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Trump mulls pulling ICE from uncooperative 'sanctuary' California: 'They'd beg us to come back'

ICE immigration California
© Mike Blake / Reuters
Homeland Security ICE bus is parked outside federal jail in San Diego.
President Donald Trump said he is "thinking about" ordering border patrol and immigration enforcement out of California over the state's sanctuary policies, to demonstrate that it would result in a crime wave.

Trump brought up California's "sanctuary state" policies at Thursday's meeting about school safety at the White House, prompted by last week's mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school.

"Frankly, it's a disgrace. The sanctuary city situation," Trump told a gathering of his Cabinet members, state and local officials. "If we ever pulled our ICE out... in two months they'd be begging for us to come back. They would be begging. And you know what? I'm thinking about doing it."

Comment: And some cold truth: Forensic criminologist: The truth about crime, illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities
I am a former Spanish speaking career detective who investigated violent crimes within the Hispanic and other ethnic immigrant communities.

I am also a forensic criminologist who is a subject matter expert in violent crime who advocates for facts and evidence. Here are some verified crime facts and statistics with you so that you will know the truth about the precarious relationship between violent crime and illegal immigrants.

As Americans, we should only care about three things: (1) are the immigrants in the U.S. illegally; (2) have they committed violent crimes predominantly against U.S. citizens; and (3) had these criminals not been in our country illegally, these crimes, the victimization of our citizens and the costs of their crimes borne by American taxpayers could have been completely avoided.

Previous administrations have deliberately kept Americans in the dark about illegal immigrant crimes

Most states and our federal government have kept information and statistics about illegal immigration, crimes committed by illegals and the costs borne by you the U.S. payer out of public view

[...]

According to the FBI, 67,642 murders were committed in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. The General Accounting Office documents that criminal immigrants committed 25,064 of these murders.

To extrapolate out these statistics, this means that a population of just over 3.5 percent residing in the U.S. unlawfully committed 22 percent to 37 percent of all murders in the nation. This is astounding.

Illegal immigrants clearly commit a level of violent and drug related crimes disproportionate to their population

Vetted crime statistics from USDOJ, the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are both clear and demonstrative that illegal immigrants who comprise only 3.5 percent of our nation's population, are convicted and sentenced for the crime of murder at a rate of three times that of their American citizen and legal immigrant counterparts.



Black Magic

Israel continues to plant Jewish 'tombs' around al-Aqsa Mosque

Israel continues planting Jewish graves around al-Aqsa Mosque

Israel continues planting Jewish graves around al-Aqsa Mosque
The Israeli government is cooperating with Jewish settlement associations to escalate its ongoing Judaization policy at al-Aqsa Mosque and the rest of the Old City in occupied Jerusalem, the PIC reporter revealed.

The PIC reporter on Tuesday quoted eyewitnesses as affirming that Israeli associations started installing fake Jewish tombs around al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli bulldozers were seen carrying Jewish tombstones and planting them around the Mosque to indicate graves, but underneath, there are no bodies, nor skeletons.

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Yoda

Syria's UN envoy slams Western silence on fatal terrorist attacks against Damascus civilians

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari

Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari
Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari stressed that endangering the lives of 8 million civilians in Damascus in order to protect terrorists in Eastern Ghouta is unacceptable act.

Al-Jaafari made his remarks during a UN Security Council meeting held on Thursday to discuss the situation in Syria.

He added that the draft resolution submitted by Kuwait and Sweden to the UN Security Council was not coordinated with Syria - the very country impacted by that text - in any way, which is a big shame.

The Syrian diplomat noted that terrorist groups situated in the Eastern Ghouta and designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council have been targeting Damascus with hundreds of rocket and mortar shells on a daily basis, causing the death and injury of dozens of civilians.

Comment: See also: Russia says that UN Security Council fails to agree on ceasefire across Syria


Question

Turkish army shells aid convoy entering Afrin - But was it an aid convoy

Turkish Army’s artillery guns and rocket launchers shelled an aid convoy
© By Hawar News Agency (ANHA)
On February 22, the Turkish Army's artillery guns and rocket launchers shelled an aid convoy that was about to enter the Afrin area through the Ziyarah crossing in the northern Aleppo countryside, according to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

The ANHA added that thousands of civilians from the Kurdish-held areas in eastern Syria had been onboard the convoy, which was transferring humanitarian aid to people in Afrin.


Comment: The Turkish General Staff has reported about the interception in Afrin of a convoy of 30-40 vehicles belonging to what they described as "terrorists and Kurdish militia groups."
A YouTube video shows Turkish armed forces shelling a convoy of alleged terrorist vehicles, which Ankara said was intercepted 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Syria's Afrin region.

"Only the convoy belonging to PKK/KCK/PYD-YPG and Daesh terrorist groups was targeted during the operation, and utmost importance was given to not harm any civilians," Anadolu, a Turkish news agency, quoted the country's General Staff as saying.




