A surge of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are bombarding the southern border.
On Friday, Trump accused the nations of having “set up” migrant caravans and sent them north.
Trump said there was a “very good likelihood” he would close the border this week if Mexico did not stop immigrants from reaching the United States.
These three countries are known as the Northern Triangle. The United States gives $700 million dollars in aid to these three countries. That is a lot of money that should be helping the economic crisis happening there. A State Department spokesperson said they are carrying out Trump’s directive and engaging Congress in the process. Apparently, approval from Congress is needed to end the funding.
Some Democrats have come out against ending aid and shutting down the border.
New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump’s order a “reckless announcement” and urged Democrats and Republicans alike to reject it.
At a rally on the border in El Paso, Texas, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke denounced Trump’s immigration policies as the politics of “fear and division.”
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California tweeted this:
In contrast to Newsom’s claim, the people crossing the border are not seeking asylum from “violence and corruption”, they are seeking work. This is economic migration, not an asylum.
Mario Garcia, a 45-year-old bricklayer in El Salvador, said he was setting off for the United States regardless of the president’s threat to close the frontier.
“There is no work here and we want to improve (our lives), to get ahead for our families, for our children. I don’t give a damn (what Trump says), I’m determined,” Garcia said.
With the U.S. unemployment dropping Americans should be concerned about what jobs these workers will take. Many of our big cities are seeing a huge surge in homelessness. In fact, some can argue cities like Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Chicago are having an economic, or humanitarian, crisis of there own.
Fox News Channel was the big winner in cable news on Wednesday night, beating CNN’s and MSNBC’s combined average primetime viewership on a night when CNN hosted a much-publicized Town Hall special with Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed President Donald Trump.
Fox News has dominated in the ratings since Friday’s release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report and its findings. On Friday, Fox News again topped its competitors, averaging 2.3 million total viewers, while MSNBC had 1.7 million views and CNN had 1 million viewers. Here are the views from Wed.
CABLE NEWS RACE
WED., MARCH 27, 2019
FOXNEWS HANNITY 4,303,000
FOXNEWS TUCKER 3,485,000
FOXNEWS INGRAHAM 3,268,000
MSNBC MADDOW 2,678,000
FOXNEWS THE FIVE 2,640,000
FOXNEWS BAIER 2,179,000
MSNBC O’DONNELL 2,069,000
MSNBC HAYES 1,674,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 1,465,000
CNN CUOMO 900,000
CNN COOPER 865,000
SAVANNAH, Ga. | Race was front and center on Wednesday night during a meeting coordinated to garner support for just one black candidate in Savannah’s mayoral election.With signs stating “Black press only” on the doors of the church where the meeting was held, white reporters were barred from entry, while black reporters for at least two television stations were permitted inside.The event was coordinated by the Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, owner of the consulting firm, The
A mayoral race in Savannah, GA is front and center when the Bolton Street Baptist Church posted signs that only “Black Press Only” was allowed in.
The meeting was for two candidates interested in running for mayor. The event was set up by Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, owner of the consulting firm, The Trigon Group, who declined to discuss the entry policy.
Savannah Alderman Van Johnson, who is one of three African-Americans who have stated their intention to run for mayor, said afterwards that during the meeting he had talked about his vision for an inclusive and progressive Savannah. With regards to the discriminatory policy at the door, Johnson said he believed people have the right to assemble and determine the rules of their assembly.
“It’s not my meeting,” Johnson said. “I was asked to come and give a statement, so I came and I gave a statement. What I said in there, I’ll say out here.”
Louis Wilson, who said he is going to run for mayor again after an unsuccessful run in 2015, also spoke during the meeting about his priorities. Afterwards, Wilson also declined to discuss the press restriction.
“I didn’t plan the meeting so I can’t comment on that part,” he said. “I came to say what I had to say.”
Neither came out and voiced concern over the sign.
This sign has ignited a deep concern over discrimination being tolerated in America.
President Trump, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Wednesday night with Fox News’ “Hannity,” vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to probe his campaign, saying he wants to “get to the bottom” of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began.
Wednesday in an interview with Hannity, President Trump promised to release the full, unredacted FISA warrant and documents to the public.
