Las Notis: Trump Suggests We Delay Elections, Countries Reopen Despite Virus Outbreaks & More

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest. 

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today.

  • In a Twitter rant this morning, Donald Trump attacked mail-in voting and said it would lead to “the most inaccurate & fraudulent election in history.” He then suggested the country delay the election until people can “properly and securely” vote. The Washington Post notes that the President does not have the power to regulate the time, place, or manner of the election.
  • ICE agents won a collective eye roll from the internet after complaining about being compared to Nazis and discussing what it’s like being seen as “the bad guys.” Their comments surfaced in a new Netflix docuseries called Immigration Nation, which is out Aug. 3. [Newsweek]
  • Mexico City’s regional congress recently approved a bill to criminalize conversion therapy—the damaging set of practices that try to force someone to change their sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s the first city in Mexico to outlaw conversion therapy, but it joins other countries that have, including Ecuador, Brazil, Malta and Germany. [Out]
  • Despite the fact that its outbreak ranks as the second-worst in the world with 90,000 deaths, Brazil has reopened international air travel and will accept foreign tourists. International flights had been banned since March. The country’s president Jair Bolsonaro, who announced he had contracted coronavirus earlier this month, said in recent days that he’s recovered from the virus. [Retuers]
  • Chile also began to lift restrictions in parts of its capital. However, many medical experts are critical of the move, saying leadership isn’t adequate following recommendations from the World Health Organization. [Al Jazeera]
  • Puerto Rico, meanwhile, has opted to keep its borders closed to domestic and international tourism. The island opened briefly in July but has changed its stance after an uptick in cases. [Budget Travel]
  • Countries such as Colombia, Peru, and Chile are examining measures that would allow workers to access their pension savings to survive some of the worst economic downturns in history amid the pandemic. Many governments oppose the idea. [Bloomberg]
  • Carlos Martinez has been released from ICE custody after 11 months of detention. Martinez was one of the first people in Arizona to get DACA in 2012 and was largely seen as a poster boy of the program. However, after getting detained for visiting his grandmother in Mexico last year, Martinez was detained and stripped of his DACA protections. He contracted COVID-19 in detention. [Mother Jones]