There's A Chance Portions Of Trump's Border Wall Will Be Built By Latinos

During a press briefing Wednesday (May 3), press secreatry Sean Spicer shared materials for the wall, or rather a fence, are currently being made in Arizona and New Mexico. 

President Donald Trumps isn't letting a major factor like funding stop him from building a U.S. border wall from Mexico. Press secretary Sean Spicer has shared materials for the project are already in the making at ironically one of the biggest Latino-populated cites in the United States.

During the White House press briefing Wednesday (May 3), Spicer discussed Trump's frustrations with the Senate, the questionable timeline of his healthcare bill and questions surrounding the president's border wall, or what Spicer refereed to as the Title VI Bill. On Sunday (April 30), during a ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy at the White House Rose Garden, Trump was thrilled to share that the bipartisan budget deal for the fiscal year included funds to cover it, except that it hasn't.

Spicer confirmed that funds for the reported $497 million project will be included in the proposed budget in October. He also claimed an overflow of other bills took up space in the budget, but included steel levee and bollard designed walls are currently being made in Naco, Arizona and Sunland Park, New Mexico. His language also contradicted Trump's claims to build a new wall when he stated that Trump's budget would only cover 40 miles of “border fencing.”

"We are going to be able to start doing this in San Diego, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley," he added.

New Mexico shares a high population of "Hispanics", surpassing Caucasians in the 2010 Census by a 2.5 percent increase. Latinos now make up 46.3 percent of the state while Caucasians now represent 40.5 percent. No companies have revealed themselves to be the Bob the Builder of Trump's dreams, but it does leave his supporters to think that local Latinos might be.

"He's using the best technology," Spicer said. "The President said he is going to build a wall and that's what he's doing, the Department of Homeland security said under secretary John Kelly it's the most effective way to keep people out, to stop drugs, to stop human trafficking and to stop illegal immigration."

Hear Spicer's comments at the 26:00 min mark in the video above.

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Angela Ponce didn’t walk away with the crown during last night’s Miss Universe pageant (Dec. 16), but she did end up being a winner in her own right. Ponce, who represented her country of Spain, is the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

“This is for you, for those who have no visibility, no voice, because we all deserve a world of respect, inclusion and freedom,” the model wrote on Instagram Friday (Dec. 14). “And today I am here, proudly representing my nation, all women and human rights.” Catriona Gray, the 24-year-old Miss Philippines, walked away with the crown over models from South Africa and Venezuela, who came in second and third.

Ponce, 27, was crowned Miss Spain back in June, beating out 22 contestants for the win. At the time of that win, she told The Associated Press, “If my going through all this contributes to the world moving a little step forward, then that’s a personal crown that will always accompany me.”

The pageant, formerly owned by Donald Trump, lifted its ban on transgender contestants in 2012. This is the same year that Jenna Talackova of Canada threatened legal action against the organization, who was rejected because she was not a “naturally born” female.

Congrats on making history, Miss Spain.


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Que honor y orgullo poder ser parte de la historia de @missuniverse. Esto es por ustedes, por aquellos que no tienen visibilidad, ni voz, porque todos merecemos un mundo de respeto, inclusión y libertad. Y hoy estoy aquí, representando con orgullo a mi nación, a todas las mujeres y a los derechos humanos. • #missuniverse #missuniverso #confidentlybeautiful #thailand #bangkok #roadtomissuniverse #67thmissuniverse #angelaponce #spain #preliminar

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A number of artists from the scope of latinidad contributed to making 2018 another rich year in music. If hip-hop is the world's most consumed genre, latin pop, reggaeton, latin trap, flamenco and more of the subgenres of Latinx music rested in between.

This includes J Balvin being one of the most streamed artists on Spotify, Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy scoring stellar Grammy nominations, the rising appeal of Harlem rapper Melii, the return of Wisin Y Yandel and Bad Bunny sprinkling the gift that is Latin trap on your getting ready playlists.

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Adored by celebrities like French Montana, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio, New York hot spot La Marina might be closing its doors for a good after a drug bust led to a suspension of their liquor license.

A statement released Dec. 6 by the New York Liquor Authority (SLA) broke down the case, which overlapped with an investigation by the NYPD in July. Bar manager Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested in November on felony charges after he was caught selling large amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs to undercover NYPD detectives. Their investigation into the venue also revealed 72 violations of the state liquor law like selling liquor to minors and impaired customers.

Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Lily Fan condemned the venue and hope to yank their liquor license for good. “When a bar manager is able to traffic and sell these types and quantities of narcotics from within an establishment it is incredibly alarming," Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano said.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their establishments are operating within the law, and the SLA is obligated to take emergency action as it is clear that this licensee has failed to take any meaningful actions to protect the public.”

La Marina was also hit with sixteen violations of the ABC Law, including seven counts of operating disorderly premises for permitting the trafficking of controlled substances, six violations for fire, health and more safety code violations. Their inspection grade in July was something close to an F minus for mishandlings of food, shoddy plumbing and the presence of mice and flies.

The venue has been a staple in the area since its opening in 2012, attracting big celebrities and brands like Red Bull and HBO. The New York Post notes La Marina has a 15-year lease, where they make up to $7 million a year in revenue.

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