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Chris Wallace grills DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen: How do babies in caravan ‘threaten national security’?

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday admitted that she could not prove that a caravan of migrants headed to the U.S. border is a national security threat.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Nielsen railed against the migrants who are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.

“What the president has been saying and will continue to say and what I’ve been saying is this caravan is not getting in,” Nielsen insisted. “My general message to this caravan is do not come. You will not be allowed in. There is a right way to emigrate to the United States and this is not it.”

Fox host Chris Wallace pointed to reports which say that President Donald Trump “may use the same legal authority he did for the first travel ban.”

“I fully understand that people from Honduras don’t have a right to come in to the U.S. illegally,” Wallace said. “But on what basis can you say that this caravan poses a national security threat?”

“We have a crisis at the border right now,” Nielsen replied without answering the question. “We are stopping between 1,500 and 1,700 people a day trying to cross illegally into this country. This caravan is one iteration of that.”

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“Frankly, we see caravans every day with these numbers,” she shrugged. “Every possible action, authority, executive program is on the table to consider to ensure that it is clear that there is a right and legal way to come to this country and no other ways will be tolerated.”

Wallace pressed Nielsen after she failed to answer his question.

“[Trump] is talking specifically about a provision where the president gets to protect national security,” Wallace explained. “We’re talking, in many cases here, about women, about children, about babies. How do they threaten national security?”

“This isn’t a ticketed event,” Nielsen shot back. “You don’t have a membership in the caravan. Moment to moment, there are people raising their hand saying they are part of the so-called caravan and there are others… who say they are no longer part of the caravan.”

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“This is about the rule of law, this is about understanding who is in the flow,” she added. “And, Chris, I cannot tell you as secretary of Homeland Security that I know every person in this flow. What I do know is that we stop 3,000 people a year who have travel patterns similar to terrorists.”

Watch the video below from Fox News Sunday.

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Lawrence O’Donnell throttles Donny Deutsch for saying Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Trump: ‘This is pure guesswork’

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Lawrence O'Donnell and Donny Deutsch had quite the exchange in the post-debate conversation on MSNBC Wednesday.

Deutsch tried to say that Sen. Elizabeth Warren's outstanding debate performance doesn't matter because Warren can't win in a match-up against President Donald Trump.

"I do not believe Elizabeth Warren, on stage with Donald Trump, beats him," he told the MSNBC panel. "And I think if we're honest with ourselves and we look hard at ourselves, I think a lot of people agree with me. It's — and I also think when you can label somebody a socialist, 57 percent of this country thinks that word is un-American. I'm not saying it's fair. When he can blanket Elizabeth Warren as a socialist, and he's on stage with her, the Democrats lose."

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies

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A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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