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On Friday's New Day, CNN host John Berman and Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks got into a heated debate over whether President Donald Trump should build a border wall as Brooks called out the liberal news network's "propaganda" in trying to downplay the amount of crime committed by illegal immigrants.
At 8:35 a.m. Eastern, as the two debated whether it would be appropriate and legal for President Trump to declare a national emergency to use special funding to build the wall, Congressman Brooks argued that, similar to the deaths of thousands in the 9/11 attacks justifying the use of emergency power, so could the deaths of thousands each year from both homicides and drug overdoses linked to illegal immigration justify emergency actions.
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Berman jumped in to use the often-cited CATO Institute study which claims to prove that illegal immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than American citizens, leading Brooks to dispute the study's accuracy and label CNN's use of it as "propaganda." After noting that most heroin is allegedly smuggled through legal ports of entry, Berman brought up the crime study: "You said that there are those people who have died at the hands of undocumented immigrants."
He displayed a chart from CATO and added that "The crime rate among undocumented immigrants is actually less," as Brooks jumped in to complain:...
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