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Dallas City Council Resolution Calls for ‘Demolition’ of Confederate War Memorial

April 21, 2018

Merrill Hope

4/20/2018

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The Dallas City Council will introduce a resolution next week that may well seal the fates of its Confederate monuments. It calls for the “demolition and removal” of a 122-year-old historical Confederate War Memorial. It also seeks to auction off the bronze equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, shuttered in a hangar since city officials removed it in September.

This reflects a marked shift from recommendations made to city council members and Mayor Mike Rawlings in a March 21 briefing meeting. Cultural Affairs Director Jennifer Scripps, City Manager T.C. Broadnax, and others proposed they leave the Confederate War Memorial in place and add historical context around the 60-foot tall monument rather than pay an estimated $430,000 to remove it. Dedicated in 1896, this downtown Dallas Civil War monument sits in Pioneer Park Cemetery, adjacent to City Hall and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

City staff also proposed placing the Lee statue on “long-term loan” at the Texas Civil War Museum in White Settlement, west of Fort Worth. Currently, the bronze likeness of the general and a Confederate soldier remains warehoused in a city-owned storage facility since Dallas officials took it down last year.

However, this new resolution, unveiled in agenda item #34 for the April 25 Dallas City Council meeting, advances a plan to tear down the Confederate War Memorial. It directs Broadnax “to obtain a Certificate of Demolition from the Landmark Commission” and authorizes him to “transfer funds or appropriate funds from excess revenue or contingency funds, as necessary, to remove” the monument. The city council has the eight votes it needs to demolish the landmark, according to KDFW.

The resolution also tasks Broadnax with using these funds to extract the plinth and seating area that remain at the former site of the Lee statue. It charges him with procuring “a fine auction house” to sell the Lee statuary crafted by New York sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor. In 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the sculpture as part of the Texas Centennial. The city says this artifact holds an appraised value of $950,000.

Breitbart Texas reached out to city officials regarding this latest resolution. On Thursday, the City of Dallas responded by email, saying, “The resolution was drafted based in part on City Council discussion at the March 21, 2018, briefing on this subject. City staff in the Office of Cultural Affairs, City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office jointly drafted the resolution. The City Council will make the final policy decisions and may choose alternative options.”

The City of Dallas said it was unable to provide a copy of the actual written resolution that Breitbart Texas asked for in an open records request because “the item has not been considered before City Council; therefore, no records exist.”

The mad dash by Dallas officials to erase all images, historical figures, and symbols associated with the city’s Civil War history started days after violence broke out at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest in August 2017. At the time, Rawlings expressed his disdain for the city’s Confederate past, calling the statues “dangerous totems” and “monuments of propaganda.” He formed a 20-person appointed task force instructed to meet over 90 days and advise city officials on whether or not to remove these graven images. Before the task force ever met, the mayor truncated their timeline noticeably. Then, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway pushed through a sudden resolution that demanded the city remove all Confederate iconography and rename streets. It also diminished the task force’s role. A restraining order only temporarily halted the removal of the Lee statue.

Last September, Breitbart Texas reported NBCDFW polled viewers on their thoughts about the city removing the Lee statue. Seventy-seven percent of respondents voted against taking it down. Only 23 percent agreed.

This latest resolution also addresses other recommendations made by city staff in March. It includes renaming the Confederate cemetery, adding a historical marker to the downtown site where an African-American man, Allen Brooks, was lynched in 1910, and restoring murals in the Hall of Negro Life at Fair Park. Lee Parkway, which is located alongside the former site of the statue named for the Confederate general, was the only Dallas street they recommended renaming.

 

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Illinois County Declares Itself a ‘Sanctuary County’ for Gun Owners

April 21, 2018

AWR Hawkins

4/20/2018

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Effingham County, Illinois, officially declared itself a “sanctuary county” for gun owners on Monday.

The “sanctuary” status means the county will refuse enforcement of any new state law which might “unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment.”

Fox News Insider reports the county board passed the “sanctuary county” resolution by a vote of eight to one on Monday.

County board member David Campbell indicated the vote was part of fighting against the constant encroachment on the Second Amendment. He said, “[We] decided it’s time for someone to take a hard stand.”

Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler explained that the idea came from watching how the left declares sanctuary areas throughout the county as it relates to immigration. He said, “So we thought … why don’t we just make this a sanctuary county like they would for undocumented immigrants. So we did flip the script on it.”

