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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Holocaust Horror in the time of Trump Reply with quote

Just read "Muslims", or simply "Immigrants" for "Jews" and you're looking at a picture of the USA today.

Remembering the Holocaust in the Time of Trump, When Jews Fleeing Horror Were Denied Asylum in America
A long-buried documentary, co-directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Sidney Bernstein, provides unequivocal proof of the Holocaust’s horrors. Bernstein’s daughter, Jane Wells, opens up about the film—and why Donald Trump and Jared Kushner should see it.

[...]

This fear of immigrant spies was mostly just that. With the exception of a few highly publicized cases, including that of 28-year-old German Herbert Karl Friedrich Bahr, there’s been no evidence of a mass influx of immigrant spies during this time. In fact, there exist striking parallels to the GOP and President Trump’s Muslim immigrant panic of today, given that, of the 784,000 refugees settled in America between September 11, 2001, and October 2015, only three have been arrested for plotting terrorist acts. “And it is worth noting two were not planning an attack in the United States and the plans of the third were barely credible,” wrote Kathleen Newland of the Migration Policy Institute. The terrorists behind the San Bernardino shooting, Pulse nightclub massacre, and Boston Marathon bombing were all U.S. citizens.

[...]

“Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall,” Factual Survey’s narrator says. And according to Wells, “it’s hard not to see the parallel to today,” given the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. and abroad corresponding with the rise of Trump, candidate Trump dog-whistling to white nationalists during his campaign by sharing anti-Semitic memes that originated on neo-Nazi online message boards, and the ascendance of Steve Bannon, former overlord of the “alt-right” publication Breitbart turned Trump right-hand man, who’s been accused of serial anti-Semitism.

“To me, it’s horrific. I’d love to invite the President and Jared Kushner to come see this film, and love to encourage any Jews who supported Trump to come see this film. I know Jews who voted for Trump, and if you ask them about the rise of white nationalism or the ‘alt-right’ in the wake of Trump, they’ll say, ‘Oh, well his son-in-law is a Jew! His daughter keeps a kosher kitchen, how bad can it be?’” say Wells. “The rise of the ‘alt-right’ is completely awful. The way Jews have been called out on Twitter is horrible and disgraceful. I’d like some of these ‘alt-right’ people to also come see this film and try and explain to me why they think this didn’t happen or didn’t matter.”

[...]

"It is a cry for reconnecting to our humanity, and I think that is a message that is very resonant today,” offers Wells. “When I look at the atrocities that are happening in Syria today, when I look at the situation with Native Americans in North Dakota, when I look at the rise of the fascistic far-right globally, it seems like we have forgotten some of our common humanity.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/28/remembering-the-horrors-of-the-holocaust-in-the-time-of-trump.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Trump's own lawyers baffled by his ban Reply with quote

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/28/judge-blocks-part-of-trump-s-immigration-ban-after-his-own-lawyers-can-t-justify-it.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

CHAOS THEORY
Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban After His Own Lawyers Can’t Justify It
Federal judge stays part of Trump's immigration ban after flustered U.S. Attorney admits government didn't have time to think through "important legal issues." Rolling Eyes
Harry Siegel

t 4:42 p.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump signed an insanely sweeping executive order citing 9/11 to justify a ban on all travel to the United States from citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. Those didn’t include any of the countries the hijackers came from, or any of the countries where his own businesses have been the most active. It did include American green-card holders, and dual citizens of allies like Britain.

As planes landed Saturday morning, people already vetted by the United States—with families and lives here—found themselves caught in a nightmare, a world that had changed while they were in the air.

A Clemson professor visiting her family in Tehran posted that she was trapped there, scrambling to find someone here to watch her dog. A Syrian family of six with visas was placed on a plane back to Doha. A translator who’d worked with our military in Iraq was put in cuffs, before two New York Congressmen intervened on his behalf. Others were questioned about their opinion of President Trump (No Comment!) and pressed to show their social media accounts to federal officials.

Incredibly, the government won’t (or perhaps can’t) say how many people have been detained, though an unnamed senior official at the Department of Homeland Security official told the Washington Post Saturday that 109 people had been denied entry upon arrival and 173 had not been allowed to board flights at foreign airports. That’s the same DHS that didn’t see the order until hours before Trump signed it, according to CNN, and was unable to offer a legal analysis until after it was in effect.

Saturday evening, Federal District Court Judge Ann Donnelly asked the government to explain itself. It could not. In a remarkable display, U.S. attorneys—rarely at a loss for an argument—were as flummoxed as many of the rest of us.

[...]

