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Reporters shocked (SHOCKED!) to learn ICE uses ankle bracelets to monitor illegal aliens

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When we discussed the highly successful ICE raids in Mississippi targeting employers hiring hundreds of illegal aliens earlier this month, one little detail seemed to catch a lot of people by surprise. It turns out that a number of the illegal workers were wearing ICE ankle bracelet monitors to their jobs every day. As far as I was concerned, that should have been enough to lock up some of those employers and their senior staff. Let’s just say that if you couldn’t figure out that the person wearing the ICE ankle bracelet might have been lying on their job application forms, perhaps a career in Human Resources isn’t for you.

As it turns out, those bits of ankle jewelry were more than decorative. In details about the raids released after the fact, we learned that the agency had been using the monitors and the GPS system to track when the workers were leaving their homes, traveling to their jobs and generally tracking their other movements. Can you imagine? I know, right?

This week, NBC News was doing some followup coverage on the raids and talked to several immigration advocates who were apparently unaware that this sort of thing was going on. And it’s apparently “disturbing” that the government would track these upstanding workers like common criminals.

Unsealed search warrants from the raid reveal that immigration authorities have tracked such GPS data from dozens of undocumented immigrants with ankle monitors.

Lawyers and immigration advocates told NBC News they had not previously heard of ICE employing this tactic, which they called “troubling” and said raised concerns about immigrants’ rights.

“It’s troubling to us that people who are released are being tracked for reasons that have nothing to do with whether they’re likely to appear for their court cases or abscond,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

In other words, they find it both shocking and appalling that a law enforcement agency is making use of location monitors to monitor people’s locations. I’ll give you all a moment to safely reach your fainting couches.

These ankle bracelet monitors are used for more than simply making sure you show up for your court date. (Though that’s certainly one intent.) The fact that the workers in question were wearing them at all showed that they had already run afoul of ICE, were in the country illegally and were awaiting their court date. It also means that they were not legally able to take a job in the United States. So when they began showing up at food processing plants every day for the duration of a normal work shift, the agency could be pretty sure something illegal was going on.

Further, workers with ankle bracelets were tracked to plants owned by all five of the employers who wound up getting caught up in the raids. And nobody said anything? I don’t know if the employers need to be charged with immigration crimes or simply abject stupidity.

But still, the point remains. The illegal aliens knew they were not allowed to hold those jobs. The agency put tracking devices on them revealing that they were still breaking the law. There is nothing “troubling” about any of this. These are basic tools of law enforcement, not some invasion of privacy for the illegal workers.

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Illegal Immigrants Ask the U.S. Government for Millions in Compensation Over Separation

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Three illegal immigrant fathers are asking the U.S. government for millions in damages over supposed “lasting harm” caused to them by being separated from their children while in detention.

Here’s CNN presenting this is the most one-sided light.

Three fathers who were separated from their young children when they tried to migrate to the US want millions of dollars in compensation from the US government for the toll the months of separation took on their families.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and law firm Covington & Burlington filed administrative claims Thursday seeking damages from the US government on behalf of three men who were separated from their children at the border. The separation caused lasting harm for the families, the advocacy group and law firm said in a news release.

It should surprise no one that the Southern Poverty Law Center is behind this.

Just to recap, these are illegal immigrants who chose to commit a crime by crossing the border illegally. Now they want millions of dollars in taxpayer money paid out in damages for being separated from their chidren while in detention, which is required by U.S. law. Not only did they commit the original crime of illegal entry, but now they want money from the U.S. government because they chose not to break the law and keep their kids in jail with them. Yes, that’s as absurd as it sounds.

The filings describe children who cry in the night, refuse to eat and are fearful of going out, and parents struggling with guilt and anxiety.

“Thousands of children, parents and entire families will suffer the rest of their lives as a result of this administration’s intentionally cruel family separations,” said Michelle Lapointe, senior supervising attorney at the SPLC.

Look, I can sympathize with that. I can also sympathize with an American citizen who’s separated from their children while in prison. That doesn’t change the reality of the situation. There’s no doubt that there’s truth to the idea that a child is harmed by the incarceration of a parent, but that’s not the U.S. government’s fault. In fact, that’s one of the reasons to think first and not commit a crime. The consequences affect more than just the person breaking the law. If you truly care about your children, don’t break the law and end up in jail, or in this case, detention.

