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ICE director refuses to say whether or not Trump’s camps on the border are inhumane: ‘It’s the law’

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On Tuesday, ICE director Tom Homan appeared on CNN to defend the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy towards migrants that’s led to the forced separation of thousands of children from their parents at the border.

As Blitzer pressed him on why his agency is taking babies away from their mothers, Homan insisted that he’s just following the law and taking kids away from criminals. Homan even compared the practice to protecting children from abuse in domestic violence situations.

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“Those kids cry too,” he said.

Temper flaring, Homan declared that if anyone is to blame for the situation at the border, it’s the parents, who’ve committed a crime by trying to cross illegally.

Blitzer pointed out that illegal border crossing is a misdemeanor that hardly seems like a good reason to incarcerate babies.

“Is it humane?” Blitzer demanded to know.

Homan refused to answer whether the policy was humane and kept repeating, “It’s the law.”

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“The parents of these illegal alien children are making bad decisions” he concluded. I’m making the right decisions for my children. They need to do the same.”

Immigration experts point out that in addition to being inhumane, the policy is not likely to be effective because unlike Homan’s contention that the parents are choosing poorly, many don’t have much choice when it comes to fleeing their home countries.

“I think the administration is trying to scare families from coming to the United states by claiming they’ll be separated from their children if they try,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, Professor of Immigration Law Practice at Cornell Law School, tells Raw Story.

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“But there has not been any evidence deterrence is successful, in some ways because it’s too early to tell since it takes a month or more to travel from central America,” he says.

“Also, the administration may be underestimating the fear of gangs in their home countries. If someone is really desperate, they’re not going to pick up a US newspaper and worry about what might happen at the border.”

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“For many people it truly is a life or death situation to need to flee the gangs in those countries.”

Separating kids from their families after they’ve made the long, dangerous trek to the border is obviously “cruel and inhumane” Loehr says.

CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin knocked Homan on a CNN panel later.

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“When the people in charge can’t say it’s humane, there’s a problem,” he said.


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Devin Nunes’ income called into question as watchdog asks for investigation of his finances

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According to a report from the Fresno Bee,the non-partisan Campaign Legal Center is requesting a federal investigation into whether U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) is receiving legal services in violation of House ethics rules.

Over the past year, the conservative Republicans has launched a handful of lawsuits against critics -- including the McClatchy newspaper chain and a person on Twitter purporting to be one of his cows.

According to the Bee, "The complaint says Nunes appears to be in 'blatant violation of House rules,' because he would have trouble paying for all these lawsuits solely from his congressional salary of $174,000 per year. The group argues he’d only be able to pay if he received legal services for free, at a discounted rate, or based on a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer would get compensated from Nunes’ winnings if he prevails in his lawsuits."

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$1,750+ ticket prices for South Carolina debate spark outrage

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"I think it speaks to the fundamental, endemic corruption of the Democratic Party establishment that you had to pay... multiple thousands of dollars to get into that room."

Unusually loud booing and jeering directed disproportionately at Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate—particularly when the senators criticized billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg—sparked probing questions about the class composition of the audience packed inside the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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