RantCrush Top 5: February 2, 2017

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Hashtag of the day: today is #GroundhogDay! Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his own shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. But as last year was the warmest on record and global warming is still a fact, spring-like weather may actually be on its way. Read on for our rants of the day:

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Tucker Carlson and Jose Vargas Clash on Fox News

Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas recently appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to debate immigration policy. Vargas revealed in 2011 that he is an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines. He then explained to Carlson that he was a child when he was taken to the United States.

Vargas agreed with Carlson that the U.S. has every right to guard its borders and properly vet everyone who comes in, but pointed out that we also need to ask ourselves harder questions, because immigration is not a simple concept. Vargas said, “Why am I here? What are the root causes of migration? What do U.S. foreign policy and trade agreements have to do with migration patterns? How did NAFTA impact not only the United States, but Mexico? Right? These are the harder questions.” But Carlson seemed to just not understand his argument and kept saying, “What’s your point?” until he cut Vargas off. Check out the clip below.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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