By the logic of this complaint, every single parent currently in prison is owed millions of dollars from the U.S. government for “lasting harm.” I see noway that any judge (if they sue after the six month waiting period) could even entertain this. It would be a Pandora’s box that essentially makes it impossible to detain people with children for criminal activity.

CNN’s piece reads like pure propaganda, offering absolutely no push back on the technical issues with these complaints, but they do stumble into the key factor.

Meantime, M.C.L. is struggling with guilt over not having done more to prevent the separation, according to the filing.

M.C.L. is the father and he absolutely should feel guilty. He drug his child on a dangerous journey, knowing he had no legitimate claim for asylum, and then chose to break the law, leading to their separation. What’s been lost in the entire immigration debate is any semblance of personal responsibility.

These complaints are frivolous on their face. Again, I’m generally sympathetic to the plight of migrants and most would consider me fairly moderate on immigration. But the idea that American taxpayers need to be fleeced further because these fathers chose to break the law is ludicrous. These kinds of things only build animosity toward those who actually have legitimate claims for asylum. It’s an unfair abuse of the system and whatever judge receives these complaints should shut them down immediately.

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Ilhan Omar Wants to Guarantee Abortions for Illegal Immigrants Because Everything Is Stupid

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The vileness of the left isn’t really surprising anymore, but you are still left wondering just how far they are willing to go.

On the topic of illegal immigration, we’ve seen them endorse open borders, decriminalizing of illegal crossings, and free healthcare for illegal immigrants. Those things alone are so illogical and counter productive that you’d hope it would satisfy their left-wing urges for at least a few years.

That’s not the case though. The crazy train is only accelerating, which means that the left have moved from free healthcare for illegal aliens to Illegal aliens must have access to abortion in the span of just a few weeks.

The entire premise of the article Omar is linking is that illegal immigrants, fearing deportation and not having the necessary resources, are avoiding “reproductive healthcare,” including abortions. Sure, they give a nod to pre-natal care, but we all know the real issue at play here because it’s the one most focused on.

As I wrote this morning, support for providing illegal immigrants with free healthcare is extremely low (only 33% support with a slim majority of even Democrats against). How low should one assume support for giving them taxpayer funded abortions would be? Perhaps a polling company could bother asking that since it’s being made an issue.

What makes this all especially ridiculous is that the U.S. government is about to pass an awful budget deal that puts our deficit over one trillion dollars in 2020. All parties share the blame for such a travesty, but on this specific topic, the fiscal realities show we simply can not afford to start handing out free healthcare and abortions to every person in the word who manages to sneak across the border (which Democrats want decriminalized, effectively doing away with all enforcement).

I would also be remiss if I wrote an article discussing abortion without pointing out the fact that the procedure involves killing a child in the womb. A scientifically provable, separate human being with separate DNA is being scrambled and sucked up with a hose. Democrats inexplicably support this procedure up until the point of birth now (and some even after birth). That’s pure depravity and history isn’t going to be kind to those who supported such.

But this is the modern Democrat party. Something as mundane as the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding for abortions and enjoys widespread support among Americans, must now be rejected or the left will savage you. Their radicalism isn’t going to stop and the most insane portions of their party are taking center stage.

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AOC: U.S. Must Provide Lifelong Mental Healthcare Services To Migrant Children Because Of Trauma We Have Caused

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AOC held a town hall event on immigration in Queens, NY on Saturday.

The young Congresswoman believes the U.S. government must make a “lifelong commitment” to provide mental healthcare services to migrant children. The reason? Because of the lifelong trauma we inflict upon them when we separate them from their parents at the border. AOC told the crowd:

Even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days you have already created life long lasting trauma.

And there are children who have been separated that we have reunified, and it took about a year to reunify some of these kids with their parents. Lifelong trauma for which we, the United States, are responsible.

And it chills me to my core to think about 20 years from now, when these kids grow up, the story that they will have about America. That is exactly why we cannot allow this administration to define immigration policy within the United States.

She also believes that a 9/11-style commission should be appointed to “find out every detail of what happened.” Here’s what she said:

This is something that I think is going to have to take a 9/11-style commission.

When there is a Democratic Senate and a Democratic presidency, Ocasio-Cortez said, the government should convene a special commission into child separation, aiming to reunify as many children as possible and to find out every detail of what happened.

It would work just like the 9/11 commission did when they said what went wrong?

The 9/11 commission, they were charged with the investigating and making sure they dug out every nook and cranny of what happened and how it happened in our system. And I think that that kind of study is what’s going to be required in order to reunite as many children with their parents as possible. That’s the work that we have to do.

