It has been almost a year since a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to end their “zero-tolerance” policy. The administration was instructed to reunite all families within a month, yeat hundreds of families remain separated. We know that some forms of separation between child and parent are still happening at the border and we are now learning that the government needs more time to reunite families cruelly separated.
The government says they didn’t keep track of the thousands of families that were separated before their “zero-tolerance” policy began in early 2018.
According to The New York Times, officials have to sort through an estimated 47,000 children “who were referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and subsequently discharged.”
However, the main issue is that because so many undocumented children have gone through the system, the kids before Trump’s policy and after are all mixed up. It is hard to tell whether they’re in foster care or shelters as they await reunification. Officials have to go through each case and see which children were part of the 2018 separated families policy, and make them first priority.
Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told The NYTimes that if the government really wanted to, they could reunite these families faster than they’re claiming.
“If the government believed finding these children was a priority, they could do it quicker than two years,” Gelernt told The NYTimes.
Gelernt went on to say that “the administration refuses to treat the family separation crisis it created with urgency. We strongly oppose any plan that gives the government up to two years to find kids. The government swiftly gathered resources to tear families apart. It must do the same to fix the damage.”
“When a government agency takes custody of a child, it should always be looking out for the child’s best interests. But the Trump Administration has instead seen children as a way to go after their parents or relatives,” Jorge Baron, Executive Director for theNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project, said in a press release. “We hope this court case will lead to families being reunified as soon as possible.”
The art of the celebrity courtroom outfit is a genre of fashion all to itself. The wearer must project the perfect blend of identities in order to win over the public. A great courtroom look should make a person look smart, but not clever, humble, but not a push-over, and well-groomed without being too glamorous.
Needless to say, stars like Cardi B who know their way around a courthouse, can pull off this look with aplomb. Others–not so much. Check out our list of the 20 most iconic Latino courtroom looks of all time below!
1. Cardi B
Cardi B is arguably as famous for her law-breaking shenanigans as she is for her chart-topping beats. With a criminal history like hers, it’s no wonder she knows how to dress for court. In October 2018, Cardi turned herself into police for her alleged attack of two strip club bartenders.
2. Nicole Richie
In 2007, Nicole Richie was not yet the laid-back socialite and working mother she is now–in fact, she was a reformed party girl. In 2007, Richie appeared at court to deal with charges relating to a past DUI. She looked chic and composed in an all-black ensemble complete with a low bun and her signature giant dark shades.
3. Jennifer Lopez
JLo looked ever the fierce queen while she was leaving a New York City courthouse in early 2000. The visit was related to a scuffle at a club involving her then-boyfriend P. Diddy. Lopez brought the fashion with a cream turtleneck and a white jacket topped off with a fur stole.
4. Cardi B
One of many Cardi B courtroom looks, Cardi enters this list as another Latina who opted for fur at the courthouse. She appeared at the Queens Criminal Court in January 2019 to deal with charges related to a fight at a strip club the year before.
5. Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera appeared at a local court in Chesapeake, West Virginia to deal with domestic abuse charges. Much less glamorous than the previous entries, Rivera obviously didn’t have a lot of time to prepare her courtroom look.
Shakira showed up to court earlier this year in Madrid dressed in the edgy rocker-look her fans have come to know and love. Although she was smiling, she was dealing with an ugly plagiarism lawsuit.
7. The Menendez Brothers
The high-profile trial of the Cuban-American Menendez brothers captured the attention of America not only for the gruesome nature of the double-homicide murders, but for the sharply-dressed fashion sense of the accused.
8. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars appeared in court for charges related to his arrest for possession of cocaine (don’t worry–the charges were eventually dropped). Regardless, Mars brought out all of the fashion stops for his courtroom appearance. As one Twitter user so aptly put it: “Only Bruno Mars can make going to court look like a photo shoot”.
This is Trump.
9. Lorena Bobbitt
Although her courtroom appearance for dismembering her husband was for a less-than-flattering circumstance, Ecuadorian-born Lorena Bobbitt won over America by her harrowing story of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. And because of her fashion sense that gave us the perfect Cher Horowitz-vibes.
10. Sonia Sotamayor
One of the few entries on this list whose appearance in court has nothing to do with her bad choice, Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes that shapeless long black robe look like couture.
