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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Sept. 16, 2015.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.
Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.
"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.
The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.
Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates
President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.