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Cotton says immigrant children used by criminals 

Former senator sentenced to 18 months in federal prison

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"Forty-nine Democrats have now supported a bill by Dianne Feinstein that says children at the border are literally a get-out-of-jail-free card. If you show up at our border, you have to be released into our country never to be seen again. They are literally a get-out-of-jail-free card, and a get-into-the-U.S.-free card. ... All across America, there are parents who are separated from their children because they have been arrested for a crime, or they've been convicted of a crime. And their children are placed with the next of kin, or their children are placed in foster care. That probably happened last night in Arkansas multiple times. Yet the Democrats aren't crying for those American citizens. They're willing to treat illegal immigrant criminals better than they treat American citizens who are charged with a crime. ...

"The Trump administration's hands are tied by liberal judges and Democrats who have ruled over the years that children at the border can't be detained for more than 20 days. That's why when their parents bring them to the border, or just as likely, kidnap them or buy them from human traffickers to pose as parents at the border, the parent is taken into custody, the child can't be detained for more than 20 days, and therefore placed with a relative or placed in a kind of foster care." — U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, comparing criminals separated from their children in the U.S. to immigrants seeking asylum on radio's "The Hugh Hewitt Show" on June 19. Cotton also lied about the Trump administration's hands being tied on its policy of separating children from families.

Hutchinson still sending National Guard to the border

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, will not send his state's National Guard to the border, in protest of the Trump administration's policy of separating children from families seeking legal asylum in the U.S.

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson is unmoved by the humanitarian crisis as far as the Guard is concerned. He said June 18 he still plans to send Arkansas troops to help with so-called border control. The supposed emergency need for state troops is belied by the fact that illegal entries are near a 45-year low.

Ex-senator sentenced

Federal Judge P.K. Holmes has sentenced former Sen. Jake Files (R-Fort Smith) to 18 months in prison for scheming to divert state money into his own pocket and his failing construction company.

Files got 18 months for wire fraud, 18 months for money laundering and 18 months for bank fraud. The sentences are to be served concurrently. In federal prison, you get scant time off for good behavior, meaning he'll serve most of the sentence, though the final portion is often served in community-based halfway houses.

He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release after completing the sentence.

The government had asked for a 24-month term, at the high end possible for the charge to which Files pleaded guilty. He must report to begin serving the sentence by Aug. 2.

The sentence includes restitution of $83,903, with interest waived, and the judge set this requirement: "Until the financial penalties are paid in full, defendant shall not incur any new debt nor establish any bank or credit accounts unless receiving prior approval from the U.S. Probation Office, and shall make any information concerning his financial status available to the U.S. probation officer upon request."

VA pathologist fired

The Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville has announced the firing of a staff pathologist and also said a patient's death may be linked to a misdiagnosis. The VA has not disclosed the pathologist's name.

Thousands of cases on which the pathologist worked are being reviewed. He was first suspended when found to be impaired, then terminated. He was employed from 2005 until 2017. "We are treating this like a national disaster," Kelvin L. Parks, interim medical director at the VA in Fayetteville, said at a news conference Monday.

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