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Mexicans Choosing Canada over US to Spend Their Vacation & Their Money

President Donald Trump loomed large in the mind of Mexico City plastic surgeon Rodrigo Munoz as he was deciding where to go for a winter ski vacation.

Munoz has skied in Nevada and New Mexico, but what he and many others perceive as Trump’s hostile posture toward Mexico made him seek out a more hospitable climate to spend his time and money. He went to the Canadian Rockies instead.

I don’t want to go to a country that does not accept the people from my country,” Munoz said after his recent return from a weeklong trip.

According to Forbes, Mexico is America’s second-largest inbound tourism market, accounting for some 18.4 million visits in 2015. Just this year, experts predict 7% less visits from Mexico, totaling a $1.6 billion loss in direct economic spending by 2018, according to Tourism Economics, a research firm.

Many of his fellow Mexicans share this view. Canada has seen a surge of visitors from Mexico since December, when it lifted a visa requirement that had been imposed in 2009. The change was planned before the U.S. election, but it is widely viewed as a reflection of warmer relations between Canada and Mexico. Trump, meanwhile, is pushing for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, has stepped up immigration enforcement and wants to re-negotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement, the 1994 treaty that created a closer trading relationship among the three countries of North America.

Trump’s rhetoric has turned off Mexicans, at least among the more affluent who travel overseas for pleasure, business and education.

“Right now, my mind really is not as geared toward traveling to the United States,” said Gabriel Leal, a public relations professional in Mexico City. “Many friends lately have been making the decision to cancel trips to the United States and go to Whistler,” the Canadian ski resort that he said “more and more is becoming a popular destination” for Mexicans.

The number of visitors to Canada from Mexico increased nearly 70 percent in December, to 30,268 from 18,095 in the same month a year earlier, when the visa requirement was still in place, according to government figures. Visits by Mexicans to Whistler are up 25 percent and are expected to be higher during the spring high season, said Shawn Lang of Tourism Whistler.

The Mexican government had been promoting the idea of closer relations with Canada before the U.S. election when Trump was gaining strength as a candidate.

Mexico’s ambassador to Canada, Agustin Garcia-Lopez Loaeza, said relations with Canada are better than ever. He told The Associated Press that Mexicans felt “betrayed” when the Conservative Party government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper imposed the visa requirement in 2009 because of a sharp rise in Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada.

The current Liberal Party government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to remove the major irritant in relations, increase tourism and get Mexico to agree to open its markets to Canadian beef. So far, there has been no sign of a flood of refugees returning, with only 81 Mexicans applying in December.

 

Neither has there been any sign of Mexicans in any significant numbers using Canada as a route into the United States, said David Long, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, New York. The agency apprehended 1,169 Mexican citizens along the northern border in 2016 but most were believed to live in the region.

Canada has immigration policies similar to those of the U.S. and people who don’t qualify for legal residency can face legal trouble just as they would in the United States.

Nora Trueba and her husband, Israel Ochoa, both Mexican citizens, came to Canada for their honeymoon 11 years ago and decided to stay, eventually having three children in Toronto. But he was caught and ordered deported. She hasn’t received a deportation order so far, and the couple has appealed his deportation on humanitarian grounds on behalf of the kids, who are Canadian. A final decision is expected later this month. Trueba said she and the kids will go if her husband is sent back to Mexico.

 But others who have managed to stay or are just visitors said they have found a friendly atmosphere.

“I can freely say that I am from Mexico and people are welcoming and people here say great things about my culture and my country,” said Pepe Barajas, who immigrated from Mexico eight years ago and owns restaurants and a cleaning service in Whistler. “I wouldn’t be able to say that in the United States. They look down at you and you don’t feel welcome.”

