Friday, May 24, 2019

Trump’s infrastructure tantrum backfires immediately — and Senate Republicans know it


The day after Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives following last fall’s midterm elections, President Trump took to both Twitter and a podium at the White House to warn Democrats not to investigate his administration or else he would use the power of the presidency to stop any new federal legislation.
“If that happens,” Trump said of Democratic investigations leading to subpoenas for members of his administration, “then we’re going to do the same thing, and government comes to a halt. And I would blame them.”

On Wednesday, Trump made good on his threat.
Triggered by growing calls for his impeachment, the president stormed out of a planned White House meeting with congressional Democratic leaders on a bipartisan plan to improve the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
As Trump described it: “I walked into the room and I told Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi: ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I’d be really good at that, that’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with.”

The president is trying to use his proposed (and entirely hypothetical) $2 trillion infrastructure deal as a bargaining chip to get Democrats to stop their oversight of his presidency. In effect, he is trying to blackmail the nation, allowing communities that need roads replaced, bridges fixed, broadband access and lead-free pipes to suffer until congressional investigations into his administration are halted. It is the clearest form of extortion Trump has exhibited since taking office. But beyond the galling selfishness of these antics, they hurt his own party more than his political opponents.
“To watch what happened in the White House would make your jaw drop,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters, minutes after Trump stormed out of their brief encounter. “We went to the White House to talk to President Trump about infrastructure, but he threw a temper tantrum and walked out of the meeting.”
As Schumer pointed out, “It’s clear this was not a spontaneous move on the president’s part. It was planned.” There were pre-printed signs for Trump’s “impromptu” Rose Garden address blasting Democrats. Two hours earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had claimed the White House wanted to see Trump’s replacement NAFTA deal passed first, before claiming Democrats have no infrastructure plan of their own. But Schumer said Democrats came to the White House on Wednesday “prepared to give [Trump] a 35-page plan detailing … all the areas I mentioned and more that had the broad support of Senate and House Democrats.”
Trump’s stunt was calculated to goad Democrats into an uncomfortable and ultimately untenable position. For weeks, the media has repeated the familiar “Democrats in disarray” frame to paint House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as out of control, atop an increasingly impatient caucus hellbent on impeachment. After Pelosi accused Trump of engaging in a “cover-up” on Wednesday, noting his blockade of congressional investigations, the president attempted to deflect onto her the lack of progress on an issue he has long claimed to care about intensely. But as Trump continues to dodge House investigations, leaving lawmakers spinning their wheels, they aren’t falling for his trap.
Instead, Democrats are calling Trump’s bluff over his feigned outrage about Pelosi’s comments, pointing to his incessant tweeting attacks on Democrats every single day.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., taunted Trump by saying that he felt intimidated by Pelosi:  “I don’t think he does well with smart, strong women.”
A growing number of congressional Democrats, most notably moderate members of the rank and file, have publicly announced their support for impeachment. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who ousted GOP Rep. Dave Brat last fall in a Virginia district that Trump carried by seven points, said the prevailing wisdom that Democrats in swing districts fear impeachment proceedings is incorrect. “I generally reject the notion that, like, districts like mine don’t believe in the rule of law and constitutional values,” Spanberger told Roll Call.