The impetus for the vote was a Deerfield, Illinois, decision not simply to bar residents from “assault weapon” ownership but to empower the police chief to confiscate such weapons once the ban goes into effect.

 

James Comey Under Fire for Leaking Classified Memos

April 21, 2018

Kristina Wong

4/20/2018

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Former FBI Director James Comey has questions to answer, after a report on Friday revealed he leaked at least two memos documenting his conversations with President Trump that contained classified information.

Comey leaked at least two memos with classified information to his friend, former federal prosecutor and Columbia University Professor Daniel C. Richman, documenting his private conversations with President Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.

His leaking of classified information is currently under investigation by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.

According to the report, Comey himself redacted elements of one of the memos that he “knew to be classified” before handing it over to Richman.

He reportedly determined that the other memo contained “no classified information,” but after he left the FBI, officials upgraded it to “confidential.”

Last year, Comey implied to senators during a June 8 hearing that the memos he gave to Richman on May 15 after he was fired on May 9 were not classified.

During that hearing, he said he wrote his memos in a way so that they would not be classified, so that the memos could be shared more easily among investigators and within the government, as Breitbart News has reported.

Comey said at the hearing, “If I write it such a way that doesn’t include anything of a classification, that would make it easier for to us discuss within the FBI and the government, and to hold onto it in a way that makes it accessible to us.”

However, his redaction of one of the memos before giving it to his friend shows he knew it was classified.

During that hearing, he also admitted he gave memos to Richman to give to the media for the purpose of prompting a special counsel investigation into Trump.

A source close to Trump’s legal team told Breitbart News at the time that they were planning to file complaints against Comey with the Justice Department inspector general. The DOJ IG’s office had pointed to an existing investigation on Comey, but did not say whether it would be expanded to include the leaking of the memos.

WSJ‘s report indicated that the inspector general took up the investigation. Whether the investigation will lead to a criminal referral is unclear.

Comey’s leaking of classified information puts him in the same boat as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who sent classified material over her unsecured private email server. She argued that the material was not marked classified at the time she sent it, although investigators later found that not to be true.

The revelation of Comey’s leaking of classified information comes after the Justice Department handed his memos documenting his private conversations with Trump to House lawmakers on Thursday.

Of the seven that were handed over, four contained classified information. Comey apparently gave his friend at least two of those classified memos, with only one allegedly redacted.

The inspector general has the ability to refer Comey to the Justice Department for criminal charges, as he did with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe earlier this week.

Trump indicated that he would not let Comey’s leaking go lightly.

“James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?” he tweeted Thursday evening.

Border Patrol Agents Sound Alarm on Pathway from Bangladesh to U.S. Border

April 21, 2018

Bob Price

4/19/2018

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Border Patrol agents in the Laredo Sector arrested more than 190 Bangladeshi nationals who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into Texas since October 1, 2017. This number of illegal border crossers from a country that many call a hotbed of terrorism is more than were arrested in all of Fiscal Year 2017, officials told Breitbart Texas on Thursday.

 

“When we talk about the different groups that are crossing into an area, what we’re trying to draw attention to is a more comprehensive look at our threat picture,” Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens told Breitbart Texas during a recent phone interview. “We need to stay away from just focusing on the family units and Unaccompanied Alien Children that are coming from Central America and Mexico. What the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol are dealing with on a daily basis is so much more complex than that.”

Border Patrol agents in the sector Owens commands arrested 191 Bangladeshi nationals who illegally crossed the border from Mexico into South Texas since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2018 in October, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by Laredo Sector officials. During the entire FY 2017, Laredo Sector agents arrested only 181 Bangladeshi nationals, Chief Owens stated. During FY 2016, there was only one Bangladeshi arrested in the Laredo sector.

“You have to look not only at the numbers of folks coming across in our Area of Responsibility (AOR),” Owens explained, “but also, who they are and where they’re from because that very much affects how we meet the threat.”

“When you have countries like Bangladesh that have had potential ties to terrorism in the past — well, these folks that are coming from that country, what is their intent when they are crossing into the United States illegally?” the sector chief asked. “What is their ultimate destination? What is their goal?”

Bangladesh has been described by many as a hotbed of terrorist activity. In March 2017, the British government issued a travel advisory for Bangladesh to its citizens warning of potential terror attacks. The warning cited several incidents of terrorist activity in the months leading up to the travel advisory’s issuance.

