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The Supreme Court Just Let Trump’s Border Wall Move Forward Using Billions In Military Funds To Pay For It

Donald Trump will stop at nothing to close our borders and build his beloved border wall and now he’s seemingly closer to reaching that goal. Despite constant opposition by immigrant rights advocates and politicians, Trump just received funding for his administration to move forward with the construction of a border wall. 

On Friday, the Supreme Court gave Trump a victory in his fight for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border allowing his administration to use $2.5 billion for it.

According to the New York Times, the $2.5 billion in funding will come from the Pentagon. “In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds,” reports the NYT. “But that will most likely take many months or longer, allowing Mr. Trump to move ahead before the case returns to the Supreme Court after further proceedings in the appeals court.” 

When news broke, Trump, of course, took to Twitter to gloat about his latest “victory.” 

Trump also followed up his initial tweet by saying: “Democrats don’t care about Border Security. They refuse to give the votes necessary to fix the Loopholes and Asylum. Would be so easy! They want Open Borders, which means CRIME, CRIME, CRIME!” 

The ruling on Trump’s border wall construction–using military funds–happened on the same day that he signed an agreement with Guatemala to limit asylum seekers. According to NPR, Guatemala agreed to sign a so-called “safe third country asylum agreement.” The agreement states that migrants traveling through Guatemala from countries including Honduras and El Salvador would need to claim asylum in Guatemala first instead of the United States. The “safe third country asylum agreement” was met with a lot of backlash on social media by immigration advocates.

NPR also reports that the $2.5 billion in funds for Trump’s border wall had initially been frozen by another lower court. Then the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the freeze leading the high court to grant funding. 

The majority of the justices representing the court, however, are more on the conservative side. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer dissented. They “would have kept in place an injunction blocking construction while the litigation went forward,” reports BuzzFeed News

The $2.5 billion in funding for a border wall marks a major win for Trump since this was one of his campaign promises.

After all, during his 2016 presidential campaign, he constantly expressed that he would have Mexico for pay for the wall. Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto came forward when Trump began making those claims to say that Mexico, of course, would not pay for a border wall. Another former Mexican President, Vicente Fox, also had some strong words about Trump’s claims that Mexico would be funding construction for the wall. “I said, I’m not paying for that f*cking wall,” Fox said in a Comedy Central interview. 

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas ruled in favor of lifting U.S. District Court Judge Hawywood S. Gilliam, Jr. of Oakland’s injunction. Gilliam had blocked funds initially approved for military personnel and training to be allocated toward the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

According to BuzzFeed News, Justice Stephen Breyer didn’t support either side. He proposed a compromise instead.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision made on Friday. 

According to Vox, Pelosi said in a statement that: “The Supreme Court’s decision tonight to allow President Trump to defy the bipartisan will of the Congress and proceed with contracts to spend billions of dollars on his wall undermines the Constitution and the law.” 

People on Twitter also had some thoughts about the latest development in funding and where that money is coming from.

One user said that this might bode well for him in the 2020 presidential election.

The ACLU said in a statement to the New York Times that they will continue to ask the federal appeals court to “halt the irreversible and imminent damage from Trump’s border wall.” 

“Our Constitution’s separation of powers will be permanently harmed should Trump get away with pillaging military funds for a xenophobic border wall Congress denied,” Dror Ladin, an attorney with the ACLU, told the NYT

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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A Group of Volunteer ‘Fairy Godmothers’ Threw a Lavish Quinceañera For This Homeless Teen Girl

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A Group of Volunteer ‘Fairy Godmothers’ Threw a Lavish Quinceañera For This Homeless Teen Girl

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For most Latinas, having a quinceañera is a right-of-passage. Your quinceañera is the official milestone that proves you’re finally a woman. It’s a party that you look forward to your entire childhood. It’s that one time in your life that you, and only you, get to feel like a princess.

Unfortunately, not every girl has the luxury of having a quinceañera. Some girls’ families don’t have the finances to throw a huge party.

In Miami, a group of “fairy godmothers” organized a quinceañera for a homeless teen girl whose family recently emigrated from Mexico.

The girl, Adriana Palma, had moved with her family from Mexico to Miami in early 2020. But because of the pandemic, her father lost his job. Adriana, her parents, and her three younger brothers spent the next four months living in their SUV.

Relocating to another country is hard enough, but Adriana faced another challenge by being homeless, struggling to learn English, and chasing down random Wi-Fi signals in order to complete her homework assignments. It was a struggle, to say the least.

And to make matters worse, Adriana’s fifteenth birthday was coming up. Adrian’s parents told her that, since they were homeless, they wouldn’t be able to throw her a quinceañera. “We will be together as a family,” her mother, Itzel Palma, told her. “That will be my gift to you.”

Luckily, the Palma family had a group of guardian angels watching out for them. Being homeless wouldn’t prevent Adriana from having a quinceañera.

A charity called Miami Rescue Mission had already hooked up the Palmas with a small apartment for the family to get back on their feet. “Cover Girls”, a subgroup of the Miami Rescue Mission, dedicate their time to help women and children who are in tough circumstances.

When Lian Navarro, leader of the Cover Girls, found out about Adriana’s situation, she knew she had to help. Cuban-Amercian herself, Navarro knew how important quinceañeras are to young Latinas. She called up her group of volunteers and they got to work making Adriana’s dream come true.

The 60 “fairy godmothers” decided to throw Adriana the quinceañera of her dreams in a local Miami church. They settled on a theme: Paris.

The volunteers decorated the bare church in gold Eiffel towers, supplied pink macarons and French pastries, they topped off each table with a floral centerpiece. They gifted Adriana with every item on her wish list. Not to mention, Adriana was able to be dressed up in a frilly pink quinceañera dress. Her hair and makeup were professionally done. A professional photographer captured her special day.

“We want them to have these memories,” said Cover Girl volunteer, Tadia Silva, about children and teens who grow up homeless. “They have to believe they are worth all that because they are.”

After her beautiful quinceañera, Adriana appeared to know her true worth. At the end of the party, she gave her “fairy godmothers” personalized notes of thanks. “I felt like a princess,” she said.

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