AOC is correct that some of these children will sustain psychological damage as a result of being separated from their parents at the border.

However, I strongly disagree that the U.S. government is at fault. America has not invited these migrants. They’ve been told not to come. They are well aware of U.S. immigration laws and practices. In fact, they are the same as they were during the Obama administration.

Many of them have been offered asylum in Mexico, but choose to continue their journey to the U.S. border regardless. Migrants know what will happen before they arrive. They know what the conditions will be if they are caught, but choose to put themselves and their children at risk anyway.

Furthermore, if AOC is so concerned about conditions in these facilities, why were she and her pals the only four members of Congress to vote against an aid package to improve them?

The responsibility for the mental health of migrant children belongs to their parents, who have made the decision to break the law.

We don’t need a 9/11-style commission to figure it out.

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Protestors Try to Block ICE Facility In Atlanta, Police Respond

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Protestors gathered outside an Atlanta, GA based ICE facility yesterday to protest things that aren’t actually happening.

Even in the case of overcrowding, that’s happening on the border, not at a regional ICE holding facility a thousand miles from there. In the case of this facility, the majority of those who are picked up and enter it are multiple violators and criminals. That doesn’t seem to matter though. It’s all about painting ICE as Nazis and there’s no one out there outside of the right-wing even pushing back on this craziness.

Some protestors decided it’d be a good idea to try to block ICE vehicles from leaving the facility. That didn’t go well.

Then we got this Emmy award winning flop job from a woman who refused to move.

She’s either the most unbalanced person in the history of humanity or that was incredibly fake. The green hair is how you know she’s a serious person though.

These are people that are so privileged, so starved by their delusions of grandeur that they have to go role play as freedom fighters. ICE are not Nazis and these are not concentration camps. Last I checked, Jews weren’t illegally entering Germany and claiming asylum, given a hearing, and allowed to return from where they came. These protestors are not battling real evil. They are battling their delusions. When ICE arrests someone, it’s because they have have an already adjudicated deportation order. That’s called doing their job. It should not be controversial to carry out lawful deportations of illegal immigrants, the vast majority of which have criminal records, didn’t show up for hearings, and/or who lied about their asylum claims.

If you make a sloppy tweet challenging Congressional members on their anti-American rhetoric, it elicits wall to wall wails of racism. Those same Congressional members accusing ICE of being the Waffen SS though? No big deal. The media just shrug and defend.

But that’s where we are. None of this makes sense and no one is demanding it make sense. It’s all about emotion. That has mayors around the country actually telling illegal immigrants, most of which have multiple criminal violations on their record, how to avoid capture by ICE. We are quickly approach pure anarchy when it comes to immigration enforcement and something needs to be done to pull back the reigns. If the DOJ charging some people federally for impeding law enforcement or helping harbor illegal aliens can deter this, then those are options that need to be on the table.

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BREAKING: Trump Makes Major Change to Asylum Rules

The Trump administration has finally moved forward with making major changes to our asylum rules.

This is long overdue.

It makes no sense for any true asylum seeker to to be allowed to country shop on their journey. The point of asylum is protection from immediate danger. It is not to garner the most economically beneficial situation. If someone is truly physically threatened in Guatemala, there is no reason for them to travel almost 2,000 miles, paying off drug cartels and putting their children in mortal danger, to cross the U.S. border illegally.

We simply do not have the amount of facilities, immigration judges, nor welfare to continue to sustain the influx of migrants currently coming. Asylum is not something that should be abused and allowing so many to do so only makes it harder for legitimate claims to be adjudicated. Lax enforcement and asylum abuse only incentivize more to come, which leads to more abuse, more rapes, and more sick and dead children.

The United States is an incredibly charitable nation, but we simply can not absorb the entirety of the world’s poor. This change to asylum laws is common sense and should be allowed to go into effect.

With that said, you’ll be able to count the days on your hands before a liberal judge puts an injunction in place, stopping this rule change. We aren’t governed by elected officials anymore, only the whims of district judges.

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Protestors Tear Down and Desecrate U.S. Flag, Raise Mexican Flag Over ICE Facility in Colorado

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, foreign nationals are arrested during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) aimed at immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens in Los Angeles. Advocacy groups said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are rounding up people in large numbers around the country, with roundups in Southern California being especially heavy-handed, as part of stepped-up enforcement under President Donald Trump. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP)

If there are any moderate Democrats left out there, they must be tearing their hair out. All their party had to do was not be absolutely crazy and they simply can’t do it.

