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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, in an article published this week, compared Latinos who support former President Trump to “Jews for Hitler” as he discussed GOP outreach in the area, and the remark immediately drew accusations of racism from his Republican challenger in the upcoming election.

“For [Republicans] to stay in power, even at the state level, they need to convince at least a percentage, even a small percentage, of Latinos to start voting Republican,” Gonzalez, who represents an area that includes some of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, told The New Republic. “If not, they will eventually lose elections.

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“If they didn’t have that racist, divisive element within their party, they would have a lot of Latinos, but they can’t seem to shake that off. The rhetoric you hear from the Republican Party is shameful and disgraceful for Latinos. And, you know, when you see Latinos for Trump, to me it is like seeing ‘Jews for Hitler,’ almost, you know?”

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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, walks down the House steps after a vote in the Capitol Sept. 15, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Democrats have accused Republicans of embracing racist rhetoric in their platform of securing the border and limiting illegal immigration. But the New Republic article emphasized how Trump could win both Texas and the Rio Grande Valley as he pushes to restore the tougher border security measures seen during his presidency amid a record-setting border crisis.

The remarks from Gonzalez drew an immediate rebuke from both the National Republican Congressional Committee and former Rep. Mayra Flores, who is seeking to unseat Gonzalez in November.

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“Hispanic voters, especially those living in border communities, know that Democrats are failing them on the border, the economy and community safety. Vicente Gonzalez’s comments are insulting, and he should apologize,” NRCC spokeswoman Delanie Bomar said in a statement.

“Vicente Gonzalez’s racist comments are incredibly hurtful to our entire Latino community in the Rio Grande Valley,” Flores told Fox News Digital. “While he continues peddling in hate and division, I’m going to focus on policies that uplift our entire community, including lower costs, a secure border, safer communities and a focus on faith, family and more opportunities in TX-34.”

Reached for comment Thursday, Gonzalez stood by his remarks.

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People hold placards after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed supporters at a Latinos for Trump campaign rally at Central Christian University Oct. 10, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“I’m stating the obvious. Mayra Flores champions President Trump, who was quoted calling hard-working Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals — saying they’re not our friends,” he said. “She threw her lot in with Marjorie Taylor Greene and George Santos instead of with South Texans.”

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The controversy comes as the border crisis, which is now into its third year, looks likely to be a top election issue this year.

President Biden and former President Trump both visited the southern border this month. Biden has renewed calls for the Senate to pass a bipartisan border funding bill that he supports, saying it is needed to fix a broken system. Conservatives have said the bill doesn’t go far enough.

Republicans say Biden has the power to fix the border crisis, including by restoring Trump-era policies, and passed a border bill of their own last year in the House.

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Fed-up judge makes unusual move in Arizona rancher trial

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A judge in Arizona walked out of the courtroom in the middle of proceedings this week, exasperated with both sides of the trial. 

Judge Thomas Fink of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court is presiding over the trial of rancher George Alan Kelly, who is accused of murder after the fatal shooting of Mexican national Gabriel Cuen-Buitimea.

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Fink got up and momentarily left the bench on Thursday while the defense was presenting, deferring to the clerk and court reporter, according to local outlet Fox 29.

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Judge Thomas Fink (right) walks out of the courtroom during proceedings in the trial of rancher George Alan Kelly. (Fox News)

Fink has accused both the defense and the prosecution of unnecessarily dragging out the oral arguments.

Jurors have heard testimony regarding where and at what distance Kelly was standing when prosecutors argue he fatally shot Cuen-Buitimea. 

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The defense maintains Kelly only fired warning shots into the air from his patio earlier in the day, and his wife, Wanda Kelly, testified about dialing their Border Patrol ranch liaison upon spotting two armed men dressed in camouflage and carrying rifles and backpacks walking about 100 feet from their home. 

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George Alan Kelly enters court for his preliminary hearing in Nogales Justice Court in Nogales, Arizona.

Kelly’s defense team has looked to sow doubt on whether forensics evidence presented in court and the autopsy report can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Cuen-Buitimea was killed by Kelly’s gun. 

The fatal bullet was never recovered from the scene. A consultant for Kelly’s defense, who spoke on condition on anonymity, previously told Fox News Digital that none of the state’s witnesses so far in the trial have provided any rebuttal testimony against the defense theory that a rip crew — a gang of bandits, sometimes cartel-affiliated — could have fatally shot Cuen-Buitimea and robbed him.

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George Alan Kelly, 73, is accused of shooting a Mexican man on his property in January 2023. Kelly said he fired warning shots and never fired directly at anyone.  (Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Kelly made national headlines last year when he was held on a $1 million bond on a first-degree murder charge for several weeks. The highest charge was later downgraded to second-degree murder. 

The elderly rancher rejected a deal from prosecutors earlier this year that would have reduced the charge to one count of negligent homicide if he would agree to plead guilty. The trial is expected to end April 19.

Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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A new Universal theme park may be coming to the United Kingdom and the entertainment and attractions giant is asking Britons for their input.

Last year, Universal purchased a 476-acre parcel of land outside of Bedford, England, about 55 miles north of London, to explore the possibility of building a new theme park and resort. It would not only be the first Universal theme park in the U.K., but the first in all of Europe.

Over the last several months, the company says it’s been researching the feasibility of such a project and discussing it with local and national stakeholders.

This photo shows proposed ‘zones’ that could make up a possible Universal Studios theme park in the United Kingdom. (Universal)

While the project remains just an idea at this time, Universal is now asking for the public to chime in with their opinions on how a potential park might affect their lives and how the company could best honor and celebrate the region in a respectful manner.

