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We Checked Trump’s Claim That Hillary Has Helped Deport Millions. Here’s What We Found

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The third and final debate featured several topics of national interest. Chief among them was the topic of immigration.

During the segment, many fingers were pointed about how either candidate has failed to handle the subject of immigration, but one moment stood out. Donald Trump stated, “Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.” Then added, “Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally the wall wasn’t built. But Hillary Clinton wanted the wall.” While Trump has been known to make wild accusations that are often untrue or misleading, this claim was enough to get us digging. And it turns out Trump was right, mostly. Let’s break down some of his claims from last nights immigration segment.

“Hillary Clinton wanted the wall. Hillary Clinton fought for the wall in 2006 or thereabouts.”

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In 2006, Hillary Clinton, as well as Barack Obama, voted in favor of George W. Bush’s Secure Fence Act. Notably, Bernie Sanders voted against the act, and both Clinton and Obama distanced themselves from it when the 2008 elections came around. When pressed on the issue by CNN’s John King, Clinton tried to clarify that she believed that a border barrier would work in certain areas, though did not elaborate. This distancing from the Secure Fence Act she supported was clearly an attempt to soften her image with Mexican and Latino voters, who she was trying to woo from Barack Obama in 2008.

“Now, she never gets anything done, so naturally the wall wasn’t built. But Hillary Clinton wanted the wall.”

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When the Secure Fence Act was signed into law, it stagnated for several years thanks to underfunding. Of the 700 miles of wall the law planned to construct, only 649 miles were completed, leading Obama to claim in 2011 that the border fence was “now basically complete.” Trump’s argument here is true, but misleading. The wall was built, though it was a bureaucratic headache, and many Republicans have argued that the finished product didn’t match what the Secure Fence Act set out to accomplish. Barack Obama even suggested that Republicans will never be happy with the wall, saying, “They’ll want want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

“President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it. Nobody talks about it. But under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country – they’ve been deported.”

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Trump is implying that despite how she presents herself, Hillary Clinton is no friend of immigrants, and that her record under Obama proves as much. Trump’s claim is true. Since Obama has been president, roughly 2.5 million people have been deported, and in 2014, a record setting 409,000 people were sent packing. However, unlike Trump’s claim, people ARE talking about it, as the above clip demonstrates. In an interview with Fusion, Jorge Ramos brought up President Obama’s record setting deportations, and Ramos went so far as to refer to Obama as “Deporter in Chief” to his face. What’s alarming in this, is that even though the numbers of deportations under Obama are staggeringly high, they’re still not good enough for Trump, who has something even bigger planned should he become president.

If you haven’t seen it, watch the immigration segment from last night.

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The immigration debate begins at 49:30 in this video.

Like any debate, there were highs and lows and several WTF moments. But the most important message came at the end:

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Be sure to get out and vote November 8th.


READ: Obama’s Great DNC Speech Doesn’t Mean He’s Still Not “Deporter In Chief”

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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Trump Labels Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism As His Own Supporters Face Similar Allegations

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In a move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration, Trump has moved to put Cuba back on the list of nations that allegedly sponsor terrorism.

Obama had taken Cuba off of that list in 2015 and with four years to Cuba back on the list, many agree that Trump has simply put Cuba back on the list to make life difficult for President Biden.

The Trump administration has put Cuba back on the list of countries that “sponsor terrorism.”

With just days left in office, Trump has moved to label Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in a last-minute move that is sure to complicate things for the incoming Biden administration.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo justified the controversial move which reverses Barack Obama’s 2015 decision to remove Cuba from the list after more than three decades – by accusing Havana of “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists”.

Pompeo also alleged Cuba was engaging “in a range of malign behavior across the region”, highlighting its support for Venezuela’s authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro who Trump has unsuccessfully tried to overthrow.

The controversial step places Cuba alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria as state sponsors of terror.

However, most officials agree that Trump’s claims about Cuba are bogus.

Many international observers – including U.S. allies – aren’t impressed by the administration’s claims that Cuba is sponsoring terrorism.

In an interview with The Guardian, Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at Chatham House, said “These are trumped up charges. Terrorism as an international definition is committing acts of violence against unarmed civilians intended to frighten the population. Cuba doesn’t do that. Yes, it represses its own people – but so does Saudi Arabia.”

Groups that favor greater U.S. engagement with Cuba criticized the announcement.

“There is no compelling, factual basis to merit the designation,” according to Ric Herrero, executive director of the Cuba Study Group, a Washington DC-based organization that supports engagement with the island. “Instead it appears to be another shameless, last-ditch effort to hamstring the foreign policy of the incoming Biden administration and set the stage for the next election in Florida, all at the expense of the Cuban people and relations between our countries.”

Many observers agree that Trump’s move is simply a gift to party hardliners in Florida, and likely a deliberate attempt to make life difficult for the incoming Biden administration who may wish to end deténte with Cuba.

Of course, Cuban officials reacted angrily to the announcement.

After the announcement, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez tweeted: “We condemn the US announced hypocritical and cynical designation of #Cuba as a State sponsoring terrorism. The US political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims.”

Reversing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s action would require the Biden administration to certify to Congress that there has been a fundamental change in leadership in Cuba and that the government is not supporting acts of international terrorism, has not for the previous six months and will not do so in the future.

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Someone Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’— Now There’s A Federal Investigation

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Someone Mutilated A Manatee With The Name ‘Trump’— Now There’s A Federal Investigation

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Just when we thought Trump supporters couldn’t disgust us more, one disfigured a manatee by etching “Trump” into its back.

Sadly, over the weekend, a manatee was found in Florida’s Homosassa River with the name “Trump” scratched into its back. The discovery has prompted federal officials to open an investigation into the disfigurement of the threatened species.

A mutilated manatee was found over the weekend with the name Trump scratched into its back.

According to a report published by the Citrus County Chronicle, it is unclear when and how the manatee was mutilated. It is also unknown whether the current investigation has made any leads in regards to the perpetrators. Still, footage of the abused animal has sparked outrage online.

Douglas Nowacek, a professor of Conservation Technology at Duke University told Vice that the incident is “one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen done to a wild animal.” In a separate email, Ruth Carmichael, a Senior Marine Scientist at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama described the act a “horrific” to VICE saying “I have no words to express how deeply troubling, thoughtless, and potentially cruel this is.” 

Marine biologists say that it is unclear just how much harm the mammal endured.

“It’s a little hard to see the extent of damage from the video,” Carmichael explained. “It is harassment regardless. If the scrape penetrates the skin, then it likely caused some pain and stress. The animals have nerves and sensory hairs in the skin. Additionally, open wounds could become infected.” 

According to Graham Worthy, Department Chair and Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida who spoke to VICE the letters could mostly be shallow, and may mostly be algae scraped off the animal’s back making“ injury would be virtually non-existent.”

Still, physically hurt or not, the manatee in question was clearly harassed by a person. As such the perpetrator could face severe penalties if found. 

“Violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act may result in fines of up to $100,000 and one year’s imprisonment for individuals and up to $200,000 for organizations,” Worthy told Vice. “It is illegal to approach and make contact with these animals let alone deface or injure them. It is illegal to feed or harass wild marine mammals including dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, sea lions, and manatees. You are not allowed to feed, swim with, or harass these marine animals… They should be observed from a distance of at least 50 yards.”

The mutilated manatee is a West Indian manatee and is a herbivorous mammal found in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Up until 2017, the species was considered endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, conservation status is listed as “threatened.”  

As many users of social media have noted, perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of the images that humans already cause so much pain and suffering to innocent animals. When does it stop?

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