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How Other Candidates Rate on the Trump Hate-Scale

Presidential candidate Donald Trump set the Internet on fire when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.  We looked at other candidates’ past comments and rated them on a scale from one to WTF-are-you-kidding-me?! Here’s how they compare to The Donald:

Donald Trump – Total Immigrant Hater

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Trump’s stance: “They’re bringing drugs; they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting and it only makes common sense.”

Ted Cruz – No Apologies from Trump Needed

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Cruz says: “I don’t think [Trump] should apologize for speaking out against the problem that is illegal immigration. They’re not mostly that [rapists]. But Donald Trump has a way of speaking that gets attention. And I credit him for focusing on an issue that needs to be focused on.”

READ: Are These the Mexican “Criminals” Trump Warned You About?

Mike Huckabee – Might as Well Be Trump

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Huckabee says: “We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of drug-dealers, terrorists. People who can walk across this border with a rocket propelled launcher on their shoulder. That’s what we have to be worried about.”

Ben Carson – Immigrants Bring Diseases #CarsonFact

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Carson says: “The facts are that there are people in our country who have become lax in terms of their vigilance, getting their kids immunized, and we have people coming in who are not necessarily being properly screened. That’s not making it an issue, it’s stating facts.”

Marco Rubio – Illegal Immigration Not OK Anymore

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Rubio told immigration activists: “You don’t have the right to illegally immigrate here.” Kinda weird, since his grandfather illegally immigrated from Cuba.

WATCH: Reporter Questions Ted Cruz’s Cuban-ness

Bobby Jindal – Immigrants Should Adopt “American” Values

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Mr. “Tanned, Rested and Ready: “If folks want to immigrate to America, they should do so legally. They should adopt our values. They should learn English. And they should roll up their sleeves and get to work.” Immigrants don’t “roll up their sleeves”? They don’t work?

Rick Santorum – Immigrants Lead to Loss of “American” Workers

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Santorum says: “Since 2000 there have been 6 million net new jobs created in America. How many of those net new jobs are held by people who were not born in this country? All of them.

Rand Paul – Hopes to Welcome Hardworking Immigrants

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Rand says: “I think the message for the Republican Party needs to be that we welcome you. If you want to work, we will find a place for you.”

Jeb Bush – Wants to Make Immigration Easier

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Bush says: “We’re a nation of immigrants. This is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique.”

Martin O’Malley – Believes We Should Embrace Immigrants

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O’Malley says: “It’s central to our nation’s character and central to our nation’s economy … For me, it’s a pretty essential part of what it’s going to take to get things going in the right direction.”

READ: 23 #HispanicGirlsUnite Tweets that are Truth

Bernie Sanders – Wants Immigrants to Join the Rest of Us

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Sanders says: “Despite the central role that undocumented workers play in our economy and in our daily lives, these workers are too often reviled by many for political gain and shunted into the shadows.”

Hillary Clinton – Total Immigrant Supporter

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Clinton says: “That’s one of the big hopes I have, is that we can get back to being a country where people can understand what others are going through and have empathy for it and really try to help each other.”

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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What Is the 25th Amendment and What Does it Do?: A Primer

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So in case you missed it, some crazy stuff went down at the Capitol yesterday. A mob of far-right Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building in “protest” of Congress ratifying President Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes.

The heinous episode shocked and rattled many Americans. After months of inflammatory rhetoric, President Trump effectively activated his base into violent and treasonous actions. And people are upset. 

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have since called for Trump’s resignation. But knowing President Trump, it isn’t likely that he’s going to do that.

Because of that, lawmakers have reportedly been having talks to discuss invoking the 25th Amendment.

The 25th Amendment has four sections that dictate what will happen in the event of an acting president being unable to carry out the duties of office. These events have usually amounted to…colonoscopies (no, really). But this time around, lawmakers are looking to the fourth section of the amendment to remove Trump from office. And this is where the wording gets super lawyer-y.

Section Four the 25th Amendment states:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

Translation: The Vice President, Trump’s cabinet, the Senate leader, and the Speaker of the House would all have to agree to ousting Trump.

It’s a little complicated, so let’s break it down. Vice President Pence and the majority (11 out of 23) of Trump’s cabinet would have to agree that he is unfit for office. Then, they must submit a written request to the “President pro Tempore” of the Senate (who is Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley) as well as the Speaker of the House (California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi).

But wait, that’s not all. As soon as this motion is enacted, President Trump would be able to contest that decision (which he most definitely would). In that case, VP Mike Pence, Senator Grassley, and Congresswoman Pelosi would have to re-draft another statement insisting that he is, indeed, unfit for office.

Then, two-thirds of both the Senate and the House of Representatives would have to agree with their decision.

Only then would Trump be permanently removed from the presidency.

So, yeah…a lot of steps. But there’s a good reason for that. If removing a president from office were easy, it would be done a lot more often and our democracy would be a lot shakier.

Remember relentlessly hearing about the “checks and balances” of our government in elementary school? This is what our teachers were talking about. A lot of different people in different parts of the government have to sign-off on hard decisions so we can all make sure every action is justified and reasonable.

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