President Trump vs. Mayor de Blasio

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President Trump has been in office just seven days and he’s already signed four executive orders, keeping up with campaign promises, one of which was taking a step further into deporting millions of undocumented immigrants as well as building that infamous wall (that’ll probably never be built). The order titled “Enhancing public safety in the Interior of the United States”, orders to what have been nicknamed as “sanctuary cities”, cities like New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more, to comply with any requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and threatens to cancel any federal grants to those that don’t comply. These cities appear to be targeted because they offer social services to its residents, regardless of immigration status. One service we know of here in New York City is the Municipal ID program known as IDNYC, not only offers free admission to a select number of the City’s museums but is also a great alternative to some form of photo ID for city resident who cannot otherwise obtain one through the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

So what are these sanctuary cities doing in response? NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYS’s attorney general, and California legislators aren’t planning on complying with this executive order. Miami-Dade County, on the other hand, is a different story.

Mayor de Blasio, along with former mayor Mike Bloomberg, doesn’t see undocumented immigrants as such, but as fellow New Yorkers. According to DNAInfo, de Blasio acknowledges that “we have half a million New Yorkers who are undocumented and they are part of the fabric of this city,” and has already started to set aside a reserve fund in case those federal cuts do happen. As reported by the Daily Beast, Bloomberg stated during his tenure as mayor, “although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying their visas and our businesses broke the law by employing them, our city’s economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported.” That Daily Beast article highlighted undocumented day laborers in NYC who simply look to make an honest dollar. The city receives an estimate of $7 billion from the federal government, which contributes to law enforcement and NYPD’s anti-terrorism efforts, social services such as NYCHA and other affordable housing, public assistance, child protective services as well as HIV/AIDS prevention programs, which is almost fully funded by federal dollars.

New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman outright called this executive order “unconstitutional”, noting the trust that has been built between immigrant communities and local law enforcement is vital to the safety of ALL citizens. He released a full statement on this, using the president’s favorite form of mass communication: Twitter.

 

 

According to the LA Times, California’s high court decisions have interpreted financial threats like this as an unlawful intrusion on the state’s rights. San Francisco officials have determined that since the wording of the executive order is rather vague, it may not even be applicable to them.

Miami, on the other hand, has given in to such demands. According to USA Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has refused for years to detain undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities but changed his mind upon the signing of the order since it would cut federal funding. Gimenez signed his own executive this week ordering the director of Miami-Dade’s corrections department to begin complying with any requests from ICE. Money talks, huh?

 

TRUMP LATINO-LESS CABINET A CULTURAL SETBACK

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It was Ronald Reagan who initiated a move that signaled the beginning of Latinos as being a true guest at the American dinner table. It was in 1988 that Lauro Cavazos was named as Secretary of Education. He was the first Latino to ever serve on a Presidential Cabinet.

Ever since Latinos have been represented on the cabinet boards reflecting the steady progress made in this country with Barack Obama selecting six in his two terms. But now there remains one position on Trump’s cabinet, the Agricultural department.

You have a situation where a Latino will either head a single department which may be viewed as a step back or none at all which would be a total regression. A statement that will speak volumes about the incoming President’s view of 27% of his population.

The past election implied that a Latino President was on the precipice of happening. Not only was that dashed in the wake of the Trump truck that ran over Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but any significant voice has been silenced for the next four years. During this time Latinos will suffer the role of a child. They will be seen but not heard. Latinos will have to ask themselves the hard questions as they ponder what went wrong.

How Trump Can Change Women’s Health Care

At 8:54 a.m., President-elect Donald Trump selected Georgia Congressman Tom Price, a former orthopedic surgeon, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The president-elect’s choices for his cabinet leave one thing very clear, his picks for top federal positions are going to be people that could make decisions that would irrevocably change the course of American history.

Price is a vocal opponent of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act and is anti-choice when it comes to abortions. If the Senate goes along with him as the secretary for this department, there would be a dramatic shift in health care that could impact millions of Americans, possibly for the worse.

This will be especially true for women across the United States.

As an adamant proponent for anti-choice/pro-life initiatives, Price will have the power to make it nigh impossible for women to have an abortion.

