Doctors, nurses protesting Trump’s immigration policies


DAGEN: WELCOME BACK. MEMBERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL COMMUNITY PROTESTING THE TRUMP ADMINITRATION’S IMMIGRATION POLICIES AND THE IMMIGRATIONS AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT PRACTICE OF PUTTING FAMILIES INTO CAMPS. JOINING ME NOW IS U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES ACTING DIRECTOR KEN CUC INELLI. GOOD MORNING, KEN.>> GOOD MORNING. DAGEN: WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>> WELL, YOU KNOW, NOT EVERYBODY AGREES WITH THE PRESIDENT’S POLICIES, AND THE PEOPLE AT I.C.E. ARE DOING A GREAT JOB FRANKLY AND THEY DO IT UNDER VERY DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PROTESTS YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ARE PRETTY DARN MILD COMPARED TO A LOT OF WHAT THEY’RE FACING IN THEIR JOB DAY-TO-DAY SO I THINK AMERICANS REALLY OUGHT TO APPRECIATE A LOT MORE OF WHAT THEY DO TO KEEP US ALL SAFE, AND THE PRESIDENT’S MADE IT VERY CLEAR, WITH THE FLORES RULE LAST WEEK, AND PUBLIC CHARGE THE WEEK BEFORE THAT. YOU KNOW, WE’RE RAMPING UP TO EXECUTE ON HIS AGENDA AND IT’S HAVING A REAL MEANINGFUL EFFECT, IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS COMING ACROSS-THE-BOARDER ILLEGALLY THIS SUMMER THEY CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY DECLINE. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. IT’S HARD TO GET DOWN TO A LEGITIMATE LEVEL AND NON-CRISIS LEVEL WITHOUT CONGRESS’ ENGAGEMENT AND THEY HAVE BEEN NOTABLY ABSENT IN THIS EFFORT. DAGEN: KEN, I WANT TO POINT SOMETHING OUT TOO. WE TALK ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO. AND SAN FRANCISCO WHEN IT COMES TO FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS, THEY DON’T APPLY. THEY’RE IGNORED AS A SANCTUARY CITY, A SANCTUARY STATE SO IF THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF INDIVIDUALS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY THEN MAYBE THEY SHOULD TRY TO ENFORCE THOSE LAWS IN THAT CITY.>> WELL THERE’S NO QUESTION THAT WHEN WE HAVE COOPERATION LOCALLY, EVERYTHING WORKS MORE SMOOTHLY, AND A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE, LIKE THE ONES PROTESTING THERE, THEY’RE JUST KIDDING THEMSELVES ABOUT WHAT’S ACTUALLY GOING ON. THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING THAT’S GOING ON, THE DRUG TRAFFICKING, WEAPONS TRAFFICKING, INCLUDING IN CHILDREN IN THE HUMAN TRAFFIC KING PIECE, IS A TRAGEDY OF ITS OWN. THE FLORES RULE LAST WEEK WILL FINALLY ALLOW US TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER FOR MORE THAN 20 DAYS, AND IT STOPS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM BEING USED EFFECTIVELY AS THE LAST MILE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CHAIN, WHICH IS WHAT DRUG SMUGGLERS AND THE CARTELS WERE DOING GIVEN THE NATURE OF OUR LAWS. WE HAVE OPPONENTS, WE HAVE SOME VERY EVIL PEOPLE IN THIS HEMISPHERE WHO ARE USING OUR OWN SYSTEM AGAINST US AS THEY ATTEMPT TO OVERWHELM IT AT THE BORDER. DAGEN: REALLY QUICKLY, KEN I WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE BORDER WALL. PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST CAMPAIGN PROMISES COME UP A LITTLE SHORT. PARTS OF THE BORDER WALL HAVE BEEN REPLACED BUT TO DATE NOT A SINGLE MILE OF NEW BORDER WALL HAS BEEN BUILT. YOUR REACTION TO THAT? WELL WE’RE AT 60 MILES AND COUNTING, AND WE’RE AVERAGING ABOUT A MILE A WEEK, SINCE MAY, AND WITH THE BIG WIN IN COURT RECENTLY FOR THE PRESIDENT, TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO JUMP INTO THIS EFFORT, WE’RE NOW GOING TO START SEEING ESSENTIALLY TWO BORDER WALL BUILDING EFFORTS GOING ON IN PARALLEL. THE ONE RUN BY CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION OF COURSE THEY MANAGE ALL OF IT, BUT THEY RUN ONE, AND THEN DOD BRINGS ITS OWN FUNDING TO ANOTHER AND THE COURTS HAVE RECENTLY JUST RELEASED THAT SO YOU’LL SEE TREMENDOUS ACCELERATION OF THIS AS WE GO THROUGH THIS YEAR AND INTO NEXT YEAR AND I THINK YOU’LL BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR YOU’LL SEE OVER 400 MILES OF WALL BUILT UNDER

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