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Britain to install border gate after Brexit

Britain will install a border gate after Brexit to protect the nation’s borders. It’s hoped the gate will either deter illegal immigration or stop people leaving the country on mass, depending on just how badly Brexit goes. The proposed border gate will consist of exactly one gate without any surrounding fence or wall to cut down costs. ‘Frankly, we’re taking a big loss of Brexit. A single gate is all we can muster from our budget,’ said one government chief. ‘If you don’t want to get tutted at, don’t sneak in. Or out,’ said the project head. Chris Grayling has already awarded the £20 million contract to build the gate to a nice chap he used to go to school with. ‘He already owns a hammer. I’ve done my research on this one,’ promised Grayling.

Rep. O’Rourke on Powerhouse Politics: Calls to abolish ICE just a ‘slogan’

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas this fall, says that his fellow Democrats’ call to abolish ICE is just a “slogan or a bumper sticker” that won’t accomplish anything. “It is the practices, it is the way in which we are treating our fellow human beings that needs to be changed, and that won’t come with a slogan or a bumper sticker or the abolition of one department.” O’Rourke, who represents the El Paso area and has visited detention sites several times, noted that abolishing ICE won’t solve the still-pressing issue of family reunification after minors were separated from their parents at illegal border crossings. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement “can’t connect child with family once that child is in their custody,” he said – not ICE. “It's time for the institution of Congress to stand up and do its job.” In the meantime, O’Rourke predicts that the Trump administration will not make the Thursday deadline to reunite families separated at the border. “This country was in no way prepared for the industrial scale of family separation.” “This is one of the most inhumane cruel things I've ever seen this country do and it was the decision of the president,” he continued. He also emphasized the difference between impeachment and conviction, which only the Senate would vote on and would result in removing a president from office. I would liken it to an indictment,” he explained. Until then, he says: “I don’t think that [impeachment] is possible right now.” The Democratic lawmaker will face Cruz, R-Texas, in the general election, in a race that has drawn the attention of national Democratic activists and donors. When asked if he would commit to voting for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as Democratic leader if he is elected, O’Rourke said “no.” “I would have to...listen to those who are vying for that position and then make the best-informed decision. In fact, this is the first time I've been asked the question.” Every Wednesday, ABC Radio and I-tunes brings you the Powerhouse Politics Podcast which includes headliner interviews and in-depth looks at the people and events shaping U.S. politics.
Undocumented mom: Child taken while breastfeeding

Undocumented mom: Child taken while breastfeeding

An attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project tells CNN's Ed Lavandera about an undocumented mother whose daughter was taken away while she was breastfeeding in a detention center in Texas.
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