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Blistering Post editorial board taunts Trump for ‘irony’ of ‘paralyzed immigration courts’ for his wall shutdown

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President Donald Trump is in a showdown with the House and Senate over his demand for border wall funding. As the government shutdown goes into its second week, the Washington Post editorial board mocked the president for causing more problems on the border while he demands his wall.

“In the name of securing the border and keeping out illegal immigrants, President Trump has opted for a partial government shutdown. Irony of ironies, that shutdown has paralyzed the nation’s immigration courts, shuttering many of them and allowing several hundred undocumented immigrants to dodge deportation orders each day the shutdown continues,” the Post wrote in its New Year’s Day editorial. “They are among many hundreds of others whose cases will be postponed for years — or, in effect, indefinitely — for every day the closure lasts.”

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Many of the effects of the shutdown have been the daily lives and finances of hundreds of thousands of federal workers, contractors and government-funded programs and scientists. Left out of the cable news coverage are about 400 immigration judges that have been told not to work.

“The immigration courts are already massively jammed: The backlog is now 1.1 million cases,” the editorial continues. It means every day that the shutdown persists, thousands of cases aren’t being heard. They’ll ultimately be rescheduled three or four years from this shutdown, when Trump might not even be president anymore.

“In fact, the backlog has reached such gargantuan proportions that judges are already double- and triple-booking future court dates, like an airline overbooking flights, meaning that many cases on the docket will inevitably be postponed repeatedly,” said the Post.

Trump has already raged against the immigration courts and judges, saying that he wants to eliminate the Constitution’s “due process” Amendment for immigrants.

Trump has incorrectly claimed that when courts release immigrants into the United States with a court date, they rarely show up. The fact is that the overwhelming majority do appear for their court date.

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“What distinguishes the Trump shutdown is that it contravenes the president’s own long-standing insistence on a more rational and efficient immigration system, as he himself defines it,” the Post closed. “A president who attacks “catch and release ” now embraces a policy that ensures indefinite release. A president hungry for ever more deportations now ensures that thousands of would-be deportees get reprieves. And a president who conjures migrant no-shows in courts manages to close the courts entirely.”

Read the full editorial at the Washington Post.


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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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