And with that, the status quo was preserved for at least a few more days — at least if the Trump administration respects the court's order. In an emergency motion for clarification and enforcement filed early Monday morning, the ACLU warned of "repeated reports of individual members subject to the Order who have been placed on planes, possibly deported, and subject to intimidation to sign removal orders after the issuance of the Court’s Order."

One U.S. Attorney, the group said, "refused to confirm that Respondents would respect the Order nationwide."

These are Trump’s new functionaries, wrestling with how to justify the unjustifiable once they're summoned back to court. Beats the shit out of me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:56 pm    Post subject: Trump's first constitutional crisis Reply with quote

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/29/trump-s-border-patrol-defies-judge-u-s-senator-at-dulles-airport-at-his-first-constitutional-crisis-unfolds.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

Trump’s Border Patrol Defies Judge, U.S. Senator at Dulles Airport as His First Constitutional Crisis Unfolds

Legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority Muslim countries found themselves detained as they landed at Washington Dulles International Airport as President Trump’s half-baked Muslim ban went into effect over the weekend.
Betsy Woodruff

Late Saturday night, in the jam-packed baggage terminal for international arrivals at Washington Dulles International Airport, dozens of lawyers and hundreds of protesters watched as the first major Constitutional crisis of the Trump presidency played out.

The day before, Trump signed an executive order barring people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. But many people traveling to the U.S. from those countries––including legal permanent residents of the U.S.––were already in the air and couldn’t turn around. As a result, airports across the country turned into lawfare zones, with cadres of volunteer lawyers squaring off against bureaucrats in the Customs and Border Protection agency. Late-night rulings from federal judges made a legally unprecedented situation even more dramatic, with all three branches of the federal government—congressional, executive, and judicial—warring with each other. At stake: the lives and safety of people trying to legally enter the U.S.

At about 7:30 p.m., a boisterous crowd of several hundred pro-refugee protesters had circled around the “International Arrivals” baggage claim at Dulles—flanked by police who cleared a passageway so people getting off planes could get through. Protesters waved signs saying refugees were welcome (some signs read “Welcome” in Arabic), denouncing President Trump, and calling for Christians to show Christlike love to people fleeing terrorism. They carried “Welcome Home” balloons and they sang songs.

And there were chants, including “Let them see their lawyers now!”

There were dozens of lawyers, brought together by the International Refugee Assistance Project. A handful actually practiced immigration law, and dozens more with non-immigration backgrounds—bankruptcy, litigation, you name it—showed up to try to help.

Early in the evening, a huge piece of news broke: Two federal judges, Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York and Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia, had made rulings that would stall the implementation of Trump’s anti-refugee executive order.

[...]

Lawyers wrung their hands. And then, slowly, detainees started trickling out, one or two at a time. One woman who had been detained doubled over sobbing as she walked through the crowd. She nearly collapsed onto a loved one. Another man who was detained, Javad Fotouhi, calmly fielded questions from a scrum of reporters about the four hours he spent in secondary. When CBP finally let him go, he said, they didn’t say why.

We saw elderly people and disabled people,” he said.

Then two wheelchair-bound people—an 88-year-old man and his 83-year-old wife, both of whom have green cards, according to their granddaughter—came out. Their granddaughter, Pegah Rahmani (an American citizen who lives in Fairfax, Va.) doubled over to hug them. She told The Daily Beast that her grandmother had recently had a stroke and her grandfather was legally blind.

“They really weren’t treating them very nicely,” she said, of their time in detention. “They took a lot of their stuff.”

That included medication; neither of the feeble octogenarians had access to their meds, much less to lawyers
. (Nice, huh?)

Another Iraqi man who was detained made a beeline out of the airport as soon as he was set free. Standing at the curb, he lit up a thin cigarette and told reporters that there was a family still detained, including a wheelchair-bound young woman with mental disabilities.

[...]

At the end of the night, there was at least one traveler still detained: a Syrian woman, who had a J-2 non-immigrant visa. Her husband is a doctor working at a hospital in D.C., and she had come to try to be with him. Her lawyer, Rob Robertson—a tall, large man with a pinkish chambray shirt, cargo pants, and a snowy white goatee—told The Daily Beast that he expected her to be taken to an ICE facility on Sunday, where an ICE agent would interview her to assess if she was truly afraid of going back to Syria. Robertson, who was representing her pro bono, said she would pass that interview process with no trouble; if she went back, she could be in serious danger.

The woman’s husband, eyes bloodshot, implored Robertson: Would she be comfortable tonight?

He said she probably would, and he was optimistic that she would be free in two weeks or less. This isn’t Robertson’s first showdown with ICE, and won’t be his last.

