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37 min ago Jay Inslee: "We can no longer allow a white nationalist to be in the White House"
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, in discussing his stance on immigration, blasted President , calling him a "white nationalist."

"I think we're missing two central statements we should to we can no longer allow a white nationalist to be in the White House, number one," he said.

Inslee then described all the ways he's stood up to on immigration.

"And number two — number two, we have to make America what it's always been, a place of refuge. We got to boost the number of people we accept. I'm proud to have been the first governor, saying send us your Syrian refugees. I proud to have the first governor to stand up against Donald 's Muslim ban. I'm proud to have sued him 21 times and beat him 21 times in a row. I'm ready for November 2020."

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41 min ago Castro to Biden: "It looks like one of us has learned from the lessons of the past"

Julián Castro criticized Joe Biden's position on border crossings.

After Biden said that illegally crossing the border should remain a crime, Castro responded with this:

"It looks like one of us has learned from the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't."

Some background on the law: Right now anyone who crosses the border illegally can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Part of the Immigration and Nationality Act, known as Section 1325, says illegally entering the United States can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. It's punishable by up to six months in prison. And it's become one of the most prosecuted federal crimes in the United States.

But it's a divisive issue. Castro and others who argue that Section 1325 should be repealed say that it isn't necessary given that crossing the border illegally is already a civil offense that can result in deportation. 

Critics, like Biden, say changing the law could incentivize more illegal immigration.

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37 min ago Julián Castro stands by his plan to decriminalize the border

From CNN's Elise Hammond

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Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julián Castro said he wants to decriminalize illegal immigration.

He said during the debate Wednesday that the only way to "be smarter, more effective and more humane when it comes to immigration policy" is to repeal part of the Immigration Nationality Act.

He said:

"The only way that we're going to guarantee that we don't have family separations in this country again is to repeal section 1325 of the Immigration Nationality Act. That's the law that this President, this administration, is using to incarcerate migrant parents and physically separate them from their children."

He continued saying there should be a plan to aid countries like Honduras and Guatemala to "get to the root of this challenge so people can find safety and opportunity at home instead of having to come to the United States."

Castro was one of the first candidates to unveil an immigration plan.

43 min ago Michael Bennet's mother was separated from her parents during the Holocaust
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The issue of immigration is particularly personal for Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet.

His mother was an immigrant and she was separated from her parents during the Holocaust in Poland, he said.

"For those reasons, I was part of the gang of eight that wrote — I wrote the immigration bill in 2013 with John McCain that passed the Senate with 68 votes that gave a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people that are here," he said.

He went on to blast President 's policies on immigration:

"I think this is one in the end that we agree with. There's not a single person on this stage if were president would ever separate a child from their parents at the border. And that is what this administration has done in the American people's name, they have turned our border into a symbol of hostility, the symbol of this country before Donald  was president was the Statue of Liberty. That should be the symbol of the United States of America, not Donald 's terrible war." 

47 min ago Biden says criticism of Obamacare is "a bunch of malarkey"
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Former Vice President Joe Biden called criticism of Obamacare "a bunch of malarkey."

"No one has to keep their private insurance," he said. "They can buy into this plan and they can buy into it with $1,000 deductible and never have to pay more than 8.5% of their income when they do it and if they don't have any money, they will get in free.

"So this idea is a bunch of malarkey that we'e talking about here. The fact of the matter is, there will be a deductible on their paycheck."

This isn't the first time Biden has said "malarkey" on a debate stage. The exclamation went viral when he used it back in 2012, when he used it against then-Rep. Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate.

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51 min ago What you need to know about the laws against crossing the border

From CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet

The Democratic candidates are now debating decriminalizing crossing the border.

Some background on the law: Right now anyone who crosses the border illegally can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Part of the Immigration and Nationality Act, known as Section 1325, says illegally entering the United States can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. It's punishable by up to six months in prison. And it's become one of the most prosecuted federal crimes in the United States.

Section 1325 has been on the books for decades. But for many years it wasn't often enforced. That notably changed in 2005, when President George W. Bush's administration implemented what was known as "Operation Streamline," increasing criminal prosecutions at the border in an effort to deter illegal immigration. 

According to an analysis from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, federal prosecutors charged more than 52,000 people with illegal entry under Section 1325 in the first eight months of the 2019 fiscal year, which began in October.    

Supporters say that provision of the law isn't necessary and was used to separate families. Castro and others who argue that Section 1325 should be repealed -- including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- say that it isn't necessary given that crossing the border illegally is already a civil offense that can result in deportation. 

They also argue that Section 1325 made many of the administration's family separations at the border possible. Under the "zero tolerance" policy, children were separated when their parents were criminally prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

49 min ago Biden is bringing it tonight (so far)

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

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Tonight in Detroit, Joe Biden is bringing it.

The former vice president, who has more high-profile experience on debate stages than most of his rivals combined, turned in a lackluster performance at the first debate in Miami last month. So far tonight, it’s like he’s a new man.

He’s speaking faster, with an energy and fire that was absent during his first debate. He aggressively defended his health care plan, surrendering little ground in several heated exchanges. 

Even an old standby line -- “this is a bunch of malarkey” -- came out with swagger.

To be sure, the bar was incredibly low after the Miami debate. But his performance so far tonight shows a command that has eluded him for much of

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