Following a discussion about a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in Customs and Border Protection custody this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Democrats need to act in order to prevent the humanitarian crisis at the border.
Hernandez Vásquez is the fifth Guatemalan child to die after being taken into custody at the border since December. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Sanders called Vasquez’s death an “absolutely horrible case” which is “exactly what the president … has been trying to prevent.”
“The president and his administration requested funding, supplemental funding just two weeks ago to help with the humanitarian crisis at the border,” she said. “Democrats have still failed to do that.”
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Others, including former acting ICE director Tom Homan and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have also called on Congress in recent days to “wake up” and act, and provide assistance to the “overwhelmed, overworked” border security officials.
“Unfortunately, this problem is going to get worse before it gets better. If members of Congress and the Democrat party continue to refuse to acknowledge the problem and start to help us fix it, they have to work with us,” Sanders said on Wednesday.
Vasquez was determined to have died from the flu after crossing the border through Texas with about 70 other people last Monday. He was prescribed Tamiflu, according to CBS, but was not brought to the hospital and information was not available on how frequently his condition was checked.
It is policy that unaccompanied minors be transferred from Border Patrol custody to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of their detainment, but Vasquez was held at a processing facility for six days before being transferred to the order Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas on Sunday, where he died. The center has since been temporarily closed.
Sanders argued that the Trump administration needs funding to be approved and loopholes in immigration law to be addressed by Congress so incidents like this can be avoided in the future.
“We need that funding, we need to fix our laws and a broken system,” she said.
“We have to take away magnets that are putting people through this treacherous journey.”
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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer argued that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden has historically missed the mark on key issues and alienated crucial voter bases.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Fleischer prefaced his statements by saying that he knows Joe Biden well but the former vice president is “always wrong.”
“He is an affable, enjoyable fellow but is he always wrong,” Fleischer said. “You can look at his voting record for the last 40 years, he gets almost every big issue backwards.”
His comments came in light of a 2007 clip shown on “Fox & Friends” that shows Biden expressing resistance to sanctuary cities. Biden has also been criticized in recent months for his role in developing the 1994 crime bill, which many believe increased rates of mass incarceration, particularly for people of color.
Fleischer also argued that Biden has been divisive especially in regard to race, condemning a speech Biden gave in 2012 attended by a large number of African-Americans in which he said that Mitt Romney’s policies would allow banking and finance companies to “put y’all back in chains.”
“This man who is supposed to be a moderate, who is supposed to be a unifier said the most divisive thing you can possibly imagine,” Fleischer said. That I and other Republicans want to recreate slavery, put blacks back in chains? You cannot call him a unifier when he speaks like that. I will never forgive him for it,” he continued.
Whether Biden’s intent was to make the comment about slavery or directed towards a specific race is unclear, but the phrasing was widely condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.
Fleischer added that Biden “can be beaten” for the Democratic nomination, despite his lead in the polls.
One person in a “strong position” to jump Biden is Bernie Sanders, Fleischer said.
“He has so much support from liberals,” he said.
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Michael Knowles said Wednesday the number of high school students pretending to have disabilities in order to get more test-taking time has skyrocketed, arguing it’s created a “cultural problem” that’s hurting the students it was intended to protect.
“The issue is not students who do need extra time because they have learning disabilities, the issue is all of the other kids pretending to have disabilities to cheat the system,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”
Knowles, host of The Daily Wire’s “The Michael Knowles Show,” added, “The broader cultural problem is that we have transformed from a society that rewards real accomplishment into a society that values victimhood.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the surging number of public high school students who are being granted special allowances during test-taking, such as extra time.
Students in affluent neighborhoods are more likely than students in other areas to get special allowances known as “504s,” according to a WSJ analysis of data from 9,000 public schools.
The 504 designation is for students who have learning or attention difficulties such as ADHD or anxiety and allows them to do their work at their own pace.