“This is fun,” he said. (Some fun!)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Merkel, May Blast Trump’s Refugee Ban Reply with quote

This article is from the WSJ, a conservative paper.

Merkel, May Blast Trump’s Refugee Ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday blasted the executive order signed by President Donald Trump which places a temporary ban on refugees and has prevented citizens of seven Middle Eastern and African nations from entering the U.S. “The chancellor regrets the U.S. government’s entry ban against refugees and citizens of certain countries,” Merkel’s spokesman said. “She is convinced that the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify a general suspicion against people of a certain origin or a certain religion.” May’s spokesman said her government would be raising concerns with the U.S. if any U.K. citizens were affected by the ban. The executive order caused chaos and protests at airports nationwide as foreign nationals—many of whom are legal permanent residents of the U.S.—were detained.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/merkel-calls-u-s-refugee-ban-unjustified-1485687277
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:38 pm    Post subject: Federal Judge Stays Refugee Ban Deportations Reply with quote

Federal Judge Stays Refugee Ban Deportations

A federal judge in Brooklyn issued a stay on Saturday night "on deportations for people who have arrived with valid visas from seven-majority Muslim nations," according to The Guardian. It's an almost-instant setback for President Trump's executive order banning individuals from entering the U.S. from a set of Muslim-majority countries. The ruling was in response to a habeas corpus petition from the ACLU on behalf of Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi who were stopped at JFK Airport in New York City and held by Customs and Border Patrol. Darweesh had been an interpreter in Iraq for the U.S. military and Alshawi had a visa to meet his wife and son who are permanent residents of the U.S. and had also served. During the hearing, the U.S. government seemed ill prepared, and at one point was unable to inform the judge how many people the government was holding.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/federal-judge-stays-deportations-trump-muslim-executive-order?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Protests against the ban Reply with quote

Congratulations to the pro-Trump among you. Complete mess and disaster. Not ten days into the new administration. Something to be proud of!!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/politics/us-immigration-protests/



Protests start again over Trump's immigration policies
By Jay Croft, Azadeh Ansari and Ralph Ellis, CNN

(CNN)For a second consecutive day, protesters are rallying across the country against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.
Thousands of people were gathering Sunday afternoon outside the White House. Crowds also were forming in Boston's Copley Square, at Battery Park in Manhattan and at airports in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington and Dallas, with more planned elsewhere.

These follow demonstrations that erupted Saturday over Trump's travel ban. Issued Friday night, it bars entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Part of the ban was halted by a judge in a federal court in New York on Saturday.

READ MORE:
• Judge rules against travel ban after legal challenge
• Immigration ban sends shockwaves around the world
• What immigrants need to know
• Read the judge's order

In New York City, six more people were released late Sunday morning after being detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport the day before.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-NY, said seven to 10 people were still being held.

"(They) have lawful visas and they have the proper paperwork," Jeffries said. "We hope they will be released later today."

Weekend of protest
Crowds had gathered at JFK on Saturday to protest the detention of two Iraqis who were later released. Protests also sprung up at a handful of other airports where people were blocked trying to enter the country.

"Mr. President, look at us," said US Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat. "This is America. What you have done is shameful. It's un-American."

The protesters gathered in Terminal 4 at JFK and carried signs reading, "We are all immigrants!" and "No ban! No wall!"

Several New York officials showed support for the protests.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reverse an earlier decision to restrict passage aboard the JFK Airport AirTrain to ticketed passengers and airport employees only.

He also instructed state police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to assist with security and transportation for protesters.

"The people of New York will have their voices heard," Cuomo said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: "What's happening at JFK is shameful. @NYCImmigrants Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal is on the ground now working to help."

[...]

'The last straw'
In Portland, one demonstrator carried a sign that said, "Portland coffee comes from Yemen," one of the seven Muslim-majority nations on the no-travel list.

Lucia Martinez told KATU she used to be a "hashtag activist" but felt compelled to protest at the airport.

"This was the last straw," she said of Trump's policies. "We're all immigrants."

A group of community activists, attorneys and others gathered at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

In Atlanta, all 11 people detained at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport were cleared and released, according to a tweet from Mayor Kasim Reed at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Protests also took place at airports in Boston; San Francisco, Denver, Dallas and Newark, New Jersey.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Clinton Speaks Out Against Trump's Refugee Ban Reply with quote

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out Against Trump's Refugee Ban

In a tweet to supporters Saturday night, Hillary Clinton expressed her support for the people across the country fighting against the executive order signed by President Donald Trump that has led to the detainment of refugees and immigrants trying to enter the United States from a number of Muslim countries. "I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution," the former Democratic candidate wrote. "This is not who we are." The message came after a federal judge stayed the deportations of those already in transit.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/28/hillary-clinton-speaks-out-against-trump-s-refugee-ban.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Shockwaves around the world Reply with quote

