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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:34 pm    Post subject: Trump & Immigration Reply with quote

Trump has signed an executive order known as the Immigration Ban

There's practically nothing else but this on the news channels today. Some way to celebrate the Lunar New Year!!!

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/28/512158238/arrivals-to-u-s-blocked-and-detained-as-trumps-immigration-freeze-sets-in

Arrivals To U.S. Blocked And Detained As Trump's Immigration Freeze Sets In
January 28, 2017

One day after President Trump signed an executive order halting the admittance of all refugees to the United States, and temporarily freezing immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries, the effects of that freeze are already beginning to be seen at airports both in the U.S. and abroad.

Confusion and chaos are roiling international airports, where refugees from those countries are being barred from boarding U.S.-bound flights.

Several Iraqi refugees in Cairo, who had been cleared for resettlement in the U.S., have been blocked from boarding their flight to New York City. And in Iraq, NPR's Jane Arraf reports that "members of Yazidi minority, one of the biggest victims of ISIS, were prevented from boarding despite having visas."

At major international airports, NPR's Kirk Siegler reports international refugee assistance groups are sending attorneys and translators to support new arrivals who are being detained.

Two Iraqi men were held at Kennedy Airport in New York on Saturday. The ACLU and other legal organizations filed a writ of habeas corpus for the two men Saturday in an attempt to obtain their clients' release.

One of those men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was later released from detention on Saturday, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler tweeted.

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But, striking beside the point as usual... Rolling Eyes

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Trump's Immigration Freeze Omits Those Linked To Deadly Attacks In U.S.

As NPR's Greg Myre reports, Trump's executive order "doesn't include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001."

Greg notes that the countries of origin of radicalized Muslims who have killed Americans on U.S. soil, beginning on Sept. 11, are instead Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Immigrants Blocked at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe Reply with quote

Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and NICHOLAS KULISH

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-prompting-legal-challenges-to-trumps-immigration-order.html?_r=0

Mr. Trump’s order, enacted with the stroke of a pen on Friday afternoon, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Department of Homeland Security said that the executive order barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States.

At least one case quickly prompted a legal challenge as lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees held at Kennedy International Airport in New York filed a motion early Saturday seeking to have their clients released. They also filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and other immigrants who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.

Shortly after noon on Saturday, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was released. After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs.

“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”

The other man the lawyers are representing, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, remained in custody as his legal advocates sought his release.

Inside the airport, one of the lawyers, Mark Doss, a supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project, asked a border agent, “Who is the person we need to talk to?”

“Call Mr. Trump,” said the agent, who declined to identify himself.

The White House said the restrictions would protect “the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism” and ensure “a more rigorous vetting process.” But critics condemned Mr. Trump over the immediate collateral damage imposed on people who, by all accounts, had no sinister intentions in trying to come to the United States.

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Document: Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in Kennedy Airport Detention
[Sorry, can't copy the document, the NYT blocked me though I theoretically should have access - but no time or energy to explore it right now]
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: U.S. companies scramble to cope with immigration ban Reply with quote

Google has sent an urgent message to its employees who are abroad on assignment or vacation to come back immediately (See below). It's not the only company to do so.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-companies-idUSKBN15C0SC

U.S. companies scramble to cope with seven-country immigration ban

U.S. companies scrambled on Saturday to cope with the fallout from President Trump's executive order on immigration, with Google urgently calling back employees from overseas and companies rushing to provide legal advice and assistance.

Trump's order bars citizens of seven countries from entering the United States even if they hold valid visas or permanent residence permits, a move that caught many companies off-guard.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff that more than 100 Google employees were affected by the order, according to a Google executive. One Google employee of Iranian nationality with legal U.S. residency made it back to the United States just hours before the order took effect, the executive said*.

"We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.," Google, part of Alphabet Inc, said in a statement. "We'll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere."

Microsoft said in a statement, "We share the concerns about the impact of the executive order on our employees from the listed countries, all of whom have been in the United States lawfully, and we’re actively working with them to provide legal advice and assistance.”

Facebook had no comment beyond a Friday blog post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in which he said he was "concerned" about the order and voiced support for immigrants.

* That guy was lucky. Even permanent residents (green card holders) are barred entry. There are currently about 12 of them detained at JFK airport.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:05 pm    Post subject: Trump's Refugee Ban Includes Green Card Holders Reply with quote

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* That guy was lucky. Even permanent residents (green card holders) are barred entry. There are currently about 12 of them detained at JFK airport.