Sometimes, students are allowed to go into a separate room take a test and are afforded much more time than other students. However, some claim that students are claiming disabilities even though they don’t have any so they can take advantage of the system and unfairly boost their own scores.
The WSJ analysis also found that public schools in wealthier districts have an average of 4.2% of students with 504 designations while in poorer areas the percentage drops to 1.6%.
“There have always been ways to game the system,” Knowles said.
“We saw that with the last college scandal. We see that when people donate a building or make a rightly-timed donation around college admissions. The people who get hurt are the people who can’t afford it. The people who get hurt are at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum and in this case the people who are hurt are people who legitimately have learning disabilities. When there is a privilege opened up for certain people, it can get abused and in this case it’s being encouraged to be abused.”
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The children, ages 2 and 3, at the Pinedale Christian Day Care Inc. in Winston-Salem were able to flee the school undetected on Dec. 4. A minister at the Pinedale Christian Church, where the day care is located, said at the time that leaders of the congregation were “devastatingly embarrassed.”
“It was disbelief, and it was shock, and then at some point it was complete devastation,” minister Matthew Sink told WGHP at the time. “We’re thankful we’re not talking about a tragedy today because the what-ifs on this are heavy.”
Two teachers were watching over a class of 20 children on the playground when the six kids ran off. On Monday, a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the day care “voluntarily” decided to close.
“The decision to close was made voluntarily by the facility, and they have been working cooperatively with (the division) during this process,” Sarah Peel told the Winston-Salem Journal.
Peel said that church leaders made the decision a few weeks ago, six months after the incident, in which the six toddlers exited through a door, down a church hallway and to the front doors of the church.
Five of the children ended up on the Peters Creek Parkway, while the sixth child was found at the front doors. Officials said he was too young to understand how to open the door.
Drivers who spotted the children and a local police officer worked to return the kids to the day care.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the clear front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, but a new national poll is the latest to indicate a recovery by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Biden stands at 35 percent among Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters questioned in the survey, which was conducted May 16-20. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is in second place, at 16 percent. The former vice president edged down 3 percentage points from Quinnipiac’s previous poll, which was conducted in April, with Sanders jumping 5 points.
Warren stands at 13 percent in the survey, up from just 4 percent in Quinnipiac’s March poll. A Fox News Poll released last week also indicated a surge of support for the populist senator who’s putting out one progressive policy proposal after another. Warren jumped from 4 percent in the March Fox News poll to 9 percent in May.
The Quinnipiac survey indicates Buttigieg at 5 percent. The South Bend, Indiana mayor stood at 10 percent in Quinnipiac’s April poll.
“Cleary the race got more crowded,” Quinnipiac University Poll assistant director Tim Malloy told Fox News. There are now nearly two-dozen Democrats running for the party’s nomination.
Pointing to Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Malloy noted that “these are two young rising political stars and maybe the star faded a little bit with the arrival of so many candidates on the scene and the ascendancy of Joe Biden.”
O’Rourke registers at just 2 percent in the latest survey, down from 12 percent in Quinnipiac’s March poll.
The poll also shows Sen. Kamala Harris of California at 8 percent, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey at 3 percent, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 2 percent. Everyone else in the survey registered at 1 percent or less.
Republican President Trump’s approval rating remains deeply underwater in the new poll. The survey indicates Trump stands at 38 percent approval and 57 percent disapproval among American voters.
Fifty-four percent of all voters say they “definitely” won’t vote for the president in next year’s general election, with just 31 percent saying they “definitely” will vote for Trump.
But the president’s far from the only White House candidate with underwater ratings.
With a 49-39 percent favorability rating, Biden is the only White House hopeful with a clear positive score. The favorability ratings for other Democrats are negative or mixed.
The most negative rating appears to go to the latest entry into the race – two-term New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
He stands at 8 percent favorable and 45 percent unfavorable in the survey.
The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,078 voters nationwide, with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The survey included 454 Democrats and Democratic leaners, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points for questions on the Democratic presidential nomination race.
