Migrants Leaving Libya Who Hijacked a Merchant Ship that Rescued Them Have Landed in Europe


The captain of an empty merchant ship returning to Libya was instructed by the owner of the ship, who had been directed by Libyan naval guards, to rescue migrants sailing away from Libya. There were 100 migrants, including 15 women and 47 claiming to be minors. The captain reported that the migrants were unarmed, but did outnumber his crew, and used force to turn the ship toward Italy or Malta. Malta took possession of the ship and arrested some of the migrants. The fact that the migrants made it to European soil makes it unlikely that they will be sent back to Libya.

Italy refused the migrants. Due to the anti-illegal immigration policies of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, migrant arrivals in Italy were down dramatically last year to 23,370 from nearly 120,000 a year earlier. Deaths at sea also sank to the lowest levels in five years, 2,299, according to the International Organization for Migration.


VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A group of migrants desperate not to go back
to Libya made it safely to Europe on Thursday after commandeering the
oil tanker that rescued them at sea — a drama that underlined
contradictions in Europe’s migration policies and could discourage
future rescues.

Both Italy and Malta initially refused entry to
the Palau-flagged El Hiblu 1. But Maltese armed forces intercepted it
overnight after confirming with the captain that he was navigating
toward Europe against his will. Special forces boarded it and restored
control to the crew.

The 100 migrants, including 15 women and 47
claiming to be minors, left the tanker in a port near the Maltese
capital of Valletta; five were handcuffed after being detained on
suspicion of being the ringleaders.

Italy’s hard-line interior
minister called the hijacking the “the first act of piracy on the high
seas with migrants.” But humanitarian groups rejected that label, saying
they were victims of “Europe’s inhumane border policy,” citing reports that many migrants have been mistreated, raped and tortured in Libya.

The German humanitarian group Sea-Eye said its rescue ship, the Alan Kurdi, was in the area of the El Hiblu 1 when it heard radio communications between the tanker and a European aircraft monitoring the seas.

The aircraft asked the tanker to respond to two rubber boats, saying
that the people on board were “in mortal danger” and that the Libyan
coast guard was “out of service.” After the rescue, the captain reported
to the aircraft that the migrants “are very upset and do not want to be
brought back to Libya.” However, the captain said the Libyan capital of
Tripoli was the tanker’s destination. 

Sea-Eye spokeswoman
Carlotta Weibl said that they don’t have exact information of what
happened aboard the El Hiblu 1, but that “we don’t see it as piracy
because those people were claiming their right. It was completely
illegal for a European plane to send them back to Libya.”

Migrants
have long reported that commercial ships either ignore smugglers’ boats
in distress, or merely stop to give them water, said Hassiba
Hadj-Sahraoui, humanitarian affairs adviser with Doctors Without
Borders. Similar incidents could accelerate the trend.

“They are
doomed whatever they do,” she said. “This is extremely disturbing for
commercial ships. The shipping industry is trying to follow a tenant of
international law, which is rescue. … But if you are a commercial ship
on tight deadlines and you need to deliver goods, it is an impossible
situation.”

The International Chamber of Shipping based in London
expressed concern about the incident and said it would raise the issue
with the U.N. International Maritime Organization.

“If a ship is
directed to disembark rescued people in Libya, it creates a potential
for conflict between the crew and desperate and frustrated people that
might object to being returned,” ICS secretary-general Guy Platten said
in a statement. He added that civilian merchant seafarers “can be
severely affected by the traumatic situations they have to face, having
complied with their legal and humanitarian obligation to come to the
rescue of anyone found in distress at sea.”

The European Union has
been training the Libyan coast guard in the hope that it will prevent
migrants from entering international waters, where they have routinely
been rescued, either by commercial ships or those run by humanitarian
groups filling in the void after member countries significantly scaled
down an EU operation in the Mediterranean.

But the contradiction
lies in the fact that no EU member considers Libya, or any other
northern African country, to be a “safe third country” where migrants
can be returned without fear for their well-being. The EU also opposes
the death penalty, and in extradition cases generally refuses to send
people to countries where they might be killed or tortured.

