Italians Aghast as Immigrants Barbecue Dog at Welcome Center



 


Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from.

Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria.

The man had succeeded in skinning and chopping up the canine and was in the process of grilling it for himself and some friends when he was stopped by law enforcement officers. The young woman who called the police also volunteers at a pro-animal organization in the area.

Explaining to police that such a practice is “normal where we come from,” the migrant insisted that he didn’t kill the dog but had found it dead by the side of the road and had decided to grill it. He also pleaded ignorance of Italian laws forbidding eating cats and dogs.

Police transferred the migrant to a different welcome center, located in the former Hotel Miragolfo in the nearby town of Nicotera.

Among countries of origin, Nigeria accounts for the largest single group of migrants entering Italy at present, with nearly twice as many (15.7 percent) Nigerians entering Italy during 2017 as those from Guinea, the second largest immigrant group by country of provenance (8.4 percent).

This African nation has been the focus of much local media attention in recent weeks, with reports of growth of a “ruthless” Nigerian mafia on Italian soil, and the brutal murder and dismemberment of an 18-year-old Italian girl, Pamela Mastropietro, allegedly at the hands of three Nigerian migrants.

Mastropietro’s dismembered corpse was discovered earlier this month in two suitcases outside the central Italian town of Macerata, but was missing her neck, heart and genitals. The body had also been deboned and washed in bleach.

A prominent Italian criminologist said that the modus operandi in this case matched methods typically adopted by the Nigerian mafia.

“What we have seen in the case of Pamela are the same methods the Nigerian mafia systematically employs in Nigeria and elsewhere,” Meluzzi said. “It is a routine to cut victims into pieces and, in some cases, to eat parts of their bodies.”

Troubling as well have been reports of startling percentages of female Nigerian migrants into Italy who wind up as prostitutes, whether by choice or coercion, and become virtual slaves of the Nigerian mafia.

Currently, some 80 percent of Nigerian girls and women migrating to Italy end up in prostitution, a form of sexual slavery from which the girls and women have no recourse. Roughly half of the prostitutes currently working in Italy are Nigerians.

Nigerian traffickers have exploited Europe’s migrant crisis to traffic girls across the Mediterranean to Italy to force into prostitution. From 2014-2016, more than 12,000 Nigerian girls and young women arrived in Italy, and of these, some 9,400 wound up as sex workers.

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Swedish Whistleblower Cop Put on Notice for Blaming Gang Rapes on Immigrants

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“There are also ethnic Swedes engaged in group violence, but not in the same numbers as foreign-born offenders.”

Swedish police officer Peter Springare has been reported to police and will likely be investigated after he said the country’s gang rape problem is linked to migration and was a “cultural phenomenon”.

Springare, who gained global attention after blowing the whistle on the extent of migrant crime in Sweden last year commented on the issue of gang rapes earlier this month claiming such attacks were “new” and were a consequence of the last 10 to 15 years of immigration policy, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports.

“There are also ethnic Swedes engaged in group violence, but not in the same numbers as foreign-born offenders,” Springare said. The comments, which were recorded by broadcaster TV4, have since been reported to Bergslagen police who have announced that an internal investigation will likely take place.

The communications manager for the police in Bergslagen confirmed that the report would be passed on to internal investigators and said that Springare’s comments could potentially harm public trust in the police.

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SOTT FOCUS: Jordan Peterson in the Netherlands: Immigrants, Culture and Identity Politics

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I’m going to talk to you about identity. Whenever I talk to my son about what I should talk about, whenever I’m nervous about giving a presentation – and I was definitely nervous about this one, I can tell you – he always says: “Just make sure you talk about what you know.” And that’s great advice, everyone should follow that. So I’m going to try to talk about what I know, and I know something about identity anyways, and I’m very interested in helping people understand what identity means and also maybe how to strengthen their identity. And I can’t think of anything better that you can possibly do than that and I think in some sense it’s the answer to all the problems that plague us.

I’m going to tell you a story about how I came to understand the things that I’ve come to understand. Back in the late-mid 1970s, when the Cold War was raging and when the nuclear arsenal of the Soviet Union was in full force against the equally dangerous nuclear arsenal of the West, I had a series of very apocalyptic nightmares. I don’t really know why I was so obsessed with the Cold War. I mean, it’s not like I was alone. Everybody was as obsessed with it to some degree, it was a Cold War after all.

I couldn’t understand that we would arm ourselves to the teeth and risk the destruction of everything just to buttress what we believed in. It didn’t seem that the potential sacrifice was worth the gain. So I started to study belief systems from a psychological perspective. I was curious about what function they played, what role they served, and I was also interested in something else, which I didn’t realize at the time, which was at the core of what I later understood as the postmodern conundrum.