Women that do not want to have children or that cannot afford to have children will no longer have a choice over what happens to their body during a pregnancy.

If a woman is faced with a medical emergency and wants to choose her life instead of that of her fetus, it would be hard to have an abortion.

If a mother’s fetus is in pain from a fatal disease, and this woman prefers to choose an abortion versus prolonging suffering, she will possibly be stripped of that option altogether with Price as secretary of health.

Price’s plans for women’s health care also means less access to contraception. The six-time representative has done everything in his power to get rid of the employer-sponsored preventive health care part of the ACA, which will make it harder for women to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place.

Price, who was never a fan of the Affordable Care Act may gut the entire bill before Trump can create a new health initiative, one that might leave the newly insured under the ACA, 20 million Americans and counting, worse off.

Not only that but as health secretary, Price will determine the future of food, drugs, Medicaid and Medicare. If he falls in line with most Republicans, Medicaid and Medicare will be completely upended too. At least 100 million Americans, specifically the elderly and the impoverished will become vulnerable when it comes to health insurance.

Women live longer than men in old age by up to almost seven years and are paid less than them, and will struggle the most during health emergencies under Price.

 

President Elect Donald Trump’s 1st Public Address Video

Donald Trump’s historic and shocking victory over Hillary Clinton has created a volatile moment filled with uncertainty and fear for many Americans and even world leaders. It is no secret that D. Trump has been and continues to be out of character as far as being and acting presidential is concerned, his persona and his words have indeed fueled that sentiment among many.

President elect Donald Trump has release a video to the American people and we must say, he at least sounds very much presidential in this video…finally, Mr. Trump is on tape for more than one minute without insulting or threatening to someone. As a matter of fact, he comes across as being pretty sincere ( let’s hope so), but see for yourself and pay close attention to what he says at the end.

 

 

Donald Trump Cards Take The Presidential Pot From Hilary Clinton

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It’s early morning and the announcement that the Republican candidate Donald Trump became the 45th President last night, will be sitting in the White House chair is symbolic. A whitewash of the walls of America took place on Election Night 2016 and very few saw it coming, especially Democratic hopeful Hilary Clinton. What hand did the Donald have that made this possible?

What we can take from this evening is an education that goes beyond simply casting a vote in a privacy box. The media portrayed Trump and Clinton as the two-most unpopular candidates for U.S President in recent memory. Trump played the heel but Hilary was not convincing as the alternative. Her campaign against Bernie Sanders showed cracks of credibility. The voters established that they were not comfortable with the tried and true. Trump was different. Maybe not better, but refreshing.

Rural America can never be discounted in elections. They are easily led but once they support you, it’s usually in bulk. President-Elect Trump captured more than half the white vote and won states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Wisconsin, which traditionally vote Democratic. A look at the map showed the United States Midwest and deep South as solidly Trump. And why not. A businessman who actually told truths between his racist rhetoric only served to impress a still powerful majority. The United States, who has seen business go overseas, their own jobs shrivel, and every product made that we consume produced by countries we are egged on to believe are our enemies rang loud and Trump was the sounding horn. His “Make America Great Again” appeals to many Americans still.

The Hispanic and women voters were supposed to stop Trump in his tracks. We know former Miss Universe Alicia Machado did, but where was the rest of the supposedly emerging Latino political presence. According to breakdowns one-third did not vote Hilary. It was not present to help Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio beat Trump in the Republican primaries. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony tried in the final hours to push Hilary over. President Obama came in to direct attacks against Trump. Latinos came out voting in droves in the State of Florida but Trump won the state anyway. He also took Texas. What did that imply that polls could never measure?

Donald Trump, as much as he was hated for what he said or his views made this election something it has not been in years, entertaining. Maybe it’s why he flew under the radar until everyone realized too late. But in honesty it confirms that this is a large country and that no single view of a demographic can swing an entire election or assume other areas are in compliance. We cannot always get it the way we want. And polls do not, repeat, do not predict but only gauge. Note that the BBC had Clinton winning by 4 percent before the voting. These things should reinforce the notion that we as Latinos, are still political babies as not only did Trump win the election but the first check and measure was swept as well.

