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Ilhan Omar Laments ‘Ignorance’ in ‘Many Parts of This Country’

Omar is a refugee re-settled from Somalia.

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A Democrat Congresswoman from Minnesota joined The Nation’s “Next Left” podcast to denounce “ignorance” in America, which she described as “pervasive.”

“And ignorance really is pervasive in many parts of this country. And as someone who was raised by educators, I really like to inform people about things that they might be ignorant to, willingly or unwillingly,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) told John Nichols.

The topic of discussion was America’s refugee resettlement program. Omar was justifying state contracts that help resettle refugees, the nature of which she claimed Republicans were deliberately misrepresenting. Republicans, she said, “are really good at misinformation and sort of really reorganizing facts to sort of paint a picture that really eventually is not rooted in facts.”

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“And so it is not that they might not be knowledgeable about this, but they use it as a tool to stir up hate and division,” she continued.

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Omar herself is a refugee from Somalia, a country which has been engulfed in civil war since the 1980’s. Tucker Carlson recently claimed that Omar’s resettlement in America as a failure of the American immigration system.

Big League Politics reported:

Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted a Somali-born congresswoman from Minnesota Friday night, telling his audience that she represents the failure of the American immigration system.

“Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, herself a symbol of America’s failed immigration system – if there ever was one – someone who hates this country, coming here at public expense, spent yesterday demanding the abolition of ICE, the decriminalization of illegal immigration itself, and and end to all deportation programs,” Carlson said.

“She demands open borders,” he continued. “The unlimited arrival of anyone who wants to come to America, whether they have anything to contribute or not – any by the way, you get to pay for it. And if you don’t want to, you’re a bigot.”

Carlson moved on to make the point that open borders is not about human rights, or any other leftist pretext, but rather money and power, and that corporate oligarchs do not want to stop the flow of cheap labor into the United States.


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House Republicans Hoping to Get Americans Back to Work By End of April

It’s a aspiration, not a plan.

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House Republicans are considering plans that would help Americans get back to work by the end of the month. Kevin Brady of Texas told reporters on a conference call that the caucus is preparing preliminary plans that phase the workforce back in at the end of April.

Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits.”

Brady was careful to qualify that there’s no guarantee the public health situation in the United States would allow such a development.

“I think we should all expect the jobs, the unemployment in the GDP numbers to feel brutal over the short term. It’s because they are. This economy is taking hits like we’ve not seen in most of our lifetimes. But it is just a short-term hit.

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Initial social distancing guidelines set forth by the White House in conjunction with the CDC were extended from two weeks to April 30th earlier in the week, suggesting the executive branch may be cautiously looking towards the end of April to begin phasing out the unprecedented disruptions to everyday American life.

It is worth noting that an early cease to social distancing and commonsense measures to deter the spread of the Chinese coronavirus could prove to be even more harmful than the negative impacts to the economy since the beginning of the virus-related recession. This can’t be rushed. But the consequences of the economic damage are real, and all Americans should look to get everyday economic life up and running against as soon as possible.

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