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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a Thursday press conference that the southern border is a “crisis,” and held President Trump responsible.

“We have never not said that there was a crisis. There is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and some of it provoked by the actions taken by the administration,” the speaker said when asked if there is an actual crisis at the border.

“But, yes, it is a crisis. We’ve always said that it gets to be more of a humanitarian crisis the more that Republicans — the administration, I won’t paint all the Republicans with this — the more the administration acts in the shameful way,” Pelosi said.

In January, Pelosi held a joint press conference with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. in which the Senate minority leader declared Trump “used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention.”

Trump declared a border emergency in February to help fund a wall to stop what he called a “virtual invasion” after Congress failed to pass enough funding to satisfy his initial request.

The Department of Homeland Security reported that illegal crossings were at a decade high in April with almost 100,000 people taken into custody.

Author: John Gage

Source: Washington Examiner: Pelosi says border situation ‘is a crisis’ and blames Trump

Cory Booker said he backs legislation that would get Americans “thrown in jail” for owning “assault weapons” if they do not hand them over in a buyback program in which they would be sold to the government.

Booker, a senator for New Jersey and 2020 presidential hopeful, said that incarceration would be an option after a “reasonable period” following the buyback offer.

“Again, we should have a law that bans these weapons, and we should have a reasonable period in which people can turn in these weapons. Right now we have a nation that allows in streets and communities like mine these weapons that should not exist,” Booker said on CNN on Monday.

Booker’s statement was in response to a question asked by CNN’s Poppy Harlow about his gun control proposals. “Senator Booker, before you go, one final question on your gun proposal since you just released it this morning: Your competitor in the 2020 race, Congressman Eric Swalwell has also, like you, proposed an assault weapons ban,” Harlow said.

“He’s proposing a buyback program where Americans who currently have those guns could sell them essentially to the government, but if they don’t, within a certain period of time, they would be prosecuted … thrown in jail, perhaps. Are you supportive of the same?”

Booker, 50, responded affirmatively that the law would be enforced with criminal sanctions after a “reasonable period.” He had said earlier: “The critical thing is, I think most Americans agree, that these weapons of war should not be on our streets.”

Earlier in the day, Booker unveiled a 14-part gun control plan, which included a ban on assault weapons including high capacity magazines.

“The biggest thing in the proposal is a national gun licensing program, which would force Americans to apply for 5-year gun licenses before obtaining a firearm. The process would include fingerprinting, an interview, gun safety courses, and a federal background check,” Booker said in a statement announcing the proposal.

Author: John Gage

Source: Washingtonexaminer: Cory Booker: Americans should be ‘thrown in jail’ if they won’t give up their guns

Rep. Ilhan Omar is criticizing the bipartisan support in Congress for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, blaming U.S. policy rather than dictator Nicolás Maduro for the “devastation” facing the country.

“You know, I mean, a lot of the policies that we have put in place has kind of helped lead the devastation in Venezuela. And we’ve sort of set the stage for where we’re arriving today,” the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday in an interview with “Democracy Now!.

“This particular bullying and the use of sanctions to eventually intervene and make regime change really does not help the people of countries like Venezuela, and it certainly does not help and is not in the interest of the United States,” Omar said on the progressive television program.

Omar’s opposition to “regime change” comes after the United States and dozens of other Western nations declared Guaidó the legitimate leader of Venezuela following irregularities in the election Maduro oversaw.

National security adviser John Bolton said yesterday the United States is keeping “all options” on the table as the administration considers its next steps in responding to the political crisis.

Guaidó announced Tuesday morning that the final phase of “Operation Freedom” to oust Maduro and restore democracy to the country had begun.

In February, Omar attacked Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, in a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, accusing him of supporting violence against civilians as U.S. policy.

“I suppose there is a question in there, and the answer is that the entire thrust of American policy in Venezuela is to support the Venezuelan people’s effort to restore democracy to their country. That’s our policy,” Elliott responded at the hearing.

Author: John Gage

Source: Washingtonexaminer: Ilhan Omar says America to blame for crisis in Venezuela

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