The postmodern conundrum is roughly the fact that the world is a very complicated place and there are a very large number of ways to interpret it, and the postmodern conclusion is: because there are an indefinitely large number of ways to interpret the world, that no one solution is in any real sense preferable to any other, and that solutions are imposed by power.

When I was thinking about the Cold War, I was wondering about why it was occurring, and then I was wondering at the same time about the fact that these two opposed belief systems had emerged, and I thought: Well, is this war, this thing we’re willing to put everything to the torch for, is it merely a matter of opinion? Is it the fact that human nature is infinitely malleable, and you can generate any number of axiomatic systems or any number of games that people are all capable of playing equally and that it is merely a matter of arbitrary decision ‘which one gets played’?

Or is there something deeper going on? Is there a war of wrong against right? And the corollary I suppose of that is; there is such a thing as wrong and right, and if there is such a thing as wrong or right, and if the war is about that, then who’s wrong and why and who’s right and why?

So I started to dig into what I would regard as the metaphysical substrate of belief and I came to understand at least in part that the belief systems that we inhabit are like stories. Story is a description of how a person went from one place to another place. If it’s a comedy, it’s a better place. If it’s a tragedy, it’s a worse place.

But in any case, it’s a story about how to go from one place to another place. One of the things that you begin to understand if you study stories is that there are worse stories and better stories.

There are certainly worse stories and better stories to live out, so for example, I would say, most people, if they made a conscious choice, would rather live in a comedy than a tragedy. They might not feel the same way about other people, they might condemn them to a tragedy, but they would pick comedy, perhaps.

So then I started to try to tease apart the story that the West lived by. I came at it from two very different perspectives. One was, essentially literary. It was literary in the same way the psychoanalysts were literary theorists. The psychoanalysts Freud and Jung in particular were very interested in the large-scale structures of the narratives of human life.

Freud was particularly interested in the narrative of the family. He thought that the primary narrative was the narrative of the family. And that was in some sense the emergence of the autonomous individual from his or her initial dependent state. Freudian psychoanalytic theory is full of observations about how that can go terribly wrong. Particularly in those situations where families are let’s say overprotective, or rife with unresolved conflict.

Jung for his part broadened his analysis of the stories that people lived by. Outside the realm of the family into the realm of the literary and metaphysical. Jung was a student of religion and mythology. And from Jung I learned that stories contained a certain kind of truth and that great stories contain great truths.

And they’re not truths like scientific theories are true, they’re truths like great literature is true, they’re truths like Dostoevsky is true or they’re truths like Tolstoy is true or they’re truths like the fundamental mythological stories that oriented culture are true. They’re true in ways that we know, but don’t understand.

At the same time that I was studying this, I was also reading Nietzsche, and Nietzsche of course, famously proclaimed in the late 1800s that God was dead. And people who regard themselves as acolytes of Nietzsche or maybe as admirers of Nietzsche, who never read him, claim or assume that he said that in some triumphalist tone, because Nietzsche in some sense did style himself, at least, a severe critic of Christianity. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Nietzsche said that God was dead, that we’d killed him, and that we’ll never find enough water to wash away the blood. And that’s not a triumphalist proclamation, and he said that approximately at the same time that the consequence of the death of God would be that European civilisation would vacillate between nihilism and totalitarianism. And that 100 million people would die as a consequence in the 20th century. That’s a hell of a prediction for someone back in basically the mid-1860s.

Nietzsche, who didn’t live very long, was looking for a way out of that conundrum – being neither a fan of nihilism nor a fan of totalitarianism, and he thought that human beings would have to metamorphose into creatures that could determine their own values. That’s where Carl Jung encountered Nietzsche essentially.

Because Jung was also a student of Nietzsche, and a deep student of Nietzsche, but because Jung had been influenced by Freud, who is the great discoverer of unconscious mechanisms in the human mind, he understood that it wasn’t possible for human beings to create their own values. And the reason for that was that we are neither our own masters nor our own slaves.

Our nature was not infinitely malleable. We could not simply tell ourselves what to do. And even if we did, we would not simply listen. That you have a nature, that everyone has a nature, every human being has a nature with which they must contend.

That’s what took the Freudians into the study of the [unintelligible], and that’s what took the Jungians into the study of the collective unconscious and then into the study of literature and mythology.

I found that very compelling and very interesting. Jung believed that because the Gods had disappeared from the outside world that they would have to reappear in the inside world. That’s not an easy statement to understand. But it’s a statement that’s true. Even though it’s not easy to understand.