Light Saber

Russian ambassador to US explains how world military cooperation system should develop

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov
© Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov
Countries should develop a system of international military cooperation built on a non-bloc basis that would help combat existing threats like terrorism, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said at the embassy event on the occasion of Russia's Defender of the Fatherland Day.

"The world of today faces an unprecedented range of dangerous threats. No one will benefit if a long-term confrontation between different countries or groups of countries is added to that list. We simply have to join forces in combating such evil as terrorism, which truly challenges our civilization," Antonov said on Thursday. "Development of international military cooperation is required more than ever. Our common goal should be developing an equal and indivisible security for all. A system that can adequately respond to modern crises and built on non-bloc basis."

The Ambassador stressed that that's the only way to secure peace and tranquility of the citizens.

Comment: See also: Anatoly Antonov: "Only jointly Russia and the U.S. can solve the security problems"


Dollars

"Give us money, because Russia": Dems demand $300mn to "protect midterms against Russian intervention"

schumer pelosi
© AFP
US House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (L), US Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer are seen during the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
US Democratic leaders have called for more than $300 million in new funding to protect upcoming midterm elections from Russian interference.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi demanded a budget boost Wednesday, claiming that the amount is necessary to safeguard November's elections.

The extra money should go to the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Election Assistance Commission, they said in a letter to the Republicans.

"We're not drawing lines in the sand," Senator Schumer told reporters. "We hope we can get bipartisan support."

The Democrats' move was made in the wake of mounting pressure against the administration of US President Donald Trump over possible collusion with Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign and election.

The president and his associates have been under increased pressure since Friday, when special counsel Robert Mueller released an indictment in the ongoing Russia probe.

Comment: That's what you call monetizing hysteria.


Magnify

Trump wants Sessions to probe 'Russian meddling' on Obama's watch

trumpsessions
© Jonathan Ernst / Reuters
President Trump and AG Jeff Sessions
President Donald Trump has urged his attorney-general to probe why Barack Obama failed to stop alleged Russian election meddling on his watch. That followed a string of Trump tweets accusing his predecessor of inaction.

Ever since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 vote, Democrats have accused Russia of influencing the election and colluding with Trump to defeat their candidate, widely considered to be an absolute favorite to win the White House.

"If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration... why aren't they the subject of the investigation?" Trump asked in an early morning tweet on Wednesday.



Over the previous two days, Trump had tweeted that he had been "much tougher on Russia than Obama," who initially dismissed the notion that a foreign country could influence a US election because "he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win and he didn't want to 'rock the boat'," according to Trump.

Comment: 'Obama's watch' should have been the first stop on this blame train. Why wasn't it? Report on record shows the US has directly meddled in some 81 elections and has influenced many more.

See also: Government's data reveals US interfered in 81 foreign elections


Attention

Lavrov: US' game of provocation caused military conflict in Afrin, no peace nor stability to Afghans

Lavrov
© RT
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has blamed US policy in Syria for the conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militias in Afrin, saying that the recent clashes were caused by US actions that look like "deliberate provocation."

For many months, the US has been engaged in a political "game" on the territories to the east from the Euphrates River, Lavrov said at a joint press conference with the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, in Moscow. The Russian minister apparently referred to the US' continued support of the Kurdish militias and its plans to create a 30,000-strong Border Security Force (BSF) in Syria, half of which was expected to be made up of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.

The US policy in Syria has long been questionable, Lavrov said, but given the ongoing developments in the Afrin region, it started to "increasingly look like a deliberate provocation," he added. Shortly after the US announced its plans to create the BSF, Turkey launched its Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) controlling the Syrian enclave of Afrin.

Arrow Down

Russia says that UN Security Council fails to agree on ceasefire across Syria

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia
© Photo by AFP
Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia speaks at a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria on February 22, 2018
Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia made the announcement on Thursday after a council meeting on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria amid renewed violence in Syria's Eastern Ghouta region.

Sweden and Kuwait, two non-permanent members of the Security Council, had proposed the ceasefire measure in Syria to allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations.

On Wednesday, Nebenzia presented amendments to the draft resolution, saying, "We cannot simply decide that there is a ceasefire."

Comment: This means more bloodshed, more weapons supplying, killing more civilians...Exactly what US wants!


Propaganda

Mass Media Reaches New Low Stoking Russiaphobia in Wake of Florida School Shooting

florida shooting
© Reuters/ WSVN.com
Hysteria over alleged Russian meddling in US affairs hit a new low this week, with claims that Kremlin-controlled internet agents are exploiting the Florida gun massacre.

The New York Times' top story in its online edition Tuesday was headlined: "After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced".

Other US news media also gave prominent coverage to unsubstantiated claims that Kremlin-orchestrated internet agents, known as "trolls" or "bots", were heartlessly exploiting American public grief over the mass shooting.

The NY Times report stated: "Any news event - no matter how tragic - has become fodder to spread inflammatory messages in what is believed to be a far-reaching Russian disinformation campaign."