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Miserable immigrants or happy campers?

Those migrant children! They’re even messing with our political candidates’ senses!


Adam Kwasman, a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona, was in high dudgeon as he waited for a busload of migrant children to pass by on their way to a shelter.


As the bus approached, Kwasman said, “This is not justice. This is an abrogation of the rule of law.”


He tweeted that he saw “the fear” on the children’s faces as the bus passed.


One problem. The bus actually was full of kids on their way to a nearby summer camp, who other onlookers said were laughing and taking pictures with their iPhones.

“Do you know that was a bus with YMCA kids?” a TV reporter asked Kwasman.

“They were sad, too,” Kwasman responded.

Deer-hunt debate spreads to Missouri

A canned-hunting showdown in Missouri could have repercussions in the continuing battle over fenced hunting in Indiana.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon last week vetoed a bill that would have handed oversight of deer-breeding operations from wildlife officials to the state’s agriculture department.

A study committee is set to examine the issue in Indiana. The deer-breeding industry nationwide is expected to react strongly to the Missouri veto and could bring some of the same firepower to the legislative panel. Breeders already have hired a public relations firm best known for fighting tobacco bans.

The industry wants oversight of its operations moved to agriculture offices because some of the greatest opposition to deer-breeding farms comes from wildlife officials, who know firsthand the threat the operations pose. Chronic wasting disease, which is fatal to deer, can be spread when the animals are shipped across state lines to be killed in the private hunting preserves.

Hunters pay as much as six figures to “hunt” and kill a many-antlered buck. Spread of the disease could endanger the health of wild deer populations and, in turn, the industry supporting hunters who don’t shoot caged animals.

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