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WATCH: Use of force in Portland reminds immigrants ‘what they left behind,’ Mucarsel-Powell says

While questioning Attorney General William Barr, Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., drew a connection between the violence many immigrants experience in their home countries before coming to the United States, and the recent actions of law enforcement against protesters in Portland, Oregon.

“Many of my constituents that I represent in Florida fled to America from countries that use deadly force to stifle speech. And they used armed forces to suppress dissenting voices,” Mucarsel-Powell said to Barr. “When they see photos from Portland, they don’t see the American ideal, or the America that they know. They actually see and are reminded of what they left behind.”

Mucarsel-Powell questioned Barr during a committee hearing examining whether he has inappropriately politicized the Justice Department. Democrats launched the investigation earlier this year over Barr’s handling of the case against Roger Stone, a close ally of President Donald Trump, whose 40-month prison sentence was commuted by the president this month. Democrats have since expanded their probe to several subsequent episodes in which they believe Barr is working for Trump’s own benefit.

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