In 2016, CNN and The Economist spotlighted terrorist activity in Bangladesh. And, in February 2017, the Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change wrote, “Bangladesh is alternately heralded as a beacon of tolerance and secularism in the Muslim-majority world or a hotbed of Islamist militancy.”

Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza, in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2455, told Breitbart Texas the apprehension of these Bangladeshi nationals in the Laredo sector shows there is a “clear pipeline” from countries that are home to terrorists through Mexico and into the U.S.

“We have been lucky to catch these groups but there is no telling how many other people from countries that sponsor terrorism could be utilizing that same pipeline,” Agent Garza stated.

Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta told Breitbart Texas on Thursday that the Bangladeshi nationals do not pick their point of entry into the U.S. “That is determined by the transnational criminal organization (TCO) that works with the smugglers from the country of origin, into South America, up through Central America, and into Mexico,” Acosta explained. “They are paying upward of $27,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S.”

Acosta said the Bangladeshis are not trying to be sneaky in crossing the border nor are they trying to avoid detection and arrest. “They have been coached by the TCO on what to say and how to make a ‘credible fear’ claim,” he stated.

Acosta said the Bangladeshis typically begin their journey from their home country to Brazil. From there, they utilize nearly any form of transportation available. Those include planes, trains, boats, horses, and even walking, he explained. Some of the people being smuggled pay their fee upfront while others arrive in the U.S. in debt and have to work off the fees after they arrive at their destination.

Of the 191 Bangladeshi’s captured during the first half of FY 2018, 100 percent were males, mostly between the ages of 18-35, Acosta stated.

FBI agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force are notified each time a group of Bangladeshis are arrested, he explained. The agents conduct a throughout background check and biometric scan. The agents also check the names against the terrorist watch list.

Acosta said a “small number” of these checks resulted in finding “derogatory information.” He said this is most often an association with someone who is already designated as a person of interest.

Chief Owens said there have been incidents where some of the adult Bangladeshi males have attempted to present themselves as minors. “We have had incidents where some would attempt to present themselves as juveniles, or represent themselves as family units when in fact there is no blood relationship,” Owens stated. “The interviewers will try and bear that out as to whether or not it’s true.”

“Everybody that we encounter will get turned over to ICE ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations),” Owens explained. “From there, their removal proceedings are handled by that agency after a hearing.”

Assistant Chief Acosta explained further. “Because of the ‘credible fear’ law and the coaching received by the Bangladeshis from the TCOs, ERO officers will issue a notice to appear for a future immigration hearing. “In many cases, we will never see them again,” he said.

The Laredo Sector chief said these Bangladeshis are a great example of why the U.S. needs to look differently at the border.

“For us, its important that when folks are looking at border security as an issue, that we look at the threat in a holistic fashion,” Owens explained. “Don’t just focus on the numbers of people coming across. You have to also look at what that makeup is and also who is responsible. Because that actually goes to the threat that not only exists along the border but into the interior as well.”

“You may not have 50,000 people crossing every single month,” Cheif Owens concluded, “but those that are crossing may pose a very significant threat in their own right.”

 

Feds Detain 225 Migrants in New York’s ‘Sanctuary City’

April 21, 2018

Neil Munro

4/18/2018

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Immigration enforcement agents tracked and arrested 225 illegal migrants in New York’s “sanctuary city” where Democratic politicians are protecting illegals in the huge cheap-labor workforce which supports the city’s elite finance sector.

A statement from U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated the six-day operation picked up 60 migrants who had been arrested and then released by the city’s police forces, despite federal requests to detain them for repatriation:

More than 60 individuals arrested during this operation were previously released from local law enforcement on an active detainer. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) places detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and who are suspected of being deportable …

In years past, most of these individuals would have been turned over to ICE by local authorities upon their release from jail based on ICE detainers. Now that many sanctuary cities, including New York City, do not honor ICE detainers, these individuals, who often have significant criminal histories, are released onto the street, presenting a potential public safety threat.

ICE also reported:

Of those arrested, more than 180 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 80 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.

DHS officials criticized the city’s politicians for endangering New Yorkers by shielding the migrants from deportation. “The fact is that a so-called ‘sanctuary city’ does not only provide refuge to those who are here against immigration law, but also provides protections for criminal aliens who prey on the people in their own communities by committing crimes at all levels,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York.” He continued:

ICE is committed to enforcing the immigration laws set forth by Congress with integrity, despite the push-back and rhetoric within the city they serve.

