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Trump Tells Freshman Congresswomen to ‘Go Back’ to the Countries They Came From

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Sunday weighed in on the friction between a group of four freshman Democratic congresswomen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi: He suggested that the congresswomen — none of whom are white — should “go back and help fix” the countries they came from. His message was immediately seized upon by Democrats, who called it a racist trope.

“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

He added: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”

Broadly, Mr. Trump’s attack was meant for members of the so-called squad, a group engaged in an existential and generational war of words with Ms. Pelosi: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

“These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Only one of the women, Ms. Omar, who is from Somalia, was born outside the United States. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to parents of Puerto Rican descent. Ms. Pressley, who is black, was born in Cincinnati and raised in Chicago. And Ms. Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants.

Mr. Trump’s attack came after days of Fox News coverage that centered on Ms. Omar. During her tenure in Congress, Ms. Omar has rattled fellow Democrats and provided ammunition to Republicans for her repeated criticisms of Israel, including a comment that pro-Israel activists were pushing “for allegiance to a foreign country.”

And she has been vocal about her life as a refugee who fled her native country and eventually settled in America, only to be disappointed with the country she found. More than any of the others in her freshman group, Ms. Omar — one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ms. Tlaib — has forcefully used her personal story to make the argument that loving America does not require an acceptance of its shortcomings.

“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all,” Ms. Omar recently said. “So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”

Comments like these have inflamed Fox News personalities like Tucker Carlson, who used his television program to lash out at Ms. Omar.

“Our country rescued Ilhan Omar,” Mr. Carlson said in a broadcast last week. “We didn’t do it to get rich; in fact it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people. How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us, and called us names, she showered us with contempt.”

Privately, some Democrats predicted the tweets could have a silver lining, giving both sides of the Democrats’ intraparty dispute something to unify around after days of taking shots at one another. Publicly, they chided Mr. Trump for what they called a racially motivated message.

Ms. Pelosi quickly condemned Mr. Trump’s remarks as “xenophobic” in a pair of tweets of her own, turning them around to criticize at Mr. Trump’s immigration policies and project Democratic unity. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power,” she wrote of Democrats.

“Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values,” she wrote in another tweet. “Stop the raids,” she said of the arrests targeting thousands of members of undocumented families that were to begin this weekend.

Representative Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the No. 4 House Democrat, said Mr. Trump would do better to spend his time on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border and to address other pressing national concerns like prescription drug costs than attacking members of Congress.

“That is a racist tweet,” Mr. Luján said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Telling people to go back where they came from — these are American citizens elected by voters in the United States of America to serve in one of the distinguished bodies in the U.S. House of Representatives. I think that’s wrong.”

Representative Brendan F. Boyle, Democrat of Pennsylvania, made the point that he is from an immigrant family, but had never come under racially charged criticism from the president. He is white.

“Like some of my Democratic colleagues, I’m young, from an immigrant family, also very critical of Trump,” Mr. Boyle wrote on Twitter. “Funny thing though, he never tells me to ‘go back where I come from.’ Hmm I wonder why?”

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Power is restored in New York City after massive blackout, but many questions remain

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New York City tried to regain its footing Sunday after the restoration of power from a massive blackout late into Saturday night amid questions of how the outage happened. 

Utility company Con Edison said in a statement the final impacted customers from the outage – which affected more than 72,000 customers along 30 blocks from Times Square to the Upper West Side – had their power restored just before midnight after blackouts that began around 7 p.m. Saturday.  

“With all customers back in service, the company will focus on investigating the cause of the equipment failures and on getting the electrical-delivery system back to its normal level of reliability,” the company said in a statement. 

New York City power outage: Here’s what we know about the widespread blackout

Power restored: Partial New York City blackout leaves thousands without electricity

The outage, which came 42 years to the day after The Great Blackout of 1977 dimmed most of Manhattan, shut down Broadway shows and a Jennifer Lopez concert at Madison Square Garden, gridlocked streets as drivers attempted to navigate without traffic lights and left stunned tourists and residents wandering darkened sidewalks.  

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who deployed New York state troopers Saturday evening, has directed an investigation into the cause of the outage.  Mayor Bill de Blasio said police confirmed there was no foul play involved and that the outage was caused by a “mechanical issue.” 

“You just can’t have a power outage of this magnitude in this city” Cuomo said, calling the outage “unacceptable.”  

“It is too dangerous, the potential for public safety risk and chaos is too high, we just can’t have a system that does that, it’s that simple at the end of the day,” he said.

