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Border patrol threatens to lock up undocumented Texans trying to flee Hurricane Harvey

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Border patrol agents intend to continue operating checkpoints along the Rio Grande as Hurricane Harvey hammers Texas.

Roadside immigration checkpoints will remain open unless the hurricane — which is expected to make landfall late Friday — presents a danger to travelers or agents, reported the Texas Tribune.

“We’re not going to impede anybody getting out of here, but at the same time we’re a law enforcement agency, so we still have to conduct our duties,” said Roberto Rodriguez, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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The hurricane is expected to hit southeast Texas and the coast hardest, but the Rio Grande Valley and surrounding areas could see severe flooding and possible winds up to 110 mph.

Thousands of Texans are preparing to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Harvey, and undocumented immigrants could be detained if they’re caught in checkpoints while fleeing the storm.

“Safety should be a priority regardless of immigration status,” said ACLU policy strategist Astrid Dominguez. “This is very concerning for the community. It sends a wrong message.”

She hopes the federal government will ease up on enforcement if the hurricane intensifies and mass evacuations are ordered.

The Obama administration suspended immigration checkpoints in areas impacted by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Isaac in 2012.

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Morning Joe’s Mika rains hell on ‘pathetic’ Trump for White House smear campaign against Dr Fauci

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MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski went off on an extended diatribe on Donald Trump and the White House for attempts to smear the reputation of Dr. Anthony Fauci based upon a report from NBC News.

According to the NBC report, "The White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, as President Donald Trump works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings of the U.S. coronavirus response."

Using that as a jumping-off point, the "Morning Joe" host called the president "pathetic," and blamed the massive and resurgent spread of the coronavirus solely on the president's bungling of the government's response from day one.

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‘Criminal malpractice’: MSNBC doctor shreds Betsy DeVos for evidence-free plan to reopen schools

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A public health expert blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for pushing to send children and teachers back to school as coronavirus cases explode.

President Donald Trump's education secretary repeatedly dodged questions about safety during Sunday morning interviews on CNN and Fox News, and Dr. Vin Gupta told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the administration's lack of planning was unconscionable.

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‘Donald Trump is the most successful bio-terrorist in human history’: psychologist

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The June 6 edition of the German newsweekly Der Spiegel described Donald Trump as a "fire devil" and a president who "sets fire to his country."

This article first appeared in Salon.

The English edition of Der Spiegel continues with this damningly accurate description of America in the Age of Trump:

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