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Multiple Democrats spoke at an abortion rights protest on Tuesday in front of the Supreme Court following a wave of pro-life legislation across America that severely limited or even banned abortion after six weeks.
Hirono, D-Hawaii, told the protesters about speaking to eighth grade students who “get it” about the abortion rights in the U.S.
“I just left 60 eighth graders from a public school in Hawaii, and I told them I was coming to a rally in front of the Supreme Court, and they said, ‘Why?’” Hirono said. “I said it’s because we are–we have to fight for abortion rights and they knew all about it.”
“And I asked the girls in that group of eighth graders: how many of you girls think that government should be telling us, women, when and if we want to have babies, not a single one of them raised their hands.”
“And then, the boys who were there among the sixty, I told them, you know, it’s kind of hard for a woman to get pregnant without you guys,” she said as the crowd laughed. “They got it.”
“How many of you boys think that government should be telling girls and women when and if we’re going to have babies, and not a single one of them raised their hand,” the senator added.
Many Democrats and progressive groups have been warning that following the passage of pro-life legislation in states such as Alabama and Georgia, the issue is likely to eventually end up at the Supreme Court.
The key concern is that Trump-appointed Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh will rule to effectively overturn Roe v. Wade, even though the two justices have so far defied the concerns and ruled independently, sometimes siding with liberal justices.
Hirono, a staunch critic of the justices appointed by Trump, even name-dropped Kavanaugh and Gorsuch during the protest, asking “are you listening?” to the concerns of of those attending the protest.
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Four members of a Colorado family escaped serious injury after a man suspected of driving under the influence drove into the picnic area of a Dairy Queen on Saturday in a dramatic crash captured on video.
The Loveland Police Department told FOX31 that Michael John Dupuis, 31, of Loveland was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he drove his Toyota Corolla into the picnic area.
“It was like a bomb went off,” Carol Hendry told FOX31. “There were bodies flying. Grandkids were screaming and crying.”
Hendry was at the restaurant with her husband Bob and two grandchildren and was seated at one of the two tables that were taken out by the car.
Hendry said the crash happened fast with no time to react before there were “shards of bricks flying everywhere.”
“I saw that car out of the corner of my eye and heard the engine revving, and it was just too fast,” she told FOX31. “Things happened too quickly.”
Carol said she only had minor injuries, while her husband broke several bones in his back when he was knocked about 10 feet into the parking lot.
Bob Hendry told FOX31 his injuries were worse than anything he sustained in his nearly 50 years of working in law enforcement.
“You survive a law enforcement career, and then you get taken out eating ice cream,” he told FOX31.
The couple’s grandchildren were not injured in the crash. A woman at another table was briefly trapped under the vehicle before she was taken to a local hospital. Police said four people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Dupuis has since been charged with vehicular assault and DUI, according to FOX31.
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Yujing Zhang, 33, was at a routine status hearing regarding whether to delay her trial — which is scheduled to start next week — when she told U.S. District Judge Roy Altman that she wished to dismiss her public defenders.
“I don’t need the attorneys, thank you,” Zhang told Altman through an interpreter at the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale.
Altman then asked if Zhang wanted to represent herself or if she wanted a different lawyer.
“Today, I don’t want the attorney,” Zhang replied through the translator. She didn’t offer an explanation as to why she wanted to make the change.
Altman tried to dissuade Zhang, telling her, “You understand, I’ve been a lawyer for a long time and I think this is a very bad decision?”
“I understand, but I hope I can have this opportunity,” she replied.
Zhang, a Shanghai-based business consultant, faces up to five years in prison on charges of unlawful entry and making false statements after trying to enter Mar-A-Lago on March 30. Secret Service agents previously said Zhang arrived in the U.S. just days before the Mar-a-Lago tri. She has pleaded not guilty.
The 33-year-old speaks some English, according to court documents, but the extent of her language skills are in dispute. One of Zhang’s federal public defenders also raised questions about her mental health to the judge, according to the Miami Herald.