At the same time, I was reading a lot of straight psychology. Especially the animal behavioral literature, the neuroscience literature. Neuroscience of cognition, neuroscience of emotion, neuroscience of motivation, and then I saw this alliance between the psychoanalytic Jungian worldview and the more strict scientific worldview, because it turns out that if you carefully attend to biology and animal behavior, you also find that human beings have a nature.

And that animals have a nature, and that there’s a nature that human beings share with animals as well. There is a researcher in the Netherlands, Frans de Waal, who has done great work with primates, laying out the biological emergence of the idea of morality among chimpanzees. Brilliant work, and this was very exciting to me, because remember I was trying to determine whether or not the war between the West and the collectivists, let’s say, was merely a matter of opinion or whether there was something right somewhere that someone had.

Well, I started to learn from Jung and animal behaviorists and the neuroscientists, and also from one other source, Jean Piaget, who was a developmental psychologist who studied the origin of morality in children, and who in his way was attempting to sow up the gap between science and religion. That was Piaget, the most famous developmental psychologist to ever live, the most famous child psychologist.

That was his self-description of what he was doing. He was trying to understand how to rectify the gap between science and religion and so there were these three sources that I could draw from: there was the developmental literature, there was the psychoanalytic/literary literature and there was the straight biological literature, and they’re all pointing to the same direction, actually. They’re saying that living creatures have a nature, and human beings have a nature.

That nature finds its expression in stories, and why is that? Well, it’s because we watch ourselves express our nature. And then we map that expression in drama. So, we capture ourselves in drama. We capture ourselves in drama before we understand who we are. That means that in drama, there is wisdom that we don’t understand.

And then, over centuries, over thousands of years, we start to articulate that wisdom, and it becomes explicit, and then we start to philosophize with what’s become explicit. And if we’re fortunate, then what we philosophized, and what we’ve made articulate and what we’ve dramatized, and what we’ve acted out, and what’s at the base of our social and biological nature are all the same thing – and then we’ve got it right. And that’s what we’ve done in the West.

You know, one of the things I was thinking about, was this idea that… there are two ideas that people talk about, which I have a certain amount of sympathy for. One is that you should have pride in your culture, I understand the impetus for that. I told you how I feel when I come to Europe. I can hardly stand it. I really mean that, the ecstatic experience of being in the great cities of Europe is overwhelming. And I think it is because I do have a gift for perceiving the miraculous.

I think it’s a miracle when the lights are on, and the reason for that is that it is a miracle when the lights are on. Because it is not the natural state for the lights to be on. The natural state of things is to fall apart and not to work. And yet, they work, and they work all the time, and our great societies work, and they work magnificently, and that doesn’t mean they’re perfect. But nothing is perfect. And you don’t throw away the wheat with the chaff.

I’m going to tell you another story. There is this psychologist named Jaak Panksepp, he just died about a year ago. He wrote a book called Affective Neuroscience, it’s a great book. It’s a book about emotion, about the neurological basis of emotion. And Panksepp was kind of a romantic.

The scientists who involve themselves with the scientific study of emotion tend to be romantic types, interestingly enough. And he was a whimsical scientist in many ways. He discovered the play circuit, the mammalian play circuit. It turns out that we have a biological system that’s independent, neurologically predicated, that does nothing but mediate play – which I thought was very interesting because of my interest in Jean Piaget, who believed that the morality of children, and the morality of adults, emerged out of the games that we learned to play as children, and Panksepp also discovered that if you take rat pups away from their mother, and you feed them and you give them water and shelter, they die.

Human infants are the same, by the way, they have to be massaged, touched, they have to be cuddled, they have to be interacted with or their gastrointestinal system shuts down and they die. And you can stop that from happening with rats if you just tickle them with the end of a pencil eraser, a little massage, and then he found out that they giggled if you did that.

No one knew that, because they do it ultrasonically, like bats, so you have to record it and slow it down. Panksepp discovered that rat pups laugh. And you might think: “Who the hell cares about that?” But that’s not the right way of looking at things. Because he was looking at a continuity in our nature that was tremendously deep, that went way back down into the animal kingdom.

He also discovered this: if you take two juvenile rats and you put them in a pen, they will spontaneously wrestle, they will engage in rough-and-tumble play, and if one of the rats is 10% bigger than the other, then the 10% bigger rat will pin the little rat. And, then you think: “Well, that’s a dominance challenge and the big rat wins, end of story.” But it’s not the end of the story, and here’s why.

It’s because most games don’t only occur once. Most games are played many, many, many times. So, Panksepp decided that he would pair the rats, the same two rats, multiple times in play context, and so the first thing he found out is once the big rat had pinned the little rat, the little rat had to ask the big rat to play. That was his role in the next encounter.

