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Chaos And Unrest At U.S.-Mexico Border

Rising tensions among a divided nation.

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Individuals migrate to the United States in search of something better, in search of the "American Dream." Many are fortunate enough to achieve this dream, but not many are so lucky. Immigration is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago. It has become the most debated topic among both political parties. President Donald Trump has asserted multiple times his intentions towards immigration enforcement: securing the nations southern border and roundup of undocumented immigrants in the country.

When a large migrant caravan was reported to make its way towards the United States in October, Trump expressed his feelings on social media:

"Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!" President Trump tweeted on October 16, 2018.

On Sunday, November 25, more than 7,000 migrants from Central America arrived at the San Isidro Land Port of Entry between Tijuana and San Diego. Migrants are fleeing persecution, poverty, and violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. According to AP News, U.S. officials are processing fewer than 100 asylum claims a day. It would take months to processes the claims of the recent caravan. Desperate for a better life, migrants began protesting the pace of the asylum process. A peaceful march soon turned into violence, resulting in U.S. agents firing tear gas at migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. from Tijuana, Mexico.

The trek from Central America to the border covered more than 2,500 miles. Central Americans seeking protection are among the people apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, most being children and families. Hoping to settle in the U.S., their aspirations are diminished by U.S. officials who have warned that if anyone is found entering the country illegally, they will be arrested and deported.

Meanwhile, in the United States, immigration is an ongoing debate among the political parties. According to Vox Senior Reporter Dara Lind, under President Trump, immigration arrests are spiking back to 2014 levels. Nevermind the fact that 2014, was an extremely dangerous and aggressive period regarding immigration enforcement. Lind reports, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 21,362 immigrants- including 5,441 with no criminal record. Numbers that keep rising by the day.

"If you don't want America to be overrun by masses of illegal aliens and giant caravans, you'd better vote Republican," President Donald Trump told a crowd during a campaign rally on November 2.

The issue of immigration brings chaos and unrest among the nation. Citizens question the humanity of U.S. agent methods at the U.S.-Mexico border. Children are being affected, traumatized physically and mentally. Dreams are trampled, and reality slaps one in the face, some immigration policies only leave devastation in its wake. If individuals aren't made aware of the growing issue and take action, then they should brace themselves for the dark days to come.

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8 Lyrics From T. Swift's New Song 'You Need To Calm Down' That Will Give Your Instagram The Strong Female Empowerment It Needs

Let this girl-power ballad spark your insta-piration for your next post.

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If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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