Rep. Katie Hill, a freshman Democrat who flipped a Southern California seat last fall and has been slow to embrace impeachment, made a full-throated argument in favor of the move after Trump’s stunt on Wednesday.
Whether or not they impeach, Democrats are committed to investigating and legislating at the same time. While the impeachment versus infrastructure drama was playing out at the White House on Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee passedthe Dream Act, a bill to provide permanent protection and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
While the bill is unlikely ever to make it to the president’s desk, this movement on immigration for Democrats comes exactly one week after Trump was in the White House Rose Garden to reveal his own so-called immigration plan — which, like his infrastructure plan, was declared dead on arrival by Republicans in Congress.
That’s why Trump’s latest Rose Garden stunt hurts Republicans most.
Vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in swing states next year understand that they still have an entire must-do list to accomplish this year, investigations or not. Still to come this year includes a host of important work that requires bipartisan support: avoiding an automatic sequester of the Pentagon’s budget, a debt ceiling hike, and a disaster relief bill to aid flooded military installations and farms in the key electoral states of Florida, North Carolina and Iowa. As even the White House admits, Trump’s new trade treaty is a top priority this year. But as the president threatened months ago, nothing gets done if he isn’t left unaccountable. As he has made loud and clear, he puts the personal over party and patriotism.
Republicans, for their part, appeared jolted by Trump’s move. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana took to the floor on Wednesday to blast the GOP-led Senate for failing to accomplish anything legislatively so far this session.
“We need to do more, by we I mean the United States Congress,” he said. “Other than the nominations, which are important, we have done nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.” He said that “there are issues where our Democratic friends and my Republican friends have more in common than we don’t. We need to bring the bills to the floor of the United States Senate.”
Whether under threat of impeachment or just continued investigation, it is clear that Democrats have Trump rattled — and that hurts congressional Republicans the most. The Republican Senate is where House Democratic bills go to die. Despite Trump’s claims to the contrary, it is Republican intransigence, not Democratic efforts to investigate the executive branch, that have obstructed progress. As Sen. John Cornyn of Texas proudly stated last month: “We are the firewall.”

A Jewish woman makes a stand at one of Alabama’s last abortion clinics


(JTA) — Early on Friday mornings, Diane Weil leaves her house in Montgomery, Alabama, with an umbrella. The 64-year-old registered nurse doesn’t need it to shield her from the rain. Instead she uses it to block patients from protesters who come to the health clinic where she has been volunteering every week since September.
Reproductive Health Services is the only clinic in the city and one of three in the state that performs abortions. Weil escorts patients who come from around Alabama and nearby states on Fridays, the day when procedures are done.
Weil and a group of approximately 10 volunteers use the umbrellas and play music in order to shield the women from roughly the same number of protesters who arrive every week, often yelling at the women as they arrive. Protesters also set up a a van near the clinic offering ultrasounds in an attempt to dissuade women from entering the clinic and terminating their pregnancies.
“They’re hateful,” Weil told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a phone interview Tuesday. “One of the things that I remember, the first Friday after January 1st, I was there and they were screaming, ‘Don’t be the first one to murder your baby this year.’”

Last week, Alabama’s governor signed into law a near-total ban on abortion. The law, which goes into effect in six months, bans abortion in all cases except to prevent serious health risk to the mother. It sets up a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion until the end of the second trimester. (Due to the federal legislation, the Alabama law — along with stringent abortion laws recently enacted in other states — will almost surely be held up in court.)
Weil, who works at an HIV clinic, said her reaction to the new law was one of “horror and disgust.”
“It’s so disappointing and heartbreaking, as well as being horrified that people want to control others, not allow others to do things. It’s none of their business,” she said.
Diane Weil, far left, volunteers at a clinic escort every Friday in Montgomery. (Courtesy of Weil)

Like many Jews in the state, Weil is politically liberal. Last year she volunteered for the campaign of Rep. Doug Jones, the Democrat who narrowly won a Senate election over Republican Roy Moore. Her rabbi, Scott Looper, who leads Temple Beth Or in Montgomery, says members of the 140-family strong Reform congregation have expressed their distress about the law.
“The people who have spoken to me have expressed utter disgust that it’s taking place,” he said.
The rabbi attended a rally against the measure on Sunday at the State Capitol in Montgomery and sent a letter voicing his opposition to Gov. Kay Ivey, the Republican who signed it into law last week.
Ivey, a member of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church, invoked her own religious beliefs in explaining her decision on Twitter to sign the legislation.
She called it a “powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.” Many conservative Christians believe that human life begins at conception.
A number of national Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, the Reform movement’s Central Conference of American Rabbis, Jewish Women International and the Jewish Democratic Council of America have condemned the law.
A. Eric Johnston, an attorney who  heads the state’s Pro-Life Coalition and authored both bills, defended the comparison.