The little rat would look playful, like a dog, and then the big rat would pounce on him and they would tussle around. Then he found that if the big rat didn’t let the little rat win, 30% of the time, across repeated encounters, then the little rat would stop asking the big rat to play.

When I read that, it just knocked me off my chair, because what I realised was that Panksepp had put his finger on the emergence of morality. The same kind of morality that Jean Piaget had observed emerging in children. Piaget observed that sophisticated children like to play games that other people like to play.

That’s kinda what you tell your kids when they’re playing a game like soccer or hockey, you say: “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it matters how you play the game.” And, really, what you’re telling your children is: “Life isn’t a game, life is a series of games and the rules that govern playing the series of games isn’t the same as the rule that governs playing a single game.”

You don’t want to be the winner of a single game, you want to be the winner of the series of games, and if you want to be the winner of the series of games, then you have to conduct yourself in a certain manner. And that’s not arbitrary. It’s so far from arbitrary that it even governs the behavior of rats.

It’s not sociological. It’s not learned. It’s not whim. It’s not arbitrary. It’s not opinion. It’s an emergent property. Morality is an emergent property that emerges across a sequence of iterated, voluntary games. Then you might ask yourself: “How do you have to conduct yourself if you’re going to be the person that emerges victorious across an indefinite sequence of games?” And the answer to that is: like the big rat, you have to play fair.

Then you might ask yourself: “Well, if you watch people trying to play fair over a 150,000 years and try to infer what it looked like to play fair, what would your descriptions be?” And the answer to that is: you would describe the hero, the individual hero whose positive actions are constantly represented in drama, and literature and mythology.

In the West, I believe that we have fortunately managed to articulate the principles of fair iterated play better than any society has ever managed in the past. I don’t believe that that’s because there’s anything particularly special about us. Because I believe that the principles of fair play, as I said, even govern the behavior of rats. But knowing this, or even appreciating it as a possibility, puts a new twist on two ideas:

One is that you should be proud of your culture. It’s like… no! You shouldn’t be ‘proud’ of your culture. You should bloody well recognize that it got some things right and that all of your good fortune is dependent on that, and then you should take the utmost responsibility for continuing to play the damn game properly.

And you should have enough sense to be grateful for all the sacrifice that was made by all those people who came before you so that you could end up being the beneficiary of this eminently playable game.

So, I could say: “Well, what are the rules of the game?” There’s an idea in Genesis: to the foundational story of Western culture, that being emerged from something like potential, from chaos, as a consequence of God’s use of language, the Logos. Logos is the deepest idea of the West, and it means something like clear, competent truthful communicative endeavor. So, there’s an idea in Genesis that that’s the spirit that God used to bring forth order from chaos at the beginning of time. When God employed the Logos to extract order out of chaos, he extracted habitable order, and then pronounced that it was good.

At the same time, when God made human beings, he pronounced the maiden the image of God, which means that human beings have the capacity, that Logos-like capacity, to speak habitable order into being out of chaotic potential, and the deep idea is that if you do that truthfully, then what you bring forward is good. That’s aligned very tightly with the principle of fair play. It’s easy to play fair with someone who tells you the truth. You can communicate with them, you can trust them, you can take risks with them, you can cooperate with them, you can negotiate with them, and you can jointly engage in the endeavor to bring forth the habitable order that is good from the chaos of potential.

When we insist that the immigrants who come to our countries, to become beneficiaries of the game that we’re playing, follow the rules, we are not merely saying; ‘we have a culture, you have a culture, you’re in our culture, so you should follow our rules’, what we’re saying instead is: “We have inherited a culture and it seems to work. It works well enough so that we’re happy to be here, and many people would like to be, and if you want to come to our culture and be a beneficiary of the game, then you have to abide by the rules that produce the game. We’re not saying that you have to do it because it’s ours, or because we’re proud of it, or because in some sense we’re right as individuals, or even as a culture. We’re saying it because we’ve been fortunate enough to observe what the rules that make a functioning society actually are, and sensible enough, thank God, most of the time to follow them well enough so that there are a few countries on the planet that aren’t absolute pits of catastrophe.”

Now, I didn’t know what to say about immigration when I decided to do this talk, but I don’t think it matters, because there are many complex things that can be said about immigration, about many of the problems that face us, but there is a meta-question, which is not ‘how do you solve a difficult question?’, but ‘how do you solve the set of all possible difficult questions?’

The answer to that is quite straightforward: Speak the truth and play fair, and that works.