The DHS statement said the arrestees included:

  • In East Elmhurst, a 56 year-old Haitian national, who has convictions of Manslaughter 2nd Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th degree, and sentenced to 4-12 years in prison;
  • In Brentwood, a 35 year-old, Guatemalan national, previously removed from the U.S. on five separate occasions, who has convictions of DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor vehicle, and Illegal Reentry after Removal;
  • In Brooklyn, a 39 year-old Jamaican national, and registered sexual offender, who has convictions of Criminal Possession of a Loaded Firearm 3rd degree (2 counts), and Attempted Rape 1st degree. The victim, a child under the age of 13;
  • In Manhattan, a 38 year-old Romanian national, and lifetime registered sexual offender, who has convictions of Possessing Sexual Performance by a Child, and sentenced to 10 years of probation supervision;
  • In Manhattan, a 36 year-old Dominican national, wanted in his home country for charges of Homicide, Administrative Corruption, and Accepting Bribes;
  • In Brooklyn, a 39 year-old Ghanaian national, and registered sexual offender, who has convictions of Sexual Abuse 3rd degree and Attempted Forcible Touching in 2012, and again of Sexual Abuse 3rd degree and Attempted Forcible Touching in 2017;
  • In Brooklyn, a 31 year-old Mexican national, who has convictions of Rape 2nd (Intercourse with person less than 15 years old), and Tampering with Witness;
  • In Hempstead, a 40 year-old previously removed Salvadoran national, who has convictions of Assault, Burglary of a Vehicle, Attempted Forcible Touching, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving Without a License, DUI, Failure to Identify as a Fugitive from Justice, and Sexual Abuse;
  • In the Bronx, a 58 year-old, twice removed Trinidadian national, released from NYPD custody with an active detainer, who has convictions of  Conspiracy to Produce Identification Documents, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Forgery, Fraud, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, and Possession of Stolen Property, and False Statement on a U.S. Passport Application;
  • In Jamaica, a 57 year-old Jamaican national, who has convictions of  Sexual Abuse 1st degree: Contact w/ person Less than 14 Years Old;
  • In Manhattan, a 38 year-old previously removed Dominican national, released from NYPD custody with an active detainer, who has convictions of Attempted Criminal Possession of Weapon, Criminal Possession Controlled Substance, Identity Theft, and Grand Larceny, and Stalking;
  • In the Bronx, a 33 year-old Dominican national, who has convictions of Criminal Possession of a Weapon – Loaded Firearm, Robbery 1st degree, Forcible Theft with a Deadly Weapon (2 counts), for which he was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 5 years of parole supervision;
  • In Brooklyn, a 32 year-old Ecuadorian national, and registered sexual offender, who has convictions of Rape 2nd degree, who was sentenced to 4 years in prison victim, a child under the age of 13;

City officials go to great lengths to shield the roughly 500,000 illegal migrants who lower the wages paid to the service-class workforce which supports the city’s wealthy professionals. Breitbart News reported in February:

New York’s police department, politicians, and judges are helping the city’s illegal immigrant workforce evade repatriation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to an article in the New York Times.

The campaign, which protects the business groups’ supply of cheap, illegal-immigrant labor, was described by the newspaper on February 27:

“ICE issued 1,526 detainer requests to the New York Police Department in the 2017 fiscal year, up from 80 in 2016. The Police Department complied with none of them.”

Those ICE [response] tactics have got results. In July, ICE picked up 100 illegals, for example. Overall, ICE arrested 2,976 city arrests in 2017, up from 1,762 in 2016. The arrests included 899 people without criminal convictions on their record, up from only 250 people without criminal convictions on their record in 2016.

Democrats in Maryland, Chicago, California and other states are trying to defy federal authority over immigration declaring themselves to be “sanctuaries” for migrants. Federal officials are pushing back, but Democrats are being aided by progressive lower-court judges.

 

There’s an Epidemic of Low-IQ Arguments Against Guns

April 20, 2018

Tom Woods

4/20/2018

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It’s another school walkout today, so you know what that means: Facebook is full of rational discussion about guns.

All right, probably not.

Ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, the debate over gun ownership – social media has been even more toxic than usual.