 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said the outage caused “extensive delays on many subway lines.”

“Thank you all for sticking with us tonight,” the subway service tweeted Saturday. “Thank you to the thousands of public servants across New York City who worked hard to get everything back the way it should be for everyone. Have a good night and take care.” 

Contributing: The Associated Press

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De Blasio blasts Biden over Obama administration’s deportation record

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New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio said on Sunday that former Vice President – and current Democratic presidential primary frontrunner – Joe Biden should “absolutely” answer for the Obama administration’s deportation record.

Calling the Obama administration’s handling of immigrant deportations a “mistake,” de Blasio – one of almost two dozen Democrats trying to close the polling gap with Biden – said that Democrats have the same responsibility to answer for their record on immigration that Republicans do.

“Let’s be honest, I think there’s a lot of issues where Democrats and Republicans, unfortunately, have some responsibility for the problems,” de Blasio said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “That was a mistake, in the end, what we needed a very different approach.”

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De Blasio argued that the Obama administration, and Biden as vice president, have to answer for the record rates of deportations during their time in the White House.

“Democrats often been scared of their own shadows,” de Blasio said.

The New York City mayor also took issue with President Trump’s plan to deport undocumented immigrants through raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – saying that it will “divide Americans.”

The deportation raids would pursue people with final deportation orders, including families whose immigration cases were fast-tracked by judges in 10 major cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. The plan has sparked outrage and concern among immigrant-rights advocates and lawmakers.

“Our communities have been in constant fear,” Estela Vara, a Chicago-area organizer said Thursday at a rally outside the city’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement offices where some activists chanted “Immigration Not Deportation!”

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The raids began late Saturday night and into the early morning hours on Sunday in “a number of jurisdictions,” not just New York City, a senior administration official confirmed to Fox News.

In an interview on “FOX & Friends,” Acting ICE director Matt Albence said while he couldn’t speak to anything specifically from an operational perspective, the overarching concern when the agency conducts any sort of enforcement operation is “the safety and security of both our officers that are conducting the operation as well as the public.”

“We are doing targeted enforcement actions against specific individuals who have had their day in immigration court and have been ordered to be removed by an immigration judge,” Albence told Fox News. “We are merely executing those lawfully issued judge’s orders.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson plays real-life hero as ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ premiere delayed by electrical sparks

Saturday night’s premiere of “Hobbs & Shaw” was brought to a halt following a brief electrical issue in the Dolby Theater.

Reports from inside the venue say an electrical grid toward the front of the theater started sparking about 30 minutes into the screening, causing flashes and loud popping sounds to fill the room. The sparks then moved upward from the floor in the center of the orchestra and back toward a block of seats.

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Although security did not evacuate the theater, a number of panicked guests fled from the venue, leading to widespread confusion.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood. Johnson assured audiences were safe after electrical sparks reportedly flew in the theater before the viewing. (Getty)

Before the movie resumed, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took time to address the audience, letting attendees know that he was waiting in the wings to make sure crowd was safe. However, “Jason Statham ran his a– out of here”, he added.

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The delay lasted only around 15 minutes before the film began playing again.

In “Hobbs & Shaw,” Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw only to team up and take down a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, played by Idris Elba. “Deadpool 2” filmmaker David Leitch  is directing alongside screenwriters and series veterans Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.

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“Hobbs & Shaw” opens across the globe in most international markets, followed by China on Aug. 23.

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Joe Biden Decides He Doesn’t Need to Stay Above the Fray After All

ATKINSON, N.H. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. spent the first months of his presidential campaign largely ignoring his nearly two dozen rivals, seeking to stay above the Democratic fray as he cast himself as an unapologetic pragmatist who could beat President Trump in a general election.

But after a rocky first debate performance, blistering criticism from his opponents and the tightening of some polls, Mr. Biden made clear on a two-day swing through New Hampshire this weekend that he is now ready to engage directly with his fellow Democrats.

The settings on Mr. Biden’s trip were idyllic: a speech on the banks of a river in Dover, a news conference outside of a Portsmouth ice cream shop, a house party in a lush backyard here in Atkinson.

But the words suggested that the former vice president is entering a new and more confrontational phase of his 2020 campaign.

Mr. Biden’s fresh efforts to highlight distinctions with his rivals — over issues that ranged this weekend from health care and foreign policy, to electability and executive orders — come as he seeks to move on from weeks of scrutiny of his decades-long record, and to offer a more substantive and forward-looking vision beyond his early focus on defeating the president.

