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Ted Cruz's claims about undocumented people getting $1,400 stimulus checks were shot down by Dick Durbin as 'just plain false'
  • Senator Dick Durbin offered a rebuke to Senator Ted Cruz over who would get $1,400 stimulus checks.
  • They would go to "every illegal alien in America," Cruz said.
  • "The statement of the senator from Texas is just plain false," Durbin said
Senator Dick Durbin on Saturday offered a searing rebuttal to claims made by Senator Ted Cruz about undocumented immigrants getting stimulus checks, as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Cruz on Saturday morning had proposed an amendment to the bill, seeking to block some $1,400 stimulus checks that he said would be sent to "every illegal alien in America."

"The statement of the senator from Texas is: Just. Plain. False," Durbin said on the Senate floor.

Durbin said: "Let me be clear, undocumented immigrants do not have social security numbers, and they do not qualify for stimulus relief checks, period. And just in case you didn't notice, they didn't qualify in December, when 92 of us voted for that measure."

Durbin was referencing the $900 billion stimulus package approved by the Senate in December then signed by President Donald Trump.

He added: "Nothing has changed."

... In a statement posted on Twitter, Durbin said Cruz had been trying to "rile people up over something that's not true."

He added: "Sen. Cruz's claim is only meant to rile people up over something that's not true. You cannot receive a stimulus check without a Social Security #. That's a fact. Instead of discriminating against mixed-status families, let's prioritize getting more relief to more families."
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Susan Rice is burning sage in her West Wing office, once occupied by anti-immigrant hardliner Stephen Miller, used to cleanse a space of negativity
  • Susan Rice has redecorated the West Wing office formerly occupied by Stephen Miller.
  • In the room where Miller formulated Trump's anti-immigration policies, she's put up Haitian art and used scented sage.
  • The Biden administration has reversed many of the Trump administration's migration policies.
Susan Rice, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, occupies the same West Wing office recently used by Stephen Miller, the Trump administration's anti-immigration hardliner, The New York Times reported Saturday.

As a prominent Black Democrat often vilified by conservatives, she's aware of the "symbolism" of occupying the space where Miller formulated policies, including the widely reviled child separation policy, and has taken a few steps to redecorate.

In the room, a painting from Haiti's Caribbean nation now hangs, and the room is scented with sage candles.

Burning sage has been used in indigenous people's rituals for centuries to cleanse a person or space of negativity and promote healing and wisdom.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.