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The bricks carried angry messages from constituents who viewed the immigration legislation as an attempt to grant amnesty to an estimated 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens.

The senator turned over the brick to reveal the message: “Build the wall. Deport them all.”

Warning Ethiopia

The House this week advanced a bill to cut off security aid to Ethiopia and provide $20 million to help democracy advocates, who face government retaliation for protesting the authoritarian regime.

The Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa and global health on Wednesday approved the bill, sponsored by subcommittee Chairman Donald M. Payne, New Jersey Democrat. He introduced the measure to protest Ethiopia’s brutal crackdown on protests over the 2005 parliamentary elections.

“I was dismayed to hear of the hundreds of people killed and the thousands arrested, as they attempted to exercise their right to protest,” Mr. Payne said.

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