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Police Reform: McConnell Blasts Schumer For ‘acting like Senator Scott hardly exists’

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Senate Democrats blocked Wednesday the passage of a police reform bill led by Senator Tim Scott, R-SC, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a few things to say about the move to the opposing party before the Senate on Thursday. In his remarks, McConnell singled out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, for ignoring Scott while “trashing” the bill he worked tirelessly to amend for the Democrats’ requests.

“I could not help but notice that in the Democratic Leader’s lengthy remarks yesterday morning, he did not once address or acknowledge the junior Senator for South Carolina as the author of the JUSTICE Act,” McConnell said. “Not one time did the Democratic Leader address Senator Tim Scott as the author of the legislation he was trashing.”

“I cannot see why the Democratic Leader talks right past Senator Scott as if he were not leading this discussion, as if he were barely here. All I can say is that it was jarring to witness, especially in a national moment like this.”

McConnell added that Scott had been working diligently to push police reform bills for years, saying “Senator Scott led the working group. He wrote the bill. He has been studying, and working on, and living these issues since long before the Democratic Leader came rushing to the microphones on this subject a few weeks ago.

“I can certainly take all the angry comments my colleague from New York wants to throw my way. I don’t mind,” he said. “But if he’d like to learn something about the substance of this issue, he might want to stop acting like Senator Scott hardly exists and learn from the expert who wrote the bill.”

Sen. Scott recognized the issues Senate Democrats had with the bill and later offered an amendment to include every one of their concerns. “We received a letter from Senator Schumer, saying there were five things about the Justice Act that did not meet their principles. My response was a simple one, let’s have five amendments on those things,” Scott said Wednesday.

Further, Scott said he met with a number of Democratic Senators who said there were additional issues outside of the five presented by Sen. Schumer. “So, I said, let’s include an amendment for every single issue you have. They did not stick around for that meeting,” he added.

“I respect people that I disagree with, they have the right to disagree. My pastor tells me I have the right to be wrong, which means I’m not right all the time. But, on this one, if you don’t think we’re right, make it better, don’t walk away, vote for the motion to proceed so that we have an opportunity to deal with this very real threat to the America that is civil, that is balanced, this is an opportunity to say yes, not to us, to those folks who are waiting for leadership to stand and be counted.”

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ICE arrests over 130 illegal migrant sex offenders

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Just The News put together a terrifying report on the announcement by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. Data released Monday unearthed that the agency arrested more than 130 sex offenders illegally present in the United States in a nationwide campaign.

From Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, law enforcement arrested 138 noncitizens, “including some with an executable final order of removal,” ICE wrote in a statement about the operation.

“Many of those arrested were described as citizens of Mexico who were convicted of child sex crimes. Offenders’ published ages ranged from 24 to 65″ adds Just The News.

“These sex offenders will be removed from the U.S., ending and impeding their ability to further victimize residents,” said Salt Lake City ICE official Michael Bernacke.

Five noncitizen sex offenders were apprehended in the Salt Lake City area, 21 were arrested in the Los Angeles area, five in the Seattle area and 15 in the San Francisco area.

ICE’s removal office conducted 3,415 arrests of noncitizens for sexual assaults last fiscal year, authorities said.

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