So I have been communicating that as diligently as I can for the last three decades, predicated on my observation that we got some things right, we should do better with it even, and that if we transformed ourselves, each and every one, into better people, predicated on the observation of that core identity, that we would then become collectively the sort of people who could probably solve any problem that was put to them no matter what its magnitude. And so what I was hoping to do today to set off this discussion about identity and immigration in Europe in the 21st century is to say: Be the sort of people to generate the proper solutions, and then perhaps the solutions will arise of their own accord. Thank you.

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Nearly 80 undocumented immigrants found crammed in truck near US-Mexico border

Immigration authorities have found nearly 80 people crammed into the back of a truck trying to enter the US without proper documents.

The truck was travelling on highway in Laredo, Texas, near the US-Mexico border when the driver was pulled over. He was later arrested.

He was questioned about his immigration status and though he is a US citizen, the truck was subjected to a secondary search and 76 people from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were found huddled inside.

At least 13 were found to be unaccompanied children.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said all the people found in the trailer were in “good health”.

CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta said in a CBP news release: “These criminal organisations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated.”

“We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organisations and prosecute those responsible,” Mr Acosta said.

Transporting people across the border in trailer trucks has become a dangerous practice.

In July, ten undocumented immigrants died from overheating while trapped in a trailer in San Antonio, Texas.

The air conditioning and ventilation systems had broken leaving dozens more with severe brain damage and other injuries.

The driver, a US citizen from Florida, had left the vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot and claimed he did not there were people in the back.

Survivors, however, claimed they banged on the walls in order to get out.

The undocumented immigrants found on 26 January, including the children, will be taken to a processing and detention centres.

They have arrived at a time when border security and the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which allowed people brought to the US illegally as minors to stay and work, are under hot debate in Congress.

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Immigrants Roam Swedish Streets with AK-47s, Bombs, Grenades and Bullet-Proof Vests



 


Another police station in Sweden is bombed by the nonwhite “immigrant” gangs.

Thousands of nonwhite gangsters as young as 14 rampaging with impunity through the streets of Malmo, Sweden, sporting AK-47s and bullet-proof vests, and throwing grenades and bombs, Swedish police have admitted.

An unusually frank article in the London Times, deceptively titled “Teens roam streets with rifles as crime swamps Sweden,” (as if no-one knows what the controlled media means by “teens”) revealed the details of the nonwhite crime plague:

Sweden has been “experiencing an unprecedented surge of gang shootings, bombings and sexual assaults,” the Times admitted.

In 2017, there were more than 320 shootings, “dozens” of bombings, 110 murders, and 7,226 rapes — a 10 percent increase on 2016.

“More than 36 percent of young Swedish women say they feel unsafe at night,” the article continues.

Statistics published last week revealed the percentage of women who reported being victims of sex crimes rose from 1.4 percent in 2012 to 4.1 percent in 2016.

In 2014 a study on the geography of outdoor rape in Stockholm found two-thirds of the suspects were non-Swedish citizens.

The authorities have admitted they are unable to investigate rape cases immediately because the resources are focused on gang crime.

“We are forced to choose between two evils,” the police said.

“The crime surge is mainly confined to so-called ‘areas of social exclusion,’ a code for neighborhoods such as Rosengard that are predominantly populated by immigrants,” the Times admits

“These communities are plagued by high crime rates and unemployment,” the article adds, implying as if by some miracle it is the buildings or the area which is responsible—anything instead of admitting the obvious, namely that it is the inhabitants who are the cause.

“In Malmo, where a fifth of the 340,000 inhabitants are under 18, children as young as 14 roam the streets with Kalashnikov assault rifles and bulletproof vests.

“The average age of gang members is 22, the vast majority of them hailing from migrant families.”

The Times article goes on to admit that for “a long time the Swedish establishment played down the decay of immigrant-dominated suburbs, but it can no longer ignore the explosion of violence.”

According to the article, Stefan Lofven, the far left Social Democratic Party prime minister (whose pro-Third World immigration and “asylum” policies are the cause of the nonwhite invasion and violence), said last week that he was ready to deploy the army into the “affected areas.”

The next day another bomb went off in Malmo, this time in front of a private property.

“We have really reached the bottom: people use machineguns and hand grenades — they want to kill,” said Zoran Markovic, the former chief of community policing in Rosengard.

Just this past week, a new bombing of the police station in Rosengard— a black fortress of reinforced concrete with narrow windows and a 10ft-high electric fence—highlighted the issue once again.

Rosengard police station. Built to withstand bombing attacks from the nonwhite “immigrants.”

“Attacks on the police are increasingly frequent,” the Times article said.

