Category Archives: International

About These ICE ‘Checkpoints’

img_9188LOS ANGELES, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Los Angeles Bureau) – After a series of immigration raids across Southern California last week, social media has been buzzing about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) checkpoints in Van Nuys. 

From Friday through Monday, there were multiple reports on Twitter urging users to “spread the word” about an undocumented immigrant checkpoint at Van Nuys Boulevard and Oxnard Street.

Similar Twitter and Facebook warnings were posted about ICE checkpoints in Northern California, like one at the Richmond Costco.

But ICE officials said there were no checkpoints.

“Our agency doesn’t utilize them,” said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice on Monday.

The Adobo Chronicles can now confirm that the only ICE presence we found at Costco were one-pound and five-pound bags of ice in the freezer section.

They’re also available at all 7-Eleven stores.

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Surprise Grammy Winner Set To Stage A Free Concert in Manila February 25

img_9170MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The world’s eyes will be focused on Manila on February 25 as the metropolis plays host to a hodge-podge of public events at various venues to celebrate an impromptu world freedom day.

A few hundred people are expected to join in the commemoration of  EDSA, the people’s power revolution that ousted President Ferdinand E. Marcos 31 years ago. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is also sponsoring a “March for Life” somewhere in Luneta Park to encourage Filipino Catholics to make a stand against abortion and the reinstatement of the death penalty. Fans of AlDub will also gather in Quezon City to reclaim what seems to be the sagging popularity of their favorite noontime show love team.  The Mocha Girls may also make the rounds of Metro Manila malls to greet and entertain their fans.

But the biggest buzz thus far is that a internationally-famous Grammy Award-winning singer has agreed to stage a free concert at an undisclosed venue just outside of Metro Manila.  This singer is known to have very close ties to the Philippines and is doing the free concert in celebration of his (or her) Filipino heritage and love for Filipino musical talent.

The musical concert details will be announced on national television and on social media on the eve of February 25.  The free admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

So keep your appointment calendar open on February 25 and be on the lookout for this exciting announcement!  It’s the  “Next Big One” you won’t wanna miss!

Trump Adds Dominican Republic In New Travel Ban Executive Order

img_9113WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – After a stinging loss at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, President Donald Trump announced that he is going back to the drawing board and will issue a new travel ban Executive Order shortly.

While Trump’s announcement is not surprising — considering the fact that he is a man that does not take defeat lightly — what shocked even his close advisers is that he is including a non-Muslim country in the new order. That country is the Dominican Republic.

Large-scale migration from the Caribbean country to the United States began in the 1960s, in the wake of economic and political turbulence that occurred after dictator Rafael Trujillo was killed by rebels in 1961 and the U.S. military and other government agencies intervened.

As of 2012, it is estimated that  960,000 immigrants from the Dominican Republic resided in the United States, constituting 2 percent of the total U.S. foreign-born population of 40.8 million.

But the number of immigrants has nothing to do with Trump’s new draft order. Rather, it is in retaliation for a Dominican Republic front-page newspaper article about the U.S. and Israel.

img_9111The photos of both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump appeared in that article in El Nacional. Alas, the paper used a photo of Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) Alec Baldwin impersonating the U.S. president.

Upon seeing a copy of the newspaper, Trump was reportedly mad as hell. So he decided to include The Dominican Republic among the new countries in his new travel ban which will focus not on religion but on national security.