The gun-control side has in general been content to attribute vile motives to their opponents, and to contend that people arguing for gun rights prefer guns over their own children.

Their reaction has made the debate over the 73 genders seem downright civil.

I wouldn’t say they’re being dishonest. It’s more that they genuinely don’t understand – and frankly don’t care to understand – their opponents, whom they know only in caricature.

This is standard fare for progressives. We know their positions inside and out, but they seem genuinely baffled by and altogether ignorant of what libertarians and conservatives believe. (In fact, Jonathan Haidt ran studies on this very question, and found progressives consistently do a much worse job explaining their opponents’ views than vice versa.)

It is especially rich that progressives should posture and preen as though they hold the moral high ground in the gun debate, when they consistently reject all practical responses to school shootings, including immediate improvements in school security, in favor of pie-in-the-sky political solutions that have zero chance of passage, much less implementation.

The self-righteousness of the gun controllers irritated me to the point that I felt compelled to release a free eBook in response: Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About Guns.

Here, in one convenient place, all the standard arguments are refuted:

– Are you really more likely to shoot a family member than an intruder?
– Is it really safer to live in countries with stricter gun control?
– Doesn’t the Second Amendment really refer to the National Guard?

And so on.

Or how about this? The average number of fatalities in mass shootings stopped by police is 14. The average number of fatalities in mass shootings stopped by civilians is 2.5.

There’s a statistic we don’t often hear.

My eBook is full of information like this.

Want a free copy? Go here:

http://www.WrongAboutGuns.com/

 

NJ Sheriff and Former Chief Show Contempt for Oaths with 2nd Amendment Infringements

April 20, 2018

David Codrea

4/17/2018

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Extensive quotes from two New Jersey law enforcement officials leave little doubt that they would gladly support any and all citizen disarmament edicts. Opinions expressed by Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino and former Tenafly Police Chief Michael Bruno in Monday’s Pascack Press appear representative of predominant command attitudes in the Garden State. (Note the story is not online so there is no link to offer—I was sent a photo of the April 16 page 3 story “Mental health ‘highest priority’ for public, school safety” written by Michael Olohan. I have not received a response from the paper to an inquiry I sent them yesterday. This post will be updated if a link becomes available. )

Sheriff Saudino says it’s “fortunate” that New Jersey has draconian infringements and hopes to see them become a “model” for the rest of the country. And naturally, he repeats the same lie many prominent gun-grabbers offer while they’re doing the direct opposite of what they say.

“I don’t say it very often, but I do believe in the Second Amendment,” Saudino protests.  “However…”

Who didn’t see that huge, in-your-face “but” coming?

He doesn’t think the “average person” should have the very weaponry the Second Amendment is supposed to guarantee. To underscore his point, Saudino smears those who disagree as “the NRA and some gun nuts.” And here’s the kicker, a talking point getting moldy it’s growing so stale:

“Those weapons are designed to take out mass amounts of people, for the military to use, for the police to use, should they have to…”

First of all, both the military and Saudino’s tactical police teams have access to full auto. And note he doesn’t define when his sworn duties will require him to issue the orders to “take out mass amounts of people.”

If taken literally, and I would, the oath-breaking maniac is talking about making war on American citizens. Naturally he doesn’t want those who would defy tyranny also being able to resist it.

Former Chief Bruno, no longer in a position to actively take anyone’s guns, has his own way of harassing edict-abiding gun owners.  He wants gun-grabber sympathizers to “contact their local police chiefs and ask to see the firearm files of legitimate registered gun owners in town.

“The hot topic today is guns,” Bruno asserts. “Everybody’s talking about guns, restricting guns, eliminating guns, taking guns.”

Wait a minute – for years the antis have been calling gun owners paranoid, insisting “No wants to take your guns.” Does this mean they were lying?

That was a rhetorical question. And Bruno ignores that some of us are talking about protecting our guns.

“I guarantee you it will be an eye-opener for you, because when you talk about that person who snaps and can go right into their own home, take a weapon go out and do something with it—you have hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of guns in your communities,” he bemoans, insulting citizen trustworthiness by insinuation while being part of a system that protects and rewards enforcer misdeeds.

Like the problems come from “legitimate registered gun owners” who strive to comply with all prior restraint mandates, no matter how offensively oppressive.