Although lawyers have advised Trump not to release the documents in fear that there may be obstruction of justice, Trump stands firm on his desire to release them.
“I do, I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release,” Trump said. “I have some very talented people working for me, lawyers, and they really didn’t want me to do it early on. … A lot of people wanted me to do it a long time ago. I’m glad I didn’t do it. We got a great result without having to do it, but we will. One of the reasons that my lawyers didn’t want me to do it, is they said, if I do it, they’ll call it a form of obstruction.”
Trump added: “Frankly, thought it would be better if we held it to the end. But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing.”
Trump also accused FBI officials of committing “treason” — slamming former FBI Director James Comey as a “terrible guy,” former CIA Director John Brennan as potentially mentally ill, and Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as a criminal.
Schiff is still insisting that he has seen evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia. Trump had this to say about Schiff:
“Schiff is a bad guy, he knew he was lying — he’s not a dummy. For a year and a half he would just leak and call up CNN and others. You know, I watch him, so sanctimonious … He knew it was a lie, and he’d get in the back room with his friends in the Democrat Party, and they would laugh like hell. In one way, you could say it’s a crime what he did — he was making statements he knew were false. He’s a disgrace to our country.”
It will be interesting to see if the FISA reports are released. Stay tuned.
On Wednesday Facebook announced that they will extend their ban on hate speech that supports white nationalism and white separatism. Facebook has previously banned material regarding white supremacist.
Critics have “raised these issues to the highest levels at Facebook (and held) a number of working meetings with their staff as we’ve tried to get them to the right place,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a Washington, D.C.-based legal advocacy group.
“This is long overdue as the country continues to deal with the grip of hate and the increase in violent white supremacy,” she said. “We need the tech sector to do its part to combat these efforts.”
If Facebook users search for terms relating to white supremacy, white nationalism or white separatism they will be directed to a page called Life after Hate. It is a page set up by people who used to be extremists and they want to help others leave the “violent far-right”. There is no such help for extreme liberals or violent far-left individuals to get such help.
Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change, says the racial justice group warned Facebook to the growing dangers of white nationalists on its platform years ago and that he was glad to see Wednesday’s announcement.
“Facebook’s update should move Twitter, YouTube, and Amazon to act urgently to stem the growth of white nationalist ideologies, which find space on platforms to spread the violent ideas and rhetoric that inspired the tragic attacks witnessed in Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, and now Christchurch,” he said.
Twitter does not currently ban white nationalists or white separatists, though its hateful conduct policy forbids the promotion of violence or threats against people on the basis of race, gender, religion and other protected categories. It also bans the use of “hateful images or symbols” in profile or header images. YouTube also bans hate speech and says it removes content promoting violence or hatred on the basis of these categories. Amazon has an “offensive products” policy that does not allow the promotion or glorification of hatred, racial violence or sexual or religious intolerance. The three companies did not immediately respond to messages for comment on Wednesday.
It is not clear how Facebook distinguishes who is a white nationalist or white separatist. Perhaps that will be clearly outlined in its Community Standards. However, it seems biased if there are not equal standards for violent far-leftist that are growing in America at a fast pace.
Cook County prosecutors stunned Chicagoans and the rest of the country with news that they were dropping fake police report charges against Jussie Smollett. The fallout? Chicagoans, Americans for that matter, will doubtless feel bamboozled, used.
Many across America are extremely disappointed in the outcome of the Jussie Smollett case. But Chicago seems to be very upset and angry over it.
After State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes errors of judgment that lead her to recuse herself, after Chicago detectives expend thousands of man hours doing meticulous work, after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson excoriates Smollett publicly for dragging the city’s name through the mud, after Foxx’s prosecutors take the case before a grand jury, after the grand jurors indict Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct … after all that, Cook County prosecutors shock Chicagoans and the rest of the country on Tuesday with news that they’re dropping all charges against Smollett.
Many feel that Smollett has not been held accountable for his actions. This type of action is very dangerous in America. It gives people permission to lie about cases and get away with it. And falsely reporting a hate crime without consequences is unacceptable.
“This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters, with Johnson at his side. “Where is the accountability in the system? You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”
Meanwhile, Jussie Smollett is maintaining his innocence.