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Democrat Representative Accuses Former ICE Director of Racism in Hearing, It Doesn’t Go Well

Earlier this morning, my RedState colleague streiff shared a verbal beatdown by former ICE Director Tom Holman of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I won’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet, but once you are finished here, go watch it and enjoy. Trust me, it’s worth the time.

Holman wasn’t done embarrassing know nothing, grandstanding Congressional members though. Rep. Jesus Garcia (D-IL) decided it’d be a good idea to spend his questioning ranting about how Holman doesn’t care about kids that aren’t the same color as him, because charging racism is all these people have.

It didn’t go well.

Garcia rants about internment camps, asks Holman if he has kids, accuses Holman of racism toward children, and then asserts that Holman was purposely harming immigrants because that’s the state of political discourse coming from the Democratic party right now.

Make sure you watch until the end, as Holman is inexplicably shut down by Cummings at first after Garcia was allowed to make his disgusting comments unabated. Funny how Cummings never gets animated or cares about keeping time until it’s someone like Holman trying to respond to the deranged rantings of a Democrat on the Committee.

After a Republican Congressman points out that it’s ridiculous to not be allowed to fully respond to the string of slanderous “questions” pointed at Holman, the former ICE Director unloads again. Here’s the second part of his response.

“I’ve saw many dead bodies coming across this border. And you want to talk about the memo, this memo’s one option to stop death. Not just enforce the law, to stop death. If you want to legalize illegal immigration, good luck with that, because it’s going to get a hell of a lot worse on that border if you say “from now on there will be no consequences, no deterrents, it’s not illegal to come to this country illegally, more families will come, 31% of women will be raped, more children will die. We are a nation of laws. If you don’t like it sir, change it. You’re the legislator, I’m the executive branch and I’ve served my country honorably for 34 years and I will not sit here and have anybody say that I don’t care about children because they’re not the same color as my children.”

Holman is making an argument I’ve made many times on this site. Emotional appeals for open borders are nonsensical. They feel good but they simply put thousands of more people in danger. The more you incentivize illegal border crossings, the richer the cartels get, the more women are raped, and the more children die on the harsh journey. Is that humane? Of course it’s not. It’s irresponsible and harmful. Unintended consequences are not wiped away because a bunch of liberals get good feels from talking about not enforcing immigration laws.

The dishonest garbage that surrounds this debate is sickening. Holman served this country for 34 years as a police officer and at the border. He knows far more about this situation than some grand-standing Representative from Chicago who’s nowhere near the border and has no idea of the challenges they face, nor how to fix them. The accusations of racism have grown tired and no one is buying this anymore.

While Democrats may look at this exchange and think they scored points, voter attitudes on illegal immigration are actually shifting in Trump’s favor. As I wrote recently, a full 67% supported asking about citizenship on the census. When every Democrat endorsed free healthcare for illegal immigrants at the first primary debate, polling showed a majority against them. A majority are also against decriminalizing the border because that’s an obviously illogical, idiotic idea that would cause further chaos.

The President and Republicans need to stay the course here. Not for political reasons alone, but because it’s the right, humane thing to do. Open borders will only lead to more rapes, more deaths, and richer drug cartels. In the meantime, it’s good to see someone like Holman stand up to what was clearly a disingenuous accusation of racism. I have a feeling Cummings won’t be allowing him back to testify.

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AOC Beclowns Herself By Begging to Be Sworn In at Congressional Hearing, Repeats Wild Claims Without Evidence

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., makes an objection to a Republican argument as the House Oversight and Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

You know Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings’ committee is really serious business when they call in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib as expert witnesses on the border. That’s where we are in our legislative process these days.

This stems from wild claims that AOC made a few weeks ago involving her visit to a border facility in El Paso, TX. While there, she claimed not only that the Border Patrol agents physically and sexually threatened her, but that she witnessed a woman being told to drink out of the toilet.

