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Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in 2016 Presidential Election, Breaking News, Democracy, Fascism, Government, Immigration, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Refugees | 0 comments

Trump’s Actions Turn a Quiet Saturday into a Day of Chaos (UPDATES)

UPDATE VI:


McCain and Graham: Trump order may become ‘self-inflicted wound’ in terrorism fight

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said they fear President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration “will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism.”

“Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred,” the senators said in a joint statement, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”

UPDATE V:

Dems eye legislation to overturn Trump’s immigration ban

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said Democrats will introduce legislation to overturn President Donald Trump’s recent executive actions on immigration.

“If we get a few more Republicans, I think we might be able to pass legislation to overturn it,” Schumer said at a press conference in New York. “It will be up to getting more Republicans.”

Schumer noted that Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have already spoken out against Trump’s order

UPDATE IV:

Durbin on blocking children refugees: ‘What does it say about us?

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday blasted President Trump’s sweeping executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying refugees coming into this country are carefully vetted.

“When it comes to refugees, these children who are coming from war-torn zones, we’re going to stop them from coming to this country?” Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, asked on “Fox News Sunday.”

“What does it say about us? And what does it say about our vigilance when it comes to keeping this country safe when we target children?”


UPDATE III:

Christian Leaders Denounce Trump’s Plan to Favor Christian Immigrants

By giving preference to Christians over Muslims, religious leaders have said President Trump’s executive order pits one faith against another.

The Iraqi Heroes Left Behind By Trump’s Immigration Ban

They risked their lives for the U.S. military and have been vetted by American intelligence agencies. Now, they’re stranded in Iraq and ISIS wants their heads

Update II:

Federal judge stays deportations of travelers detained at U.S. airports after Trump order on refugees and migrants

The American Civil Liberties Union sought the action after the detention of travelers at airports in New York and beyond on Saturday, a day after President Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and migrants from seven mostly Muslim countries from entry into the United States.

Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn said the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the emergency stay of deportations, and Donnelly noted that those detained were suffering mostly from the bad fortune of traveling while the ban went into effect.

Read more here.

UPDATE I:

An additional, sad headline:

Trump’s refugee ban also affects Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who helped American servicemen

As The Blaze reported Friday, many conservatives welcome the prioritization of Christians once the holds are lifted, but express concern that the freeze is perhaps a bit strict.

This is particularly true for interpreters who work with American servicemen who are allowed to apply for resettlement in the U.S. under a Special Immigrant Visa program. These men and women are often, according to Military.com, targeted for assassination due to their association with the U.S.

Original Post:

It is Saturday in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

It should be a “slow news day.”

But it is also the era of “alternative facts,” constant tweets and of ill-conceived, ill-and-hastily-stitched-together, ill-timed and ill-implemented Trump executive orders.

No order in the recent fire-hose flood of executive orders pushed down the throat of the free and the brave could fit that description better than Trump’s “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States.”

The grief, angst, chaos, anger, resentment and ill-will caused by Trump’s most recent temper-tantrum has been HUGE.

No need to spend time selecting words, writing “grand sentences and stringing enough of them together” into a cogent piece.

The hundreds of headlines this quiet Saturday afternoon tell the sorry story.

Here are some:

These are people’s lives they are playing with’: World’s airports turn into limbo for many

Banned from entering the U.S., many Middle Eastern travelers and refugees don’t know where to go next.

Trump order barring refugees and some migrants causes chaos, outrage

Entry to the United States is being refused to legal residents — including people with so-called green cards — from seven mostly Muslim countries who were abroad when the order was signed Friday….

Green card holders included in Trump ban -Homeland Security

People holding so-called green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, are included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States…

These are people’s lives they are playing with’ – World’s airports turn into limbo for many

Banned from entering the U.S., many Middle Eastern travelers and refugees don’t know where to go next
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Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe

President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked for a decade as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others…

Trump Executive Order Could Block 500,000 Legal U.S. Residents From Returning to America From Trips

When details leaked earlier this week about a spate of immigration-related executive orders from President Donald Trump, much public discussion focused on a 30-day ban on new visas for citizens from seven “terror-prone” countries.

Then there are the questions, the protests, the consequences, the truth-seeking and the “coincidences”:

The nations targeted by travel ban have one thing in common: No apparent Trump business interests

Several majority-Muslim nations where the Trump Organization is active have in some cases also faced troublesome issues with terrorism.


Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move

Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump.

Fact-checking Trump’s claim about Christian Syrians

“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible,” the president said. Is this really the case?

Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that purports to bar for at least 90 days almost all permanent immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syria and Iraq, and asserts the power to extend the ban indefinitely.


Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order

Memo from CEO Pichai says more than 100 employees impacted — Pichai says President’s move caused painful ‘personal costs’ — Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted…

More Republicans are speaking out against Trump’s refugee ban. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell aren’t among them.

Several congressional Republicans on Saturday questioned President Trump’s order to halt admission to the U.S. by refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries…