Federal judges intervened over the week-end and issued legal stays related to deportation orders at several airports across the United States as a result of a Trump executive order ban of 90 days for citizens of 7 Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa in addition to all refugees for 120 days aimed at giving the Trump administration more time to develop tougher vetting standards in the U.S. to prevent terrorism.
Trump’s executive order ban arrived late on Friday and surprised travelers, including those with green cards from the impacted countries.
A federal judge in New York temporarily blocked deportation nationwide and other federal judges in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington made similar legal rulings.
Protests have erupted in airports across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
The ACLU is taking legal action and has stated that Trump’s new executive order is unconstitutional and violates domestic statutes, acts of Congress, and the Immigration Nationality Act.
Despite nationwide protests, President Trump told reporters yesterday that his new controversial executive order banning entry from citizens of 7 countries is “working out nicely” and “we were totally prepared.”
“It’s not a Muslim ban but we were totally prepared. It’s working out very nicely. We’ll have a very, very strict ban and we will have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years” President Trump said.
Hillary Clinton tweeted yesterday that she stands with the people gathered across the country defending our values & our Constitution. “This is not who we are” Clinton wrote.
I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 29, 2017
Many tech leaders, including the executives of Apple, Google, and Facebook have spoken out about the new executive order that makes drastic changes to U.S. immigration policy.
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a memo yesterday to Apple employees in which he admitted that he doesn’t support the Trump administration’s policy and Apple wouldn’t be the type of company that it is today without immigrants.
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do” CEO Cook wrote.
Speaking on NBC Meet the Press that aired on Sunday White House Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus gave a confusing, muddled response when explaining whether the executive order ban impacts holders of green cards.
“As far as green card holders moving forward, it doesn’t affect them” Priebus told NBC Meet The Press host Chuck Todd.
Later in the interview, Priebus gave a totally different answer and admitted, “Well, of course it does” when asked if the executive order impacts green card holders.
Towards the end of his interview, Priebus shifted again with his response and said, “First of all, the order is not affecting green card holders moving forward. Okay? That’s number one.”
Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) acknowledged that White House Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus offered misleading and contradictory statements during his Meet The Press interview concerning green card holders impacted by the new ban and then called out the Trump administration for failing to reference Jews during the Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday January 27th.
“I’ll just go right to what Reince said. He demonstrated complete confusion about what the order did because he went back and forth in the interview with you over whether it did or did not affect green card holders. It does affect green card holders and they’re being caught up in it” Senator Kaine said on Meet the Press.
“And the irony is not lost on me that it was issued the same day as the White House issued their Holocaust Remembrance Day proclamation that unlike any previous administration removed all reference to Jews. So you put a religious test on Muslims and you try to scrub reference to Jews in the Holocaust Remembrance. This was horribly, horribly mishandled” Senator Tim Kaine added on NBC’s Meet the Press.
Majority Of Recent U.S. Terror Attacks Were Done By Homegrown Attackers And Trump’s Ban Wouldn’t Have Impacted Them
The majority of U.S. terror attacks done by Muslims over the past several years were undertaken by American citizens who became radicalized.
President Trump’s new immigration ban wouldn’t have impacted the 2 San Bernardino terrorists, Farook or Malik, nor would it have applied to Omar Mateen, the man who shot and killed 49 people packed inside an Orlando gay nightclub.
The Tsarnaev brothers responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 were born in Kyrgyzstan to parents from Chechnya and the family applied for political asylum in the U.S.
Both Kyrgyzstan and Chechnya weren’t included as countries in Trump’s new ban.
The 9/11 attackers were also overwhelmingly from Saudi Arabia, a Muslim majority country that wasn’t included in Trump’s new ban.
Here is my latest You Tube video where I provide some additional commentary about Trump’s new executive order: