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Tom Cotton: I ‘strongly support’ going forward with Trump’s wall and forcing cities to turn over immigrants

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Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday night to discuss the election result that gave the United States President Donald Trump.

Blitzer asked Cotton how he would respond if Trump offered him a spot in his administration. “He’s going to need a lot of allies in the Senate when it comes to the military and building the wall and repealing Obamacare,” Cotton said.

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“Assuming that Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States on January 20th,” Blizter started, “and immediately wants to start building that wall, and immediately is going to demand that Mexico is going to pay for that wall, where do you stand on that?”

Cotton responded, “Donald Trump promised that we’re going to build a wall. We’ve needed one for a long time. We need more than that. We need to enforce immigration laws, we need to eliminate sanctuary cities, where cities have illegal immigrants that they don’t turn over to federal authorities.”

“I strongly support those proposals,” Cotton continued. “We have to move further, I think, and re-evaluate our entire immigration policy because right now when we have so many folks who work with their hands and on their feet and haven’t had a raise in decades in real dollars, we need to rethink whether we should be admitting a million new green card holders a year in this country and a million more visa holders.”

And on the matter of the country accepting Syrian refugees who are fleeing violence, Cotton said, “We have to make sure that anyone who comes into this country is not going be a security risk to americans. Also, I think we need to take stock of whether we should be admitting the 450,000 refugees that President Obama admitted last year.”

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Pope Francis struck with unknown illness one day after expressing solidarity with coronavirus sufferers

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Just one day after expressing solidarity and support for coronavirus sufferers, Pope Francis has come down with a virus himself, forcing him to cancel a planned mass in Rome, the New York Post reports.

The unknown illness struck the Pope while the coronavirus spreads across Italy. According to CNN, Italian authorities have cordoned off areas where more than 50,000 people live in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks. Around 400 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Italy, and 12 have died.

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‘Rich people have profited enough’: New poll shows two-thirds of Americans support wealth tax to combat inequality

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Support for a wealth tax to combat persistent inequality in the U.S. is growing, according to a new poll released Wednesday by TheHill/HarrisX which found that just over two-thirds of Americans favor a tax on the wealthiest households.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents—including majorities of Democrats and Independents—said there should be a wealth tax on billionaires, as Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have proposed.

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Jay-Z files second civil lawsuit against Mississippi prison for ‘barbaric’ treatment of inmates

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Alleging "barbaric" conditions, rapper and record executive Jay-Z has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Corrections on behalf of 152 inmates, The Guardian reports.

The lawsuit states that Parchman prison is responsible for "abhorrent conditions, abuse and constant violence, inadequate health care and mental health care, and overuse of isolation," adding that "the people confined at Parchman live a miserable and hopeless existence confronted daily by imminent risk of substantial harm in violation of their rights under the US Constitution."

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