As per usual with the freshman Congressional member, this all turned out to be nonsense. Later, we would learn that she didn’t even actually enter the actual detention facility, instead choosing to stage a photo-op by verbally abusing the guards and then insisting she stay with a family at the beginning of the tour. At no point did she actually witness someone being told to drink out of the toilet and we’ve still yet to hear the names of these agents who supposedly threatened her.

The fact that she was proven to be completely full of it regarding her claims about her trip to the border didn’t stop Rep. Cummings from dragging in front of his committee anyway to repeat her lies all over again.

That led to this bizarre, ridiculous scene.

You’ve got to give her this. She’s a good actor and she’s keen to the fact that the media will eat this up (which they promptly did).

There was absolutely no reason for her to be sworn in here. Congressional members don’t get sworn in and it’s against the law to lie to Congress whether you raise your right hand or not. This was all pure theatrics on her part.

She would of course go on to lie again about women drinking out of the toilets, something she’s provided no evidence of and had no witnesses to confirm. Then we got this c-level writing from whatever staff member wrote her remarks for her.

“What’s worse, Mr. Chairman, was the fact that there were American flags hanging all over these facilities,” she said. “That children were being separated from their parents in front of the American flag, that women were being called these names under an American flag, we cannot allow for this.”

AOC saw children being separated from their parents in front of an American flag? When? It certainly wasn’t when she visited the CBP facility in El Paso as initial processing was not part of her tour that she didn’t even take. We also see her make the claim that women are being verbally abused, again providing no evidence or witnesses.

In the end, it’s all about the photo-op for AOC.

Bob Malak is referring to AOC’s previous visit to the border in 2018 where she pretended to cry in front of a fence with nothing on the other side. But don’t worry, Snopes has assured us it was actually completely legit despite wide angle shots showing her surrounded by cameras and doing different poses.

This is what AOC is all about. Doing actual work is simply not her thing. She got elected simply to elevate her profile and she’s shown herself to be a manipulative, conniving individual who will do anything to push a preferred narrative.

“Time and time again, she chooses photo-ops over actually legislating. Just look at today’s hearing. She asked to be sworn in prior to testifying before the Oversight Committee — something that never happens for members of Congress,” they added. “But that doesn’t matter to her. She just needed something to tweet. It just shows that Democrats are obsessed with political theater and attacking the president, rather than solving real problems facing the American people.”

Thankfully, it’s not just Republicans who are growing tired of this stupidity. Democrats are starting to push back on her as well and things are only devolving further into chaos within their caucus. No one should have sympathy for them though. They created this monster by embracing AOC’s insanity early on for perceived political gain. Now, they get to reap the whirlwind.

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AOC: I want to testify about what I saw at the border — and I want to be sworn in

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Even hardcore anti-Trumper Tom Nichols is irritated. Members of Congress aren’t typically sworn when they testify, and in any case we all know from the Mike Flynn saga that it’s illegal to lie to a federal officer about a matter that’s within that officer’s jurisdiction, period. Whether you’re sworn or not, don’t lie to Congress. You’ll go to jail!

So why’d she insist upon it? Because, as Nichols says, a savvy young pol who thrives on Twitter is attentive to image. She wanted a viral-ready shot of her looking mournful with her hand raised, swearing to the truth, so that it can be passed around admiringly by her cultists. So she engineered it.

Two thoughts. On the one hand, Joe Crowley should be stripped of his citizenship and deported for having foisted this far-left cartoon character upon us by neglecting his primary last year. The flag-burners can stay. But Crowley must pay for his sins. On the other hand, at this point every AOC stunt feels like karmic punishment for electing Trump, another virtuoso social-media grandstander. Righties wanted a populist amateur who was good at provoking people on Twitter in charge of the party. Now lefties want the same for themselves. How can we complain?

Maybe that’s unfair to Trump. If Trump loses the 2016 election, do we still end up with AOC and her “Squad” in Congress this year? I think maybe, yeah. We probably end up with Republicans still in control of the House, since midterms tend to go against the incumbent president, but progressives would have been spoiling to make their mark against President Hillary after she beat back the Bernie-led socialist insurgency in the presidential primary. Safe blue seats like AOC’s still would have been ripe for primary challenges. And as much as Trump has mainstreamed juvenile grandstanding on Twitter as an acceptable tool for federal politicians, juvenile grandstanding is the nature of the medium. It’s silly to think politicians wouldn’t have taken to it eventually even without his influence, especially young populist rabble-rousers eager to show their fans that they’ll take no sh*t from their enemies.

