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‘Straight up scumbag’: Internet eviscerates Rick Santorum for telling Dreamer to leave his country

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A poignant exchange between a DREAMER and Rick Santorum prompted online backlash Tuesday after the former Pennsylvania representative told the Mexican-born engineer she should go to another country.

Elizabeth Vilchis, who—like Santorum’s own father—was brought to the United States when she was just 7 years old, spoke with the Republican spokesman during Van Jones’s CNN special The Messy Truth. Vilchis said after learning at a young age about a shortfall in people pursuing STEM career paths, she “decided to be part of the solution,” first earning a degree in mechanical engineering then spending almost a decade encouraging other students to enter the field.

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“I stand to lose all the work that I’ve done if the administration decides to end DACA,” Vilchis said, referring to the immigration policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals which permits undocumented immigrants who entered into the country as minors to receive deferred action against deportation.

“My career will come to an end if that program ends and I will also potentially be labelled for deportation, which means I am going to be removed form the communities that I’ve contributed to so much,” Vilchis said, asking for advice from Santorum about how she should plan for her future given Trump’s tough talk on deportation.

Santorum responded with his “own personal story” of his father coming to the country when he was 7 years old. The former representative said his father felt that coming to America “was worth doing the right way.”

What most people in America feel is that you’ve been given a tremendous benefit by being here in this country,” Santorum said, later adding that his “guess” is that Vilches “wouldn’t have had the opportunities to be able to accomplish what you have” anywhere else.

“My final point is that you have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares, and be successful, and reapply to come back to America,” Santorum added.

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CNN contributor Ana Navarro came to Vilchis’s defense, slamming Santorum for his callous statement. “First of all, this is your country,” Navarro responded. “No matter what he says, no matter what anybody else says, this is your country.”

“That’s not what the law says,” Sanatorum shot back.

Undeterred, Navarro continued, “I, as an American, thank you for the contributions you are making to our joint country. I want you here.” The CNN contributor added that“anonymity is no longer an option for people like” Vilchis.

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“You’ve got to tell your story and change and affect public opinion, because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream,” Navarro said.

Returning to Santorum, Vilchis explained that she was brought to the United States as a child without any knowledge of her situation.

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“It’s tragic to hear that,” Santorum replied, later adding, “As much as I’m sympathetic to you, you should recognize the gift that America has given you and that you can give to the world.”

Observers were quick to criticize Santorum’s answer, lambasting him on social media for his dismissive and insensitive suggestion that a woman who’s lived in the United States for the majority of her life, and had no say over it in the first place, should be forced to leave the country she calls home.

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Watch the exchange below, via CNN:

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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