Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sac City Unified Budget Crisis

Choosing Democracy: Sac City Unified Budget Crisis: Failing math Sac schools flirting with disaster By  Kate Gonzales   This article was published on  03.21.19 . Sacramento News and Rev...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Call Congress: Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

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We're writing today to request that your call your Representative and urge them to cosponsor H.R.1004, Rep Cicilline’s bill to prevent unauthorized war in Venezuela. We ask this of you because we are concerned that the Trump Administration is considering military intervention in Venezuela without even consulting Congress. Here is what to do:
1. Call your Rep at 202-224-3121
2. Tell the staffer that you want your Rep to cosponsor H.R.1004 to prevent unauthorized war in Venezuela 
3. After the call, ask a friend to do the same
Unauthorized military intervention in Venezuela would make a complex situation far more complex and would be illegal under US and international law. There is no military solution to the crisis in Venezuela and we believe our best chance at peace is through the dialogue called for by the the Vatican, Mexico, and Uruguay, lifting the sanctions, and taking unauthorized war off the table. The American people do not want another U.S. military intervention overseas.
So far, Rep Cicilline’s bill has been cosponsored by 54 other members of Congress who are making it clear that the President does not have the required congressional authorization to use force in Venezuela.
Again, call the Congressional switchboard today at: 
202-224-3121
Endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America. 
Sincerely,

Monday, March 18, 2019

Trump's Use of The Wall Has a Long and Racist History

The notion of a white republic is neither new nor a figment of the imagination of the neofascists of our time.

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California, on March 13, 2018. For the right, Trump's wall is not just a literal wall, but a symbol of racial domination., Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Bill Fletcher, jr. 
Although we appear to have been spared another Trump shutdown, we have now been handed an executive power grab in the guise of a “national emergency.” This entire Trump-instigated crisis will remain directly connected in our memories to Trump’s obsession with the “Wall,” i.e., the toy that he has insisted he must have in order to allegedly guarantee the safety of the people of the United States.
Walls have a long history of symbolic importance, signifying not only lines of demarcation but frequently the distinction between zones of alleged civilization vs. zones of alleged barbarism. The phrase “beyond the Pale” — which has come to mean beyond a boundary, over the top, unacceptable or outside of reasonable standards — is just one example. The term originates in Ireland and refers to a piece of the island captured by England, within which the current city of Dublin emerged. The English did what they could to enclose this area, essentially setting up a set of fortifications and a ditch. For the English colonizers, “the Pale” was the center of civilization on an island that was viewed as nothing short of barbaric.
What is important here is that the ditch or Pale was not simply demarcating territory or even a hostile border. With the Pale, much like the Great Wall of China, there was an ideological notion that beyond that barrier lay a barbarian mystery. In the 1790s, Catherine the Great instituted a Russian “Pale,” which was an area for Jews, outside of which they would be subject to overt acts of repression.

Sacramento Community Groups Oppose ICE

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Friday, March 15, 2019

PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE MARCH ORGANIZING MEETING SATURDAY, 3/16


As Web Turns 30, Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Says 'You Should Have Complete Control of Your Data'

As Web Turns 30, Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee Says 'You Should Have Complete Control of Your Data'

Sacramento Teachers Authorize a Strike- If necessa...

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Sanders Campaign workers form a union.


NEWS: Bernie 2020 is First Presidential Campaign in History to Unionize 

March 15, 2019
Contact:

Sarah Ford: sarahford@berniesanders.com
WASHINGTON -- Bernie 2020 announced today that it will be the first major party presidential campaign in history to have a unionized workforce. In the past week, a majority of the campaign’s bargaining unit employees designated the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 to represent them as their exclusive bargaining representative. 
“Bernie Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce,” said Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir.
The campaign recognized a card check system to indicate support for the union and did not require an election. This is the model Sen. Sanders has advocated for decades to be applied to unionizing efforts everywhere.

