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According To One Anti-Immigrant Politician, Undocumented Immigrants Are To Blame For American Politics

Republicans are getting desperate. While President Donald Trump may think he has the 2020 presidential election in the bag, his GOP party isn’t so sure. For example, several Republican politicians are resigning from office or not seeking re-election. The slew of sudden departures from office ahead of the 2020 elections could be signaling a weakening of the Republican party. Isn’t he creating more jobs, helping the economy, and making this country great again? The country doesn’t seem to think so. His poll numbers are in the tank, as they have been for his entire presidential career, so will the Republican party be able to secure domination in the next election? They’ve already lost their majority in the House. Democratic organizations are funding campaigns against vulnerable Republicans in 2020 hoping to take back the Senate and the White House. There’s at least one Republican politician that is showing his desperation regarding the 2020 election and will do just about anything to sway votes his way. 

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King is claiming that because there are so many undocumented immigrants, in some states — mainly California — they have more Representatives for that population because it is so big. 

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Rep. King is directly alleging that because California has so many undocumented immigrants, the state is required to have more Representatives elected into office to balance out the population. Now you’re probably thinking, how could Rep. King make that kind of allegation without proof or actual statistics to back up his claims?  Well, he does. 

Rep. King is citing a 2007 report published by an anti-immigration group as proof for his allegations

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“There was a study done in 2007 by FAIR — Federation for American Immigration Reform — they just estimated that there were six seats in California alone that wouldn’t exist if they didn’t have an illegal population,” Rep. King said during an event in Iowa in August where he spoke to a conservative audience. 

The Federation for American Immigration Reform may give off the impression that it is a “fair” group, but it’s far from it. The group is an anti-immigration organization that was founded by John Tanton a white nationalist

For further proof, King also included false information that stated the Department of Homeland Security had interdicted 4,117 migrants in a single day. However, the information he spewed on that day was inaccurate as well because ICE does not round up that many undocumented people every single day. His entire formula was off and even the people who he was speaking to knew that. 

“That was mind-boggling,” Tom Emmerson, an 82-year-old that attended the event in Iowa told Rolling Stone. “It just didn’t make any sense.”

Rep. King is the same representative that went after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and drank out of a toilet to prove to people that it’s okay for immigrants inside detention centers to drink from the toilet.

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King said that he “went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet.” He then “took a drink out of there. And actually pretty good! So I have a videotape and I smacked my lips,” he said, according to the New York Post. “It’s not drinking out of the toilet, it’s drinking out of the water foundation that’s integral with the back of the toilet.”

In response to Rep. King’s fiasco, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “there is a genre of videos where GOP House members — who clearly didn’t read sworn testimony that detention sinks were broken – filming themselves drinking out of toilet sinks. They’re so anti-immigrant they risk pink-eye to show off that they didn’t do the reading #CloseTheCamps.”

This isn’t the first time Rep. King has made incredibly outrages remarks. In January, Rep. King was stripped of his seat on a judiciary committee because he asked what was so offensive about white supremacy. 

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In a New York Times interview, Rep. King said he totally supports immigration as long as it is done legally and if those that come to this country assimilate to white culture. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Rep. King said in the Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” While some of his party members denounced these comments, President Trump never did. 

Rep. King also has a confederate flag at his office. What more is there to say about the character of this man?

READ: President Trump Shares Reelection Support Video Prominently Displaying White Supremacist Symbolism

Here’s What The Candidates Had To Say About The Billionaires And Their Responsibilities To Pay Taxes

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Here’s What The Candidates Had To Say About The Billionaires And Their Responsibilities To Pay Taxes

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Democrats have officially wrapped their third round of Democratic debates. Last night, 12 candidates for the Democratic nomination went head to head on the debate stage in Ohio. The biggest topics of the night were President Trump’s sudden withdrawal of troops in Syria leaving the Kurds vulnerable to Turkey’s attacks and what to do with billionaires. There were some clear winners and losers from the debate. Here is your quick breakdown from the candidates trying to be the Democratic nominee for president.

Elizabeth Warren delivered a powerful message on the inequalities of the abortion debate.

“I think there are a number of options. I think as Mayor Buttigieg said, there are many different ways that people are talking about different options and I think we may have to talk about them,” Sen. Warren said when asked if she’d add justices to the Supreme Court to protect reproductive rights. “But, on Roe v. Wade, can we just pause for a minute here. I lived in an America where abortion was illegal and rich women still got abortions because they could travel. They could go to places where it was legal. What we’re talking about now, is that the people who are denied access to abortion are the poor, are the young, are 14-year-olds who were molested by a family member. We now have support across this country. Three out of 4 Americans believe in the rule of Roe v. Wade. When you’ve got three out of four Americans supporting it, we should be able to get that passed through Congress. We should not leave this up to the Supreme Court. We should do it through democracy because we can.”

The U.S. has seen a series of laws passed on the state level aiming to limit access to abortion. The laws have attempted to shutter Planned Parenthood clinics, which offer many more services than abortions, and Alabama’s law sought to put physicians in prison for 99 years for performing abortions. Louisiana has a law that is being heard by the Supreme Court this session that could force all but one doctor in the state to stop performing abortions.

Julián Castro spoke out about increasing police brutality and deaths at the hands of law enforcement.

“I grew up in neighborhoods where it wasn’t uncommon to hear gunshots at night,” former HUD Secretary Castro said when asked about preventing handgun homicides. “I can remember ducking into the backseat of a car when I was a freshman in high school across the street from my school, my public school because folks were shooting at each other.”