Still, in order to keep their lucrative double-dipping gigs going, New Jersey sheriffs like Saudino need to sell out their countrymen and parrot the narrative expected by their masters. Besides, he and Bruno are taken care of as LEOSA beneficiaries, “eligible to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States or United States Territories, regardless of state or local laws…”

It’s the “Only Ones” loophole. They have their seat at the table, so why should they care if you’re outside looking in. Still, Mr. Mason’s “except for a few public officers” observation comes to mind.

The sad thing is it hasn’t always been that way, even in New Jersey. Those of us who have been around a while well remember this 1993 quote from the testimony of Trenton Deputy Chief of Police Joseph Constance before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“Since police started keeping statistics, we now know that ‘assault weapons’ are/were used in an underwhelming 0.026 of 1% of crimes in New Jersey. This means that my officers are more likely to confront an escaped tiger from the local zoo than to confront an assault rifle in the hands of a drug-crazed killer on the streets.”

 

Gorsuch Sabotages Trump’s Immigration Reform And Endangers Americans

April 20, 2018

Mommy Underground

4/19/2018

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When Trump ran for office, he made it crystal clear one of his top priorities was to keep America safe.

Determined to deport violent criminals from harming innocent Americans, Trump has cracked down on immigration.

But the latest Supreme Court decision caused a major setback in Trump’s immigration plan, and now America remains in danger.

In fact, if Congress doesn’t act quickly, dangerous criminals will continue to roam America’s neighborhoods.

When Trump selected Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee, conservatives cheered.

But in a critical moment, Gorsuch went rogue, and instead of standing up for conservative values, he sided with dangerous illegal immigrants.

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court struck down a provision calling for “mandatory deportation” for immigrants convicted of some “crimes of violence.”

Claiming the provision was too vague, the Supreme Court refused to allow the provision to pass.

This case was carried over from the Obama era, when James Garcia Dimaya, pleaded no contest to several crimes.

The Supreme Court had their chance to finally crack down on immigrants who break the law, but they blew it in a major way.

CNN reported:

“The Supreme Court delivered a resounding message today: You can’t banish a person from his home and family without clear lines, announced up front. Congress cannot write a mushy standard that leaves it to unaccountable immigration officials and judges to make it up as they go along,” said Josh Rosenkranz, an attorney for Dimaya.

This decision is of enormous consequence, striking down a flawed law that applies in a vast range of criminal and immigration cases and which has resulted in many thousands of immigrants being deported for decades in violation of their due process rights.”

In court, arguing for the Trump administration, Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler said that when it comes to deportation, “I think it is important for the court to understand that immigration provisions and grounds for deportation are often written in very broad and general terms and given content by the executive branch in which Congress has vested authority.”

Trump’s Supreme Court pick stabbed him in the back.

Now, the only way to remove dangerous criminals is through Congress.

Immigrants who break the law should not be able to roam free in America.

This decision further gives cover to those who break the law, and only encourages criminal activity.

Fox News reported:

“Today’s Court decision means that Congress must close loopholes that block the removal of dangerous criminal aliens, including aggravated felons.

This is a public safety crisis that can only be fixed by Congress – House and Senate must quickly pass a legislative fix to ensure violent criminal aliens can be removed from our society. Keep America Safe!” Trump tweeted in response Tuesday evening.”

But while this ruling may be a setback for Trump’s immigration plan, it’s obvious he will keep the pressure on to pass tough immigration policies.

There’s too much at stake to allow violent criminals to cause harm on America’s streets.

What are your thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling backing violent criminals over American citizens?

Are you disappointed in how Trump’s Supreme Court choice voted?

 

Illegal hits motorcyclist, accelerates and crushes man to death

April 20, 2018

World Net Daily

4/17/2018

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An illegal immigrant from Guatemala – who has prior felony convictions for driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance – is accused of hitting a motorcyclist in Omaha, Nebraska, with his vehicle, accelerating over him and then crushing the man to death as he fled the scene.

Luis Velasquez-Ortiz, 42, was charged on April 11 in the hit-and-run death of Juan J. Moreno-Tamayo, a 31-year-old motorcyclist and father of four children. On Monday, a judge in Omaha declared Velasquez-Ortiz a flight risk and set his bond at $2 million.

Velasquez-Ortiz has reportedly resided in the U.S. illegally for 15 years and was employed by Nebraska Beef, the Daily Mail reported.