I don’t know if we’d have seen an embarrassing tweet like this in 2019 without Trump as president, in other words, but I’m confident that we’d have seen it eventually.

You can watch Ocasio-Cortez’s full testimony here. The crisis at the border is “manufactured,” she says, because “There is no need for us to overcrowd and to detain and under-resource. There is no need for us to arrest innocent people and treat them no differently than criminals when they’re pursuing their basic human rights.” Her solution, I can only assume, is to let ’em all in and let ’em all go and hope that they show up for their asylum hearings knowing that the vast, vast, vast majority will have their asylum applications rejected and be deported if they show. She has no answer except open borders.

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Cory Booker Desperately Seeks Attention, Escorts Migrants Across Border in Photo Op

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Cory Booker has suffered failure to launch. His campaign has become a joke, culminating in the first debate where a black guy from New Jersey felt the need to start speaking broken Spanish for some reason. He’s shown there’s no level of pandering he won’t sink to.

That level got even lower in the past days after he pulled this stunt.

Here’s his spokeswoman via The Blaze.

“Today @CoryBooker crossed the U.S. border from Juarez to El Paso,” she tweeted, “to help escort 5 asylum-seekers and try to prevent them from being sent back to Mexico.”

Booker said to reporters that he believed their asylum claims were legitimate based on their fears of sexual violence, and the violence they had already experienced.

Booker must not realize that what he believes is irrelevant. We have actual professionals who adjudicate these cases and the vast majority turn out to be fraudulent.

But I’ve got to hand it to him. Smuggling illegal immigrants for a political photo-op is a new one. Props for originality.

What you are seeing here is the desperate flailing of a man who’s had his thunder stolen by Kamala Harris. He knows he can’t attack her directly, so he’s doing whatever he can to draw attention to himself. Perhaps he’s angling for the vice president spot on a Harris ticket? Who knows, but I do know that none of this seems to be working for him.

Having politicians now going to the border to directly interfere in law enforcement is ridiculous. Their job is hard enough as it is without politicians from the coasts descending on the area to taint the process and pretend the have any idea how to validate an asylum claim.

Booker is currently languishing at about 3% in the polls. This nonsense will do nothing to help him.

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Hispanic Pastors Toured Border Facilities And Were SHOCKED (At The Negative Misinformation AOC’s Been Spouting About Them)

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When Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and pastor at New Seasons Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, heard the reports from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the inhumane conditions at a migrant border facility she toured in El Paso County, Texas, he was “full of indignation.”

Rodriguez, who has advised the last three presidents (including Trump) on immigration, decided to see for himself. And he was shocked. But not by the conditions at the center. Rather, he was amazed at the misinformation AOC and others have been spreading.

“I read the reports, saw the news clips. I just wanted to see what was actually happening in order to better enable our efforts to find a fair and a just solution to our broken immigration system,” Rodriguez, who has advised President Trump and both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush on immigration reform, noted. “To my surprise, I saw something drastically different from the stories I’ve been hearing in our national discourse. Even as a veteran of immigration advocacy in the U.S., I was shocked at the misinformation of the crisis at the border.”

“We found no soiled diapers, no deplorable conditions and no lack of basic necessities,” Rodriguez remarked, adding he specifically asked border agents if they staged the facility in response to the negative press. “They unequivocally denied it — we were witnessing the identical conditions the attorneys saw when they toured the facility days earlier.”

In fact, some told him the sources from whom the negative coverage originated “never toured the areas of the facility that we toured” and speculated they might have had political motivations.

Rodriguez and the group of pastors he took on the tour of the facility noted that the commitment of the border agents — many of whom are hispanic themselves — was inspiring and their pleas to get that word out that they are not monsters as the press has portrayed them was palpable.