Altman said he would not allow Zhang to dismiss her attorneys until she has been examined by a psychiatrist. If deemed competent, the judge said, she could represent herself.
“I don’t want to see a doctor,” Zhang told the court.
The public defenders had asked Altman to postpone the trial’s scheduled May 28 start, saying they haven’t had enough time to fully prepare her defense, as many of the documents they’re reviewing are written in Mandarin. Prosecutors were not opposed and Altman indicated he would grant the request, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors have said Zhang was carrying four cellphones, a laptop and an external hard drive when she entered Mar-a-Lago. She reportedly told agents she feared the items would be stolen if she left them in her hotel room. However, when agents searched her room at a nearby hotel, they say they discovered $8,000 in U.S. and Chinese currency in addition to a signal detector meant to spot hidden cameras, according to federal prosecutors
Zhang’s public defenders have said she came to Mar-a-Lago believing there would be a dinner that evening for a United Nations group. The event was reportedly part of a $20,000 travel package Zhang said she purchased from a man named “Charles,” whom she only knew through social media. Her lawyers have pointed to a receipt Zhang received from Charles Lee, a Chinese national who promotes such events at Mar-a-Lago, and a flyer she had promoting it.
Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is not affiliated with the U.N., and was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner. Yang made news earlier this year after it was learned she allegedly promised Chinese business leaders, via her consulting firm, access to Mar-a-Lago where they could mingle with the president.
The president was visiting Mar-a-Lago the weekend of Zhang’s arrest but was golfing at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach when she arrived and was never near her.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah, Lukas Mikelionis, Samuel Chamberlain, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $98 million a year to cover low-income illegal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25, but the state Assembly’s bill would cover all illegal immigrants over the age of 19 living in California – a proposal that would cost an estimated $3.4 billion.
The state Senate, meanwhile, wants to cover adults ages 19 to 25, plus seniors 65 and older. That bill’s sponsor, Sen. Maria Elana Durazo, scoffed at cost concerns, noting the state has a projected $21.5 billion budget surplus.
Of the 3 million people in California who don’t have health insurance, about 1.8 million are illegal immigrants, according to legislative staffers. Nearly half those have incomes low enough to qualify them for the Medi-Cal program.
Lahren called it “infuriating” to hear Democrats debate this issue while middle-class Californians struggle to afford housing and rising gas prices and are leaving the state as a result.
“They’re not arguing on if we should spend on illegal immigrants, they’re arguing over how much we should spend on illegal immigrants,” Lahren said, calling it “so tone-deaf” by the state’s liberal politicians.
She pointed out that Democrats argue the spending will come from the state’s budget surplus.
“If the state is doing so well, how come we have such income inequality? How come we have the homeless problem we’re experiencing? How come we have the taxes on top of taxes?” she asked.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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A Texas homeowner who reportedly believed his house was being fired upon, fatally shot a 19-year-old man who was part of the group creating the “disturbance” in the Houston neighborhood — but police later found paintball splatter at the scene and are reportedly now unsure if anyone besides the homeowner had an actual firearm.
HPD Sgt. Joshua Horn said the residents inside the Houston home “were alerted to some sort of disturbance” — involving more than a dozen people — and at some point “believed” members of the group started shooting.
“They believed that they were — that their house was being shot at,” Horn told KHOU. “The homeowner, the father, came outside to the disturbance, approached a suspect who was standing out here. Believed that he was a threat, fearing for his safety, fired a round at him.”
The father also reportedly fired rounds at the vehicle that belonged to the 19-year-old, who was rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
Horn said the homeowner’s 17-year-old son might’ve been the group’s target.
Bullet casings — along with paintball splatter — were found outside the home, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone in the group outside of the house was also armed with real guns.
Neither the homeowner or the 19-year-old man were immediately identified. Authorities are investigating the incident.
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