Yesterday, protestors gathered outside an ICE facility in Aurora, CO to scream at officials who are simply trying to carry out lawful deportation orders. We’ve now reached the point in our country where one side of the aisle is literally saying that you can’t even deport criminals anymore.

The protestors decided it’d really win hearts and minds to storm the front of the facility, bring down the three flags present, and hoist a Mexican flag. They tried to burn the U.S. flag and spray painted “**** the cops” on the Thin Blue Line flag for good measure.

Per The Washington Times.

The incident saw activists take down three flags and replace them with the Mexican flag, a spray-painted “USA Thin Blue Line” flag, and a flag that said “F*** the Cops,” according to Aurora police.

Some activists also tried to burn the American flag, but officers declined to intervene, citing the need to protect the safety of officers and the “large majority who were acting peacefully” at the rally, which drew as many as 2,000.

What sense any of this makes is beyond any rational person’s comprehension. If they idea is that Latin American countries are so terrible that people must be allowed to come here illegally, why would you want to celebrate Mexico while desecrating the country’s flag you are fleeing to? If Mexico is so awesome that people feel the need to tear down the American flag and raise the Mexican flag, then illegal immigrants are welcome to apply for asylum there. It’d probably be less of a culture shock.

If you are wondering whether anyone was punished for the act of vandalism, nah. The Police Chief there didn’t do anything and actually blamed ICE for not putting up enough barriers.

“Beyond the removal, attempted destruction of the US flag, replacement of the flags, and some signs and poles being put on the main doors and windows, the protesters did not engage in behavior that warranted immediate intervention,” said Aurora Chief of Police Nick Metz in a Saturday statement.

Chief Metz also faulted ICE and the GEO Group, which runs the detention facility, for failing to heed the department’s advice to secure the bridge leading to the facility with water barrels to prevent pedestrians and vehicles from entering…

…At least one Democrat, Aurora city councilmember Nicole Johnston, said in a tweet that she attended the rally and thanked Aurora police for “keeping us safe and respecting our first amendment rights.”

Perhaps it wasn’t worth intervening at that moment, but were people arrested afterward? Of course not. Anarchy is the name of the game at these protests and the 1st amendment now apparently covers trespassing and destroying federal property. Nice to see an elected Democrat official showing up to be part of it all. That really sends the right message.

After the incident, some asked Democrats to condemn what happened.

Colorado’s rabidly liberal governor did finally chime in with this snarky nonsense.

Publicizing a picture of two dead migrants, who died trying to swim across a river outside of the United States, having absolutely nothing to do with the actions of Border Patrol, is just disgusting.

Furthermore, where are the cages in his other photos? Or are we now calling huge rooms cages for extra effect? These people have to be held somewhere for processing. There’s noway around that and it’s beyond tiring that some morons keep pretending CBP can snap their fingers and teleport kids to foster homes immediately. What exactly would Polis like CBP to do with unaccompanied minors (who make up the vast majority of detained children)? Would he like to give his address out and arrange them being dropped off on his doorstep? Of course not, because he’s a do-nothing, hypocritical politician who’s just grand-standing for political reasons.

The intellectual dishonesty surrounding the immigration debate has reached unbelievable levels. The same people who deny funding and call for the abolition of the agencies taking care of these people then turn around and complain about overcrowding and sub-par conditions. It’s the worst kind of politics and the only reason they are getting away with it is because the media are nearly 100% compliant and complicit.

In the end though, this is going to backfire. A sizable majority of voters do not want open borders, they do not blame the Border Patrol for being in a lose/lose situation, and they are against abuse of our asylum laws. The continued insanity coming from the left over this issue is going to drive more and more people to the Republican party and it’ll be well deserved.

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BREAKING: Trump Officially Gives Up On Census Battle

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I don’t have the video yet, but President Trump just spoke in the Rose Garden on his effort to count citizenship via the census.

While trying to dress it up otherwise, he officially gave up on trying to get the question onto the census. This is the culmination of a ridiculous legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. For 175 years, the census included a question on citizenship but the rules are always different for Trump. The lower courts came up with tortured reasons why he couldn’t add the question back. That eventually led to Roberts once again joining with the liberals on the Supreme Court to affirm the right to add the question while twisting in the wind about motive to deny it in the end.