“Nobody has a corner on being offended just because their people were killed,” Johnston told CBS News. “It’s offensive to say that [this bill] is offensive.”
Hadassah said it mobilized its 300,000 members and supporters to participate in nationwide #StopTheBans protests on Tuesday against abortion restrictions. The National Council of Jewish Women also joined the rallies.
“NCJW is committed to fighting for every person’s right to control their own body and to make their own moral and faith-informed decisions about their family and future,” NCJW’s legislative associate, Shannon Russell, said in a statement to JTA.
Alabama’s largest synagogue, Temple Emanu-El, is located in Birmingham, where the majority of the state’s approximately 10,000 Jews live. The synagogue counts around 600 families and most are progressive, especially on social issues, according to Cantor Jessica Roskin.

“We as Reform Jews believe very strongly in the concept of social justice,” Roskin told JTA. “I think what people get so confused [about] is this really to us isn’t a political issue, it’s a human issue. This is about human beings and their bodies and their privacy.”
Weil, too, referenced her Reform Jewish identity in explaining why the issue matters to her.
“I feel pretty strongly that Reform Judaism has tremendously informed how I feel, probably about a lot of things, but definitely social justice issues and things like right to abortion,” she said.
On Friday, she will again head to the clinic. Usually Weil is one of about 10 volunteers, but last week there were several new people, she said.
The new law, she said, “has woken people up.”
Weil said volunteering at the clinic gives her “immediate gratification.”
“I feel really good about being there, as twisted as that may sound,” she said. “It is one of the highlights of my week to be there for those women.”

Who are the Sacklers, the Jewish family at the center of the opioid crisis?


NEW YORK (JTA) — In the 1930s, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler both traveled to Scotland for medical school because, they said, American universities wouldn’t admit them as Jews.
Eighty years later, academic and cultural institutions the world over are deciding whether to reject the Sackler brothers’ children — not because of their religion but because of their actions.
Mortimer and Raymond Sackler are the late patriarchs of a family under fire now for its central role in the opioid addiction crisis, which has led to hundreds of thousands of American deaths. The brothers’ giant pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, is the manufacturer of OxyContin, one of the leading opioids on the market.
Mortimer died in 2010 and Raymond in 2017. Now their widows, along with five of their children and one grandchild, are being sued by three states for allegedly committing a range of fraudulent and deceptive practices in the marketing of OxyContin. Purdue reached a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma in March.
Before becoming notorious for painkillers, the Sacklers were noted for their philanthropy. So a range of museums and schools are grappling with what to do with the wings, schools and chairs named for them. A couple of Jewish institutions, including Tel Aviv University, face that dilemma as well.
(A third Sackler brother, Arthur, died in 1987, when his brothers bought out his shares — nine years before OxyContin was introduced in 1996. Arthur’s family, which has also given philanthropically, has distanced itself from OxyContin.)

The Sackler brothers were born to Jewish immigrants from Poland and Ukraine.
Arthur Sackler, the oldest, was born in 1913 to Jewish immigrant grocers in Brooklyn. Mortimer and Raymond were born, respectively, in 1916 and 1920. The brothers became psychiatrists: Arthur earned his degree at New York University, the others attended medical school in Scotland.
Arthur lived in Manhattan, Mortimer in London and Switzerland, and Raymond in Greenwich, Connecticut.

They turned a small pharmaceutical company into an empire.
In 1952, the brothers bought Purdue-Frederick, a small New York City drug company, which later became Purdue Pharma. At the time it produced laxatives.
But everything changed in 1996 when the company began to market OxyContin, a prescription painkiller. The drug was marketed as safer than alternatives because of its so-called controlled release, which gradually released the drug into the patient’s bloodstream rather than doing so all at once.
According to a 2017 feature on the family in the New Yorker, the Food and Drug Administration said the drug was less prone to addiction than alternatives because of the controlled release. That was despite Purdue declining to do any clinical studies on the drug’s addictiveness, according to the New Yorker.
OxyContin was prescribed broadly for a wide spectrum of pain, and has made the Sacklers America’s 19th richest family with a combined net worth of $13 billion, according to Forbes. As recently as last year, eight Sacklers sat on Purdue’s board.
But recently, as the human toll of the addiction crisis has become evident — in large part, investigators complain, because the dangers of addiction to OxyContin were downplayed or kept hidden — the Sackler name has become synonymous with controversy. Now the number of Sacklers on the board is zero.

Now they are being sued for aggressively and deceptively marketing an addictive drug.
Lawsuits in New YorkMassachusetts and Connecticut charge that the Sacklers dispatched an army of marketers to portray OxyContin as a safe pain treatment despite knowing of its addictive potential.
“The basis for this reduced abuse liability claim was entirely theoretical and not based on any actual research, data, or empirical scientific support, and the FDA ultimately pulled this language from OxyContin’s label in 2001,” states the complaint from New York state filed in March. “Nonetheless … Purdue made reduced risk of addiction and abuse the cornerstone of its marketing efforts.”
The litigation, as well as reporting on the issue, has shown that Richard Sackler, Purdue’s former president, sought to shift blame to addicts for the growing addiction crisis. In an email sent in 2001, he wrote that “we have to hammer on the abusers in every way possible. They are the culprits and the problem. They are reckless criminals.”
The New Yorker, as well as other detailed articles on Purdue and the addiction crisis, has found evidence that the company engaged in a variety of misleading practices. Purdue allegedly misled doctors about the drug’s addictive potential and recommended dosage, encouraging doctors to prescribe OxyContin when it was not needed.
“He told the company we are going to measure our performance by prescription by strength, giving higher measures to higher strength,” said Barry Meier, author of the book “Pain Killer,” regarding Richard Sackler, on The New York Times podcast The Daily. “This was a family that … was not only counting every pill that was being sold but making sure that every pill that was sold was the highest strength of that pill because it would bring in the highest amount of dollars.”
In addition to Richard Sackler, the suits name his father Raymond’s widow, Beverley, his brother Jonathan and son David, who all served on the board. The suits also name Mortimer Sackler’s widow, Theresa, his daughters Kathe and Ilene, and his son Mortimer David Alfons Sackler. Those three children served on Purdue’s board.

And some beneficiaries are rejecting their donations.
The Sackler family has used its wealth to fund education, research and the arts. Family members have donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Tate Modern in London and the Louvre in Paris. They have funded institutes at Columbia and Yale universities, among others.
And in the Jewish world, there’s the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and dozens of other Sackler divisions at the school, as well as the Sackler Staircase at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
Some of the institutions that have accepted Sackler largess said they will no longer do so, including the Berlin museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Tate. The National Portrait Gallery in London, together with the family, canceled a planned donation this year.
But Tel Aviv University said that for now, it will not be changing the medical school’s name — nor those of more than 30 entities at the school named after the family. As recently as 2013, Israel’s United Nations ambassador honored the Sacklers for their support of Tel Aviv University.
“Sackler is nothing short of a brand name at Tel Aviv University,” then-university President Joseph Klafter said, according to a news release. “Practically every step you take on campus will lead you to a Sackler-supported unit.”
Will that change now? According to a spokeswoman, the donation was made to the medical school 50 years ago. As for the others, the university is going to wait and see. Institutions rarely have the mechanism to return gifts already spent, but some have clauses saying that donors’ names can be removed if the money was “derived illegally or through a socially unacceptable manner.”
“The Sackler family donated 50 years ago to establish the medical school,” she wrote in an email. “The subject has yet to be resolved in American court.”