The Republicans rule the House. They snuck in and took the Senate as well. The third and final check is judicial. There are two justice appointments up in the air. Trump has extra cards he has not yet shown and he now has the hammer. For Hilary, the dream is dead and the realization that America is not ready for a Madame President will remain, at least for the foreseeable future, a movie fantasy.

For those who fear deportation and walls as borders do not have to run just yet. As the election got closer to the endgame, Trump already retracted some of his statements and showed flexibility in areas he seemed so sure not to budge on previously. No law will go through through Congress without tradeoffs. It will not simply be a matter of his statements followed by immediate enforcement. Besides, one has to be more afraid of the remaining executive orders being written in plethora by the outgoing Obama. He already spoke of unity with a humility that may have exposed the truer man under that hard campaign veneer.

“I pledge to be president for all Americans,” Trump said, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

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Will foreign powers respect the United States more with Trump in office? Russian President Vladimir Putin has already sent his congratulations. Is terrorism a lesser threat with the intent of this new Commander-In-Chief on record? Can Trump actually reverse the drain of the U.S economy with his acute business acumen and ideas? Those remain to be seen. International interests rule the Fed and that is the only gauge of true Presidential independence.

Regardless of whether he will or just be another puppet of money interests will play out the next four years, or most likely within the first four months of his administration. But the citizens of the United States have spoken and they are willing to take a look at a longshot.

Are Your Favorite Celebs Supporting Your Candidate?

Now with just seven days to go, it still seems uncertain who will be voting for whom, with Clinton’s emails resurfacing and Trump’s harassment & assault allegations piling on. But at the end of the day, these celebrities and influencers have already announced their support for each.

Celebs & influencers supporting Clinton:

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Though not a US citizen, she knows a Clinton presidency would be beneficial for her countrymen across the pond

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Actor George Clooney attends the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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Current President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama

Others include:

 

Celebs & influencers supporting Trump:

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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, the only tech executive supporting the republican nominee

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Reality star Tila Tequila

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Boxer Mike Tyson

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NBC Universal’s ‘2013 Winter TCA Tour’ Day 1 at Langham Hotel
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Stephen Baldwin, though brother Alec does a wonderful, comic impression of Trump on SNL

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is reluctantly supporting Trump after conceding to him this past May, claiming to keep a promise to support the Republican nominee

Others include:

  • Football player Tom Brady
  • “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, the guy who hiked the price of crucial AIDS medication
  • Former NY Yankee John O’Neil
  • Dennis Rodman
  • Actress Kristie Alley

FINALLY…A Policy Discussion at Second 2016 Presidential Debate

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The second of the three presidential debates took place on Sunday, Oct 9th, in Washington University at St. Louis, MO, and was orchestrated to that of a town hall: two moderators, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC, a small live audience, and the candidates were able to walk about a little as they spoke. The two took questions from the audience, as well as voters via social media (primarily Facebook) that each moderate read aloud, and from the moderators themselves. Each candidate had two minutes to respond to the main questions and about a minute for any follow-ups, to which is no surprise that neither of them kept, and even talking over one another (mostly Trump). It is also to no surprise that each of their past scandals was brought it, either with a voter’s question, indirectly or very indirectly, answering said question or countering a response. Cooper himself brought up the headline of a leaked video of Trump from 2005, having a very lewd conversation about sexually harassing and assaulting women, and with all the other things he’s said about women, it seems to be a new low for Trump. Of course, he denied ever saying such things.

The topics are one way or another on every American’s mind: healthcare, national security, ISIS & Syria, the rich abusing tax loopholes, immigration, jobs in the coal industry, and the Supreme Court.