Trump would go on to say in his speech that they will get the citizenship numbers from elsewhere in places such as government databases. This was the thrust of the executive order that was announced during his remarks, which directed all agencies to use the information they have to compile the number of non-citizens in the country.

While that may be an acceptable alternative to some, it seems largely irrelevant to me. The entire point of this fight was to have citizenship and residency enumerated on the census. If it’s not on the census, it’s useless in terms of fighting fraudulent apportionment. The 14th amendment clearly intended for only those that are taxed (and their dependents) to be given representation.

Without that check in place, liberal states like California have every incentive to keep flaunting immigration laws and garnering more and more House seats based on increases in illegal alien populations. This was not the intention of those who ratified the 14th amendment in 1868. Going back even further, the idea that uncounted, foreign populations could simply cross into the United States and be counted toward government representation would have been taken as a ludicrous idea by the Founders.

This was a fight worth having, even if it meant delaying the census. Now, the issue is all but moot. Even if Trump somehow gets the citizenship numbers, they will not be in a legally actionable form to deal with the apportionment issues. The data will be completely useless outside of general studies and the like. You also can’t just pick this baton up a year from now. The next census will be in 2030.

Whether he wants to admit it or not, the President has lost this war.

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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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Fareed Zakaria: Our asylum laws are ‘vague, lax, and being gamed’

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Sunday, Fareed Zakaria did a segment about the crisis at the border in which he stated the facts that few reporters seem interested in talking about. Speaking of Trump, Zakaria said, “He is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system.”

Zakaria went on to offer a warning to Democrats. Highlighting the chaos at the border might help energize left-wing voters as a way to further demonize the president, but it also suggests that something more drastic needs to be done to resolve the problem and that will wind up playing into Trump’s hands in 2020. He’s right. The perfect scenario for Democrats going into 2020 is a calm border that robs Trump of one of his favorite issues. On the other hand, an ideal scenario for Trump is mass immigration that is overwhelming our system. Right now, that’s what we’ve got.

What’s good about this clip is that Zakaria isn’t just gaming out political scenarios. He also offers an explanation for why this is happening. That explanation will be very familiar to regular Hot Air readers but I wonder if this isn’t the first time some CNN viewers have heard it.

“Since 2014, the flow of asylum seekers into the United States has skyrocketed,’ Zakaria said. He continued, “Last year, immigration courts received 162,000 asylum claims, a 240 percent increase from 2014. The result is a staggering backlog with more than 300,000 immigration cases pending and the average immigration case has been pending for more than 700 days.

“It’s also clear that the rules surrounding asylum are vague, lax, and being gamed. The initial step for many asylum seekers is to convince officers that they have a credible fear of persecution in their home countries and about 75 percent meet that criteria. Some applicants for asylum have suspiciously similar stories using identical phrases. Many simply use the system to enter the U.S. and then melt into the shadows or gain a work permit while their application is pending.

“Asylum is meant to be granted to a very small number of people in extreme circumstances, not as a substitute for the process of immigration itself. Yet the two have gotten mixed up.”

Zakaria notes that asylum laws were created by the UN after Jews were turned away by other countries when they tried to flee Nazi Germany. But over the years the standard for asylum has gotten broader. It’s not only open to people fleeing genocide but to anyone who can claim they were threatened by a gang or that they are a victim of domestic violence. Granted both of those things are real and terrible problems but we have those same problems here.

And then Zakaria gets to the real problem with all of this. As things now stand, “Hundreds of millions of people around the world who live in poor, unstable regions where threats of violence abound could easily apply for asylum. Do they all have the legal right to enter the U.S. through a back door, bypassing the normal immigration process?”

Nearly all of the Democrats running for president and most in Congress seem to believe the answer is yes. Some are even calling for decriminalizing border crossing and abolishing ICE, effectively creating open borders, i.e. people might get a ticket when they cross but once they’re in, they’ll never be asked to leave.

Zakaria understands that this is not a tenable situation. “The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened…People should not be able to use asylum claims to work in America,” he said.

All of this makes perfect sense but these days saying it almost guarantees you’ll be demonized as a racist. Indeed, Zakaria does this to Trump at the beginning of this clip even while admitting he’s right. Still, it’s a hopeful sign that the truth about what is happening has broken out at CNN. Trump administration spokespeople and surrogates should be forced to watch this on a loop until they can quote it verbatim and go on CNN to repeat it over and over until it sinks in with some portion of the anti-Trump viewership.

 

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