“[Rodriguez] said one emotional Border Patrol agent turned to him and said, referring to the vilification: ‘Pastor Sam, what they’re saying about us is completely false. We care about these kids and have a passion for our calling.’”

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Mini AOC Is Back and She’s Just as Upset About Things as the Real AOC

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It’s kind of sad when a young girl can show up Saturday Night Live in her mockery of the Democrat’s de-facto leader, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Nothing is more ripe for satire than someone who takes themselves way too seriously, and the fact that a child is doing the job comedians should be doing is a sad telling of the state of affairs in our society.

Thankfully, the child is good at it.

As you’ve likely seen by now, AOC was at the border looking beyond upset as she watched border patrol agents mistreat migrant children and heard them like cattle into horrible conditions.

What she saw was horrific, it was cruel, it was unjustifiable.

It was just an empty parking lot.

Superb.

The young girl known as Mini-AOC, popular for her videos mimicking the democratic socialist sweetheart is back and is also super upset. As you can see, she too is distraught over the closure of her neighborhood park. She too has uploaded pictures so you can see her unbelievable sadness.

In an age where outrage is the name of the game, nothing pleases me more than to watch mockery make a comeback. Nothing deserves it more than AOC’s sad attempt at faux outrage and ginned up emotion, and Mini-AOC might be the best person running in terms of mocking the congresswoman. Sure, we can prove her wrong and make snarky comments, but Mini-AOC is the best satire account going that mocks her.

At least until Twitter shuts her down for violating some nebulous community standard.

Until that time, I hope to see way more out of Mini-AOC.

 

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Fun: House Dems at each other’s throats after Pelosi cave on Senate border bill

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I have no deep thoughts on this, I just figured it’d be fun to toast some marshmallows together over the flames after House Democrats decided yesterday to light their caucus on fire.

Follow the last link and read if you missed the news. Quick version: The House passed a bill to provide humanitarian aid to the border, then the Senate killed it and passed its own humanitarian bill with heavy bipartisan support. House progressives wanted to balk because the Senate bill didn’t include certain provisions they were demanding, like a 90-day limit to holding migrant children. But the moderates in the Dem caucus rebelled, opposing language in the House bill that would have reduced funding for ICE to fight human trafficking and insisting that the Senate bill — which drew dozens of Democratic votes in the upper chamber — would do just fine. Facing defeat on the floor and worried that further congressional inaction on immigration would hurt Dems in purple districts, Pelosi caved and called a vote on the Senate bill. It passed with more than 300 votes, including 129 Democrats.

At which point House progressives freaked the fark out.

Chakrabarti clarified later that he didn’t mean moderate Dems were intentionally racist, just racist in practice. Mark Pocan, another hard-left Democrat in the AOC mold, didn’t pull his punches either:

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a group of centrist Democrats and Republicans in the House. The Democratic side of it didn’t care for Pocan’s tweet and let him know:

Reps. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), and Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), both members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, confronted Pocan on the House floor over his tweet. According to sources familiar with the conversation, Rose used expletives, and Pocan said he did not apologize…

Rose, whom his party considers to be vulnerable in 2020, vented his frustration Thursday shortly after the exchange, calling Pocan’s tweet “crazy, crazy language.”

“Mark’s tweet just speaks to why everyone hates this place. He’s just trying to get retweets. That’s all he cares about,” Rose told POLITICO.

Pocan kept it going afterwards:

“The quote-unquote Problem Solvers Caucus, I think, threw us under the bus and undermined our position to actually be able to negotiate,” complained lefty Ruben Gallego, a point echoed by progressive mainstay Raul Grijalva. AOC herself grumbled afterward that “the Problem Solvers Caucus is emerging to be this tea party within our own Democratic Party,” adding that “I find their tactics to be extremely concerning. It’s horrifying. It’s horrifying.” That’s some mighty thick irony considering that it’s Ocasio-Cortez’s own far-left “Squad” in the freshmen class that tracks most closely with the tea party — they’re young, were elected in a wave election, occupy safe seats, are convinced that the country’s experiencing an ideological revolution that tracks with their own thinking, and are willing to cross their own party’s majority in the name of ideology, as AOC herself did on the first House immigration bill that passed this week. They’re purists, and if they had the numbers to thwart Pelosi they surely would have used the same tactics that the Problem Solvers Caucus did to pressure her to adopt their position on the Senate bill.

