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Trump Backtracks, Says Wall with Mexico Doesn’t Have to Cover Entire Border

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 14, 2017, 11:44 am
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Trump said it was important that border agents can see through the wall so as to be alert of the dangers present on the other side. (Facebook)

EspañolUnited States President Donald Trump said the wall he plans to build on the Mexican border doesn’t need to cover the entire border because there are already natural obstacles in many places.

“You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious,” Trump said durning his flight from Washington to Paris this Thursday, July 13. “You have some areas that are so far away that you don’t really have people crossing. So you don’t need that. You’ll need anywhere from 700 to 900 miles.”

Trump said it was important that border agents can see through the wall so as to be alert of the dangers present on the other side.

“As horrible as it sounds, when the big bags of drugs are thrown, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you do not see them. Did they hit you in the head with 60 pounds of stuff?” the President said.

 

One of Trump’s most controversial and talked-about campaign promises during his campaign involved the construction of a border wall to prevent illegal immigrants from entering with weapons and drugs. He continues to claim that Mexico will pay for its construction, though the Mexican government continues to disagree.

Faced with Mexico’s strong stance on the wall’s financing, Trump has said he will find a different way for the country to reimburse the United States; in the meantime, US tax payers will have to finance it first.

Six months after his presidency, Trump has only asked Congress for $1.6 billion for the project, which estimates claim will ultimately cost around $20 billion.

Source: Reuters

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Venezuelan Regime Takes another Political Prisoner from Opposition Party

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Jul 14, 2017, 10:31 am
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EspañolVenezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has taken a new political prisoner: Carlos Graffe, a youth leader of the opposition party Popular Will. This week, state security forces arbitrarily arrested him without warrant. "Help me, it's a kidnapping!" Graffe shouted while being forced from his vehicle. The military officials responsible had an emblem from Valencia, in the state of Carabobo. https://twitter.com/cesarpatino45/status/885684440999096321 They have just kidnapped our brother @CarlosGraffe in #Valencia #Carabobo. We demand to know where he is being taken. #WhereIsCarlosGraffe #LibertyNOW Graffe has been fighting for democracy in Venezuela for over 10 years, serving most recently as a leader of the opposition movement Popular Will, the party founded by former political prisoner Leopoldo López. https://twitter.com/liliantintori/status/885623730147381248 #URGENT they have kidnapped the leader of Voluntad Popular,  @carlosgraffe as he was coming out of a doctor's appointment in a Clinic in Valencia, Venezuela.  Gaffe's father Oswaldo said he was very upset to hear the news, not only because Carlos is his son but because it reveals the dire political circumstances of the country. "It wouldn't surprise me if the Carabobo government is behind all of this," he said. According to his father, Carlos had recently left a doctor's appointment when he was intercepted by military officials, but not even he knows what happened after that. https://twitter.com/AlbertoRT51/status/885689713511854080?s=08 BREAKING NEWS Mother of Carlos Graffe asks for proof of life from the Maduro administration: "He was kidnapped by the dictatorship" #13Jul His mother has been visiting all police facilities, Oswaldo said, but hasn't learned anything. Oswaldo condemned the Carabobo police for their actions if it was in fact them, and insisted through his Twitter account that Carlos had been taken at gunpoint. "The only weapons that Carlos uses are his conscience, his democratic principles, his tenacity, and ... a megaphone. Those are the weapons that he has used all his life," he said. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); "Carlos Graffe is a political prisoner, he has been fighting for the freedom of this country for more than 10 years, he has been working hard, especially in the poorest areas of Valencia. He has raised awareness and that is why he is in prison. He is a young leader, and credible," his father continued. With his voice cracking and tears in his eyes, Oswaldo urged all Venezuelans to participate in the referendum this Sunday, July 16. "Carlos has been working for a long time to create a country of opportunity for everyone," he said. "This Sunday, this important event will bring us closer to reaching that dreams ... the best favor we can do for him would be a massive turn out."

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