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‘We’re not monsters’: Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric leaves young Latina in tears

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The daughter of an undocumented immigrant broke down in tears and insisted to CNN that her family were not “monsters” in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most recent anti-Latino rhetoric.

On Monday, Trump told a group of supporters in Texas that the U.S. was a “dumping ground for the rest of the world.”

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“We have to end this sanctuary-cities crap fast,” he insisted.

And during what was billed as a foreign policy speech on the USS Iowa in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the candidate had focused on immigration instead of the Islamic radical group ISIS or other military threats.

“The drugs pour in, and the money pours out. Not a good deal,” Trump opined. “So we’re going to build a wall.”

In an interview that aired on Wednesday, CNN’s Carol Costello spoke to a family of undocumented immigrants who had been in the U.S. for 14 years. Costello noted that the family “works hard,” pays taxes and was not on welfare.

“I don’t think he represents Americans,” the father named Francisco explained. “We want to prove him and people who think like him that we are here working hard, and face all the time deportation.”

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According to Costello, Francisco’s family was devastated several years ago when immigration officials raided his workplace, forcing him to spend three months in a detention center. Eventually, Catholic Charities was able to get him released.

“If he gets deported, I don’t know, I’ll be really sad,” daughter Fatima remarked. “Because when he was in jail, I was only a little girl.”

She continued in tears: “It really hurt me. He wasn’t there for us. They took him away from me.”

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“When you hear politicians describe people coming over the border from Mexico, do you listen to them?” Costello wondered.

“No, we’re not monsters,” Fatima replied.

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Sept. 16, 2015.


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Vietnamese women strive to clear war-era mines

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Inching across a field littered with Vietnam war-era bombs, Ngoc leads an all-women demining team clearing unexploded ordnance that has killed tens of thousands of people -- including her uncle.

"He died in an explosion. I was haunted by memories of him," Le Thi Bich Ngoc tells AFP as she oversees the controlled detonation of a cluster bomb found in a sealed-off site in central Quang Tri province.

More than 6.1 million hectares of land in Vietnam remain blanketed by unexploded munitions -- mainly dropped by US bombers -- decades after the war ended in 1975.

At least 40,000 Vietnamese have since died in related accidents. Victims are often farmers who accidentally trigger explosions, people salvaging scrap metal, or children who mistake bomblets for toys.

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Chief Justice John Roberts issues New Year’s Eve warning to stand up for democracy

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In a progressive welcoming move, Chief Justice John Roberts issued his New Year's Eve annual report urging his fellow federal judges to stand up for democracy.

"In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public's need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital," he wrote. "We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability."

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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