CHAOS!

The photo above was the scene at JFK Airport in New York last night. On Friday, Trump signed one of his now-infamous ‘executive orders’ to ban Muslims from seven Middle Eastern countries, effective immediately.  The hue and cry was tremendous, both here in the U.S. and abroad.  Last night (Saturday), a federal judge, Judge Anne M. Donnelly, temporarily blocked a portion of Trump’s order, halting the deportation of those who have arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas. Judge Donnelly issued her ruling Saturday evening as a result of a habeas corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the two Iraqi men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday after Trump signed his order. Leonie Brinkema, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, made a similar ruling shortly thereafter. In fact, Trump’s order created havoc in many airports around the nation, as many who would be affected by his ban were already in the air, U.S.-bound, at the time he signed his order.

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Note the irony of the “Welcome” sign in the background

Many of the people detained at airports around the country were legal permanent residents, people who have jobs here, whose children attend school here … and under Trump’s order, they were to be detained and returned to the country from whence they arrived.  It did not take long for protesters to arrive, and on their heels lawyers, brought together by the International Refugee Assistance Project, many of whom were volunteering their time and legal expertise in the cause of justice, the cause of humanity.  This, my friends, is what we need more of … this show of compassion for others is what I thought our country was about to begin with, and this reaffirmed for me that at least some of us still have that spirit, and that there are some who will not allow the likes of Trump and his minions to crush that spirit.

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Federal Judge Anne Donnelly

Legally, the judges’ rulings mean that none of the people being detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can be sent back to the countries they came from, but it stops short of allowing them entry into the country, and they could be held in detention centers.  CBP reportedly defied the judge’s rulings and according to several reports, some legal permanent residents were actually put on planes and returned to the country from which they arrived.  It was, according to all, a night of chaos and there is still much dust to settle before all facts are known, but this, folks, appears to be the disjointed, unorganized sort of fallout we can expect from the new administration in Washington.

The response to Trump’s ban has been widespread, both in the U.S. and abroad.  Predictably all Democrats in Congress are against the ban, and there are 22 Republican congresspersons who are either not in support, or only partly support the ban.

The international backlash:

  • The United Nations urged Trump to reconsider his ban. “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the U.S. resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” the organization said in a statement.
  • France attacked Trump’s decision as isolationist. French President François Hollande told reporters that Europe must unite and provide a “firm” response to the executive order. “When he refuses the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we have to respond.”
  • Germany has taken in more than 1 million refugees and migrants since 2015. The country’s leaders condemned Trump’s executive order. “The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbor is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said at a news conference in Paris. “I think that is what unites us in the West, and I think that is what we want to make clear to the Americans.”
  • In the wake of Trump’s executive order, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to resettling refugees, saying that Canada “will welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war regardless of your faith.”
  • The Church World Service released a statement signed by more than 2,000 faith leaders decrying the “derogatory language that has been used about Middle Eastern refugees and our Muslim friends and neighbors. Inflammatory rhetoric has no place in our response to this humanitarian crisis,” they wrote. “The U.S. Refugee Resettlement program has been and should remain open to those of all nationalities and religions who face persecution on account of the reasons enumerated under U.S. law.”

Trump’s order should never have been put into place as it was.  It should have been reviewed by scholars of Constitutional Law in order to determine if it met the test of constitutionality, and the potential ramifications needed to be considered.  Right now, there are college students and families who have made their homes in the U.S. but are being detained and not allowed to return to their homes despite having a legal right to do so.  This is an abomination, as is the man who signed the order on Friday. Trump claims that his ban is what it takes to keep Americans safe.  If discrimination against people for no reason other than their nationality or religion is what it takes to “keep us safe”, then no thank you, Donald Trump … I will take my chances with being in danger.  I am more afraid of the man with the bad hair who is sitting in the Oval Office than I am of any immigrant who comes to our once-great country.