But they don’t, so they’re left to darkly imply that the centrists in their caucus are “horrifying” monsters:

Just eight of the 32 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus voted in favor of the bill. Later the group issued an angry statement noting that “When the Congressional Hispanic Caucus members see suffering at the border, we see our children and our grandchildren.”

How’s Pelosi going to make it up to them? She’d better think of something or else the left is going to start playing hardball with her too. Exit quotation: “Pocan warned that it could fire up the 90-member Congressional Progressive Caucus to take more hard-line stances on key bills in the coming months.”

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Pelosi caves, agrees to pass Senate border funding bill after McConnell defeats House version

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Remember, Pelosi’s first, second, and third priorities as Speaker of the House when government is divided is to maximize her party’s chances of winning next year. It doesn’t matter how much the left wants to impeach Trump. If impeaching him would damage Democratic chances in 2020, which seems likely, then Nancy ain’t doing it. It doesn’t matter either how much the left wants to punish Biden for his comments about “civility” with segregationists. If covering for Mr Electable on that point will help Democrats win next fall, then that’s what Nancy’s gonna do.

The fact that she preferred to humiliate herself this afternoon by agreeing to pass McConnell’s bill to fund more border enforcement and aid for detained migrants instead of insisting that the Senate pass her own bill tells you everything you need to know about how she thinks immigration will play next year. Between the endless news about an unprecedented crunch of asylum-seekers; the fact that Congress hadn’t offered DHS any new funding to cope despite reports of poor conditions in some detention facilities; and the reality that the loudest voices in the media from her own caucus are batsh*t open-borders fanatics like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this is shaping up to be a bad electoral issue for Democrats.

So it was time to make it go away, by whatever means.

“As we pass the Senate bill, we will do so with a Battle Cry as to how we go forward to protect children in a way that truly honors their dignity and worth,” she added, hoping that that’ll soothe furious progressives.

Doesn’t look promising!

The charitable read on AOC’s position is that she’s so mortified by the conditions in which migrants are being held that she’s willing to hold up funding for weeks or months if need be while a compromise with the Senate is hashed out, whatever the political cost to her party. The less charitable read is that, as usual, AOC’s overestimating the extent to which her caucus, her party, and the country support the progressive agenda on all things. Pelosi thinks the political center of gravity is closer to the center than to the left. Whether that’s true of the party or of the country will be determined next year, but it is true within her own caucus:

A last-minute revolt by centrist lawmakers ensured defeat for Ms. Pelosi’s efforts to toughen the conditions in the Senate bill. The moderate Democrats balked at a funding reduction for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaving the House floor in chaos and emotions running high. Ms. Pelosi was left with little choice but to accept the less-restrictive Senate bill, which passed on a lopsided bipartisan vote this week and would do far less to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown.

“Behind the scenes,” noted CNN, “moderates were encouraging members of the Blue Dog and Problem Solvers caucuses to vote against a procedural vote that governed floor debate and force Pelosi to pass the bipartisan Senate bill, as the White House and Hill Republicans have been demanding.” Per Politico, 18 centrist Dems were prepared to tank her revised bill on the floor if she didn’t hurry up and pass the Senate bill instead. The reason Democrats hold the House majority right now is because a bunch of centrists knocked off a bunch of Republican incumbents last year in purple districts. Those centrists are frightened of perceptions back home that Democrats don’t want to do much of anything to ease the crisis at the border except complain about how immigrants are being treated, and they know how potent Trump’s messaging on this topic can be. In the end, if Pelosi wants to keep her majority, those members need to be protected even if it makes AOC cry. So Pelosi made a hard choice: Hand the centrists a win, even at the price of being steamrolled by Mitch McConnell, even knowing how lefties will caterwaul, and get immigration off the table for now.

