A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I don’t want children taken away from parents. And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away. Now we don’t have to prosecute them. But then we’re not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That’s not good.
“We want a great country. We want a country with heart. But when people come up, they have to know they’re not going to get in. Otherwise it will never stop.
“We can’t let people pour in. They’ve gotta go through the process. And maybe it’s politically correct or maybe it’s not – we’ve gotta stop separation of the families. But politically correct or not, we have to be a country that needs security, that needs safety, that has to be protected.
“And remember, these countries that we give tremendous foreign aid to in many cases, they send these people up, and they’re not sending their finest. Does that sound familiar? Remember, I made that speech and I was badly criticized….Turned out I was 100 percent right. That’s why I got elected.”
President Trump, who also said he wants to cut off aid to Central American countries that he claimed are “sending” migrants to the U.S. He said he’d be asking for authorization to end assistance to the region that includes Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President. As long as you incentivize people to come here from south of the border, they’re going to keep dying, crossing through the desert. As long as you keep that magnet on, and what greater magnet than citizenship, Medicare, Medicaid, free healthcare. Yeah, that’s why people voted for a wall.”
Ann Coulter said President Trump should not believe the media hype about immigrant children at the border
“The whole reason that this push to come to the United States is becoming so violent is because we are turning into a lawless society. There is no downside to violating the law. You can come here illegally, you can act like you’ve been here for 10 years. You can say you’re a DACA person and that’s all you got to do and you get signed up.”
Zach Taylor, a retired border patrol officer and current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. He suggested letting the agents conduct a biography interview of any undocumented person at the border, see if they qualify, and take them directly to an immigration judge. Taylor predicted that 80 percent or more would not make the cut. At that point, we should fly them back to home country on military aircraft. That way, Taylor said their comrades “can see 300 people getting off an aircraft that says, ‘U.S. Air Force.'”
“What no one is talking about is the underlying reason for this whole argument—are these families really escaping fear and persecution? The immigration court has said in the last year and a half over 80 percent of these claims are frivolous. So we have to attack the very foundation they’re arguing these people are coming to the country. These parents themselves are using these children as pawns to gain entry to the United States.
“They are choosing to enter between the ports of entry, they know they will be separated but they want to blame the government when we are forced to do that. So let’s put the blame where it lies, not on the fine men and women of Border Patrol and ICE, we’re enforcing the law.
“I wish there was this much outrage when we met with Angel Mothers whose children were killed [by] illegal aliens.[They’re] separated from their families forever.”
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan
In the most notorious camps, “There were no children, because children were murdered with their mother upon arrival. Prisoners were subjected to constant humiliation and dehumanization, as they were systematically starved to death, worked to death, and beaten to death.”
David Patterson, a chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, said there is absolutely no comparison to Nazi concentration camps where children were being detained at the border
“They have play stations, pool tables. It’s far from a concentration camp and people should be more accurate when they describe what we’re trying to accomplish there.”
Customs and Border Patrol Acting Deputy Commissioner Robert Vitiello describing one facility for children
“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated. Ivanka feels very strongly about it. My wife feels very strongly about it. I think anybody with a hear feels very strongly about it. I’m going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, we’re keeping families together, but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending family separation at the border. The president directed the Department of Homeland Security to detain families together so long as children are not put into danger.
“The United States cannot have an open border to every illegal alien family and minor on the face of the earth. We must have rules, we must have laws, and we must enforce those laws.”
From President Trump’s Weekly Address
“It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America. In our country, the president, members of Congress, governors, mayors and city council members actively engage on poverty issues every day. Compare that to the many countries around the world whose governments knowingly abuse human rights and cause pain and suffering.”
U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley, criticizing a U.N. report condemning how the United States treats its poor
“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of an intellectual giant and dear friend, Charles Krauthammer. For decades, Charles’ words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential — and while his voice will be deeply missed, his ideas and values will always be a part of our country. We send our thoughts and prayers to Robby, Daniel, and the entire Krauthammer family.”
Former President George W. Bush on the death of conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Krauthammer who died Thursday at the age of 68
“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”
President Donald Trump, announcing he directed the Pentagon to create a “Space Force,” a new military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space
“This is going to be a headache.”
Retailer Vince Kadlubek, commenting on the Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, which allows states to require retailers without a physical presence in their state to collect sales taxes for online sales
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK