Passenger plane makes emergency landing after coming under Syrian fire: Russia

A passenger plane carrying 172 passengers from Tehran to Damascus made an emergency landing at the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base in Syria on Thursday after coming under fire from Syrian air defenses, Russia said on Friday. The Syrian forces were responding to Israeli strikes on targets in Syria, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said, quoted by Interfax and other Russian agencies. The incident took place a month after a Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran, killing all 176 people on board.

Jamie Dimon Sees a President Bernie Sanders as Unlikely But Survivable

(Bloomberg) — Bernie Sanders may have performed well in this week’s Iowa caucuses, but it’s still unlikely he’ll be the next U.S. president — at least according to Jamie Dimon.“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive officer said Wednesday of the Vermont senator, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination. “And he has very strong support, but he’s not anyone’s second or third choice.”The two have been taking jabs at each other, with Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, going after Dimon in a campaign ad last month. He labeled the CEO “the biggest corporate socialist in America today” because his bank received federal aid after the last financial crisis. The ad came after Dimon knocked socialism in a Time magazine op-ed.“America would survive a President Sanders,” Dimon said at a Society of the Four Arts talk in Palm Beach, Florida. “Democracy is messy. It’s better than all other choices.”Sanders was trailing Pete Buttigieg by a narrow margin in the Iowa caucuses Wednesday as the state’s Democratic Party continued to struggle with releasing long-delayed results. The former South Bend, Indiana, mayor had 26.9% of state delegate equivalents, compared with Sanders’s 25.2%, with three-quarters of almost 1,700 precincts reporting results.Dimon said another Democratic candidate, Michael Bloomberg, “would be a great president.” Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News, didn’t participate in the Iowa caucuses. “He’s trying a completely untested strategy.”(Updates with Iowa caucuses in fifth paragraph, additional Dimon comments in last.)–With assistance from Amanda Gordon.To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Levin in Miami at jlevin20@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael J. Moore at mmoore55@bloomberg.net, Daniel Taub, Dan ReichlFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

DHS Secretary Says New Yorkers Will Be Cut Off From Global Entry in Response to State’s Sanctuary Law

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf revealed to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night that the DHS was immediately suspending several Trusted Traveler Programs—including Global Entry—for all New York state residents, claiming the move was in response to the state’s recent passage of the so-called Green Light Law.During Wolf’s interview on his primetime Fox News program, Carlson described the New York law—which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses—as a “massive security threat to the rest of the country” since it gives government IDs to “people here illegally.”Wolf, meanwhile, noted that besides providing IDs to “illegal aliens,” he was extremely concerned that the Green Light Law prohibited the state’s DMVs from sharing criminal records with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.Wolf went on to insist that the DMV data was imperative to national security and customs, noting that Global Entry and other TTPs need the information in order to assess which individuals are “low risk.”“I would say that today, we sent a letter to New York indicating because they took these measures, that New York residents no longer are eligible to enroll in these Trusted Traveler Programs,” the acting DHS chief said, confirming to the Fox host that the move would impact everyone in New York.“They can’t enroll or re-enroll in these Trusted Traveler Programs that Custom and Border Protection offers because we no longer have access to make sure that they meet those program requirements,” he continued. “We need to do our job.”“Of course. And good for you,” Carlson said. “It’s just that that will be a shock to a lot of New Yorkers but I support that completely. Mr. Secretary, thank you.”New Yorkers who are now ineligible for these Trusted Traveler Programs won’t be able to enjoy expedited processing upon arrival into the United States from international destinations. New York commercial truck drivers leaving or entering the U.S. will also be affected, resulting in longer processing times. TSA PreCheck, however, is one TTP that was not included in the order. The move by DHS comes a day after the president used his State of the Union address to take aim at New York’s sanctuary laws, specifically blaming them for an elderly woman’s death.“Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the Sanctuary City of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman,” the president exclaimed in his Tuesday night speech. “The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would be alive today.”Wolf giving Carlson the exclusive on Homeland Security’s latest immigration policy crackdown makes perfect sense considering the Fox host’s extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric during the Trump era. Carlson has faced a sustained advertiser backlash since claiming in December 2018 that immigrants make America “poorer and dirtier.” In recent weeks, meanwhile, he said rising housing costs are “100 percent an immigration problem” and asserted that the Potomac River had gotten “dirtier and dirtier” due to litter “left almost exclusively by immigrants,” remarks that were condemned by the Potomac Conservancy.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Orange County Has Released More Than 2,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants in Recent Years Due to California’s Sanctuary Law

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes released data this week showing how California’s SB54 sanctuary law allowed for over 2,000 illegal immigrants with outstanding ICE detainers to be released from custody over the last two years, with 411 of those later rearrested for additional charges.Barnes’s data drew praise from acting ICE Director Matthew Albence, who released a statement Wednesday saying that “this is exactly what ICE has said time and again.”“These policies do nothing but ensure that criminals are released back into the community, where many re-offend, instead of being turned over to ICE,” Albence said. “These are preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims. As the data released by Sheriff Barnes clearly demonstrates, all communities are safer when local law enforcement works with ICE.”California’s SB 54 restricts law enforcement from notifying, transferring, and communicating with ICE regarding certain offenders. The Trump administration has petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down the statuteBarnes’s data shows that in 2019, 1,015 illegal immigrants were released from Orange County Jail with outstanding ICE detainers, with 238 of those — over 23 percent — later rearrested on additional charges. In 2018, a total of 1,106 inmates were released without notification given to ICE, and 173 of those ended up being rearrested by local law enforcement.Barnes said the data proved that “SB 54 has made our community less safe” and that “the two-year social science experiment with sanctuary laws must end.” He also slammed the policy as leaving police unable “to protect our immigrant community.”“The law has resulted in new crimes because my deputies were unable to communicate with their federal partners about individuals who committed serious offenses and present a threat to our community if released,” he said.

Warren apologizes to 6 women of color who left Nevada office

Elizabeth Warren is apologizing to six women of color who left her presidential campaign office in Nevada before the state’s caucuses because they felt marginalized and because their concerns weren’t addressed by supervisors. Politico reported that six women have left Warren’s campaign office since November. Nevada holds its Democratic caucuses on Feb. 22.