That choice was made slightly easier for her by the fact that McConnell’s Senate bill wasn’t a party-line matter. To the contrary:

Here’s the roll call, where you’ll find dozens of Senate Dems in the majority. The House bill, which failed 37-55, called for “more protections for migrants and less enforcement funding than requested by the administration.” Specifically, House Democrats wanted to ensure that all unaccompanied children held temporarily would be released within 90 days and that state and local governments would be reimbursed for support provided to migrants. In the end, Pelosi settled for an informal guarantee by Mike Pence that the administration would follow the 90-day guideline and that Congress would be notified within 24 hours if and when a child in custody died.

Anyway, this dynamic of a squishy Speaker capitulating in the name of electability and getting ripped to shreds for it by ideologues who hold safe seats feels familiar. Exit question: Will any candidates onstage at tonight’s debate go after Pelosi to demonstrate their purity? Gonna be hard for Bernie to resist.

Update: A good point by Philip Klein. If centrist Democrats in the House were willing to revolt on this in the name of protecting their electability, how likely are they to pass the sort of big-ticket progressive legislation that Democratic candidates like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are promising if they’re elected president?

Update: Here’s AOC making clear that she doesn’t want a dime going to enforcement, just humanitarian aid — even though, per Gabe Malor, the only enforcement provisions in the new Senate bill have to do with hiring some more immigration judges. She’s a ridiculous open-borders clown, the living embodiment of Trump’s caricature of all Dems on immigration.

Oh, and by the way, the Senate bill ended up passing the House this afternoon with more than 300 votes.

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AOC: I’m outraged that Mitch McConnell killed the House border bill I voted against!

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The outrage never stops with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. Today she expressed outraged that a House border funding bill did not pass in the Senate. She said this despite the fact that she vocally opposed the same bill and refused to vote for it when it was passed by the House earlier this week.

Everything AOC is saying here is nonsense. Let’s start with last weekend when AOC and three other like-minded Reps. (Pressley, Omar, and Tlaib) signed a joint statement demanding that the House bill abolish ICE as a starting point. Here’s a bit of that joint statement:

These radicalized, criminal agencies are destroying families and killing innocent children. It is absolutely unconscionable to even consider giving one more dollar to support this President’s deportation force that openly commits human rights abuses and refuses to be held accountable to the American people…

We must be equitable in our outrage. We must abolish ICE.

That was too extreme even for the Democrats in the House who passed a $4.5 billion border bill that included some controls on how money could be spent but did not attempt to abolish ICE. But guess who didn’t vote for the House bill:

The bill passed 230-195. Four Democrats — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib — voted against the bill. They said Sunday they would not vote for it as long as it funded Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

AOC had no part in this bill except to argue that it wasn’t nearly radical enough for her taste. Why is she acting as if Mitch McConnell shot her dog?

In any case, AOC’s claim that Mitch McConnell killed the House bill is false. In fact, McConnell let the Senate vote and the House bill was rejected 55-37. This outcome was entirely predictable given that Trump had already threatened to veto it even if it were passed.

So, to sum this up, AOC is furious that Mitch McConnell let the Senate vote to reject a bill she also voted against. As for her claim that “The GOP is heightening children‘s pain for political gain,” that’s nonsense too. There’s no political gain in failing to appropriately care for migrant children. The political gain being sought is Democrats like AOC who are telling people that Border Patrol is “killing innocent children” and comparing overwhelmed detention centers to concentration camps. It’s incredible that the same person making Holocaust comparisons has the gall to claim her opponents are playing politics with children.

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Don Lemon: If you think immigrants shouldn’t be bringing their kids here, pray to God to soften your heart

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Via the Free Beacon, a reminder that CNN’s business nowadays isn’t so much news or even opinion really as it is moralizing. You’ll get an occasional scoop. You’ll get your quota of hot takes from the panelists.

But moralizing is their stock in trade. Turn it on morning, noon, or night, and you’re apt to find an anchor implying or sometimes outright insisting, like Lemon, that you’re a Bad Person for holding or not holding certain opinions, usually related to Trump.

What inspired this middle finger to the border hawks in CNN’s viewership is, I believe, that awful photo that’s circulating today of an immigrant and his young daughter drowned in the river after they tried to cross from Mexico to the U.S. They wanted asylum but Trump’s policy at the moment is to take applications from only a certain number of applicants per day. This man was tired of waiting and attempted to get to the United States, where authorities would have had to let him apply by law. He and his daughter made it to the U.S. side, but when he went back to help his wife across, his daughter followed him into the water again. He tried to save her and both ended up drowning.

It’s genuinely terrible but it’s not unusual. Brandon Darby’s been covering border crossings for Breitbart for years, since the Obama administration. He’s noticed that media attention to migrant deaths is selective:

Michael Tracey noticed that Democratic outrage at the president for not wanting to admit migrant children freely into the United States as they arrive is also selective:

It is strange that immigration policies implemented by Obama are suddenly atrocities with historical resonance when implemented by Trump.

I’ve posted this graph before but it’s worth posting again because it captures the scale of the current crisis so succinctly:

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The green line is the crisis Obama had to deal with five years ago, the red line is what Trump’s dealing with now. He’s trying to address a straightforward problem here, namely, how to process the enormous mass of people arriving at the border without simply turning them loose inside the U.S. and putting them on the honor system to show up at their asylum hearing for a verdict. He’s offered at least three solutions:

1. Have asylum applicants wait in Mexico, on the other side of the border. If their asylum application is approved, only then can they come in. No can do, though, says the left. Mexico’s dangerous too. They might not have the facilities to house immigrants while they wait. As desperation among immigrants grows, they’re more apt to attempt life-threatening crossings, like the man and his daughter who died yesterday. Plus, doesn’t U.S. law require the government to admit people who apply at ports of entry?

2. Let asylum applicants enter the U.S. but house them in detention facilities. No more catch and release; they can come in, but we need to know where they are while they await a ruling. No can do, though, says the left. Detention facilities are overcrowded and detainees often lack basic essentials, like toothbrushes. Plus, it’s inhumane to keep people, especially children, locked up indefinitely in a camp of any sort. Right, sure, the federal government could provide money to make accommodations more accommodating. But not until last night, many months after the crisis began, did House Democrats get around to that, having held out until now in the belief that they might be able to force Trump to start releasing people en masse by starving DHS of funding until the inhospitable conditions in the facilities become too much of a political problem for the White House.

3. An idea that’s reportedly been kicked around: Have asylum applicants apply at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home countries. If their application is granted, then they can make the trip to the U.S. No can do, though, says the left. The entire reason these people are seeking asylum is because it’s too dangerous for them to stay home. We can’t penalize them just because they didn’t want to hang around and risk further persecution while their claim is adjudicated.

At every turn, Trump has sought to prevent the scenario in which asylum applicants arrive, are freed to roam the U.S. while awaiting their adjudication, then never show up to their hearing — what you and I know as “catch and release.” According to the DOJ, 44 percent of migrants who are released into the U.S. fail to show up for their formal legal process. Look again at the graph above and you’ll see that that means hundreds of thousands of new illegal immigrants, each one of whom can’t lawfully be denied entry into the U.S. because they’re seeking admission via a legal pretext, asylum.

And what are Democrats proposing instead? As far as I can tell, with no hyperbole it’s this: Let ’em all in, let ’em all go, and if some don’t show up for their asylum hearing, tough. Catch-and-release on a mammoth, unprecedented scale.

“They want open borders!” is one of the most demagogic-sounding things Trump says about his opponents, but when you look at their actual position, you’ll see it’s not demagogic. It’s the naked truth. We’re about to sit through four hours of debates involving 20+ Democratic candidates tonight and tomorrow and it’s a very open question as of this writing whether even one of them will have the nerve to propose something that doesn’t involve wholesale admission and release of every immigrant who shows up at the U.S. border. And Don Lemon thinks you should be ashamed of yourself for worrying about that.

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