Netanyahu asks for international help as huge fires force evacuation of 3,500


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the Foreign Ministry to reach out to nearby countries for “immediate” assistance in putting out the hundreds of fires that were ravaging the country Thursday evening, destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of some 3,500 from their homes.
Later, the Foreign Ministry said Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia had agreed to send help, but the aircraft would only be able to depart for Israel on Friday morning.
Hours earlier, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan held a situational assessment and instructed fire authorities to prepare for the possibility that a national emergency be declared, with Friday’s temperatures expected to eclipse 100° F throughout the country.
Erdan later told Channel 12 news that with the exception of several fires near Gaza caused by arson balloons, there were no indications so far of arson.
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Erdan warned that officials were expecting Friday to be even worse as the heatwave reached its peak. Temperatures hit 37° C (99° F) in Tel Aviv, 43° C (110° F) in Beersheba in the Negev and 50° C (122° F) in the Arava region.
The largest fire was in the Ben Shemen Forest and around the 250-member community of Mevo Modiim in central Israel.
A police official told Channel 13 news that the blaze had largely destroyed the town established by singer and rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in 1975.
Meanwhile, residents of nearby Gimzo evacuated Torah scrolls from the community synagogue as the flames approached.
In addition to Mevo Modiin and Gizmo, a fire service spokesman said that Israelis had been evacuated from the central towns of Tarum, Neot Kedumim, Kfar Daniel, Kfar Uriya, Karmia and Harel. He added that forces were preparing to evacuate thousands of more Israelis, including ones in the central towns of Shilat, Kfar Ruth and Lapid.
In the West Bank, police evacuated some 30 families from their homes in the Beit Hagai settlement as a fire approached the community.
Effects of a fire in the central town of Mevo Modiim on May 23, 2019. (Israel Fire Service)
The head of Fire and Rescue Services called up all firefighters in the central region in light of the large number of blazes in the area.
Firefighters had yet to gain control of the majority of the fires as sunset approached, the spokesman said. Police reported that the blazes had caused road closures throughout the center of the country, with Route 443 — a key highway linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem — closed at the Gizmo Junction. Route 44 was closed from the Shimshon to Nachshon junctions and Route 3411 was closed from the Zikim to Karmia junctions. In addition, the entrance to Route 443 from Route 1 was also blocked in both directions.
Some 22 people were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, including two in moderate condition, according to Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller.
In Jerusalem, an 80-year-old man was hospitalized at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center after collapsing from an apparent heatstroke. The man was said to be in serious condition.

A firefighting plane was also working alongside rescue teams to douse a major blaze near the central Israeli town of Elad, which Hebrew media reports said was believed to have begun from an improperly extinguished bonfire for the Lag B’Omer holiday.
Ahead of Lag B’Omer, which began Wednesday evening, permits to light bonfires were restricted in light of the weather conditions.
Several fires in the south, near Gaza, were believed to have been sparked by incendiary devices launched from the Gaza Strip. One blaze in Karmia led to the evacuation of the tiny kibbutz, which lies just north of the Strip. Road 3411 near Karmia was closed to traffic.
Firefighters were battling another blaze in Be’eri Forest.
Numerous fires broke out in the south the previous day, on Wednesday, as a result of flaming airborne devices launched from Gaza, leading Israel to restrict the permitted fishing area off the coastal enclave.
Firefighters try to extinguish a fire near Beitar Illit, in the West Bank, May 23, 2019. (Aharon Krohn/Flash90)
Due to Thursday’s weather, Israel Railways announced it was limiting service in some areas as the heat was causing train tracks to expand.

SIX SPIC CHILDREN DEAD IN U.S. IMMIGRATION CUSTODY


News broke last night that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died in U.S. custody last September, the death had gone previously unreported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

Six children have now died since the president began his “zero tolerance” immigration policy that led to the separation of migrant children from their families (the practice of separating families has since been ended, but a number of families still remain separated and the Trump administration has said it could take up to two years to successfully reunite them all). 

Before December of 2018, no child had died in CBP custody for more than a decade. The large, unprecedented number of child deaths in the care of border protection agents is partially because more children are being held by CBP and for longer periods of time. From December 2018 through February this year, CBP agents spent a combined 57,000 hours at hospitals. 

Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, 16, died of influenza on Monday; Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, 2, died last week after a stay in the hospital; Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16, Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, and Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, 8, all died within the last six months. Mariee Juárez, died aged just 20 months after being held at a detention center with her mother in Texas. 

