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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.

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

“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.

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“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.

“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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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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