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Trump Wants To Host The Next G7 Summit At His Florida Resort Which Settled A Bed Bug Lawsuit

First of all, I just want to say this so that you know that you’re not crazy: yes, we live in hell. The President of the United States Donald Trump went off on Twitter to dispel any rumors that the Trump National Doral resort has bedbugs because he wants to host the G7 summit there. 

“Wow, none of those words make sense to me. I know all the words but in that order, they make no sense, Emerald,” you say. Yes, but we live in hell, mami. Just ride the infinite rollercoaster of horrors and try not to puke. I will do my best to explain just one of the ways our dear president Trumpito is an unstable, selfish buffoon… this week… again.

The opposite of what Trump says is usually the truth. 

“No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!” Trump tweeted.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has made 12,019 false or misleading claims since he became President. I remember stealing a jumbo crayon from school. I slid it into my pocket while I made eye contact with my second-grader teacher who was literally watching me steal. She asked if I stole a crayon. I said no. I was a more convincing liar than Trump. 

There were definitely bedbugs at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida. 

It’s right here, in the lawsuit, LOL! In 2016, 63-year-old Eric Linder filed a lawsuit alleging bedbug infestation at the Trump National Doral. Linder claimed that after spending $300-a-night at the Doral (to eat deadly salmonella-contaminated mousse and support America’s first dictator) he was perturbed to discover “welts, lumps, and marks over much of his face, neck, arms and torso,” caused by alleged bedbugs. 

Linder had photographs to prove his claim. The hotel didn’t say that there were no bedbugs. Instead, management basically said it was Linder’s fault for getting bitten by the bedbugs, which seems pretty consistent with Trump’s victim-blaming attitude. 

“Doral’s management hit back, claiming Linder ‘conducted himself so carelessly and negligently that his conduct was the sole proximate cause or contributing cause’ for the insects’ attack,” according to The Guardian. The club settled the lawsuit. 

What is the G7 and why would it be held at a Trump resort? 

I can’t emphasize this enough: the G7 will never be at a Trump resort. In fact, that is a timeline so dark — please, don’t even suggest it. I shudder to think! The G7 is represented by the seven countries with the most advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The annual summit is where global economic policies are discussed. 

It’s a very important meeting with the world’s most powerful people. The 45th summit, held over this past weekend, was in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France at the Hotel du Palais. The hotel was built in 1855, originally as a summer villa for Empress Eugénie. For these reasons, hosting the G7 at a Trump golf course is an absolute joke. You’d have a better shot of Angela Merkel accepting your offer to get bottomless breadsticks at the Olive Garden. 

But why does Trump want to host the G7 at a Trump resort?

Trump’s attempt to steer the next G7 toward one of his resorts is transparently for his own profits. Yes, it is weird for a President to be running a business while he is President. This is unusual behavior. Do you remember Obama telling you to check out this new app called Pattern? Do you remember George Bush Jr. trying to raise money on Kickstarter for a new product called “male leggings” named Meggings”? No! This behavior is unpresidential and unethical. The real tea is that while it is frowned upon, it is perfectly legal. Yes, this is something you should ask your local congressperson about. 

Presidents are not required to give up their businesses, although those who have them typically put them in blind trusts where they are managed by independent parties who make decisions without them. Imagine your President owns a corn business, well if he didn’t put that business into a blind trust, he could make decisions to deregulate FDA corn guidelines, he could influence the stock market to improve the value of corn shares, he could potentially make a lot of decisions to benefit his business at the expense of the American public. Jimmy Carter famously put his peanut farm into a trust. 

Trump has not done this with any of his businesses. Instead, he relinquished control to his two sons. So of course, he wants to host the G7 there, he wants to use our government, our labor, and our tax dollars to pay for his all-too-comfortable lifestyle. I got one word for you, kids: resist.

Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Latino Celebrities Before And After: These Photos Will Leave You Wondering What’s Real In Life

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Yes, at some point or another celebrities were like us ‘normal’ people. It’s always nice to see celebrities sharing their photos from the past on the internet because it proves that we all have to start somewhere. Here’s a couple of celebrity throwbacks that will make you look twice. 