Matthew
Brook, the acting representative for the U.N. refugee agency in Libya,
told reporters in Geneva that the conditions for many migrants in
government-run detention centers in Libya were “terrible.” He relayed an
anecdote from some migrants that electric shocks were administered to
them in vats of water.

While Europe is reducing its own rescue
mission, Italy and Malta have refused to accept aid group rescue ships
in their ports. That has led to offshore standoffs with boats loaded
with migrants, often weak from their journey and mistreatment in Libya,
while EU nations haggle over their fate.

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ZERO Senate Democrats Vote in Favor of Green New Deal, Including Reolution Co-Sponsors. The Green New Deal Aims to Eliminate Cars and Airplanes


All Senate Democrats abandoned Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ radical Green New Deal that was written by her team of ‘Justice Democrats’ advisors. The GND aims to shut down the economy, retrofit every building in America, and eliminate personal vehicles and air travel. Senator Kamala Harris, a 2020 presidential candidate, was a co-sponsor of the resolution last month, but refused to stand behind it in a vote. Senators Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, also running in the presidential race, backed away from it, too.

Not a single U.S. Senator – including the Democrats – voted in favor
moving the ball forward freshman New York Rep. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Tuesday.

The first vote, called by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.), would have opened up the floor for debate on a non-binding
resolution. For that, the Senate only needs 60 votes. It received none.

“No senator voted to begin debate on the legislation, while 57 lawmakers voted against breaking the filibuster,” according to Fox News.
“Democratic Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia
and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona joined 53 Republicans in voting ‘no.’ Sen.
Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, also voted no.’”

Forty-two Senate Democrats voted “present.”

McConnell called the vote largely to see where Democrats stood on the
measure. None are biting, especially not presidential candidates Sen.
Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris
(D-Calif.) or Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). The legislation represents a
giant swerve to the left, even for the already-radicalized among the
party.

Read full article here…

Link for Green New Deal Resolution:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text




The Associated Press and UN Scientists Walk Back Beto O’Rourke and AOC’s Claim that the World Will End in 12 Years from Unchecked Global Warming


The Associated Press Walked back the claim by progressive superstars, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke, that the world will end in 12 years unless radical leftist policies are implemented to stop global warming immediately. Scientists behind the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report confirm that the 12-year deadline is based on the Paris treaty 2030 goal to cut carbon emissions and that the planet is not in imminent danger.

CLIMATE CHANGE

O’ROURKE, on global warming: “This is our final
chance. The scientists are absolutely unanimous on this. That we have no
more than 12 years to take incredibly bold action on this crisis.” —
remarks in Keokuk, Iowa, on Thursday.

THE FACTS: There is no scientific consensus, much less unanimity, that the planet only has 12 years to fix the problem.

A
report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
drawn from the work of hundreds of scientists, uses 2030 as a prominent
benchmark because signatories to the Paris agreement have pledged
emission cuts by then. But it’s not a last chance, hard deadline for
action, as it has been interpreted in some quarters.

“Glad to
clear this up,” James Skea, co-chairman of the report and professor of
sustainable energy at Imperial College London, told The Associated
Press. The panel “did not say we have 12 years left to save the world.”

He added: “The hotter it gets, the worse it gets, but there is no cliff edge.”

“This
has been a persistent source of confusion,” agreed Kristie L. Ebi,
director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the
University of Washington in Seattle. “The report never said we only have
12 years left.”

The report forecasts that global warming is
likely to increase by 0.5 degrees Celsius or 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit
between 2030 and 2052 “if it continues to increase at the current rate.”
The climate has already warmed by 1 degree C or 1.8 degrees F since the
pre-Industrial Age.

Even holding warming to that level brings
harmful effects to the environment, the report said, but the impact
increases greatly if the increase in the global average temperature
approaches 2 degrees C or 3.6 degrees F.

“The earth does not reach
a cliff at 2030 or 2052,” Ebi told AP. But “keep adding greenhouse
gases to the atmosphere and temperatures will continue to rise.”

As
much as climate scientists see the necessity for broad and immediate
action to address global warming, they do not agree on an imminent point
of no return.

Cornell University climate scientist Natalie M.
Mahowald told the AP that a 12-year time frame is a “robust number for
trying to cut emissions” and to keep the increase in warming under
current levels.

