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Sally Yates Destroyed Ted Cruz And Social Media Did A Victory Lap

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Ted Cruz is no stranger to arguing the finer points of an issue. The 46-year-old Texas Senator has won national debate championships and he has fared well in multiple town halls, including his recent sparring match with Bernie Sanders. Yesterday, however, Rep. Ted Cruz found himself up against former acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an exchange that was the political equivalent of Canelo v. Chavez Jr. Yates and Cruz discussed many issues around President Trump’s travel ban, which Yates famously blocked, leading to her removal as Deputy Attorney General. Several times, Cruz attempted to undermine Yates’ authority on legal matters, but she was the acting Attorney General, so she was more than fluent in the language of the law, leading to many awkward moments for Cruz during the exchange.

Cruz’s attempts to one-up Yates fell flat, and many were impressed with the easy work Yates made of the Texas Senator.


Those who follow politics loved how poised Yates was during the exchange, which many described as “heated.”


Because Sally Yates brought the fire.


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And they hated Cruz’s attempt to “mansplain” legal matters to someone with years of legal experience.


Did anyone really think Sally Yates would crumble because of Ted Cruz?


Yates’ performance was the breath of fresh air so many people needed.


Many wondered how Cruz would recover.


Democratic Senators, though probably biased, also agreed that Yates clearly outclassed Cruz in the exchange.


Other people consider this Cruz’s most cringe-worthy moment since that time his own daughter refused to kiss him.


READ: Last Night’s Canelo Vs Chavez Memes Mostly Focused On Canelo’s Next Fight

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John Leguizamo Calls On Latino Celebs To Boycott Texas Because Of New Anti-Immigrant Law

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John Leguizamo Calls On Latino Celebs To Boycott Texas Because Of New Anti-Immigrant Law

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On May 4, the governor of Texas signed SB 4, a new law that would require local law enforcement to follow federal procedures concerning undocumented people — essentially deputizing them as ICE agents. Now, some are calling for a boycott of the state.

The law, which allows local police to stop people without probable cause, theoretically allows officers to racially profile Latinos and ask them for documentation. It also increases the penalties for “harboring” an undocumented person.

The ACLU has even issued a State Department-like travel advisory to the state. The law takes effect on Sept. 1.

“The ACLU’s goal is to protect all Texans and all people traveling through Texas — regardless of their immigration status — from illegal harassment by law enforcement,” Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns said in a released statement. “Texas is a state with deep Mexican roots and home to immigrants from all walks of life. Many of us fit the racial profile that the police in Texas will use to enforce Trump’s draconian deportation force.”

Actor John Leguizamo tweeted that he is canceling his tour in Texas. He also called on other celebrities to boycott the state.

CREDIT: JohnLeguizamo / Twitter
CREDIT: JohnLeguizamo / Twitter

200 Texas faith leaders also condemned the governor of Texas for signing this anti-immigrant law. Here’s an excerpt of the letter that they sent Abbot:

“Dear Governor Abbott,

As faith leaders from many different traditions, we write to condemn the anti-immigrant legislation you signed into law that will target and discriminate against our immigrant neighbors. As people of faith, we look first to our common values rooted in our sacred texts that remind us to love our neighbor and welcome the sojourner among us. As Leviticus 19:34 (CE) reminds us: ‘Any immigrant who lives with you must be treated as if they were one of your citizens. You must love them as yourself, because you were immigrants in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.'”

You can read the entire letter here.

El Cenizo, a southern Texas town with a 99 percent Latino population, has already filed a lawsuit against the governor and the state.

The suit, filed with the help of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), states:

“The complaint which was filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens against the State of Texas and key government officials seeks declaratory and injunctive relief from the courts to stop the state from discriminating against individuals based solely on the color of their skin. The complaint, which was the first to be filed by a civil rights organization in response to the signing of SB 4, maintains that SB 4 violates the U.S. Constitution. The statute seeks to extend local law enforcement into a field preempted by federal law. Specifically, SB 4 impermissibly extends immigration enforcement to local officials by forcing local government entities to cooperate with immigration enforcement efforts in a way that violates federal law both constitutionally and statutorily. In addition to the statute being unconstitutional, it is bad policy. SB 4 will promote distrust between local law enforcement and the community at large.”

Local law enforcement are also against SB4, so it appears the battle has just begun.

READ: Interrogation Of Undocumented Minors And “Baby Prisons” To Become A Reality Thanks To Texas Bill

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