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In an article about Donald's decision to rescind our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an immigrant from Mexico said that there is a phrase in Spanish that articulates many immigrants' feelings: Cortarle las alas, which means "They have cut the wings." Interesting! I've not heard it before.
 
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"Cortarle las alas" is "to cut his/her/your wings."
 
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It was someone from Mexico who translated it that way in the article.
 
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Maybe bethree5 can comment.
 
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This is when I miss Jerry. He used to speak Spanish. Google Translate says it means: "Cut off his wings." Since it is an idiom, the translation may not be reliable.
 
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I cannot add to this translation: for sure it means"to cut off its wings." But perhaps this top google hit for the phrase says it all-- it's about parrots, under the heading "Como cortarle las alas a un loro" [how to cut the wings off a parrot]: "...Si no les cortan las plumas de las alas, los loros pueden escaparse velozmente a través de una puerta o ventana abierta..." [If you don't cut the wing-feathers, parrots can rapidly escape through a door or open window..."
 
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