Bad Bunny 

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Ba-Ba-Ba-Baby Bad Bunny! The Latin trap star shared a picture of himself as a child on Instagram and it’s absolutely precious! His curly hair is totally non-existent now as he shaves his hair into that recognizable v-shape we all know and love. 

Becky G

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At a young age, Becky G knew she was going to be a star! If you dive into the depths of YouTube, you’ll stumble across Becky G’s videos from eight years ago. From teenager to mujer, we saw Becky G grow up in to one of the most popular artists. Before entering the Latin music scene, Becky G’s greatest hit was “Shower,” which was released 5 years ago. 

Maluma

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Maluma BABY! The Colombian singer recently shared a picture of himself as a kid that will make you say ‘awww, que lindo.’ There are people that look nothing like their younger selves, but there are others who still have that same baby face⁠—Maluma is one of them. Despite the beard and dyed hair, the youthful expression on his face remains. 

Cardi B 

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Ah yes, the picture of Cardi B as a young girl that went viral as a meme for all the right reasons! First, Cardi B was a super cute kid. Second, the picture of her, hand on her hip and forcing a smile, is relatable. We’ve all been in that kind of situation as a kid. On top of all of this, Cardi B still looks the same and the sass she served when she was 5-years-old has only magnified. 

J Balvin 

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J Balvin is almost unrecognizable in this picture! However, his nose really gives it away. Throughout the years, J Balvin’s hair has seen an evolution of its own. From afro, to short, and even a bright pink, we have seen his hair change drastically. 

Karol G

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This a a double before and after, can you guess why? J Balvin is also in this picture. Before they both became the stars that they are now, the two sang together at a party hosted by Karol G’s family. What a small world, right? Although Karol G looks noticeably younger in the photo, a lot of her features have remained the same. 

Jaime Camil

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Look at that hair! Before becoming Rogelio De La Vega on the popular show, “Jane the Virgin,” Jaime Camil was a big celebrity on Mexican television; he starred in the well-known telenovela “La Fea más Bella.” 

America Ferrera


The movies that come to mind when I think of America Ferrera are a “Real Women have Curves” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Since then, Ferrera has come a long way in her career. She is also into activism and in 2007, she was named as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People. 

Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara recently shared this throwback picture of herself in Miami Beach, Florida. The now 47-year-old has aged gracefully, not looking that different compared to when she was 18. 

Diane Guerrero 

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Looks familiar? “Orange is the New Black” star, Diane Guerrero, mirrored her childhood photograph for the cover of her memoir, “In the Country we Love.” The two images, side-by-side, are a reminder of the youth Guerrero lost due to the deportation of her family. Guerrero has become a well-known actress that advocates for the rights of immigrants. 

Shakira

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These hips don’t lie and Shakira does not look a day over 40. In this picture, Shakira is 21 years old and she still has the same care-free and youthful look. Kind of hoping we see the red hair make a come back one day. 

Natti Natasha

Natti Natasha looks unrecognizable in this picture! If she wouldn’t have posted this, I would have never guessed that this was a throwback of the Dominican singer. 

Jennifer Lopez

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It goes without saying, Jennifer Lopez has aged like the finest wine ever existed. J.Lo recently turned 50 and went all out to celebrate in style. 

Pitbull

Mr. Worldwide, took to Instagram to share a super cute photo of himself with his mother. 

Zoe Saldana

Can you spot Zoe Saldana? She’s the little girl on the far left. Saldana looks a lot like her mother, proving that it’s all the genes. 

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o had bangs way before they became popular. In the Instagram caption, Nyong’o gives a shout-out to her fuller eyebrows. #ThickBrowsForTheWin!

We all went through our awkward stages (some more so than others) ⁠— it’s a fact of life. Also, transformations don’t happen over night! It takes time to find the right style for you. 

An Incoming International Harvard Student Has Been Denied Entry To The United States

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An Incoming International Harvard Student Has Been Denied Entry To The United States

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The Trump administration’s immigration policies are criminalizing survivors, tearing families apart and emboldening racists and xenophobes throughout the country. But President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda is also negatively impacting higher education in the US. According to multiple recent reports, it has become increasingly difficult for international students to receive their visas, also adding a greater workload on universities and their employees who try to help students work through the red tape and advocate on their behalf.

Those in higher education and immigration law say that the process for international students to attain their visas have become harder under Trump.

