, which is that no Latina actress has ever won best actress at the Oscars – ever,” she said, according to Variety. “So I’m going to accept that tonight to manifest that energy.”

Plaza proudly proclaimed that she would win for a role best suited for her humor, someone crazy.

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“I’ll play some kind of psychotic character, some kind of criminal lunatic, those complicated characters I’m good at, and I’ll do that for you,” Plaza said. “And I’m going to win that award.'”

Something tells us she’s not lying.


READ: Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”

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