The man was reportedly driving a Ford Explorer when he failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with a motorcyclist, who got stuck underneath the vehicle. Rather than attempting to help the victim under his vehicle, Velasquez-Ortiz allegedly accelerated, crushing the man again as he fled the scene of the crash. He’s now charged with failing to stop and render aid.

The victim, Moreno-Tamayo, was wearing a helmet at the time, but he died on the scene.

Witnesses managed to obtain Velasquez-Ortiz’s license plate information, and authorities arrested the man a day after the collision.

“During a search of his home, police and immigration officers found fraudulent state, federal and international identification documents,” the Daily Mail reported.

The vice president of Nebraska Beef reportedly told 3 News Now that the company wasn’t aware of Velasquez-Ortiz’s illegal status.

 

A match made in Hell: Monsanto-Bayer merger gets the green light… farmers are worried, as they should be

April 20, 2018

4/20/2018

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As hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto for personal injury and wrongful death move forward, German pharmaceutical company Bayer has been given the green light to acquire Monsanto in a deal surpassing $60 billion. The mega monopoly merger was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice in April. Instead of breaking monopolies up, the U.S. encourages monopolies to merge with other monopolies, as the agriculture and pharmaceutical elite clamor for domination over the world’s food and drug supply. The merger follows in the footsteps of the Dow-DuPont and Syngenta-ChemChina mergers.

Monsanto and Bayer announced the merger in September 2016, claiming the deal will “boost agriculture research and innovation.” This only means there will be more genetic modifications made to plant life to accommodate new agrochemical inventions. Many farmers aren’t buying into it. During the 2016 and 2017 growing seasons, farmers across the United States have been plagued by dicamba drift. Millions of acres of U.S. crops were damaged in 2017 by a dicamba-based herbicide, manufactured by Monsanto and BASF SE. In order to maintain yields of the most profitable crops, farmers are trapped into growing only the genetically modified seeds that have been engineered to withstand the herbicides. This corporate takeover of agriculture has put many small family farms out of business, consolidating farmland into the hands of the few. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, America continues to do away with smaller farms in favor of larger farms. In 1987, larger farms representing at least 2000 acres, controlled 15 percent of U.S. cropland. In 2012, large farms controlled 36 percent of U.S. cropland. The choking out of small farms and biodiversity has continued since.

In central Montana, fourth generation farmer Todd Enley says that when chemicals and seeds become more consolidated, the small farmer can’t compete. He, like other small farmers who struggle year-to-year, haven’t seen many benefits from GMOs and agrochemicals. He told Business Insider, “Our farm has been out here since 1935, and I’m 40 years old and I’ve watched a lot of small family farms in our area go under. They can’t compete because they can’t pay the price of input because of what these companies are wanting to charge for input now.” He iterated, “These corporate bigwigs, are they really going to do what they say?”

Despite Monsanto’s claims of feeding the world, the cost of healthy, nutritious produce has gone up over the years. This is because Monsanto is feeding the world synthetic chemicals, making nutritious, unpolluted foods harder to come by. Monsanto is not assisting farmers with sustainable growing methods, but instead forcing more farmers to rely on agrochemicals and monoculture growing practices that put the food supply and human health at risk.

As the U.S. tries to shut down chemical weapon manufacture in Syria, the country harbors its own chemical weapons facilities, an evil named Monsanto. It was Monsanto that manufactured Agent Orange, which was used on three million U.S. soldiers in Vietnam and on countless Vietnamese, inhumanely causing nervous system and genetic damage. A staggering 500,000 children were born with birth defects and an additional million people suffered health problems or disabilities due to Monsanto’s Agent Orange. It’s only fitting that Monsanto merges with Bayer, a company that manufactured and sold the chemicals that were used to kill Jews in Nazi Germany. Bayer, along with BASF and Hoechst, originally merged as IG Farben and contributed heavily to Adolf Hitler. In return, Hitler relied on the chemical manufacturers to create Zyklon B, a chemical weapon used in Auschwitz and other concentration camps to exterminate the Jews who were too old, too small, or too weak to work.

The Bayer-Monsanto merger is a match made in hell — two chemical weapons manufacturers that are  damaging biodiversity, bankrupting small farmers, and destroying human health with poisons like Roundup (glyphosate) and dicamba, all while taking over the world food supply with their genetic experimentation.

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