The 2020 elections present a historic opportunity to channel increased militant labor action into concrete policies that enshrine workers' rights.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Beto O'Rourke Will Run for President


en Español

Beto for America

I write to ask you to join me in a campaign to serve this country as the next President of the United States.
At this moment of truth — at this moment where we could make or break our democracy, where we will decide the fate of generations to come on this planet — we must all ask what each of us can give to this country and to the people who will inherit the consequences of our choices.
Amy and I have decided that running to serve America as president is the best way for us to do our part, understanding that we have an historic opportunity to join with millions of our fellow Americans at a time like no other.
The challenges we face are the greatest in living memory. The connected crises in our economy, our democracy and our climate will either consume us or they will afford us the opportunity to demonstrate our resolve, our creativity and our courage.
In other words, this moment of peril produces what is perhaps our greatest moment of promise. We can have a government that serves people instead of corporations. We can invest in the dignity of those working and those seeking work, no matter their gender, race or background. We can guarantee high quality health care to every single American. We can remind ourselves that if immigration is a problem, it’s a great one to have, and ensure that we create lawful paths to enter the country to work, to join family, to flee persecution. We can achieve real justice reform and confront the hard truths of slavery, segregation and suppression. We can listen to and lift up rural communities. We can restore American leadership, find peaceful solutions to global challenges, and end decades-long wars while delivering for every woman and man who has served in them. And we can unleash the ingenuity and political will of millions of Americans to meet the existential threat of climate change before it’s too late.
No one candidate or president, no matter how tough or talented or experienced, can meet these challenges on their own. Only this country can do that, and only if we build a movement that includes all of us – not just to vote and volunteer, but to understand that for democracy to flourish and meet these challenges, it is an everyday responsibility, one that doesn’t end when the ballots are counted.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Why Is Dianne Feinstein So Opposed to the Green New Deal? Look at Her Family Finances.

Why Is Dianne Feinstein So Opposed to the Green New Deal? Look at Her Family Finances.

Sen. Feinstein has direct financial interests in the same fossil fuel companies that the Green New Deal threatens.
BY BRANKO MARCETICWorking In These Times 
The Feinstein episode points to broader tensions revealed by the Democratic Party's continued reliance on wealthy, well-connected candidates. 
On February 22, footage of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) lecturing pleading children about her opposition to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ed Markey's Green New Deal resolution went viral. Several media commentators on both sides of the debate cast the video of the 85-year-old senator dressing down the children as a case of generational conflict.
But the episode was also a reminder of the peril of wealth inequality in politics, with Feinstein, one of the very wealthiest members of Congress, having a personal financial stake in industries whose bottom lines would be threatened by the measures in the Green New Deal resolution.
Feinstein, whose net worth stands at $58.5 million, has been married for nearly 40 years to Richard C. Blum, a wealthy investor who still runs the private equity firm he founded in 1975, Richard C. Blum & Associates, Inc. According to Feinstein's most recent financial annual report, filed in May 2018 and covering the 2017 calendar year, Blum owns 100 percent of Yosemite Investments LLC, through which he has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in several fossil fuel companies, some of which he has sold off since the Green New Deal began gaining increasing national attention.
According to an amendment filed in January, Blum in August 2017 invested more than $1 million in the Osterweis Strategic Income Fund, a mutual fund run by investment firm Osterweis Capital Management. Among Osterweis’s top ten holdings are logistics firm XPO, a subsidiary of methanol producer Consolidated Energy Limited, a subsidiary of commercial aircraft leaser Avation PLC, and mining company Teck Resources, which holds interests in a number of different oil sands projects across the border in Canada, including the controversial Frontier project.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Democrats Need to Think Big : not Small


Robert Borosage

Democrats Need to Think Big for 2020

There is a dizzying array of potential presidential nominees for Democratic primary voters to choose from: so many that they won’t even fit on one debate stage. But there is one basic choice the party will have to make: Will it nominate someone based on perceived electability, which is usually code for incremental policy ideas and a long political career, or a fresh-faced progressive reformer with big ideas? This isn’t a new idea; both parties have embraced this line of thinking in the past. The problem is that it rarely works. If history is any judge, the promise of incremental change and working across the aisle isn’t realism; it’s a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Barack Obama ran as the great unifier. After becoming president, he attempted to govern by reaching out to Republicans with moderate Republican ideas, exemplified by his health-care plan. He embraced wrongheaded Republican tax cuts that weakened his stimulus plan. He nominated a moderate, pro-corporate judge to the Supreme Court. Yet he received scorched-earth opposition, with Republicans scorning every major entreaty. And Republicans are now even more extreme post-Trump than they were in the Obama era. So before Democrats and the media elevate those with incremental-reform ideas as the pragmatic realists, they might want to take a long look at recent history and think again. In the end, Democrats might do better voting with their hearts than with their heads.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Claim of "Emergency " Shows it is Time to Kick Trump Out !