“We have started a public engagement period on our potential theme park and resort experience in Bedford,” a Universal Destinations & Experiences spokesperson told Nexstar. “This represents the next step in our ongoing due diligence and feasibility work and is an opportunity for us to share early thinking on our plans and secure feedback.”

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The park would be built south of Bedford on a 700-acre piece of property which includes the 476 acres purchased last year and a smaller parcel that Universal has the option to acquire.

The company said the area is already allocated for development and has the flat topography that a large-scale theme park resort would require.

This map shows the location of a possible Universal theme park in the U.K. and its location relative to other major cities and landmarks.

The site has easy access to fast passenger rail service connecting to London and London Luton Airport, and a new regional rail project currently under construction that will connect Cambridge to Oxford would also provide additional rail service.

The Bedford region has a rich blue-collar history, Universal says, and was once the principal supplier of bricks throughout the British construction industry. While those brick plants were torn down decades ago, the industry left an indelible mark on those who called the region home and still do to this day.

Universal says it’s interested in incorporating some of the bricks still found on-site into some of the potential buildings and designs and even incorporate other aspects of the town’s history into food and drink facilities or future attractions.

Woman war workers loading bricks onto a train at the London Brick Company factory in Bedford, England, during World War II, August 1941. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For Universal, England is a logical place to develop a park and increase its influence. The company says 38 million U.K. residents traveled to its theme parks around the globe this past year, spending as much as £34 billion ($42.3 billion) annually.

The United Kingdom is an especially attractive market for Universal due to its strong tourism and transportation infrastructure that links seamlessly to the rest of Europe. Comcast, the parent company of Universal, already has a strong presence in the country with NBCUniversal and Sky both having headquarters there.

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Universal says that a new park in the United Kingdom would be mutually beneficial for the company and its residents, emphasizing its potential to bring thousands of jobs and increase tourism throughout the region.

The Phase 1 Master Plan and the Indicative Master Plan provided by Universal for its propose new theme park in Bedford, England. (Universal)
The Phase 1 Master Plan and the Indicative Master Plan provided by Universal for its propose new theme park in Bedford, England. (Universal)

Any construction, Universal says, would be done with careful attention to local wildlife and ecology, with landscaping and dedicated green space a core component of any future plans. Comcast previously vowed to become carbon-neutral by 2035 and it says its theme parks play a big role in those goals.

Local infrastructure would also see significant investment, including the construction of at least one new rail station and dedicated direct roadways that would accommodate the bulk of the park’s traffic, according to documents posted on Universal’s official website for the project.

Locals are asked to participate in a short survey to provide feedback on the proposal, whether to show support, opposition or to offer input on how it could be improved.

“While it will still be some time before we decide whether or not we proceed, we look forward to further engaging with the community on this potential development,” the spokesperson said.

If there is adequate public support, and if Universal determines building a new park would be a smart financial move, construction could take between five and six years. In building a park in historic Bedford, Universal would also become permanent tenants of the region, writing a new chapter in the town’s history.

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“If the project moves forward, we will become long-term members of the local community and look forward to future partnership,” an information packet posted online reads.

Members of the community can provide comment by either filling out the survey online, reaching out by phone or email, or requesting and mailing a paper copy.

Responses are due by May 3.

Any and all future updates will be posted online on Universal’s dedicated project website, the company says.

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10 suspected illegal migrants busted for child pornography at Texas human smuggling 'stash house'

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A group of 10 suspected illegal migrants from Asia and Guatemala have been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography at a Texas house, police say, while Homeland Security tells Fox News Digital that the premises was being used as a “stash house for human smuggling activities.”

The 10 suspects were taken into custody Thursday morning following a search of a house at 5118 Dripping Springs in Chambers County, about 33 miles east of Downtown Houston, according to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). 

Law enforcement stated that they had to force entry into the premises after the occupants refused to let the officers in during the 9 a.m. search.

Ten suspected illegal migrants have been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography at a Texas house that officials say was being used as a “stash house for human smuggling activities.” (Chambers County Sheriff’s Office)

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Once inside, police discovered 10 people who the CCSO said are believed to be in the U.S. illegally. A Homeland Security spokesperson tells Fox News Digital that the immigration status of the 10 has yet to be determined. 

Police also seized several electronic devices from the premises; however, the contents of these devices remain unconfirmed, Fox 26 reports. Restaurant supplies were also found.

The search was prompted following a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children database, suggesting that child pornography may have been downloaded at this location.

“Those types of downloads are illegal and are heavily monitored,” CCSO Captain Bryan Baker told Fox 26. “We’re just not going to tolerate that in our county.”

The CCSO on Thursday posted photos of the suspects sitting down in handcuffs outside the residence with their faces obscured.

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The Sheriff’s Office said that some of the individuals were of Asian descent, and some were from Guatemala. 

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) responded to the scene to assist with the investigation, and all 10 individuals were transported to the Chambers County Jail to be processed by the federal agency.

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Law enforcement had to force entry into the premises after the occupants refused to let officers in. (Chambers County Sheriff’s Office)

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“On April 11, Homeland Security Investigations Houston assisted our state and local partners with a law enforcement action related to an ongoing child exploitation investigation,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

“During the course of the enforcement action and based on the individuals encountered, the structure was additionally determined to be a stash house for human smuggling activities.”

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“HSI Houston is continuing to work with our state and local partners in furtherance of this investigation.”

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Homeland Security Investigations responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and all 10 individuals were transported to the Chambers County Jail to be processed by the federal agency. (istock)

It is unclear what charges the 10 suspects face. Fox News Digital contacted the CCSO but was unable to get a response to this query. 

“This is an ongoing investigation that will require an extensive follow-up to investigative leads,” CCSO wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“This is an ongoing investigation looking into possible human trafficking and/or human smuggling as well as other possible crimes.”

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