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Did Bill Clinton Forget About Snatching Elian Gonzalez At Gunpoint?

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Former President William J. Clinton sent a sanctimonious tweet this morning meant to criticize President Donald J. Trump’s stance on illegal immigration.

“On this Father’s Day I’m thinking of the thousands of children separated from their parents at the border,” Clinton said. “These children should not be a negotiating tool. And reuniting them with their families would reaffirm America’s belief in & support for all parents who love their children.”

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Right on cue, FOX News contributor Stephen Miller stepped in, responding “Sure bro,” and attaching a picture of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) busting into the home where Elian Gonzalez was staying in 2000.

Gonzalez garnered massive press coverage when, as a young boy, Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno ordered the him returned to Cuba to live with his father.

Gonzalez’s mother had drowned when he and twelve others fled Cuba for the United States in an aluminum boat. The ensuing custody battle was vicious, as Gonzalez’s family members in Miami fought against his deportation back to Cuba. Ultimately, the Clinton Administration signed off on the deportation and snatched Gonzalez at gunpoint in a pre-dawn raid on Easter Sunday, April 22, 2000. A three-judge federal panel then ruled that Gonzalez could not be deported until he had an asylum hearing. He was barred from receiving asylum on June 1 and sent away.

Now that Trump is president, Clinton wants to play the “moral superiority” card for political purposes. But Americans are not stupid. They remember that Clinton was notoriously hawkish on borders, at least in his rhetoric.

“We are a nation of immigrants, but ultimately we are a nation of laws,” said Clinton in his 1995 State of Union address, mirroring Trump’s immigration stance nearly word for word.

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“[Citizens] are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country,” Clinton said. “The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers.”

Clinton went on to brag about his record hiring of border patrol agents promise faster deportations in the same speech.

It looks like Clinton has had a politically expedient change of heart.

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President Trump Announces Planned Ban on Chinese-Owned TikTok App

The app has serious spying concerns.

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President Donald Trump announced that he’s preparing to ban the video app TikTok on national security grounds on Friday, citing the concerns over the Chinese app’s connections to Chinese government security, and the potential use of the nominally innocent app to surveil American citizens.

The President had made the announcement on an Air Force One flight to the press pool, later confirming that the media could report on the policy move on the record.

As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said the President bluntly.

TikTok is a viral video app marketed to teenagers and young adults that allows users to create short and edited videos. It’s frequently used for memes, pranks, and simple political content. It’s owned by Chinese company ByteDance, which is obligated to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services under the laws of China.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously spoken of security concerns involving the Chinese app. Microsoft had recently offered to purchase the app from its parent company, but the surveillance and security surrounding it appear to have shelved such a possibility for now.

There are genuine surveillance and data-mining concerns with TikTok, but it’s also probably worth considering that banning the app will allow neoliberal tech monopolies such as Facebook and Apple to share up an even larger share of the demand for platforms designed for similar content.

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