Fox News host Laura Ingraham is getting criticized and mocked for telling desperate asylum seekers to apply “in the safety of your home country.”
That’s not how the law works.
In fact, the U.S. Government’s website for asylum seekers literally says, “STEP ONE: Arrive in the U.S.”
It explains, “To apply for asylum in the U.S., you must be physically present in the U.S. or seeking entry into the U.S. at a port of entry.”
Ingraham began the segment on her show Wednesday night by saying, “Girls are being abused, raped, and in some cases trafficked as part of these caravans,” she said, referring to the groups of people fleeing violence, gangs, and drugs in countries like Honduras and Guatemala.
“It is despicable what is happening to these young people,” Ingraham added.
“Congress needs to get its head out of the sand and stop this madness once and for all. If someone crosses the border illegally, with rare exception, they should be turned back immediately,” she demanded – right after noting these same people “are being abused, raped, and in some cases trafficked.”
“If you want to apply for asylum, that’s fine. But you should do so in the safety of your home country,” Ingraham insisted, ignoring current law, and the obvious fact that these people are fleeing their countries because they are in imminent danger. There is no “safety of your home country” in these cases.
This is the same Laura Ingraham who last year defended the Trump administration’s concentration camps for children in the desert by calling them “summer camps.”
Many, including the Media Matters researcher who posted the clip below, also noted that Ingraham was donning ashes on her forehead for Ash Wednesday, accusing her of religious hypocrisy.
Just amazing seeing Laura Ingraham, obviously fresh out of Ash Wednesday Mass, demand that asylum seekers be shipped to Mexico pic.twitter.com/Z2EY9FVbWh
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 7, 2019
And here’s how many are responding:
That’s not how this works. YOU MUST BE IN THE US TO APPLY FOR ASYLUM.
— Samantha Kramer (@Sammyjkramer) March 7, 2019
Ingraham makes a statement reflecting total ignorance, lack of comprehension, on what Asylum is. People fleeing their country for Asylum in the USA are in fear of their LIVES!! Doing it in their home country is courting their own murders by their home country political paramil https://t.co/4OIK6PSNPM
— Jeffrey Silverman (@JeffGovCon) March 7, 2019
The worst part is that she’s not a moron.
She knows this not only runs counter to existing US & UN laws, but that it makes no sense. Further, Ingraham knows that by championing this idea she is directly causing conflict, hardship, and death.
The cruelty is the point.
— Sean (@DailyChef7) March 7, 2019
Paraphrased: “If you’re fleeing violence and imminent death, you should really stay put and do the thing you can’t actually do there since asylum doesn’t work that way.” https://t.co/IkeDK3foB6
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 7, 2019
Ummm, yeah, right, Laura Ingraham, because the best thing to do if you are being persecuted in “the safety of your home country” is to go to some government office to declare you are applying for asylum. #Bozo. @JasonSCampbell @parkermolloy
— Maggie Walker (@mlwlouky59) March 7, 2019
Pssst! She knows what she is saying. Ingraham is a mega xenophobe.
— Holy Bullies (@holybullies) March 7, 2019
Ingraham possibly thinks when a person requires asylum due to their lives being at risk will sell up all their belongings, apply for travel docs & tickets, tell everyone they’re leaving have a big party an set off for the US. How completely she misunderstands people plights. https://t.co/ZcQEcY27CW
— Bebe (@Bebe111) March 7, 2019
Also, Yazidis and Christians in the Middle East. They didn’t even have a country much less a “safe country” by that won’t compute in Ingraham’s hateful and minimized brain.
— Thoughts for My Head (@ThoughtsForMyHd) March 7, 2019
If your house were on fire, would you stay in the “safety of your home” and wait for the fire department to arrive? #FoxLogic
— j howe (@howe_howell) March 7, 2019
— SKRATH (@stekelrat) March 7, 2019
Laura Ingraham, on Ash Wednesday, to the guy wandering in the desert for 40 days – walk it off!
— ᴀʀᴛʜᴜʀ (@__Arthur_Dent__) March 7, 2019
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‘They Have Something on Him’: Trump Calls for McConnell to Be ‘Impeached’ (Which is Not Possible)
Donald Trump, now relegated to a far-right streaming video website as larger right-wing outlets like Fox News distance themselves from him, is now calling for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to be impeached.
