Michael Avenatti: Children Remaining in Detention 'a Disgrace'
Avenatti: Children Separated From Families 'A Disgrace'
Over 300 Children's Parents Have Been Deported Without Them
Highlighting figures released in a filing by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, attorney and "serious" presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti tweeted that they are a "disgrace." The 47-year-old legal representative of adult film star Stormy Daniels was referring to the 559 children, of which the parents of 386 have already been deported, as reported by Time, still being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border and other facilities.
Michael Avenatti's most recent admonishment of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, as featured with USA Today, is the latest of many that have come as he has been representing separated family members.
In June 2018, he tweeted, "If anyone knows of a parent that has had their child taken from them at the border and not returned, please have them contact me as I am entering this fight. This outrageous conduct must be brought to an immediate end."
"If you want to get into the middle of it along the Texas border, call or IM me," Laredo lawyer Ricardo de Anda responded to Avenatti's offer of help, as reported by the Daily Beast. "My law office phone number is in the phone book. We're in the thick of it and can use all the help we can get."
De Anda asked for a paralegal. Avenatti arrived in Laredo with a lawyer the next day.
Michael Avenatti: Pro Bono Work For Separated Families
Michael Avenatti: Porn Star Lawyer?
In addition to the fact that families were separated in the first place, Michael Avenatti has taken particular issue with the apparently non-existent record keeping, the kind of which can result in over 500 children being separated from their families with administrators unsure of the locations of the parents in more than 300 cases.
"If they don't have that information, who does?" Avenatti asked at a June-20, Phoenix press conference outside of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. "How are we supposed to track these kids down and reunite them with their families if we can't even figure out where everyone is."
Later on Monday, August 13, 2018, following his tweets about the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border, Michael Avenatti asked his followers to not fall prey to commentary by Tucker Carlson "and the other hacks" at Fox News about his status as a "porn star lawyer."
He asked his followers to consider his work fighting for victims of cemeteries and problematic medical gear, as reported by 60 Minutes, along with his 18 years of fighting on behalf of "Davids" against "Goliaths."
Friday, at an Iowa Democratic Party fundraiser, the California attorney announced that he was serious about a potential Michael Avenatti 2020 presidential run. Espousing popular left-wing policy positions, such as Medicare for all and campaign finance reform, the courtroom superstar would seem to be gathering early momentum.
Though formal polling on the Democratic presidential hopeful is elusive, a Twitter poll by AM Joy, asking, "Should @MichaelAvenatti run for president?" showed that 32 percent of respondents felt that he should. This would seem a remarkable number for a political newbie. More than 62,000 Twitter users took part.
Michael Avenatti 2014 '60 Minutes' Appearance
Trump 'Economic Fiction'?
To date, Michael Avenatti has used two slogans with his political investigations, including, "When they go low, we hit harder," referencing famous advice given by former First Lady Michelle Obama, and, "Make America America Again," which alludes to Donald Trump's war cry, "Make America Great Again," shortened by his supporters to, "MAGA."
Like many of his potential political rivals, Michael Avenatti failed to mention the United States' falling participation rate in a later tweet with regard to Donald Trump's own boasting about the nation's current low unemployment rate. He did, however, shine light on the "quality" of the current U.S. labor market.
"Trump needs to stop touting the unemployment rate as the end all be all," Michael Avenatti tweeted. "The QUALITY of jobs is just as important if not more so. Ask yourself whether the current economy is the best you have personally experienced in your lifetime? Are your wages and job security the best ever?"
According to Investopedia, the U.S. participation rate fell from 67.0 percent in 2000 to 62.7 percent in 2017. The Associated Press has deemed several of President Trump's claims with regard to his economic achievements "fiction."
Michael Avenatti Poll Results
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