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He drew some of the starkest distinctions to date between himself and other top-polling candidates on the issue of health care. Those comments earned a rare direct rebuke from Senator Bernie Sanders, who, like several other leading candidates aside from Mr. Biden, supports Medicare for All, a sweeping single-payer proposal that would all but eliminate private health insurance. In an interview, Mr. Sanders bristled at Mr. Biden’s remarks, and said some of his characterizations of Medicare for All were “totally absurd.”

“I admire the rest of the field, from Bernie to Elizabeth to Kamala who want, you know, Medicare for All, but let me tell you, I think one of the most significant things we’ve done in our administration is pass the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Biden said to applause here Saturday morning, referencing the signature health care measure passed under the Obama administration.

He said that he wanted to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and to add a public option, something he acknowledged could come with a significant price tag.

“But it doesn’t cost $3 trillion, and it can be done quickly,” he continued, when asked about differences among the Democratic candidates. “I don’t know why we’d get rid of what in fact is working and move to something totally new. And so, there are differences.”

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“Obviously what Biden was doing is what the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industries, Republicans, do,” Mr. Sanders said of Mr. Biden’s comments on Medicare for All.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times

A day earlier, as he navigated a dripping ice cream cone while speaking to reporters in Portsmouth, Mr. Biden echoed President Barack Obama as he said that his vision would “allow people who in fact like their private insurance, or like their employer-based insurance, to be able to keep it.” And he also mentioned one of his opponents by name.

“Bernie’s been very honest about it,” he said, of Medicare for All. “He’s said you’re going to have to raise taxes on the middle class. He says it’s going to end all private insurance. I mean, he’s been straightforward about it and he’s making his case.”

Asked if other contenders have been equally direct about Medicare for All’s costs, he replied, “So far, not. So far, not. They may. They may.”

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In an interview, Mr. Sanders, who introduced the Medicare for All Act in the Senate and sometimes comes in second to Mr. Biden in early polls, bristled at Mr. Biden’s remarks, as he stressed that he, too, had been committed to passing and protecting the Affordable Care Act, even as he now advocates for something more far-reaching.

He also took issue with what he perceived as Mr. Biden’s suggestion that the transition to Medicare for All could leave people with gaps in medical care, calling such an implication “totally absurd.”

“Obviously what Biden was doing,” Mr. Sanders said, “is what the insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industries, Republicans, do: ignoring the fact that people will save money on their health care because they will no longer have to pay premiums or out-of-pocket expenses. They will no longer have high deductibles and high co-payments.”

Asked whether it was fair to put Mr. Biden in the same category as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, given his role in advancing the Affordable Care Act in the first place, Mr. Sanders replied: “The charge that he’s making is exactly what the Republicans are saying.”

Mr. Biden’s campaign didn’t respond when asked for comment on those remarks. Mr. Sanders’s campaign said he will “confront the Democratic opponents of Medicare for All” in a speech on Wednesday in Washington, a sign that tensions between the two candidates could escalate this week.

Mr. Biden, 76, who spoke to reporters for 20 minutes Friday afternoon in Portsmouth — ignoring his aide’s urging of “last question” — seemed jauntier and less defensive in New Hampshire than he had in the past few weeks, which were dominated by questions about his opposition to many busing initiatives dating to the 1970s, and by outcry over his warm recollections last month about working relationships with segregationists in the Senate, both of which had become issues in the last presidential debate.

Last Saturday, Mr. Biden, who is generally reluctant to apologize for elements of his lengthy record, expressed regret for those comments.

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By the time he reached New Hampshire, however, Mr. Biden was no longer on anything resembling an apology tour.

“One of the things we have to do — and I know I’m getting skewered by a lot of the, quote, new Democratic Party, and I respect them by the way — is that somehow, somehow, the idea that being able to cooperate with the other side is considered to be naïve,” Mr. Biden said Friday afternoon.

Asked about that view, Mr. Sanders, 77, who like many lawmakers has also at times worked across the aisle, said, “Maybe Joe is thinking about what existed in Congress 30 years ago, I don’t know. And there was a time when you had, moderate Republicans were prepared to support good legislation. Sadly, especially under Trump, those days are over.”

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Certainly, Mr. Biden also issued plenty of calls for Democratic Party unity, and largely stuck to highlighting policy differences in broad strokes, rather than more sharply questioning the experience or judgment of any individual opponent. But even as Mr. Biden said he would “break my neck” helping to elect the eventual nominee and warned against a “circular firing squad,” his willingness to highlight intraparty differences was undeniably a break in emphasis from his early pledges to never “speak ill of another Democratic candidate for president.”