Rosengard’s new fortified police station was built after Markovic’s locker room in the old building was peppered with bullets in a drive-by shooting.

“The situation has drastically worsened in the past two years. Markovic said the police are overstretched. Rosengard’s main school, which had pupils from nearly 200 different ethnic backgrounds, was closed because of social tension.”

Other incidents named in the Times report included the stabbing of police officer Ted Eriksson at a “pro-refugee rally in Stockholm.”

The assailant was an Afghan “asylum seeker” who claimed to be 17 “but was suspected of being in his late twenties. He said he wanted to kill a policeman,” the Times added.

In addition, the Times continued, the suburb of Rinkeby, a 20-minute metro ride from Stockholm’s old center, “is one of Sweden’s most crime-ridden areas.

“Paramedics and firefighters demand a police escort to go there. After nightfall, gangs of young men dominate the streets, offering drugs at the entrance to the station. A 25-year-old man was shot dead in a pizzeria this month.”

When the Times journalist visited Rinkeby last week, the article says, a “group of youths in shell suits aggressively asked why I was in their neighbourhood.”

Born and raised in Rinkeby, “they declared themselves not Swedish but Somali, Afghan or Lebanese,” the article said.

Stockholm’s far left Social Democratic Party mayor, Karin Wanngard, had earlier said that Rinkeby was a “fine neighbourhood” and “teeming with vitality”.

However, the Times said, a “spate of shootings forced her to change her tune.” The “growing brutality” among gangs has become “unprecedented” she said earlier this month.

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Trump’s Racist Comments May Actually Help Some Immigrants Stay In The U.S.

President Donald Trump’s comments last week that the United States should try to attract immigrants from places like Norway instead of “shithole countries” like Haiti or El Salvador weren’t just racist. They also expose his immigration policies to challenge in federal court, and may even allow some of the people he’s trying to deport to stay in the U.S.

Here’s why: Trump made the “shithole countries” remark while defending his decision to cancel Temporary Protected Status ― a designation that offers deportation relief and work authorization to people from countries afflicted by natural disasters or war ― for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan.

Stripping people of TPS is well within the president’s authority. But if Trump did so with the intention to discriminate against them because of their national origin or race (most Haitians are black, while most Norwegians are white), his administration may once again find itself in federal court defending the constitutionality of its actions.

Immigration lawyers who defend people facing deportation will be sure to cite Trump’s comments, too.

“I can guarantee I’ll be making an argument that this administration is discriminating based on national origin and race when I have a client who happens to be from Haiti, El Salvador, or Africa,” said Luis Mancheno, an attorney for Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit legal services group. “Or, honestly, anyone who’s not from Norway.”

Protestor Pierre Gabriel from Haiti carries flags during a march on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Times Square.  (TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)Protestor Pierre Gabriel from Haiti carries flags during a march on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Times Square.  (TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images)

No group has yet announced a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to cancel TPS for countries he reportedly derided as “shitholes.” But lawyers told HuffPost the comments could be used as evidence to support a claim that Trump canceled the program with discriminatory intent.

“This administration gives us an almost continual flow of circumstantial evidence that would support a conclusion of racial discrimination and bias,” Thomas Saenz, executive director of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, told HuffPost. “This latest fiasco certainly provides an important piece of evidence. It’s a pretty strong indication that [Trump] has racially discriminatory views that then influence his policy concerns, including cancelling TPS.”

The Trump administration already faces several lawsuits accusing the president of discrimination. The courts temporarily blocked his restrictions on travel from several Muslim-majority countries last year, partly over the allegation that he changed U.S. policy with the goal of targeting Muslims. And a lawsuit filed in New York by a coalition of 15 states, along with the District of Columbia, accuses Trump of ordering the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as part of an “animus-driven” effort to discriminate against Mexicans. (DACA, an Obama-era initiative, allows undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors to avoid deportation and to work legally. More than three-quarters of DACA recipients were born in Mexico.)

Those lawsuits are peppered with Trump tweets and and passages from campaign speeches. He announced his candidacy by referring to Mexican immigrants broadly as “rapists” who are “bringing crime,” the New York lawsuit notes. One of his tweets referred to protesters carrying the Mexican flag as “criminals” and “thugs.”

“For those of us in the immigrant rights world who seek to defend the interests and rights of immigrants, we always welcome the president saying exactly what he feels,” Justin Cox, an attorney with the National Immigration Law Center, one of the groups suing to overturn the DACA cancellation, told HuffPost. “Even though that can be exceedingly painful for everyone to see.”

