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‘Some of the cruelty is intentional’: MSNBC guest rails against ‘Stephen Miller faction’ of Trump’s White House on lost children

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During a discussion about the missing migrant children the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seems to have lost, one panelist accused President Donald Trump’s federal government of being intentionally cruel to immigrants and their families.

New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay told “MSNBC Live” that losing 1,500 migrant children might not have been intentional, but the heartlessness would be a perk for this White House.

“I actually think that pressure is mounting,” she said. “If you have been following Twitter or on social media in 48 hours. I continue to believe that if this can be viewed as a humanitarian issue, if the public shows they care, especially in a midterm year, the people who represent them will show up.”

Immigration attorney Paul Reyes noted that in President Barack Obama’s final year he instituted the Central American Minors Program because it was a problem in his administration as well. The program would have allowed those seeking asylum to apply online prior to making the long trip to the United States border. The hope was that people would not try to enter the United States if they knew they would be denied.

The program was successful in that people waited to see what the decision was from the U.S. instead of simply making the journey and entering without the approval.

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“One of the first things he did after entering office, President Trump and Jeff Sessions canceled this program,” Reyes explained. “So the problem is not the outrage, it’s the political will to move forward.”

“Let’s be clear, though,” Gay said. “Immigration has been an issue, a difficult one, a thorny one for the administration, but some of the stuff we’re seeing, the cruelty, is intentional.

“Yeah,” panelists agreed.

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“And we should not, you know, this is a ‘Stephen Miller faction.’ That’s what’s happening,” Gay closed.

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Disney heiress who went undercover to Disneyland ‘livid’ at conditions and pay

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Heiress Abigail Disney went to one of her family's resorts to see conditions for workers herself and was disgusted by what she saw.

In comments to Yahoo News podcast "Through Her Eyes," Disney described how she went to Disneyland in California undercover and found that workers at the resort were treated poorly—and underpaid.

"Every single one of these people I talked to were saying, 'I don't know how I can maintain this face of joy and warmth when I have to go home and forage for food in other people's garbage,'" said Disney.

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Ex-Peru president wanted for corruption arrested in the US

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Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo was arrested in the United States Tuesday to face extradition to his home country on corruption charges, authorities in the South American nation said.

The 73-year-old is suspected of involvement in the sprawling Odebrecht scandal in which the construction giant paid hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes throughout the continent to secure huge public works contracts.

The Peruvian attorney general's office announced on Twitter that Toledo "was arrested this morning for extradition, in the United States."

Toledo has been formally charged with receiving a $20 million payment from Odebrecht to grant it the tender to build the Interoceanic Highway that links Peru with Brazil.

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Comic-Con mines past for future hits on 50th edition

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A smorgasbord of sequels, prequels and reunions from "Terminator" to "Game of Thrones" awaits thousands of misty-eyed comic book geeks and sci-fi nerds descending on San Diego this week for the world's largest celebration of pop culture fandom.

The 50th edition of Comic-Con International will see 135,000 cosplayers, bloggers, movie executives and humble fans pile into a sweaty convention center for glimpses of their heroes, in town to promote the next mega-hit films, TV shows and comic books.

This anniversary edition promises to be more nostalgia-laden than most -- among those expected to appear are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, who will soon reunite on screen for the first time since 1991's "Terminator 2" for Paramount's killer cyborg sequel "Dark Fate."

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