“We’re criticizing Trump, with good reason, for abusing executive power,” he said unprompted before a gathering of young Democrats in Portsmouth, as a thunderstorm threatened on Friday evening. “How many times you hear candidates on the stage, of the 400 of us running, how many you hear saying, ‘If I’m elected, I will by executive order do the following.’ What are we talking about? There’s a Constitution! It separates power. It’s important.”

Mr. Biden also more subtly sought to draw contrasts on the question of electability, claiming in Dover, “I think I’m the only one of the candidates or anyone else who was invited in to campaign in 24 states,” naming “red states” like Alabama — where Senator Cory Booker had also appeared for a Senate race — and Montana and North Dakota, “blue states as well as purple states that we should never lose, like Pennsylvania, Michigan and so on.”

But as much as Mr. Biden insisted he was ready to focus on the future, plenty of voters — not to mention his opponents — are not done talking about his past.

On Saturday morning, Mr. Biden was asked about his previous support for the war in Iraq. The “mistake I made was trusting President Bush” on the question of sending inspectors into that country, he said.

He was also asked whether he would consider appointing Anita Hill, now a professor at Brandeis, to the Supreme Court. Professor Hill testified during the nomination hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991, when Mr. Biden was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and critics at the time and more so today say he mishandled the situation.

Mr. Biden said that he has had “long conversations with Anita Hill,” and also said that she has indicated that she could vote for Mr. Biden. “Didn’t say she will, but she said yes. And so it’s a little blown out of proportion.” He added that “it’s important that the courts look like the country,” including people of color and women.

Mr. Biden also signaled that he expects more scrutiny to come.

“There’s a lot of people doing opposition research out there that seem very interested in my 40-year record, and I’m proud of my record,” he said. “Did I make mistakes? Sure I made mistakes. But the fact of the matter is, you have to know context.”

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New Republic Drops Out Of Climate Forum Over Backlash To Buttigieg Op-Ed

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The New Republic will no longer co-host a climate forum scheduled for September with media website Gizmodo following backlash to a controversial op-ed it published about South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg last week.

The summit, set for Sept. 23 in New York, will provide an opportunity for Democratic presidential candidates to discuss the climate change crisis after the Democratic National Committee said it would not host a debate focused solely on the issue, TNR and Gizmodo announced Thursday.

But backlash over TNR’s publishing an “offensive” and “homophobic” op-ed on Friday about Buttigieg, one of the dozens of Democratic presidential hopefuls, prompted the magazine to withdraw from the event, Gizmodo said in a statement Saturday.

“This incident was entirely inconsistent with our values as journalists and with the inclusive atmosphere we intend to foster at the event,” Gizmodo said in its statement. “The forum itself will go on, for all of the reasons outlined in our initial announcement. Climate change is simply too important to be ignored or sidelined in the 2020 presidential race.”

TNR faced swift condemnation after it published an op-ed by openly gay literary critic Dale Peck about Buttigieg, vying to become the nation’s first openly gay president. In his piece, Peck referred to the candidate as “Mary Pete” ― a play on the “Mayor Pete” moniker that has attached to Buttigieg ― and called him “the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom.” He also claimed Buttigieg would be too sexually promiscuous to make a good president.

TNR removed the op-ed, derided by many readers as homophobic and cruel, later Friday and replaced it with an editor’s note: “Dale Peck’s post ‘My Mayor Pete Problem,’ has been removed from the site, in response to criticism of the piece’s inappropriate and invasive content. We regret its publication.”

Win McCormack, TNR’s owner and editor in chief, issued an apology Saturday, saying the article should never have appeared on the site.

“I want to extend our sincerest apologies to Mayor Buttigieg, as well as to our readers, for an article that was both inappropriate and offensive,“ McCormack said. “It has been removed from our site.”

Buttigieg told The Associated Press on Saturday that he “appreciated” TNR removing the article.

“I don’t think it really reflects the New Republic that I know,” he said.

TNR’s exit from the climate summit comes shortly after several sponsors announced they were pulling out of the event over Peck’s piece, including the League of Conservation Voters, NRDC Action Fund and Earthjustice Action.

“The offensive piece by this author, and the choice to run it, are inconsistent with our values,” LCV president Gene Karpinski said in a statement Saturday.