Challenging officials on equal protection grounds is often difficult. Those making such claims in court have to prove discrimination was intentional in an era when public officials rarely make overtly racist comments. Instead, those legal challenges often have to show that a new law or policy disproportionately impacts a certain group, or that authorities violated normal procedures to push through a change ― a standard laid out in a 1970s Supreme Court housing discrimination case Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Corp.

But every time Trump fires off a statement that punctures the barriers of political correctness ― like the “shithole countries” comment, or when he reportedly said the United States shouldn’t take more immigrants from Haiti because they “all have AIDS” ― he makes it that much easier to prove in court that his administration is changing immigration policy for reasons that have more to do with personal prejudice than national security.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued an order detailing claims the Trump administration will face in the challenge to kill DACA. He allowed the claim alleging discriminatory intent to move forward.  

In that ruling, Alsup cited a case in which Arizona banned the Tucson school district from teaching Mexican-American studies classes. The lawyers who challenged the ethnic studies law based their claim that officials discriminated against Hispanic students in large part on the Arlington Heights case.

But one of the officials who carried out the Mexican-American studies restrictions was John Huppenthal, the former head of the state public education system, who was outed as an internet troll in 2014. Huppenthal’s mean-spirited comments about Hispanics played a major role in overturning the ethnic studies law.  

“Huppenthal’s blog comments provide the strongest evidence that racial animus motivated the enforcement of” the state law against the Mexican-American studies program, Judge A. Wallace Tashima wrote in the opinion finding the restrictions unconstitutional.

One day, Trump might find himself on the losing end of a similar ruling.

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Refugees and Immigrants Harm US Security?

US Cuts Half Its Aid for Palestinian Refugees



by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)



Ahead of its orchestrated 9/11/73 coup in Chile, replacing democratic governance with fascist tyranny, Washington made its economy scream.



The same scheme is ongoing in Venezuela – unlike in Chile, without cooperation from its military.



Economic conditions in Occupied Palestine already “scream.” The Trump administration, in cahoots with Israel, just made things tougher by cutting half of US aid to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA).



It goes for healthcare, education and other social services – vital for around five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan – victims of Israeli aggression in 1948 and 1967.



UNWRA defines a Palestinian refugee as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict” – along with others affected the same way during Israel’s Six Day War of aggression.



For starters, theTrump administration is withholding $65 million of a $125 million payment to UNWRA due this month – maybe all aid to be frozen or ended later, an act of collective punishment, a US and Israeli specialty, flagrantly violating international law.



On January 2, Trump disgracefully tweeted: “(W)e pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.” 



“They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel…(W)ith the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”



Washington and Israel want unconditional Palestinian surrender, subjugation under Tel Aviv’s repressive boot, not peace both countries abhor.



An unnamed US official said “(t)here is a need to undertake a fundamental reexamination of UNRWA, both in the way it operates and the way it is funded.”



The PA responded to Trump’s move, accusing Washington of “complicity with the Israeli occupation by attempting to remove another permanent status issue off the table.”



US administrations have always been complicit with the Jewish state since its 1948 creation, disdainful of Palestinian rights and welfare.



PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi blasted the Trump administration’s aid freeze, saying it’s “following Netanyahu’s instructions to gradually dismantle the one agency that was established by the international community to protect the rights of the Palestinian refugees and provide them with essential services.”



“It is also creating conditions that will generate further instability throughout the region and will demonstrate that it has no compunction in targeting the innocent. Once again the US Administration proves its complicity with the Israeli occupation.”



Netanyahu wants UNWRA eliminated, discussed in a previous article.



Aid cuts will grievously harm “the most vulnerable segment of the Palestinian people, (depriving them) of the right to education, health, shelter and a dignified life,” Ashwari explained.



Washington provides over $350 million annually to UNWRA, about one-third of its budget. Neocon Nikki Haley called for a total freeze unless Palestinians bow to the will of Washington and Israel.



Cutting aid to UNWRA inflicts enormous harm on long-suffering Palestinian refugees, deepening a humanitarian crisis in Gazan and other refugee camps.



UNWRA head Pierre Krahenbuhl said cutting aid by Washington threatens “the dignity and human security of millions” of Palestinians, along with threatening regional security.



He called for a global fundraising effort to make up the shortfall caused by Washington’s despicable action, adding:



“At stake is the access of 525,000 boys and girls in 700 UNRWA schools, and their future.” 



“At stake is the dignity and human security of millions of Palestine refugees, in need of emergency food assistance and other support in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”



“At stake is the access of refugees to primary health care, including pre-natal care and other life-saving services. At stake are the rights and dignity of an entire community.”