Sasha Abramsky
Let there be no sugarcoating of this past week’s events: In declaring an utterly manufactured “national emergency” to raid $8 billion from the public coffers for a pet political project, Trump has moved America one giant step closer to dictatorship. He’s doing so with the blessing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While there have been many emergencies declared by presidents in the past, not a single one has been declared simply because the executive branch couldn’t convince the legislative branch to pony up cash for an unpopular policy proposal. Until now.
Even in 1939 and 1940, when Britain stood alone against fascism and Winston Churchill begged for arms from America, Roosevelt didn’t simply seize money Congress hadn’t authorized. True, he got creative with the Lend-Lease program; but he did so while still respecting Congress’s control over the purse-strings. And 1939-40, by any measure, was a genuine emergency.
What’s happening on the southern border today, by contrast, is simply a political crisis manufactured by a hate peddler.
Trump’s end run around Congress won’t go unchallenged. There will be lawsuits and Congressional votes of disapproval. There will be demonstrations. It’s even possible that some Republicans, with a vague memory of their once-proud posture as guarantors of the Constitution, will finally break with the president and refuse to support his re-election.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders is Running for President

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

RS Seminar- Economic Crisis: ‘Impeachment should start immediately’: Why Trump’...

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Protest and Survive !


The nationwide demonstrations on Monday will be led by a large coalition of diverse advocacy groups representing millions of Americans, including Win Without War, CREDO Action, MoveOn.org, Public Citizen, United We Dream, and others.
"Our most pressing national emergency is that a racist autocrat occupies the White House," CREDO Action co-director Heidi Hess said in a statement. "The media and politicians should be perfectly clear about what this is: An unconstitutional power grab that threatens our democracy and escalates Trump's attacks on immigrants, communities of color, Muslims and black and brown people."
"There is already a mass mobilization happening against Trump's wall," added America's Voice. "Fifty thousand signed MoveOn petitions against the national emergency overnight, ten thousand made calls to Congress, thousands of people expected to hit the streets on Monday. This is a moment."

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Poor People's Campaign- Sacramento


Join the Poor People’s CampaignThe 8th Annual MLK Commemoration: Continuing the Legacy and unfinished work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 11AM-3PM in Sacramento, CA• March starts at 11:00am Oak Park Community Center, 3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
• Rally: -12:30pm Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative, 4625 44th St,• Sacramento, California 95820
• 1: 30pm--Multi-cultural Pot-Luck Meal – please bring a dish to share!!! 



We hope to see you there. To get involved #PoorPeoplesCampaign #Sacramento


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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Medicare for All


Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Attack on Socialism Shows President 'Scared' of Popular Progressive Policies

Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Attack on Socialism Shows President 'Scared' of Popular Progressive Policies

Oppose U.S. Intervention in Venezuela

California Democrat Ro Khanna and Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal are circulating a letter “rejecting threats of US military intervention in Venezuela, supporting dialogue to resolve the political crisis there, and opposing broad economic sanctions that hurt ordinary Venezuelans.” The vast majority of Venezuelans are opposed to foreign intervention as a means of removing the Venezuelan government and instead want a negotiated solution to the crisis. The letter urges support for a mediation process advocated by the governments of Mexico and Uruguay to promote dialogue instead of civil war. Existing and new economic sanctions have seriously worsened Venezuela’s economic crisis, exacerbating lack of access to life-saving medicines and food. Polls show that most Venezuelans oppose broad U.S. economic sanctions.

- We call on House Members to sign the Khanna-Jayapal letter to reject threats of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, support dialogue to resolve the political crisis there, and oppose broad economic sanctions that hurt ordinary Venezuelans.
Please Call your representative (find your rep here) now to demand they do the right thing for the people of Venezuela.  The letter closes TODAY, so please call as soon as you can!
  

Fact Check Trump's State of the Union

Fact check Trump's State of the Union

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/politics/fact-check-state-of-the-union.html?


There is No Wall in El Paso

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#MeToo Speaker at Sac State

Tarana Burke brings her powerful message to Sacramento State on Feb. 7. (Creative Commons: Brittany Fennell)

Long before #MeToo became a viral online campaign in 2017, social justice activist Tarana Burke quietly was working to give voice to people who had been sexually harassed and assaulted.
She called her movement Me Too. But it was only after actress Alyssa Milano attached a hashtag to the phrase and posted it on Twitter that Burke’s decade-long crusade burst into the international spotlight.
Burke will be on the Sacramento State campus Thursday evening, Feb. 7, to discuss the history and impact of the movement, which has spurred millions of people to share their stories about sexual violence.
She is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom. The lecture is part of UNIQUE, a Sac State volunteer group that brings cultural events and entertainment to campus.
In 2007, Burke created a nonprofit group, Just Be Inc., that focuses on young women of color and helps them overcome the fallout of sexual harassment and assault. The organization seeks to help girls get “past their risk and around their circumstances” and put them on a path to success, according to its website.
Me Too is one of its centerpieces.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The U.S. Should Stay Out of Venezuela

The U.S. Should Stay out of Venezuela

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/opinion/us-intervention-venezuela.html?