It’s unclear whether the environmental advocacy groups will rejoin the forum following TNR’s decision to drop out. They did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

“The initial reaction to our announcement of the forum was widespread and almost entirely positive, reaffirming our belief that the American public is hungry for an in-depth climate change discussion,” Gizmodo said in its statement Saturday. “We are currently seeking additional media partners who share our values to help foster a robust dialogue.”

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Indiana boy, 2, ran over by lawn mower, airlifted to hospital for ‘serious injuries,’ police say

A toddler in Indiana sustained serious injuries on Saturday after his grandfather backed over him with a lawn mower, according to officials.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook the incident happened around 1 p.m. on the 3600 block of Grayford Road in Commiskey, located about 70 miles south of Indianapolis.

“Deputies are still investigating and thus far calling it a terrible accident,” police said. “Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.”

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Police said that William and Beverly Waltermire showed up at the sheriff’s office in North Vernon asking for an ambulance for their grandson.

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A 2-year-old boy in Indiana had to be airlifted to a hospital after sustaining “serious injuries” when he was run over by a lawn mower on Saturday. (iStock)

While William was mowing the lawn at a property on Grayford Road, the 2-year-old boy ran towards his grandfather, chased by his grandmother, according to police.

The boy then fell as the grandfather was backing up, and went under the lawn mower while it was still running, the couple told the police.

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The grandparents rushed to the sheriff’s office, met with emergency responders, and the grandson was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

The boy was then flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for “serious injuries,” according to police.

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“We would like to thank Rescue 20 and St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital Staff as well as Officers from the North Vernon Police Department for their efforts,” police said.

Additional incidents about the accident have yet to be released. The sheriff’s office said that deputies are still investigating.

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Kellyanne Conway points to ‘Deporter in Chief’ Obama in defense of ICE raids

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While the Trump administration is taking heat from Democrats as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) begins deportation operations across the country, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway claims that the president is simply following in the footsteps of his Democratic predecessor.

Recalling how raids were carried out under President Obama, Conway discussed the reputation the 44th president garnered due to his actions against undocumented immigrants.

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“He was referred to as ‘Deporter in Chief,’ very harshly in 2012,” Conway noted, “and he said ‘I’m not a king, I have to enforce the law.’”

Conway said that the ongoing deportation operations are simply part of ICE’s job.

“ICE does this every single day, it’s called enforcement actions,” she added, point out that the people being targeted are those who already have final removal orders against them after they exhausted their appeals.

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Conway also discussed the ongoing crisis at the southern border, saying she is opposed to separating children from their parents.

“I think you can enforce the law without separating families,” she said.

Conway blamed the practice on those who are no longer part of the administration. Family separation drew headlines when it started taking place on a large scale under a zero-tolerance policy on illegal border crossing that started under former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case draws his New Mexico ranch into investigation

A sprawling desert ranch south of Santa Fe is tied to a New Mexico state attorney general investigation targeting financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

News of the probe comes as Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender in Florida and New York, faces new charges of sex trafficking underage girls in an indictment Manhattan federal prosecutors obtained last week.

Also drawing scrutiny is a New Mexico law that allowed Epstein to avoid having to register as a sex offender in the state.

“New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in strengthening outdated and weak laws that fail to protect our children from abuse,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “This is a huge black eye for our state.”

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A Balderas spokesman confirmed his office had interviewed possible victims of Epstein who visited the ranch, the AP reported. The office has not said how many accusers were interviews or elaborated on what they say took place at the property.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Stanley, N.M. is shown Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in New York. (KRQE via AP)

In a 2015 court filing in Florida, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Epstein said she had been abused at several locations, including the New Mexico property, according to the AP.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution under an agreement that required him to spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. The agreement has been widely criticized for secretly ending a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls at the time that could have landed him behind bars for life.

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of the 2008 deal with Epstein. Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw the non-prosecution agreement.

Epstein purchased Zorro Ranch from the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King years ago.

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This March 28, 2017 image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

In 2010, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety sent Epstein a letter saying he had to register as a sex offender and then sent a second letter a month later saying that he did not have to register, KOAT-TV reported.

Epstein wasn’t required to register because the age of the victim in the Florida prostitution case involved a girl who was 17 and the rules are different for that offense in New Mexico, according to the station.

He would have been required to register if the victim was 16 or younger, according to reports.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges.

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A judge will hear his application for bail on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Fake Christian’ Trends On Twitter As Critics Skewer Chilly Mike Pence At Migrant Center. “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does,” one foe tells the vice president who considers his Christian faith a “dominant” influence in his life.

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