11. Cardi B
Probably her least flattering courtroom ensemble, Cardi B’s court appearance in December of 2018 makes the lowest of her entries in this list. Much less polished than her other looks, it seems as if this look was thrown together last-minute.
12. Jodi Arias
Compared to her everyday look outside the courtroom, Jodi Arias’s courtroom look was downright virginal (no pun intended). A quick google search proves that Arias was a sexy, vampy blonde before she got into trouble with the law. Her courtroom look was frumpy librarian–but it didn’t convince the jury of her innocence.
13. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Donning her signature orange tan, penciled-in brows, and buffant-like teased hair, Chilean-born Snooki Polizzi’s courtroom appearance in 2010 was the epitome of early 2000s “guidette” fashion. The charges? Disorderly conduct and disturbing the quiet (aka, what she built her career on).
14. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen (nee Carlos Estevez) appeared at an Aspen courthouse in early 2010 due to a class-five felony menacing charge, among others. He dialed up his celebrity vibe with a dark suit and dark sunglasses.
15. Michelle Rodriguez
In 2006, Dominican actress Michelle Rodriguez donned a brown leather jacket and light brown shirt to court for charges related to a previous DUI. Although she looked like a badass, the judge made it clear that drunk driving is never okay. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and spent five days in jail.
16. Prince Royce
Before he was the Latino hitmaker Prince Royce, this young New York Dominican was just a teenager named Geoffrey Royce Rojas who appeared on “Judge Judy” knockoff, “The People’s Court”. Royce was accused of stealing another man’s music, but the real story was how adorable Royce looked as a young kid in some grown-man trouble!
17. Aurea Vazquez Rijos
Aurea Vazquez Rijos, the Puerto Rican former beauty queen and convicted murderer, was forced to appear in court in a dumpy scrub-like navy jumpsuit on charges of murdering her husband to get her hands on his fortune. The unflattering ensemble was a far cry from the high-fashion getups she was used to!
18. Marilyn Milian
Born to Cuban parents in New York, Marilyn Milian is the HBIC and judge on the hit show “The People’s Court” (yes, the same show that Prince Royce appeared in). Her courtroom look is the definition of iconic: always professional, but extra polished.
19. Tekashi 6ix9ine
Dubbed “The Supervillain of Hip Hop” by the media, Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) did himself no favors when he appeared in court sporting a ragged, multi-colored messy bun and a Tommy Hilfiger hoodie. In 2019, 6ix9ine pled guilty to racketeering, weapons, and drug charges and is facing up to 47 years in prison.
Our favorite rapper-slash-pundit talked about her disdain for President Donald Trump and dished on which Democratic presidential contenders have caught her eye so far in a red-carpet interview with Variety on Friday.
Recalling how fiercely the “Please Me” rapper criticized Trump’s government shutdown earlier this year, the publication asked Cardi what she would text or DM the president should she have the opportunity.
“I hate him. I just hate him. I don’t even want to get political, you know what I’m saying,” she said, letting out a major sigh.
But the Bronx hitmaker isn’t against all white male candidates. In fact, two, Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tim Ryan (D-OH), are among her top choices at the moment.
Cardi, who supported Sanders in the 2016 primaries against Hillary Clinton, said while she still hasn’t made a decision on who she’d be supporting in the next election, she’s going to “always go with Bernie.” The reason: “This is the thing, right? Bernie don’t say things to be cool. Like, there’s pictures of him being an activist from a very, very, very long time [ago].”
But she’s not completely sold on the Vermont senator just yet. Another contender, Ryan, has also piqued the Dominican-Trinidadian star’s interest.
“I was watching the news, and I saw this guy named Tim Ryan. And his speech was very convincing to me,” Cardi said. “He really wants to give the United States free health care, so that’s a big plus. We need health care. So I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Earlier this month, Cardi posted an instastory where she shared her enthusiasm for the Ohio politician’s speech on free healthcare for all, though she stated she still did not trust him.
In response, the representative, a cosponsor on Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) Medicare for All legislation, tweeted to the rapper, saying, “Every American deserves quality health care, period. Hope to earn your trust, @iamcardib.”
If free universal healthcare is on the top of Cardi’s list of issues that she’s taking into account when making the decision of who she’ll be voting for, she has a lot of candidates to sift through. Most of the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 field have endorsed Medicare for All, including Sanders, who was long one of its few proponents.
Good thing for Cardi is she, like all of us, still has time to research more on all of the candidates before making her decision.