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams (born January 24, 1948) is an American diplomat, lawyer, and political scientist who served in foreign policy positions for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.[2] On January 25, 2019, he was appointed as Special Envoy on Venezuela.[3]
During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement in controversial foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua and El Salvador. During George W. Bush's first term, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs. At the start of Bush's second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, in charge of promoting Bush's strategy of advancing democracy abroad. His appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran–Contra affair investigation.
Source. Wikipedia

Monday, January 28, 2019

California Officer Protected neo-Nazis,

How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims

Court hearings reveal investigator in stabbings of leftwing protesters pursued criminal cases against anti-fascists but advocated no charges for armed white supremacists

Sunday, January 27, 2019

5,600 Kids Still Held in Texas "Shelters"

Choosing Democracy: 5,600 Kids Still Held in Texas "Shelters": 5,600 migrant kids in Texas shelters Even after Tornillo tent city’s closure, more than 5,600 migrant kids are living in Texas shelter ...

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Air Traffic Controllers Even the Score

The Air Traffic Controllers Even the Score: Reagan fired their predecessors for striking in 1981. Today, they got sick, stayed home, and forced Trump to end the shutdown.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Why Martin Luther King, Jr., Would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Why Martin Luther King, Jr., Would Support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

King Became a democratic socialist



by Lee Sustar
Virtually every Democratic Party politician, black or white, claims the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Conveniently forgotten is the fact that in the final years of his life, before his assassination in 1968, King broke with Democratic President Lyndon Johnson over the Vietnam War and the administration’s failure to enforce civil rights legislation in the South. That’s something no Democrats of national stature have been willing to do today.
While the reforms advocated by King for most of his life were mild compared to the demands of the more radical black nationalists, they were nevertheless condemned by the same Democrats who have since tried to turn King into a heroic icon and a symbol of black accommodation to the system.
In order to understand King’s eventual shift to the left, it’s necessary to look at the class struggles that underpinned the civil rights movement and the nature of King’s organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Letter from Birmingham Jail




Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro. Something within has reminded him of his birthright of freedom, and something without has reminded him that it can be gained. Consciously or unconsciously, he has been caught up by the Zeitgeist, and with his black brothers of Africa and his brown and yellow brothers of Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the United States Negro is moving with a sense of great urgency toward the promised land of racial justice. If one recognizes this vital urge that has engulfed the Negro community, one should readily understand why public demonstrations are taking place. The Negro has many pent up resentments and latent frustrations, and he must release them. So let him march; let him make prayer pilgrimages to the city hall; let him go on freedom rides -and try to understand why he must do so. If his repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. So I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action

The Radical Martin Luther King Jr.

ML King 

by Jenn M Jackson 
The earliest lesson I learned about Martin Luther King Jr. was that he had “a dream.” Delivered in his most well-known speech at the 1963 March on Washington, as posed to me and as I understood clearly in my adolescent mind, that dream was a colorblind one.
That manufactured perspective — often told to young children and supported by mainstream, predominantly white commentators — was focused on erasing the divisions between black and white people, not necessarily by blaming white people for their participation in systems of anti-black racism, but by moving beyond racial difference altogether.
But that was never actually King’s dream. His was much more radical than that.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

White Citizen Kills Davis Police Officer

Kevin Douglas Limbaugh

DAVIS 

The gunman who shot and killed Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Thursday night has been identified as Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, a 48-year-old, White male, U.S. citizen who was ordered last fall to surrender a semiautomatic rifle after he was convicted in a battery case.
Yolo County Superior Court records show Limbaugh was charged in September with battery with serious bodily injury, a incident that a source said stemmed from him punching a co-worker at Cache Creek Casino in the face after a dispute.
The case was resolved as a misdemeanor conviction, and California Department of Justice records show he agreed to surrender a black .223-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in November. Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article224372145.html#storylink=cpy
Davis police Officer Natalie Corona died as the result of a chilling, resolute ambush by Kevin Limbaugh, a terrorist on a bicycle who rode up to an accident scene she was investigating Thursday night, then opened fire with a hail of bullets from a semiautomatic handgun, police said.
As  the  officer stood talking to one of the motorists, the gunman glided up on a bicycle, stopping in the shadows on a sidewalk, then walked toward the 22-year-old Mexican American rookie police officer and began firing.
“The suspect basically just opened up firing, shot her once and she went down to the ground, and he ended up shooting her multiple times,” Pytel said at a news conference Friday night at police headquarters. “At that point, he unloaded a magazine, reloaded and started shooting in another direction.”