Israel’s Ziofascist UN envoy Danny Danon praised Washington’s move, disgracefully saying “(i)t’s time for this absurdity to end…”



UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a weak-kneed statement, saying “I am very concerned, and I strongly hope that in the end it will be possible for the United States to maintain the funding of UNRWA in which the US has a very important share” – instead of blasting Washington’s despicable move.



A State Department letter explaining it said additional US funding depends on major UNWRA changes demanded by Washington and Israel.



Both countries are using long-suffering Palestinian refugees as pawns to get PA officials to bow to their will – pressuring them to sacrifice the rights and welfare of their most vulnerable people.



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262,500 Salvadoran ‘Protected Immigrants’ Ordered to Leave America Immediately



 


On Monday, President Trump’s administration announced it was ending the “protected status” allowing 262,500 immigrants from El Salvador to stay in the country,

Now, these people will be forced those to either leave the country or find another means of legally staying in the United States.

From The Hill

The Trump administration on Monday said it would end the protected status that allows 262,500 immigrants from El Salvador to stay in the country, forcing those people to either leave the country or find another means of legally staying in the United States.

The dramatic announcement is the fourth such change to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has been made by the Trump administration, which has taken a tough line on immigration issues.

Between all TPS cuts and the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Trump administration has ended immigration benefits for nearly 1 million people in less than a year.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus immigration taskforce, said the decision would uproot people who have lived in the United States for decades.

“The White House is peddling a fantasy where hundreds of thousands of people who have established their lives, families, and businesses in the U.S. for decades will leave or can be rounded up and deported,” he said. “Turning immigrants living and working legally in the U.S. into undocumented immigrants defies logic, even for this president.”

The cancellation could add tension to talks between the White House and Congress about legislation that would allow DACA recipients to stay in the country. Those negotiations are closely tied to efforts to prevent a government shutdown this month.

The Salvadorans affected by the order have been in the United States since at least 2001, when TPS status was granted after two devastating earthquakes ravaged the country. The decision also allowed hundreds of thousands of Salvadoran civil war refugees who were in the United States legally or illegally to remain and work stateside.

TPS benefits are awarded to foreign citizens residing in the United States whose home countries undergo devastating natural or man-made disasters, making a return dangerous or unsustainable. Previous Democratic and Republican administrations routinely renewed TPS country designations for the maximum 18-month period, based on a holistic assessment of countries’ ability to reabsorb their emigrants.






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8.4 Million “Immigrants” to US, 2011-16



 


At 8.4 million “immigrants” settled in the US during 2015 and 2016, with 99.4 percent came from Third World countries, new data from the US Census Bureau has revealed.

According to an analysis of Census Bureau data carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 1.03 million immigrants (legal and illegal) settled in the United States in the first six months of 2016.

“Based on prior patterns, a total of 1.8 million immigrants likely came in all of 2016,” the CIS study said.

The new data shows a dramatic rebound in immigration after 2011, when new arrivals fell after the Great Recession.

Newly arrived immigrants include new green card holders (permanent residents) and long-term term “temporary” visitors, such as guestworkers and foreign students, many of whom eventually become permanent residents. It also includes new asylum seekers, as well as new illegal immigrants who cross the border surreptitiously or overstay a temporary visa.

The CIS said that the more than one million new immigrants who settled in the country in the first six months of 2016 represents a 13 percent increase over the same period in 2015, a 21 percent increase over 2014, and a 53 percent increase over 2011.

This 1.03 million “new immigrants” figure is also larger than the number of immigrants who came in all of 2011.

The data also shows that 1.6 million new immigrants settled in the country in 2015 — the most in 15 years.

In 2014, 1.5 million came, in 2013 it was 1.3 million, in 2012 it was 1.2 million, and in 2011 1.1 million new immigrants settled in the country.

The “sending regions” showing the most dramatic increase in new arrivals between 2011 and 2015 are Central America (up 132 percent), South America (up 114 percent), the Caribbean (up 64 percent), and the Middle East and South Asia (both up 52 percent). South Asia includes India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Mexico remains the top “sending country,” with 190,000 immigrants (legal and illegal) settling in the United States in 2015, and with 216,000 likely coming in all of 2016

The dramatic increase in new immigrants settling in the United States in recent years is “primarily driven by the nation’s generous legal immigration system for both long-term temporary visa holders (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students) and new permanent residents (green card holders),” the CIS report said.

In addition, the “number of new, less-educated, younger immigrants arriving each year from Latin America roughly doubled from 2011 to 2016.”

The decision to admit large numbers of “unaccompanied minors, as well as minors traveling with adults, likely accounts for some of the increase in new illegal immigration, particularly from Central America.”

The data source used by the CIS is the October 2017 Census Bureau release of public-use data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS).

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