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L.A. Stands Up For Undocumented Immigrants With $10M Legal Fund

The fund will be ready by Inauguration Day.

Los Angeles is making its allegiance to undocumented immigrants clear as President-elect Donald Trump transitions into the White House. On Monday (Dec. 19), the city announced a $10 million L.A. Justice Fund that intends to ensure legal representation for immigrants at risk of deportation, LA Weekly reports.

According to elected leaders, the cash will be available by Inauguration Day. Taxpayers will cover half of the bill (the city and county are responsible for costs of $2 million and $3 million respectively), while nonprofits stand by their commitment to bring in the outstanding $5 million.

"People who have built their lives in America have rights, and they deserve all of the protections that our legal system provides," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement. "The L.A. Justice Fund will reach out to people who are American by every measure except the papers they hold — our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. They are part of our community, and we will fight for them."

Upon entering office next month, Donald Trump vows to deport two to three million immigrants with criminal records—though statistics show there aren't that many for him to target. Nevertheless, immigrants are more likely to succeed in court with representation. According to immigration attorney Luis F. Mancheno, a mere three percent of people successfully argue their cases without it.

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Cardi B Rightfully Slams Lawyer For Obsessing Over Her Courtroom Attire

Cardi B responded to criticism from celebrity defense lawyer Joe Tacopina who is turned off by the entertainers designer duds. In an interview with the New York Post, he went on to say that the entertainer treats her courthouse visits "like a runway show."

Tacopina is representing sisters Sarah and Rachel Wattley, the alleged victims in the rapper's strip club assault case.

"Here's a woman who got indicted by a grand jury with charges, and appears to only be concerned about what she's wearing," the celebrity defense attorney said. pointing to moments where she wore a Barneys pink pantsuit and other luxury items.

"There's going to be a 'Come to Jesus' moment with her, because it's not consistent with someone who's taking this seriously."

Billboard reports that the 26-year-old rapper posted a series of since-deleted Instagram videos, which have resurfaced to YouTube, to chime in on Tacopina's comments on Sunday (July 14). "I don't dress inappropriately when I go to court. I dress like a young f**king lady," she said "Where am I supposed to get my suits from, H&M? Why are you worried about the way I dress?"

The "Rodeo" artist continued to explain that she appeared in court looking opposite of her put together runway-esque self, without wearing makeup or brushing hair. "That just goes to show you that y'all do this s**t for press. I went to court six times already for a f**king misdemeanor," she said.

She is currently facing two felony counts and a list of other lesser charges that were followed by an indictment in June.

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Authorities Arrest Man Who Reportedly Orchestrated David Ortiz Shooting

On Friday (June 28), the Dominican Republic police arrested Victor Hugo Gomez, the man it believes orchestrated a shooting in early June that left former MLB player David Ortiz hospitalized. The Associated Press notes Gomez was detained in the country.

In previous reports, Gomez reportedly crafted the shooting that was intended for his cousin, Sixto David Fernandez. Allegedly, the latter shared information with the D.R.’s law enforcement officials on Gomez’s illegal activities that led to his arrest in 2011. The gunfire was reportedly meant for Fernandez, but struck Ortiz who was with the former that day at a restaurant. The AP also adds Gomez pleaded his innocence via his attorney Carlos Rubio.

“I want to clarify that I have nothing to do with any attempt on the life against Sixto David Fernandez. We’re family,” Gomez said. Since then, Ortiz has been cleared from intensive care but remains in a Boston hospital. He endured a bullet wound in his lower back.

In a previous social media post, Ortiz’s wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said the former Red Sox player’s road to recovery is steadily occurring. “David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe,” she said. “Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.”

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Ozuna To Headline 2019 Soulfrito Music Fest

By the end of the summer, Latin trap reggaetoneros and rappers will take the Brooklyn's Barclays Center stage for Soulfrito Music Festival (Aug. 30). The one-night-only music fete, which is returning to the NYC area for the second time, released the full line-up on Monday (June 24), and award-winning Latin singer Ozuna is sure to have fans entertained as the headliner.

Aside from being set to perform his single,"Baila Baila Baila," the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year made Latin history this year when he became the first to be nominated for 23 awards in 15 categories. Joining him on the performance roster are Jeremih, Farruko, Melii, Jay Critch and more, with A Boogie with the Hoodie, Arcangel, Gunna recently added to the lineup.

 

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Emphasizing the mainstream East Coast demographic, Soulfrito Music Festival is the first and largest music festival to bridge the Urban Latino and African American community. With a 17-year legacy, Soulfrito focuses on the diversity of the youth and Generation Z of the U.S.

The influential fest has successfully blended second and third generation multi-cultural Latino communities in the U.S. and with the festival being a supporter for the music industry's top supporters, it is predicted that by 2020 that Latinos will have the buy power of 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars, according to Statista.

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