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Jose Antonio Vargas: Americans have profound misunderstanding of immigration

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday said the immigration system was fundamentally broken.

“Ordinary Americans have such a profound misunderstanding of what this issue is and who we exactly are,” he told CBS News.

The Filipino writer — who has has worked for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post — revealed in 2011 that he was an undocumented immigrant. Vargas has lived in the United States for nearly 20 years.

“There isn’t a process,” he explained. “People don’t know that. I remember being in Iowa in Cedar Rapids and Mitt Romney telling the audience people like me should get in the back of the line. Where is the line? If they can tell us where it is, if it’s in Times Square somewhere, I’ll go there right now. There is no line, there is no process.”

Vargas said that he had called the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but the agency had no records of him and refused to deal with his case.

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Ex-Reagan adviser nails why white evangelicals flock to Trump in devastating takedown of fake Christians

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Why do evangelicals — or at least, white ones — love President Donald Trump so much? Why do they stick by a president who has barely even read the Bible, has defiled marriage, and embodies the antithesis of so much of what their churches preach? Why, according to polls, did they essentially decide overnight that it's no longer important for a president to have strong personal morals to be an effective leader?

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Trump biographer drops the hammer on the president in epic rant: ‘He’s a bigot’

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On MSNBC's "Up with David Gura," Bloomberg News executive editor and MSNBC commentator Tim O'Brien laid into President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic women of color.

As O'Brien pointed out, the proof that the president is a racist lies not just in what he said, but how he responded to public anger over it.

"There's a hesitance to call it what it is, and there shouldn't be any hesitation," said O'Brien, who authored TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald. "The president is a racist. The president is a bigot. By any standard we use to decide whether or not someone is acting is a racist. He ticks off every single one of those boxes ... It's in the fact pattern. There's a long history of this from him that predated his arrival in the White House."

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Nazis ‘feed off of’ Trump’s statements: MSNBC law enforcement analyst warns of the president inciting violence

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An MSNBC law enforcement analyst warned of President Donald Trump inciting violence with his racist targeting of women of color in Congress.

Anchor Joy Reid interviewed Jim Cavanaugh, a retired ATF special agent-in-charge on Friday evening's "The Last Word."

"So those threats beginning about two years ago, increases in white nationalist activity. Have you ever heard of these kinds of increases in hate and potential hate crimes being tied to a president of the United States?" Reid asked.

"No," he replied. "That’s very, very unusual, Joy, to have that happen."

"You know, when you get more power, your words carry more weight. When you get into this undercurrent of the Nazis and the white nationalists and the klansmen, they feed off of this. They feed off of public figures -- on the regular media, in the government, congressmen, senators, the president -- saying the things they always say," he explained. "It bolsters them. It gives them strength and power."

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