( Identification of the ethnicity and citizenship of the shooter was added to parallel reporting on the recent killings of Officer Singh )

Trump claims there is a crisis at the border _ Reality?

Trump claims there is a crisis at the border.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/01/11/us/politics/trump-border-crisis-reality.html?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Trump Wants to Use California Disaster Funds to Build Wall


Trump Wants To Build Wall With Disaster Recovery Funds

Border wall funds could be diverted from a pool meant for Puerto Rico, Texas and other areas hit by disasters. CNN: “The Trump administration is actively examining using billions of dollars in unspent Defense Department disaster recovery and military construction funds for the construction of a border wall in the event the President declares a national emergency, according to a US official.

Congress appropriated $14 billion in supplemental funds to repair infrastructure in areas of the country hardest hit by disasters including hurricanes, like Hurricane Maria which slammed Puerto Rico in 2017 and resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. In anticipation of a national emergency declaration, the official tells CNN that the Pentagon was asked to provide lists of unspent funds including those earmarked for civil works projects that are part of disaster recovery in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Florida, and elsewhere. The official said the funds were only recently received. There is more than $13 billion not yet physically spent on the infrastructure repair projects, but that have been promised to these communities. For instance, more than $2 billion planned for projects in Puerto Rico has not yet been spent. More than $4.5 billion for projects in Texas, including those related to 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, has also not been spent. Trump was briefed Thursday on a proposal to use $5 billion for portions of the wall based on priorities identified by the Department of Homeland Security, the official said. Under a current proposal, a 30-foot high steel slat wall — the so-called bollard wall — would be put up across 315 miles of federal lands over 18 months. As the government shutdown continues with no deal between the White House and congressional Democrats in sight, President Trump inched closer to declaring a national emergency to approval to begin construction of the border wall.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Governor Newsom

Governor Newsom and the Return of Laboratories of Democracy. This week, a number of states are swearing in new Democratic administrations. California, of course, was Democratic before November’s election, but it’s more so now, with Gavin Newsom taking the oath yesterday to succeed Jerry Brown as governor, and with the share of Democrats in each house of the legislature rising from just under two-thirds to a hegemonic-and-then-some three-quarters.
Newsom’s inaugural address held few surprises, save that when his two-year-old son toddled over and embraced him mid-speech. But the health insurance policies Newsom laid out in his speech and subsequent executive orders provide a good model for how a state can set a template for a policy shift on the federal level, should the Democrats capture the White House and the Senate in 2020.

A New Day for Mexican Workers

A New Day for Mexican Workers: The Lopez Obrador administration is changing the law so that workers can actually choose a union and vote on their contracts.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trump Misleads on National TV

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: Why the Los Angeles Teachers Strike Matters

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Trump’s Emergency Powers Are 'Ripe for Abuse'



See https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/with-a-national-emergency-could-trump-use-the-military-to-build-the-wall?


For months, the Trump administration has sought to portray the southern border as a potential source of terrorism by falsely conflating statistics about so-called “known or suspected terrorists” who had been prevented from traveling to the United States with migrants and refugees seeking asylum on the southern border.
On Monday, NBC News clarified the matter: In the first half of fiscal year 2018, according to Customs and Border Protection data obtained by the network, CBP agents encountered just six immigrants on the southern border whose names matched the Terrorist Screening Database — which itself is of dubious accuracy.
Others stopped at the border whose names matched the list were U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, NBC News reported. The report didn’t say whether the individuals were stopped while attempting to enter the United States legally or illegally
On Tuesday, October 23, Vice President Mike Pence offered a pristine example of the Trump administration’s disinformation campaign.
“In the last fiscal year,” he said in an interview, “we apprehended more than 10 terrorists or suspected terrorists per day at our southern border, from countries that are referred to in the lexicon as ‘other than Mexico.’ That means, ‘from the Middle East region.’”
But that was wrong.