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Trump / Border Crisis / Central American Aid / Engel, Johnson, Cortes Interviews #1136141

CNN Evening News for Monday, Apr 01, 2019
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A Keeping Them Honest look at the conflicts in President Trump's administration's policies toward Central American countries & the border crisis after the homeland secretary said we are working with Central America on Wednesday with the State Department ending aid the next day introduced. [Friday, TRUMP - says he has ended payments to Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador: we are not paying them anymore, that they {the government} set up the caravans & we are not letting them in.] [On CNN, acting White House chief of staff Mick MULVANEY - says if we give aid, we expect them to do more.] Mulvaney's criticism of "career staffers" explained. The current status of the president's decision to close the border with Stephen Miller quoted noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Representative Elliot Engel about Central America, which he just visited. [ENGEL - offers views on the president's decision to cut off aid to these countries, how he seems to make decisions without consulting his cabinet, how he can close the borders, but will it stop the flow of immigration or accelerate it.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) [On ABC, MULVANEY - says Democrats did not believe us about the crisis at the border, but Jeh Johnson is now admitting it is a crisis.] Live discussion held with former Homeland Security Secretary Johnson. [JOHNSON - offers views on the crisis on the southern border that is unprecedented & the question is what to do about it with cutting off aide the wrong thing to do, how illegal immigration is driven by smugglers with "coyotes" driving the numbers, how the migration numbers should be reduced by working with the government of Mexico, how the border is too long to shut down when only ports of entry can be shut thus hurting legal commerce, that women, children & families are coming here.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Steve Cortes about the border. [CORTES - offers views on how closing the border is an option, because Mexico is not responding, how the situation on the border is fluid with different parts of the US government having different agendas, the reality that economic migrants are coming, not asylum claims, that US aid is not the answer.]

Cooper, Anderson

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