In Tijuana, Mexico part of the fence separating the United States and Mexico is the home to makeshift tents where people live, stuck between two countries. The area is far from pleasant; trash surrounds the area, driven there by the sewage that runs through the nearby Tijuana River channel. The smell is overwhelming and makes it tough to breath, and even harder to imagine how any human could live here. Yet, an estimated 4,000 people call this area home, a stretch known as “El Bordo,” or “the border”. The area is inside Mexico, just outside the city limits of Tijuana.
A person residing in the area named Fernando Miranda has nowhere to go and no place to call his own. Miranda was born in Mexico, and 25 years ago he illegally immigrated to the United States, the country where he worked and prospered, where his children were born, educated and given better opportunities. Miranda was sent back to Mexico in 2011, one of 2 million people who have been deported since President Obama took office. Last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed close to 369,000 undocumented immigrants — most from Mexico and Central America — from the United States.
When they arrive back in Mexico, they have no form of identification, no money, and usually just the clothes on their back. I understand that they came in to this country, but improvements need to be made for immigration reform. We can’t keep breaking up families.
–Love Sara Alina
Sometimes life gets pretty stressful and overwhelming. It’s times like these where I forget to breathe. I am someone who loves to think about everything, which can also be a bad thing sometimes. I feel like people are moving so fast around me, we forget to be thankful for the life that we have been given. In the past three years, everyday has gone by ten times faster than in the previous years. Its scary how years go by, but sometimes I really do forget to be grateful for the beautiful family that has been given to me, and the people in my life. So instead of worrying about stupid, little things ………………….. Lets be thankful today.
- Love Sara Alina
$20 to pet a tiger-what a bargain! That’s exactly what was happening at the Florida State Fair, thanks to Jungle Habitat’s booth. A lethargic 4-month old tiger cub named Takara was lifted out of the cage, and positioned to take photos with people. The booth was located in the middle of the fair, where she endured non-stop music and noise from crowds. One eyewitness shared “I witnessed this myself and I was disgusted. The man taking pictures couldn’t have been more on something with his blood shot eyes trying to say the cat had just eaten.
A vet technician who was at the booth was able to get close to Takara to evaluate her eyes and behavior. In her professional opinion Takara had been drugged. She said that when the handler pulled Takara out of her crate for a “pet and play” session, she barely opened her eyes. Even when the cub was poked and prodded so the handler could show off her claws and teeth, she still appeared groggy.
We need to help stop this issue and here are ways we can:
•PASS A FEDERAL BAN
•REMOVE THE GENREIC TIGER LOOPHOLE FROM USFWS
The History Channel mini-series The Bible, created by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey has faced controversy recently due to the devil character looking eerily similar to President Barrack Obama. So much so that the two have decided to remove the devil scenes from their movie Son of God that is due to hit theatres soon.
“It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the Son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time,” Downey told THR. “For our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out.”
“This is utter nonsense,” Burnett said last year. “The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics—including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.”
Obviously the duo had to know that this would cause some controversy and maybe this was a ploy to boost ratings and sell more tickets.
- Love Sara Alina
“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
worldwildlife.orgWhile scouting for the perfect film location for my new music video “Down The Road” I found my new film partner Luke. Luke is a 27 year old Asian Elephant that resides in Williston, Florida along with several other elephants Bunny,Rajah, and Roxy at the beautiful “Two Tails Ranch” wildlife estate. Two Tails Ranch is home to many animals including the Asian and African elephants. If you want more insight please visit their website at Allaboutelephants.com. Despite Luke’s enormous size towering at 10′ 5″ and weighing about 12,000lbs he is a gentle and peaceful giant . I am very excited on our new project and look forward to working alongside Luke in the weeks to come.
However there is a sad story behind my visit. Every year an estimated 35,000 elephants are slayed by poachers mostly for their ivory tusks. If this continues the world may lose one of its most beautiful creatures within the next 10 years! We must join and fight together to save all endangered animals of extinction because this is their home just as much as it is ours. We all can help and make a difference every action counts please visit http://worldwildlife.org/.
I am moved by Two Tails Ranch and what they stand for. I will keep you posted when I visit the ranch soon…
-Love Sara Alina
Wow! That’s how I can describe what I’m feeling now. Why? Because I’m in Los Angeles. The night before my flight, I wasn’t able to sleep well, was excited and nervous. I had lots of places I’d want to go to (like Disneyland, Hollywood Walk Of Fame and Universal Studios) and things I wanted to do (go shopping at Rodeo Drive and catch a Lakers game at Staples Center).
But since I’ve been here in L.A., things are a bit different. It’s one tiring and fun experience so far. The people I’ve met, the places I’ve been to and the food I’ve tasted. It’s been one learning and worthy trip and it feels like the first time I arrived in Florida. New surroundings, new beginnings.
I still have a few days left before I leave The City Of Angels but the memories will stay with me for years.
- Love Sara Alina
Just want to share this video a fan of mine did. I thought it was creative and cute. Hope you like it too.
Much love, Sara. xoxox
A fan of mine added Lyrics to my Fly Music Video. You can sing along to it.
Much love, Sara. xoxox
I came across this quote from John Lennon, and I thought it would be a good way to start off this blog.
When I was 5 years-old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.' They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
- John Lennon
There is so much pressure when you are growing up to figure out what you want to do, and it better be something successful to make your parents happy. It seems like a fun game when you are little, and your choice of profession changes daily. Then as we age we’re forced into planning our entire life during freshman year of high school. Where we will go to college, what we will major in, and any plans after college. It all seems so overwhelming, and I personally don’t know what I’m doing this weekend, much less ten years from now. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, and I urge everyone to not stress over it.
- Love Sara Alina