Border patrol agents say that their resources are stretched thin and that they are overwhelmed. More than 300,000 migrants were apprehended at the U.S. southern border between January and April of 2019, many were part of family units seeking asylum from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras where they say they face economic hardship and violence. 

President Donald Trump has accused asylum seekers of gaming the system or lying about what they’re fleeing from. He’s suggested that the U.S. close off its entire southern border and indicated that he wouldn't be opposed to revisiting family separations. Late last year, the president sent 5,200 members of the U.S. military to the southern border and said that if any migrant throws a rock, the military should use gunfire in return. 

 

“It is unacceptable that the nation is hearing about this tragedy for the first time eight months after her death and it raises serious questions about how many other migrant children’s deaths the Trump administration either doesn't know about, doesn't care about, or is sweeping under the rug,” wrote Jess Morales Rocketto, Chair of Families Belong Together, an anti-family separation advocacy group. “How many children are there that we don't know about? President Trump and his administration has their blood on his hands. Congress must investigate this nefarious pattern of tragic deaths immediately.” 

The latest child to die in custody, whose name has not been disclosed, had a history of congenital heart defects and died while hospitalized in Nebraska, according to officials. 

Mark Weber, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, said that the girl was in a “medically fragile state” when she entered the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement facility in San Antonio, Texas. She was given a surgical procedure and then suffered complications that eventually led to her death. 

Officials are not required to announce these deaths to the public, prompting Democrats to ask for an investigation into how many unannounced deaths of minors there may have been over the past eight months. 

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas told CBS News that he believed the Trump administration was covering up the death of the minor. "It's outrageous that another child has died in government custody and that the Trump administration didn't tell anybody," he said. 

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, tweeted shortly after the death was announced that “Democrats don’t want to fix the loopholes at the Border. They don’t want to do anything. Open Borders and crime!” 

Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee wrote in a statement that “Cruel is too kind a word to describe the depravity of this administration. These children and their families deserve so much better. How many more kids will die before the Republican Party wakes up and takes a stand against this president’s inhumane policies and failed border strategy?” 

Nicole Goodkind is a political reporter at Newsweek. You can reach her on Twitter @NicoleGoodkind or by email, N.Goodkind@newsweek.com.

Inside Dachau and Auschwitz – Reality, Not Jewish Lies

http://www.renegadetribune.com/inside-dachau-and-auschwitz-reality-not-jewish-lies/


https://youtu.be/HUMnFMA1T-c
Before it became an image of death, Dachau was a functioning concentration camp. Built in 1933, it had a capacity of 8,000 but its population was almost 70,000 at the end of World War II as refugees streamed in from other camps. This is the story of life before those horrible days. This was Life at Dachau.
A virtual tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, with photos of the facilities and the inmates hard at work in factories and on the farm. Surprising content and scenes never before seen!
How can anyone, using any kind of logic, believe the Germans built these camps solely for the purpose of exterminating Jews and other dissidents?  How long must it take before we throw off the yoke of these Jewish lies?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

“France does not Belong to the French!”: 100s of Africans Occupy Paris Airport (VIDEO)


Hundreds of ‘Black Vest’ migrant protesters occupied Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Sunday demanding to speak to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe in a demonstration against deportations and in favor of legal papers for all.
(RT)
The group, estimated to be about 500 people, gathered in Terminal 2 of the airport as riot police officers stood at the foot of the escalators and monitored their activity.
“France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!” one of the demonstrators shouted into a loudspeaker.
The protest was organized by the migrant support group La Chapelle Debout. It said its members were calling themselves the ‘Black Vests’ after the Yellow Vest protest movement which has been demonstrating in France for months.
The protesters called for ‘papers for all,’ a meeting with Philippe to discuss asylum policy, and a meeting with the leaders of Air France to demand they stop “any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations.”
An Air France delegation later met with the group and said it would “report the grievances to the management,” Le Parisien reports.
Airport operator Aeroports de Paris said no flights were affected by the protest

Trump’s infrastructure tantrum backfires immediately — and Senate Republicans know it

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