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‘These things don’t exist’: Errol Lewis tells CNN how Trump is targeting immigrants with bogus ‘crimes’

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Journalist and commentator Errol Lewis slammed the Trump administration for their use of minor crimes to target undocumented immigrations for mass deportations.

Host Chris Cuomo noted that typically, an undocumented immigrant is only deported after he or she is charged with a criminal offense. In recent cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested people while filing for domestic violence protective orders or for minor traffic violations.

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“It’s not just about being arrested,” Lewis corrected Cuomo. “You may be a risk of committing a crime. The plus is that it enables [police] to get on with the business and the political promise he made to his base. The minus, of course, is that you’re going to stumble into a due process mine field and allowing a field officer to say, ‘I think you did something that might be a criminal offense.'”

Cuomo qualified that any undocumented immigrant could be accused of a crime because they entered into the United States illegally.

Lewis said that this forces an issue that Congress has stepped around in their work on coming up with comprehensive immigration reform and that it’s going to get complicated quickly.

“It’s not clear at all where people say, ‘I wasn’t shoplifting and I have to get that adjudicated,'” Lewis continued. “It’s going to get very complicated very quickly. They’re going to get the maximum amount of flexibility as they go charging into this campaign promise they’re trying to keep.”

Panelist Jackie Kucinich noted that there have already been legal problems surrounding these kinds of deportations.

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“There were a lot of problem with the facilities and the conditions there. How many people were there and now multiply that. This is going to be expensive,” she said.

Lewis said that the country is in for a real education on this issue.

“There are always these metaphors about ‘get to the end of the line,’ ‘wait your turn’ and all of these things that don’t exist,” Lewis said.

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Cuomo asked why they don’t exist, and Lewis explained that there is no line and there are 10 different ways to enter the U.S. as an undocumented or documented immigrant. The reality is that it comes down to who one is married to, who their family is and the reasons you’re applying.

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Here’s why Wall Street has decided it’s fine with Democrats sweeping the election

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President Donald Trump has tried to portray himself as an economic savior, and warned that Joe Biden winning the election would be a disaster for jobs and businesses.

But according to Politico, Wall Street executives don't agree. Many of them are now actively rooting for Democrats to sweep the 2020 election — because Republicans have failed to deliver crucial stimulus.

"Traders in recent weeks have been piling into bets that a 'blue wave' election, in which Democrats also seize the Senate, will produce an economy-juicing blast of fresh fiscal stimulus of $3 trillion or more that carries the U.S. past the coronavirus crisis and into a more normal environment for markets," reported Ben White. "Far from panicking at the prospect of a Biden win, Wall Street CEOs, traders and investment managers now mostly say they would be fine with a change in the White House that reduces the Trump noise, lowers the threat of further trade wars and ensures a continuation of the government spending they’ve seen in recent years."

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Expert: Trump in a ‘dangerous’ battle with Bloomberg to win Texas for Biden

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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg this week revealed that he's making a major last-minute ad blitz aimed at winning both Texas and Ohio for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

According to the New York Times, Bloomberg's Independence USA super PAC is "directing millions toward television advertising" in the two states in the hopes of swaying undecided voters into backing Biden instead of President Donald Trump.

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MSNBC’s Morning Joe can’t wait for Democrats to throw McConnell’s words back in his face

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Democrats every justification to expand the Supreme Court.

The "Morning Joe" host -- an ex-Republican -- said Democrats should throw McConnell's words back in his face to make the case for expanding the court if they retake the majority, after Republicans brazenly violated their own precedent to ram through Amy Coney Barrett.

"I love watching stuff like this," Scarborough said. "This is, like, do I need some popcorn? No, I'll tell you why. Every word that Mitch McConnell -- every single word -- and if Democrats have half a brain, and if they're not wimps, they will actually lift that speech word for word and use it when they expand the court to 11 or 12 justices."

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