 According to government data, approval of student visas is down and many remain in limbo for longer periods. The latest available department data show that student visas declined by more than 100 thousand from 2016 to 2018. This has led to an overall decrease in the number of new international students enrolled at US colleges. For instance, survey data collected by the Institute of International Education during the 2016–17 school year found that enrollment of international students fell by 3 percent from the previous year. In the most recent data, which looks at the 2017–18 school year, it fell by close to 7 percent.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators reports that these visa obstacles started after Trump issued a memorandum in 2017 that called for the “heightened screening and vetting of applications for visas and other immigration benefits” as well as new or updated requirements for visa holders studying or working at US colleges. Additionally, the Atlantic reports that changes initiated by the Trump administration in 2018 made it even harder for recent graduates with student visas to continue living in the country legally. 

“I’ve been in the field for almost 20 years, and the amount of immigration changes during the last three years has been exponential,” Kristy Magner, who oversees Tulane University’s Office of International Students and Scholars, told the publication. 

One of the most high-profile cases was that of Ismail B. Ajjawi

In August of 2019, the incoming Harvard Palestinian freshman from Lebanon was detained by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at a Boston airport. The 17-year-old was denied entry after CBO officers found social media posts from his friends that criticize the US. As a result, Ajjawi’s visa was canceled. However, because the teen was detained at an airport, sparing him from being officially deported, he was able to re-apply for a visa back home. Ten days later, Ajjawi returned to Boston and was able to start school.

Also in August, nine Chinese students who were returning to the US as undergraduate students at Arizona State University were detained at Los Angeles International Airport.

 According to the university, the students were in CBP custody for a week and were “denied admission to the U.S. to continue their studies.” They were ultimately forced to return to China, despite being “academically eligible to return to ASU and to the United States under their visas.”

“[I]t is beyond my comprehension how the U.S. government could establish and implement policies that bring about the outcomes we are now witnessing,” ASU president Michael Crow wrote in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. 

While these cases are among the most extreme, they follow a growing pattern of increased difficulty for international students. 

Many institutions, including New York University, expressed seeing more students denied travel in advance of their trips.

NYU was one of the first schools to establish support for immigrant students upon the start of Trump’s presidency. In January 2017, just days after Trump’s inauguration, it created the Immigrant Defense Initiative, which offers “free, confidential advice and representation” to students and staff who could be at risk for deportation. Other universities, including Columbia University, the California State University system and George Washington University, now also offer free immigration-related legal services for students. 

But students, and now university employees who are tasked with new responsibilities in helping the international academics, need more help. Back in July, Harvard University president Lawrence Bacow sent a letter to Pompeo and McAleenan sharing his grievances. “Students report difficulties getting initial visas — from delays to denials,” he wrote. “Scholars have experienced postponements and disruptions for what have previously been routine immigra­tion processes such as family visas, renewals of status, or clearance for international travel.”

Dr. Hironao Okahana, associate vice president of policy and research analysis at the Council of Graduate Schools, told Teen Vogue the rise in incidents like Ajjawi’s are concerning and worth further investigation. 

“[W]e’ll be carefully observing to see if any additional incidents occur as quarter-system schools begin their term in a few weeks,” he said.

In addition to the denial of visas and slowed-down processes, universities face another problem: Trump’s anti-immigration agenda is stopping international students from applying to US institutions. 

“I think that both [the Trump administration’s] immigration policy and the messaging of the day are literally turning [international] students away … and making them less inclined to want to study in the United States,” Brian Rosenberg, the president of Macalester College, a liberal-arts institution in St. Paul, Minnesota, told the Atlantic.

As a result, some schools are doing additional work to ensure international students that they are welcome at their universities.

Philip A. Glotzbach, the president of Skidmore College, told the Atlantic that his staff has had to “work a lot harder” to recruit and retain international students. Additionally, Barbara K. Altmann, the president of Franklin & Marshall College, said that her school has been taking “extraordinary measures … so international students know [they’re welcome here].” For instance, because one in five students at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, liberal-arts school is from outside of the US, mostly China, it has created a network of Chinese nationals that send reassuring messages to incoming students from the Asian country. 

“These incidents,” said Okahana, “as isolated as they may be, are troubling and have created chilling effects.”

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