Healthcare

Clinton says that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) should be fixed up but not appealed altogether while Trump wants to get rid of it to start fresh, calling it a “disaster” (as he does with everything else he doesn’t like), and stated that he would allow the insurance companies to be competitive with one another, adding that these companies would have “plans that are so good”, they’ll even accept applicants with pre-existing conditions because of this competition – capitalism on our health, eh?

National Security/Refugee Crisis/Immigration

A Muslim woman in the audience made her concerns known regarding Trump’s comments about his “Muslim ban” into the country, along with immigrants overall. He was, of course, still vague about this, as if there wasn’t already a rigorous vetting process for refugees, who, according to WhiteHouse.gov, have the toughest vetting process than anyone else looking to immigrate to the United States. Clinton reminded viewers that the country was founded on freedom of religion, and everyone needs to feel welcomed. Though she somewhat agreed with having a tough vetting process, she had one of those “think of the children” stances regarding the refugee crisis. Circling back to Trump’s previous comments on “deportation squads”, she told a brief story of a 10-year-old boy who was adopted from Ethiopia as a toddler, where he asked his mother if a would-be president Trump was going to send him back.

Taxes

As an American, it’s joked that taxes are one of two things guaranteed in life – unless you’re Donald Trump.  When questioned about tax loopholes that are being exploited by the rich, Trump had some pretty dicey information to dole out: he’s “paid hundreds of millions” in taxes, which just adds to him being quite the mentiroso since a handful of his tax records have been made public, showing he hasn’t paid federal income tax in nearly 20 years. He also claimed that he’ll bring the tax rate down from 35% to 15%, cutting them down for the middle class, and claiming, almost in the same sentence, that the US has “just about the highest [taxes] in the world.” A question like this was asked since this subject was trending for the first time on Facebook during the campaign.

Something Positive About The Other?

Both Clinton and Trump were asked by an audience member what was one trait they respected about the other candidate. Clinton respects the Trump offspring, Donald Jr, Eric, and Ivanka, for their efforts in assisting their father and Trump respects that Clinton is a “fighter” and that she “doesn’t quit.”

ALICIA MACHADO, AS U.S. CITIZEN, READY TO VOTE AGAINST TRUMP

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The former 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado, has been many things. Now you can call her U.S. Citizen. Donald Trump, who knew Machado from those days as the man behind the pagaent, focused on her weight issues then and afterwards.

Machado has publicly discussed her depression which revolved largely because of her body image issues. Trump has had no problem body-shaming Alicia having called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” over the past twenty years.

The Venezuelan-born Machado responded to her former tormentor by receiving her citizen papers. She mentioned she was planning to exercise her citizenship muscles by backing Hillary Clinton.

“All my power and support with my next President, Hillary Clinton,”

Alicia proudly proclaimed as she waved a small United States flag.

Only 18-23% of Hispanics may vote for Trump

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Photo courtesy of the Wrap.com

Businessman Donald Trump is a controversial figure among Latin Americans. His political campaign began a little over a year ago, on June 16, 2015 , outside of Trump Tower with him accusing Mexican-Americans of being rapists and drug dealers.

As he gets ready to formally accept his nomination as a presidential candidate for the Republican Party, he faces an uphill battle of Sisyphean proportions when it comes to Hispanic voters.

NBC News/Survey polls, from a month ago, had Trump pulling in more of the Hispanic vote, 28 percent, than the former milquetoast Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who had 27 percent of that voting block in 2012 when he was up against current POTUS Barack Obama. However, more recent polls from Quinnipiac and Fox News have Trump somewhere between 18-23 percent of those voters.

If these numbers remain consistent way into Election Day, Nov. 8th, Trump will be the first modern Republican nominee to have the least support from that group. He will have to continue to heavily rely on working class and Southern whites, and the 19 percent of Asian Americans that are in his corner according to the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voter survey. Also, he will have to court more middle of the road Republicans and women.

To become President of the United States, Trump will have to carry all of the 24 states that Romney won, Ohio, Florida, and one major state in the Midwest or the Northeast (very unlikely) to run away with the presidency over Hillary Clinton.