But she said sketching out unduly dire consequences is not “helpful to solving the problem.”

Read full article here…




Illegal Alien with Violent Criminal Past Arrested in California Woman’s Murder


San Jose, California: Illegal alien Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, a 24-year old illegal alien from El Salvador, is alleged to have stalked 59-year-old Bambi Larson before entering her home and stabbing her to death. Carranza was an admitted gang member and had six prior arrests, including battery, resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine. Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties ignored nine ICE detainers to deport Carranza due to California’s state and local policies offering sanctuary.

Police in California have arrested an illegal immigrant with known
gang ties and an extensive criminal history in the February killing of a
San Jose woman.

Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza, 24, was arrested Monday night in
connection with the murder of 59-year-old Bambi Larson; police say he
stalked her before stabbing her to death.

Larson, a systems manager in San Jose, did not show up for work on
Feb. 28. That seemed unusual to co-workers, who phoned her son to alert
him.

Larson’s son and a co-worker went to her home in the 900 block of
Knollfield Way around 1:45 p.m. and discovered her body in the bedroom,
San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

Police arrived and found Larson suffering from multiple stab wounds
consistent with a cutting tool, multiple lacerations to her body and
blunt force trauma. They also recovered a bloodied towel and footprints
from the scene near a sliding door.

Read full article here…

Additional source:

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/03/13/nine-times-ice-ordered-detained-criminal-illegal-alien-arrested-for-murder/




Los Angeles Area Teacher Exposes the Front Lines of Teaching in an Immigrant Enclave


An ‘English as a second language’ teacher in Southern California explains the true cost of illegal immigration and shows that so-called cheap labor may be cheap for the employer but expensive for taxpayers. Benefits to illegal aliens include subsidized housing, food stamps, free insurance, free education for children plus free breakfasts and lunches, subsidized energy bills, Social Security benefits, free child care and more. Meanwhile, taxpayers are stuck with higher insurance rates, higher medical costs, increasing crime, lower standards of education in schools, and overcrowding.

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Shared on Facebook by a teacher in California who sees firsthand the destruction of America.

“Nine hundred teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified
School District. They are $650,000 over their annual budget. The
following comments by an English teacher help to explain one area that
looms large over California’s educational crisis. I hope each person
receiving this mail will read it carefully, all the way to the end.

It is sad what is happening to our great country, all because
our politicians are afraid they will miss out on a vote. What a
travesty!

This English teacher has phrased it the best I’ve seen yet and it
should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent.

From a California school teacher…

As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal
immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of: I
am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large
southern California high school which is designated a Title-1 school,
meaning that its students average in the lower socio-economic and income
levels.

Most of the schools you are hearing about are Compton, South Gate
High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc., where their students are
protesting – these are also Title-1 schools.

Title-1 schools are on the free-breakfast and free-lunch program.
When I say free breakfast, I’m not talking about a glass of milk and a
roll. But a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that
would make the Marriott proud.

The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten. (Our tax dollars at work!)

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more have cell phones.

The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls
(some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the
inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family
watch their kids (More of our tax dollars at work!)

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department, or risk losing
funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for
anything.

My budget was already substantial, but I ended up buying new
computers for the Computer Learning Center, half of which, one month
later, were carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who
obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America
. (More and more of our tax dollars at work!)

Read full article here…




What Good Is A Wall? Trump Signed a Bill to Increase Immigration and Make It Impossible to deport Illegal Aliens


Commentator Gary Gileno reports that President Trump signed a spending bill that includes measures that makes it impossible to deport illegal aliens who have relatives, sponsors, or even fiends of unaccompanied alien children, which is chain migration on steroids. The new law forces ICE agents to release border crossers into the interior of the country, making it essentially impossible to ever deport them. Illegal aliens now will flood into America in greater numbers than ever before. Mr. Trump could have vetoed the measure and led opposition to it. He did neither. –GEG




Funding for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal Is Has Links to George Soros and the Rockefellers


The Green New Deal (GND) proclamation was crafted over a December weekend by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez along with three groups: the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots climate organization; the Justice Democrats, which recruits and supports progressive candidates; and a policy shop called the New Consensus. The Sunrise Movement, the chief lobbyists of the GND to the Democratic Party, has an “army of young people” seeking to “make climate change an urgent priority across America.” Sunrise has a complex web of donors that include the Rockefeller Family Fund and other non-profit partners including the Center for Popular Democracy, the the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and many more organizations that are financed by billionaire George Soros.

