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Omar falsely states that new Georgia voting laws ‘will restrict people’s ability to vote’

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Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar defended Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Georgia over new voting laws by inaccurately saying that the new laws “will restrict people’s ability to vote.”

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Omar if she agreed with Democratic political activist Stacey Abrams, who expressed that while she “respected” boycotts, she did not want “to see Georgia families hurt by lost events and jobs.”

Tapper asked if Omar sided with Abrams, who thinks this decision will disproportionately hurt minorities, or if she sided with the MLB.

“We know that boycotts have allowed for justice to be delivered in many spaces,” Omar responded to Tapper. “The civil rights movement was rooted in boycotts. We know that, you know, apartheid ended in South Africa because of boycotts.”

“And so our hope is that this boycott will result in changes in the law because we understand that when you restrict people’s ability to vote, you create a democracy that isn’t fully functioning for all of us. If we are to continue to be a beacon of hope for all democracies around the world, we must stand our ground,” Omar concluded.

Tapper then noted that Georgia, even with the new voting laws, is still more open compared to other states such as New York that have fewer early voting options.

“Should every state be reexamining their voting laws?” Tapper asked.

“They certainly should be,” Omar said. “It is really important that every single state reexamine their voting laws and make sure that voting is accessible to everyone. It’s also going to be really important for us to continue to push H.R. 1, which makes it accessible nationwide and strengthens our democracy.”

Watch the interview here.

The MLB announced Friday that it would be moving the All Star Game out of Atlanta over Georgia’s new election law. Democrats have criticized the new laws, saying its comparable to Jim Crow laws. Former President Donald Trump has called for a boycott of the MLB in response.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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