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/28/politics/donald-trump-executive-order-immigration-reaction/
Trump's immigration ban sends shockwaves around the world
By Jeremy Diamond and Steve Almasy, CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's seismic move to ban more than 218 million people from the United States and to deny entry to all refugees reverberated worldwide Saturday, as chaos and confusion rippled through US airports, American law enforcement agencies and foreign countries trying to grasp Washington's new policy.
Trump's executive order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

Here are the latest developments of a day filled with airport detentions, protests and legal maneuvering:

    • A federal judge in New York on Saturday night blocked the deportation of people stranded in US airports under the executive action. "The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and other similarly situated violates their due process and equal protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution," US District Judge Ann Donnelly wrote in her decision.
    • Two Iraqis who were named as the petitioners in the motion had been released by Saturday night, but lawyers said in a court filing that "dozens and dozens" of people remained in detention at JFK.
    • Protesters converged on at least eight major US airports, demonstrating against the policy, which critics see as a Muslim ban, and other White House actions. Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington and Chicago, mostly at airports.
    • A Trump official who was briefing reporters cited the attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino as an example of the immigration connection to terror attacks in the United States. But neither of the shooters would have been affected by the new ban.
    • President Trump said the government was "totally prepared" for the ban. "It's working out very nicely," Trump told reporters Saturday. "You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It's working out very nicely and we're going to have a very, very strict ban." However. there was widespread confusion across the country as authorities at airports struggled to adjust to the new directives.

Travelers who fit the ban's criteria and were already in the air headed for the United States on Friday afternoon when Trump signed the executive order were stopped and detained upon arrival at US airports. Others with valid visas and airline tickets were prevented from boarding planes destined for the United States -- some stranded in foreign countries -- as airlines and foreign airport officials scrambled to understand and comply with the new US immigration policy.

But Saturday night, a federal judge granted an emergency stay for people who have already arrived in the United States and those who are in transit, and who hold valid visas, ruling they cannot be deported. However, it doesn't immediately order that they be released from detention, Zachary Manfredi, a lawyer involved in drafting the motion, told CNN.

Judge Ann Donnelly, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, wrote in her decision that government could NOT remove "individuals with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the US Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States."

Anthony D. Romero, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the judge recognized the potential of harm to immigrants and visitors.

"Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders," he said.

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security told reporters on a conference call they had not yet seen the ruling.

"We will be analyzing it with our counsel and we will certainly implement any appropriate orders accordingly," the official said.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: McCain, Graham Condemn Trump’s Executive Order Reply with quote

McCain, Graham Condemn Trump’s Executive Order: ‘Not Properly Vetted’

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. “It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted,” the senators said in a statement. “This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country.” They added that they fear the order will be a “sefl-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism,” and said green-card holders should not be prevented from returning to the U.S.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/29/mccain-graham-condemn-trump-s-executive-order-not-properly-vetted.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:40 pm    Post subject: Trump Fan Detained In His Muslim Ban Reply with quote

Hah! Serves him right for being a Trump fan. That showed him!

The Donald Trump Fan Detained In His Muslim Ban
Seventy-eight minutes after Trump’s ban went into effect, a man who’d worked with American forces in Iraq found himself in cuffs in Queens.
Michael Daly
01.29.17 1:15 AM ET

No known terrorists were among the first detainees under our president’s executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States.”

But the detainees did include a 53-year-old avowed Trump fan who fled Iraq with his family after a decade in the employ of the U.S. government, during which he was credited with saving numerous American lives as an uncommonly brave interpreter for the 101st Airborne.

Hameed Khalid Darweesh was detained for 19 hours at JFK Airport despite possessing a special visa that took him two years to obtain and happened to be issued on the day of the inauguration.

...

More than a year of paperwork and vetting ensued before he obtained the necessary certification that he had “provided faithful and valuable service to the United States” and “has experienced or is experiencing a serious threat.” The visa was officially approved on January 26, 2015, but the process was not even halfway done.

“It took over two years for Mr. Darweesh’s visa and visas for his family to be processed,” the papers note. “Mr. Darweesh appeared for an in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on April 12, 2016 and went through administrative processing, including security background checks as well as medical exams.”

On January 20, 2017, Inauguration Day, the official approval was officially approved. He received the visa in Erbil on January 27, 2017. He immediately set off for America with his wife and three children, aged 20, 15 and 7.

And all those efforts to end up in cuffs when arriving on the "promised land"!!! dead

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/29/the-donald-trump-fan-detained-in-his-muslim-ban.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon
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