The Green New Deal blueprint introduced by Rep. Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez was crafted by three far-left organizations and is being
pushed by a coalition of well-funded professional progressive groups and
known leftist agitators.

Some of the organizations helping to promote the Green New Deal have
ties to financing from billionaire George Soros and trace their roots to
such radical groups as Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter.

Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez posted an 11-page Google document in the form of a nonbinding legislative resolution that has become the most authoritative version of the Green New Deal, a broad outline for the current conception of the socialist-style plan.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal resolution, introduced along with Sen.
Ed Markey (D-MA), has already been endorsed by more than 45 Democratic
representatives. The deal received high-profile endorsements from
Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders.

The Green New Deal seeks, as the New Yorker recently put it, “nothing less than a total overhaul of our national infrastructure.”

The utopian deal demands 100 percent of all buildings in the U.S.
convert to clean energy, calls for the removal of all greenhouse gases
from the entire atmosphere, and includes such non-“green” clauses as a
federal jobs guarantee while protecting the right of all workers to
organize and unionize.

It also pledges “affordable, safe and adequate housing” for “all people of the United States.”

The wealth-spreading deal aims to “virtually eliminate poverty in the
United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security
available to everyone participating in the transformation.”

Radical groups, Soros ties

The Green New Deal was crafted by Ocasio-Cortez along with three
groups — the Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats and a group calling
itself New Consensus.

The New Yorker reported:

The document was written over a single December weekend
by the staff of the freshman representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and
three like-minded progressive groups, none of which existed two years
ago: the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots climate organization; the
Justice Democrats, which recruits and supports progressive candidates;
and an upstart policy shop called the New Consensus.

Besides helping to write the deal text, the Sunrise Movement has been
the central progressive organization lobbying the Democratic Party to
implement the Green New Deal.

Sunrise markets
itself as an “army of young people” seeking to “make climate change an
urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil
fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the
health and wellbeing of all people.”

Read full article here…




California and 15 Other States Are Suing Trump Over His Border Wall Emergency Declaration


Sixteen states, led by California, sued President Trump over his declaration of a national emergency and his plans to redirect federal funds to the construction of a border wall.  The other states include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia, all of which have Democratic attorneys general and all but one of which are led by Democratic governors. The lawsuit claims that Trump manufactured a “crisis” in order to obtain funding for a wall, and that there is no national emergency at the southern border. The complaint also alleges that a wall will cause environmental damage. Trump expects to lose the legal challenge in California and in the liberal Ninth Circuit, but to later to prevail at the Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 5-4 majority.

The State of California and fifteen other states sued President
Donald Trump on Monday over his declaration Friday of a national
emergency and his plans to redirect federal funds to the construction of
a wall on the southern border.

The lawsuit, as expected,
was filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and was joined
by attorneys general from “Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii,
Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New
Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia — all of which have Democratic
attorneys general and all but one of which are led by Democratic
governors,” the Wall Street Journal noted Monday.

However, ten of the 26 Democrat attorneys general have not joined the lawsuit — at least not yet, as of Tuesday.

The complaint,
filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, decries
what it calls “President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of
fundamental separation of powers principles engrained in the United
States Constitution.” It adds:

Contrary to the will of Congress, the President has used
the pretext of a manufactured “crisis” of unlawful immigration to
declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated
for drug interdiction, military construction, and law enforcement
initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border.
This includes the diversion of funding that each of the Plaintiff States
receive.

The complaint continues through several familiar talking points from the Democratic Party:

The federal government’s own data prove there is no
national emergency at the southern border that warrants construction of a
wall. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) data show that unlawful
entries are near 45-year lows. The State Department recognizes there is a
lack of credible evidence that terrorists are using the southern border
to enter the United States. Federal data confirm that immigrants are
less likely to commit crimes than are native-born Americans. CBP data
demonstrate that dangerous drugs are much more likely to be smuggled
through, not between, official ports of entry—rendering a border wall
ineffectual at preventing their entry into this country.