24 thoughts on “CHAOS!

  1. I read something last night about how lawyers told Trump the order was unconstitutional and wanted to discuss with the administration, but Bannon pushed it through without changes. I don’t know much about Bannon, but starting to see why he’s being hashtagged #PresidentBannon.

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  2. I appreciate and enjoyed your post. Like you and many others I felt compelled to write on this topic last night. I applaud you for affirming that our principles are more sacrosanct than security – a fact lost amidst the politics of fear in which we now live. Thanks for writing. If you’re interested, I’d welcome your thoughts on my post. Warning: I got a little carried away with the length. 🙂 Have a great day!

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    • Thank you for reading and for your kind words. I did pop in and read your post … excellent analysis! I like what I saw, and am now following your blog. I never have enough time to read every post of those I follow, but I will catch as many as I can. Thanks again!

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  3. This affects the company I work for as our workforce has numerous permanent residents or those with visas that work in the U.S. Trump was on Twitter this morning blaming Delta’s computer outage (which lasted a few hours) for the delays at the airports. Deflect and blame – Making America Great?

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    • Yes, I was reading that the tech companies in Silicon Valley are up in arms, since they too have a workforce who live in this country but are not citizens. It is an outrage in so many ways, and Trump doesn’t seem to understand or care that it does more harm to our economy than good. Where does it end??? My daughter has a theory that he realizes he cannot possibly stay in office long, and is determined to wreak as much havoc as possible before he is ousted.

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        • That is true. The only thing that makes Pence preferable to Trump is in the area of international relations. I think he would be less likely to start a war just because some foreign leader said something to hurt his feelings. But you are right … he is a bigot and a homophobe and we would still be fighting tooth and nail for justice and equality. Our best hope, in addition to getting Trump out of the Oval Office, is to change at least one branch of Congress to a Democratic majority in 2018, but that is a long way off, and much irreversible damage could be done in that length of time.

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  4. This is morally wrong. America wouldn’t have been what it is right now if not for immigrants. I’m not saying this because I’m a Muslim, but as a human being. I don’t know what kind of heart that man has to even think about doing such a thing. I’m so glad there has been outrage. It’s been only a week and there is chaos, imagine 4 more years 😦

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    • I am in complete agreement with you. It is horrible and it is NOT representative of the values this country was built on. I am ashamed, not only of my government, but of the people who think this is alright and support this move. As to what kind of heart he has … I am convinced that he has none. His ego is so large that it took up the space where his heart should have been. I cannot imagine 4 years of this … I don’t think this nation could survive 4 years, and I know I couldn’t. I have Iraqi friends living next door, and I am determined to fight for them … I may be writing this blog from a jail cell one of these days. Let us hope Congress and the citizens wake up and stop this monster soon.

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      • I thought the British response to the European refugee crisis was pretty bad but this is outrageous. One man … what happened to all those much touted checks and balances and why are more of the Republicans who are sane not speaking out against it? Is there something afoot in the background that we don’t know about? Oh dear, I’m sounding like a conspiracy theorist! But surely McCain and Graham aren’t the only ones who are concerned?

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        • The checks and balances develop significant cracks when the same party is dominant in all three branches. So far, the Supreme Court is perfectly balanced, but there is a vacancy that Trump plans to fill with an extremely conservative judge who will strike down Roe v Wade and work toward taking away other civil rights, such as LGBT. There go checks and balances. The protests are huge against this policy, and I am pleased by that … now if some of the Republican legislators will listen to We The People. I think some are starting to, but they are hoping to feather their own nest, so to speak, so they may continue licking Trump’s boots despite the messages we are sending. Sigh.

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  5. This is the sort of compulsive we must expect from this man. He is simply incapable of thinking long-term, seeing the consequences of his actions. He lacks imagination. There will be more such actions until the Congress (pressured by the people, I would hope) finally decides they have had enough. Let’s hope it doesn’t take too long!

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