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The White House Hosted An ICE Event But Everyone Is Talking About Trump’s ‘Perfect English’ Comment

The White House held a special event this week in honor of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and their agents. President Donald Trump was there as was Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security is Kirstjen Nielsen. The event included a panel that discussed what ICE is about and the type of the work they do, which served as a way to dispel the notion that ICE only detains undocumented immigrants. All the attention, however, is being given to one agent who was introduced by President Trump as speaking “perfect English.”

President Trump and other high ranking government officials wanted to celebrate the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in a special ceremony.

Twitter/@annalectaYet, things didn’t quite go as planned for the event. Several people on social media pointed out that Trump kept referring to the Customs and Border Protection as “CBC” and not its correct acronym which is CBP even though it’s on the teleprompter.

Present Trump then asked one Latino agent up to the stage and jokingly asked if he was nervous. Trump also prefaced the introduction by making it clear that he speaks English.

The agent’s name is Adrian Anzaldua and he was being honored for stopping a smuggler who had 78 undocumented immigrants in a truck.

Trump did not make any attempt to pronounce the agents last name when calling him to the stage.

According to KSAT, on Aug. 11 Anzaluda made the stop in Laredo, Texas. He pulled over a refrigerated tractor-trailer and in the locked trailer were 78 people from various countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Ecuador, India and the Dominican Republic.

Anzaluda didn’t make mention to Trump’s comments when speaking to the audience.

Instead, the agent spoke about what happened on the day he discovered 78 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor trailer. According to Anzaluda, the truck skipped a mandatory checkpoint which prompted him to pull the truck over and conduct a search.

Trump then shook his hand and said that Anzaluda had done a good job, and that the following day Anzaluda would probably “run for office.”

People on social media were astounded that Trump would comment on the agent’s language skills just because he’s Latino.

Some Twitter users pointed out that he is an American so the comment was unnecessary.

Some people were quick to make jokes about the president’s command of English.

Trump has a well-documented history of Twitter typos and incorrectly used words.

But, the actual surprise of the comment is not really there for most people.

Omarosa made news recently for admitting that she recorded conversations in the White House that will reveal racist language and inappropriate conduct. However, a lot of people following the Trump residency don’t feel the need to listen to the tapes.

So many people are tying this to the long-running narrative of the Trump administration.

The transcripts from the speech shows President Trump spending more time making jokes than highlighting Anzaluda’s career.

Of course, the comment is all the more bizarre if you consider how many Latinos speak English.

In fact, there has been a drop in Latinos speaking Spanish at home.

Instead of these events, the American people want a real, honest press conference.

So, let’s hope that at some point, now that Paul Manafort has been found guilty and Michael Cohen took a plea deal, we will finally start getting answers.


READ: The Dangerous Way Trump Wants To Deal With Undocumented Immigrants And Their Children

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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