A Real America’s Voice host interviewing the former president, who is under several civil and criminal investigations, said, “Democrats are scheming, probably with some of the RINOs, in order to blow the debt ceiling up.”
“RINOs” is a right-wing derogatory term for “Republican in Name Only.”
The host was likely referring to a call to eliminate the debt ceiling, meaning the House and Senate would no longer have to vote to approve a debt limit increase.
“Um, what is your position on that?” the host asked.
“It’s crazy, what’s happening with this debt ceiling,” Trump responded.
“Mitch McConnell keeps allowing them to have it,” the former president said in a manner that appears to exhibit his lack of understanding.
The debt ceiling, or debt limit, as the Treasury Dept. explains, “is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments.”
Most importantly, it “does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.”
In other words, it’s not an authorization to spend more, it’s an authorization to pay the nation’s existing bills.
“Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences,” Treasury adds. “It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations – an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans – putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession.”
Trump’s claim that “Mitch McConnell keeps allowing them to have it,” in actuality means that McConnell generally supports not shutting down the federal government by allowing his caucus to vote to increase the debt limit.
“I mean, they ought to impeach Mitch McConnell, if he allows that,” the 45th President said, again displaying his basic ignorance of government.
They can be reprimanded, censured, or even expelled, but not impeached.
Also, Trump signed several debt limit increases into law. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in January of 2020 reported Trump “signed into law $4.2 trillion of debt over a comparable budget window and $4.7 trillion from 2017 through 2029.”
“Frankly, Mitch McConnell, something has to be, they have something on him,” Trump insisted, not identifying who “they” are, or what they might “have” on him. “How he approves this thing is incredible.”
Watch below or at this link.
Trump this morning calls for Mitch McConnell to be impeached: “They ought to impeach Mitch McConnell .. they have something on him.” pic.twitter.com/qP5UPtml7g
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 3, 2022
DeSantis Administration Blows Off Court Ruling – Strips Funding From Schools Defying Unlawful Mask Mandate Ban
The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going ahead with plans to financially punish schools that defy his ban on mask mandates for students.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran withheld funds from the Alachua and Broward county school districts that are equivalent to the salaries paid to school board members’ salaries.
Both counties had defied DeSantis by implementing mask mandates and refused to back down in the face of the governor’s threats.
However, there is some question of whether the decision to withhold the funding from the schools will hold up in court.
“Corcoran’s announcement Monday came after Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Friday ruled that DeSantis’ overstepped his constitutional authority in issuing the executive order,” reports the Tampa Bay Times. “Cooper issued an injunction barring Corcoran, the Department of Education and the State Board of Education from enforcing DeSantis’ order. It was not clear Monday evening whether the announcement about withholding funds from the Alachua and Broward districts conflicts with Cooper’s ruling.”
Despite this, the Florida Department of Education released a statement Monday saying that “the withholding of funds will continue monthly until each school board complies with state law and rule.”
Madison Cawthorn Attacks Dr. Fauci: ‘We Want to Prosecute This Guy to the Full Ability of the Law’
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying House Republicans will “prosecute” the esteemed immunologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as a “pawn of the Chinese Communist Party” and for lying to Congress.
There is no evidence either of those claims are true.
Speaking to former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, the host of “Just the Truth” on the Real America’s Voice website, Cawthorn falsely claimed Dr. Fauci has “directly lied to Congress,” echoing a claim made by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday. Ellis, who claims to be a “constitutional law attorney,” did not mention to Cawthorn that the House of Representatives does not have the power to criminally prosecute.
“I’ll tell you when we take the majority back in 2022, I’ll make sure consequences are doled out,” Cawthorn promised. “But we want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law because I’ll tell you to lie to the American people just to get your name in the news just to see your face on the cover of books just to get fame or fortune, I’ll tell you, Dr. Anthony Fauci does not deserve either fame or fortune.”
On Wednesday Cawthorn told Newsmax, “I think we should indict Jill Biden.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn vows that if the GOP gains control of the House in 2022, he will “make sure that consequences are doled out” to Dr. Anthony Fauci: “We want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law.” pic.twitter.com/kFN0rGOCGJ
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 22, 2021
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