Castro continued by speaking about a topic that has been frequently discussed among the candidates, government buybacks of guns. Castro pointed out that he doesn’t like the idea of a mandatory buyback program since some people have not been able to define it. Furthermore, Castro states that if authorities are not going door-to-door then it isn’t going to be effective.

According to a Pew Research Center study conducted using data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 39,773 people died from gun-related incidents in the U.S. in 2017. The deaths came from suicides, murder, law enforcement, accidents, and undetermined circumstances.

Castro also made a point to name the latest victim of deadly police violence.

Atatiana Jefferson was home in Fort Worth, Texas with her nephew playing video games when neighbors called the police to check up on Jefferson. The officer who killed Jefferson, Aaron Y. Dean, resigned before he could be fired, according to The New York Times and has been charged with murder in the death. It is also reported that there have been six police-involved killings in the Fort Worth area this year.

Beto O’Rourke doubled down on his plan to create a mandatory buyback program of assault rifles.

If someone does not turn in an AR-15 or an AK-47, one of these weapons of war, or brings it out in public and brandishes it in an attempt to intimidate, which we saw when we were at Kent State [University] recently, then that weapon will be taken from them,” former Congressman O’Rourke told the audience when asked about finding the weapons and taking them away. “If they persist, there will be other consequences from law enforcement. But the expectation is that Americans will follow the law.”

Bernie Sanders, fresh from a health scare, let the billionaires have it.

“When you have a half-million Americans sleeping out on the streets today; when you have 87 million people uninsured or under-insured; when you have hundreds of thousands of kids who cannot afford to go to college and millions struggling with the oppressive burden of student debt,” Sanders said. “Then you also have three people owning more wealth than the bottom half of American society, that is a moral and economic outrage and that truth is we cannot afford to continue this level of income and wealth inequality and we cannot afford a billionaire class whose greed and corruption has been at war for 45 years.”

The night was filled with other candidates bringing up issues of the opiate crisis, Russian meddling in American democracy, the need to bring dignity back to jobs, and Biden was confronted about the Ukrainian scandal his son is involved in.

READ: From Gun Reform To Immigration, Here Are The Highlights Of Last Night’s #DemDebate

Ecuador Was In Chaos After Massive Protests But The Government Has Reached A Deal With These Indigenous Activists

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Ecuador Was In Chaos After Massive Protests But The Government Has Reached A Deal With These Indigenous Activists

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Ecuador’s government announced a round of talks with leaders of the Indigenous groups who have been mobilizing against the government in a move to end the violence and chaos that has racked the nation for more than a week.

President Moreno announced he would withdraw the country from a deal reached with the IMF that many said would cause the greatest harms to the country’s most vulnerable populations.

In a major address, President Lenin Moreno announced he had struck a deal with indigenous leaders to cancel a disputed austerity package.

The news comes after nearly two weeks of protests that have paralyzed the economy and left seven dead.

Under the new agreement, President Moreno will withdraw the International Monetary Fund-backed package, known as Decree 883, that included a sharp rise in fuel costs. Indigenous leaders, in turn, will call on their followers to end protests and street blockades.

“Comrades, this deal is a compromise on both sides,” Moreno said. “The indigenous mobilization will end and Decree 883 will be lifted.”

The two sides will work together to develop a package of measures to cut government spending, increase revenue and reduce Ecuador’s growing budget deficits and public debt.

Ecuador’s Indigenous groups celebrated the announcement as a major victory.

“I’m so happy I don’t know what to say. I don’t have words, I’m so emotional. At least God touched the president’s heart,” said protester Rosa Matango in an interview with The Guardian. “I am happy as a mother, happy for our future. We indigenous people fought and lost so many brothers, but we’ll keep going forward.”

Caravans of cars roamed the streets early on Monday honking in celebration, passengers shouting, banging pots and waving Ecuadorian flags.

“The moment of peace, of agreement, has come for Ecuador,” said Arnaud Peral, the United Nations’ resident coordinator in Ecuador and one of the mediators of the nationally televised talks. “This deal is an extraordinary step.”

Wearing the feathered headdress and face paint of the Achuar people of the Amazon rainforest, the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations, Jaime Vargas, thanked President Moreno and demanded improved long-term conditions for Indigenous Ecuadorians.

“We want peace for our brothers and sisters in this country,” Vargas said. “We don’t want more repression.”

The protests started when the President affirmed his support for an IMF-backed agreement, known as Decree 883.

The move sparked nationwide protests as prices rose overnight by about a 25% for gas and double for diesel. A state of emergency was imposed on Thursday. Truck and taxi drivers forced a partial shutdown of Quito’s airport and roadblocks have paralyzed major roads across the country.

Images from Quito showed protesters hurling gas bombs and stones, ransacking and vandalizing public buildings as well as clashing with the police in running battles late into the night.

Some protests became so violent that the government was actually forced to flee the capital of Quito for the coastal city of Guayaquil.

All of this was in response to Decree 883 which would have ended fuel subsidies that many of the country’s poorest citizens have come to rely on.

Other indigenous demands included higher taxes on the wealthy and the firing of the interior and defence ministers over their handling of the protests.

In a shift from the heated language of the last 10 days of protests, each side at the negotiations praised the other’s willingness to talk as they outlined their positions in the first hour before a short break.

“From our heart, we declare that we, the peoples and nations, have risen up in search of liberty,” Vargas told The Guardian. “We recognize the bravery of the men and women who rose up.”