Later in the complaint, the states claim that the border wall is not
only unnecessary, but that it will also cause environmental damage. The
complaint also claims a border barrier will not block “drug smuggling
corridors.”

Read full article here…




Agenda 21 Alert! Mayor Eric Garcetti Declares Green New Deal in Los Angeles, City to Turn Off the Lights


Agenda 21 is the United Nations strategy to fight global warming at the local level while Agenda 2030 is the UN strategy for fighting climate change at the national and international levels. The introduction of the Green New Deal (GND) is a major attempt at implementing Agenda 2030 in the United States. Commentator Gary Gileno says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young attractive millennial, was placed in office to sell the GND to other millennials. The GND is the implementation of ‘sustainability’ across America  that is artificial scarcity under the guise of conservation, it is a behavioral modification scheme under social engineering and at its core, it is a system of rationing, with less food, water, energy, mobility, choice, freedom, and space. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in support of the Green New Deal, announced that Los Angeles will abandon plans to rebuild three natural gas plants, despite concerns the city will suffer acute power shortages.  He is enacting Agenda 2030, where people will live in the dark and under water rationing, in addition to the termination of travel by cars and planes. Population control is the goal.


Additional source: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/02/11/mayor-eric-garcetti-declares-green-new-deal-in-l-a-cancels-natural-gas-officials-doubt-keeping-the-lights-on/




College Students Love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ New Green Deal Until They Find Out What Is Really In It


Campus Reform queried students at the University of Miami about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ progressive Green New Deal program, which they supported until they discovered that use of coal, oil and natural gas would be eliminated within 10 years, giving people who are “unwilling” to work would receive an income, and eliminating air travel in favor of high speed trains.

Last Thursday, Commie princess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her radical ‘Green New Deal’ plan on her website.

It was a complete disaster.

The Green New Deal is a Communist scam that included guaranteed income for Americans ‘unwilling to work.’

The 14-page Commie wishlist also included a plan to transition to all
electric cars and completely eliminate airplane travel — because trains
over the ocean is a genius idea!

The Democrats also want to get rid of cow flatulence — which means all cows would be eliminated.

Within hours, the Green New Deal was yanked from Ocasio-Cortez’s webpage.

Campus Reform
asked students at University of Miami if they supported Ocasio-Cortez’s
Green New Deal — the students all loved the “progressive” plan…until
they found out what’s really in it.

Read full article here…




Ocasio-Cortez Advisor Admits Green New Deal Promises Government Checks for Those Who Are Unwilling to Work


Last week, Cornell University law professor, Robert Hockett, who counsels Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (OAC) on environmental initiatives, admitted that he falsely told Tucker Carlson that the her New Green Deal did not include a provision to subsidize people who are “unwilling” to work.  OAC’s support staff admitted to sending a fact sheet to NPR that stated that the program will provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”  On Monday, Tucker Carlson reported that the official Green New Deal resolution does, in fact, guarantee “economic security for all people of the United States.”  The resolution also calls for free education and rebuilding all the existing buildings in the country.  The Congressional resolution is linked below.

Additional source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-adviser-admits-he-falsely-claimed-green-new-deal-didnt-promise-security-for-those-unwilling-to-work

Read the Congressional Resolution here: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf




Democrats for Open Borders Aim to Abolish Immigration and Customs (ICE) by Capping Number of Criminal Detainees


Democrats are pushing cap the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees down to 16,500 illegal aliens who have committed additional crimes, which will result in thousands being released into American neighborhoods.  Former Border Patrol Chief, Mark Morgan, said that Democrats aim to abolish ICE by reducing funding for the agency by reducing bed space for detainees and to limit ICE law enforcement in the interior of the US.  Last year ICE arrested over 120,000 illegal aliens for additional crimes beyond unlawfully crossing the border.  Suspending the rule of law for a large group of people charged with crimes will create a sanctuary country.  Morgan says Democrats’ ultimate goal is open borders.