Cheney and Romney show the schism among Republicans in the post-Trump era

Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney intensified her criticism of former United States President Donald Trump (2017-2021) on Monday, which...

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Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney intensified her criticism of former United States President Donald Trump (2017-2021) on Monday, which has generated a strong debate within the party, which remains plunged into a schism months after the former president left the White House.

Despite being banned from social media, Trump remains the most popular Republican politician among voters, but at the same time the most polarizing; a division that has permeated his own political formation.

This Monday, Trump issued a statement through his political action committee (PAC) Save America, in which he reiterated his unfounded accusations that there was electoral fraud in the general elections in November, in which he lost the Presidency to Democrat Joe Biden.

The elections, the big lie for Trump

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Those elections “will be, from this day forward, known as THE BIG LIE!” He said in the note. Less than an hour later, Cheney, who represents Wyoming, lashed out at the former president in Twitter:

“The 2020 presidential elections were not stolen,” began the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney (2001-2009), adding that “anyone who claims they were is expanding THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law and poisoning the democratic system ”.

Cheney’s role before Trump

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In her day, Cheney was the highest-ranking Republican to join Democrats in voting to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol. Faced with her criticism of the former president, pro-Trumps are under pressure within the Republican Congressional caucus to remove her from her party’s leadership in the Lower House.

Cheney already stirred the Republican ranks last week when he opined that any conservative who wants to run for his party’s nomination in the 2024 presidential election should be ruled out if he supports Trump’s allegations.

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In February, the congresswoman overcame an attempt to be expelled as “number 3” of her party in the Lower House, with the support of the leader of the conservative minority, Kevin McCarthy. However, Cheney may now have lost that support according to several US communications.

Trump published the statement on Monday, while an audit, commissioned by the Republicans, is being carried out on the result of the elections in Maricopa County, decisive in the electoral victory of Biden in Arizona, one of the key states.

Cheney is not the only critic of Trump in the party, since Senator Mitt Romney, who represents Utah, was booed last weekend during a state convention, shortly before an attempt to censure him for having voted with him failed. Democrats in the two political trials against the former president.

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Media footage shows Romney walking to a lectern Saturday amid cheers and boos, the latter louder, before nearly 2,000 Conservative delegates. The former Republican presidential candidate (2012) began his speech by asking attendees what they thought about the first hundred days of Biden.

“Now, you know me as a person who speaks his mind, and I do not hide the fact that I was not a fan of the personality problems of our former president,” continued Romney, amid the boos. Then, the legislator stopped a few seconds and snapped: Aren’t you ashamed? “

The failure of the resolution to censor Romney

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A resolution to censure Romney for voting to impeach Trump failed Saturday during both political trials against him. Romney was the only Republican senator who broke with his party in the 2020 impeachment against Trump because of his pressure on Ukraine. And he was among the seven Republicans who voted against the president in the second impeachment against him, in 2021, for the assault on the Capitol.

In both cases Trump was acquitted. This weekend’s scene attests to the schism among Republicans, which has only increased after Trump’s departure from the White House.

Trump continues to cause mixed opinions

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Many in the party remain linked to Trump, although others question the role that the former president should assume while out of power. One of the Republican senators who voted to “convict” Trump in the second impeachment trial, Susan Collins, said Sunday that she was “shocked” by the boos at Romney.

“Republicans need to remember that we are united by fundamental principles, such as the belief in personal responsibility, individual freedom, opportunity, free markets, and strong national defense,” Collins told CNN.

Biden to begin reuniting immigrant families separated by Trump

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The government of President Joe Biden will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, to reunify some of the immigrant families separated by the Administration of his predecessor Donald Trump (2017-2021). As a first step, the US authorities will allow four women from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, who were once separated from them at the border and deported to their countries of origin, to see their children again.

These women are expected to enter the US through Texas and California. In an interview with CBS News television, US Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas emphasized the “extraordinary commitment” of the Biden Administration to reunite these families.

The Biden government claims this is just the beginning

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Later, in a statement, the official said that this “is just the beginning.” “We are going to bring together the first group of families, many more will follow, and we recognize the importance of providing these families with the resources and stability they need,” Mayorkas said. Currently, there are more than 1,000 separated immigrant families, according to DHS data, as a result of the “zero tolerance” policy applied by the Trump Executive between April and June 2018 until a federal judge ordered its cancellation and demanded that the separated persons will be reunited.

Most of the families have been reunited in recent years, although there are still about 1,000 left, mainly because in these cases the adults, the majority from Central America, were deported.

Mayorkas is determined to repair the damage done by Trump

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There are family separations dating back to late 2017, long before that Trump policy officially began. Some of the children left in US custody were so young when they were taken away from their parents that they hardly remember their relatives. The first four families will be reunited through a task force created by Biden shortly after arriving at the White House on January 20.

Speaking to the press on Sunday, Mayorkas had stated that his team was “dedicated” to finding each family to give them the opportunity to get back together. “There are children who were three years old at the time of separation. There are adolescents who had to live without their parents during their years of higher education, there are mothers who fled extremely dangerous situations in their countries of origin, who have remained in dangerous environments in Mexico, hoping to be reunited with their children, “he explained. the immigration officer.

Pro-immigrant groups estimate that the relatives of at least 445 minors have not yet been located. Among those meeting this week is a mother separated from her children at the border in late 2017 after fleeing Honduras. There is another case of a Mexican woman who was removed from her offspring also at the end of 2017.

The White House works to reunify families

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According to sources quoted by The New York Times, another 30 migrants are expected to enter the country with humanitarian permits within the next 30 or 60 days.

The executive director of the White House task force for family reunification, Michelle Brané, detailed in a videoconference that temporary authorization will be granted to parents to enter the United States through a mechanism called “ humanitarian permit ”.

Brané confirmed that there are more than 1,000 families and explained that they do not have an exact number because of the Trump Administration that did not make a complete record. The Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has acted as an advocate for these immigrants, estimates that with Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy some 2,800 migrant families, with about 5,500 minors, were separated.

Biden promised this in his election campaign

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At that time, the Government classified the children as minors without the company of a father or mother, and distributed them throughout different parts of the country, in shelters under government custody. Following the announcement, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt noted that his organization is pushing for “permanent status” to be granted to these families, in addition to compensation and social services.

During the election campaign, Biden promised to reunite separated families and called the Trump Administration’s policy “criminal.” Precisely immigration management has choked Biden during his first months in office due to the record numbers of undocumented immigrants who have arrived at the border, many of them minors.

The numbers of undocumented immigrants continue to grow

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For a year now, the number of undocumented immigrants arriving at the border from Mexico and being detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been growing, jumping from 101,028 in February to 172,131 in March. In February, CBP arrested 9,881 minors who arrived alone, while the number rose to 18,890 in March.

Since the end of that last month, the number of minors in CBP custody has fallen 88%, reaching 677 this weekend, compared to 5,767 on March 28. The minors were spending an average of 130 hours in March in CBP facilities, which are not prepared for this type of tenants, a time greater than the three days that the agency has by law to deliver them to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

According to Mayorkas, children and adolescents currently spend an average of 20 hours in the hands of CBP. Also this Monday Biden announced an increase in the annual quota of refugees that the country welcomes to 62,500, compared to the 15,000 that Trump had marked and that had not been modified until now by the new Administration.

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