Yep. Trump's Refugee Ban Includes Green Card Holders

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday clarified that even individuals who possess U.S. green cards are included in President Trump’s controversial immigration ban. Despite the fact that the green cards make them permanent U.S. residents, citizens from Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen with green cards will still be barred entry to the U.S., according to a DHS spokeswoman. Spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told Reuters the order “will bar green card holders.” The news came after airlines began advising passengers from the seven blacklisted countries that they would need either a green card or diplomatic visas to enter the U.S. In addition, reporters covering the White House were informed that individuals from the affected countries with a green card already "in the United States will have to meet with a consular officer before leaving the country."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-greencard-idUSKBN15C0KX
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:07 pm    Post subject: Oscar Nominee Banned From Entering U.S. Reply with quote

Oscar Nominee Banned From Entering U.S. to Attend Ceremony

Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has been banned from entering the U.S. as part of President Trump’s refugee ban, meaning he will miss the ceremony in February. Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” an intimate portrayal of one couple’s struggles following a home invasion, has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Farhadi previously won an Oscar for his film “A Separation” in 2012. The National Iranian American Council’s Trita Parsi took to Twitter to confirm that Farhadi “won’t be let into the U.S. to attend” the Oscar’s ceremony next month. He will miss the event due to Trump’s “extreme vetting” of terrorists, which bans citizens from seven Muslim countries for 90 days as part of an executive order.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2017/01/28/oscar-nominated-iranian-director-asghar-farhadi-miss-years-ceremony/
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: The Hypocrisy of Trump's Refugee Order Reply with quote

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/28/the-hypocrisy-of-trump-s-refugee-order.html

The Hypocrisy of Trump's Refugee Order
The Trump administration couched its executive order on refugees in language about gender based violence, the same week it vowed to cut funding for women's clinics and the same day its favorite country Russia voted to decriminalize domestic violence.
Sherizaan Minwalla
01.28.17 11:06 AM ET

On Friday President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would severely curtail admissions to the US for most refugees and immigrants from certain countries viewed as supporting terrorism, including Iraq that is a key US ally in the war against ISIS. According to the order, the US “should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women).”

It is truly astonishing to see gender-based violence used as a pretext for keeping refugees who are fleeing persecution out of the US. The statement is particularly hypocritical coming from an administration viewed by many Americans as misogynist and bent on rolling back women’s rights.

Women’s safety is also under attack in Russia where the Parliament just voted 380-3 to decriminalize domestic violence in cases where the perpetrator does not cause “substantial bodily harm” and does not attack the victim more than once a year. Given the Trump administration’s apparent close ties to Russia combined with disregard for women’s rights, we can no longer expect our President to take a stand against the abuse of women and girls in Russia and around the world.

On the same day Trump issued this executive order, Vice President Pence spoke at a pro-life march in Washington, DC, the first VP in US history to address this march that has taken place annually since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973. One of the first things Trump did after taking the oath of office, while surrounded by only white men, was to sign an executive order banning foreign nongovernmental organizations working in health care programs with US funding from counseling clients about abortion or advocating for laws that allow abortion rights.

The conservative agenda being pushed by the Trump administration is starting to resemble the very extremist groups that it is criticizing more and more each day.

Advocates against gender-based violence were alarmed when the Trump transition team requested from the US Department of State a list of existing programs and activities intended to promote gender equality. People are concerned that the administration will cut not just foreign programs supporting gender equality, but domestic programs aimed at preventing violence against women. Passed in 1994, the Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) funds programs at the state and local levels aimed at preventing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and protecting victims of such abuses.

This order will also prevent women and girls fleeing gender-based violence and persecution from gaining protection in the United States.

The executive action is clearly aimed at predominantly Muslim countries, and the language regarding violence against women demonized entire populations, ignoring the reality that gender based violence is a problem in the US and globally.

More than three million people marched throughout the US and in cities around the world on Trump’s first day in office in a show of support for the dignity and rights of women, and to counter the negative rhetoric of Trump during the campaign. To now see this administration co-opt the messaging of the Women’s March into its draconian new policy is truly an example of the pot calling the kettle black.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:21 pm    Post subject: Austria Blocks 300 Refugees Trying to Get to U.S. Reply with quote

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Austria Blocks 300 Refugees Trying to Get to U.S.

Austria has blocked about 300 non-Muslim Iranians seeking refugee status in the U.S. as fallout from President Donald Trump’s immigration ban continues. As part of a long-running program, Austria had been serving as a middleman in helping Iranian Jews, Christians and Baha'i resettle in the U.S. if they were at risk at home. U.S. authorities conducted interviews with the candidates in Austria, since they were unable to do it in Iran. But the program, officially called the “Iranian Lautenberg Program,” has been suspended after Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from certain countries, the Associated Press reported Saturday, citing Austrian authorities. Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Thomas Schnoell was cited as saying, “U.S. authorities told us that the onward trip for people to the U.S.A., who received visas from Austrian authorities as part of the program, would be put on hold for now.” The State Department reportedly sent an email earlier this week stating that the Austrian government had “electronically canceled” its visas for applicants, warning that if the applicants tried to get into Austria without a visa, they’d be permanently banned from the country. The program’s cancellation will affect about 300 Iranians who’d gotten visas for Austria, Schnoell said. While about 100 of them have already been informed of the news, the other 200 have yet to be found and notified.

https://apnews.com/f3b9385c17d3417fb886e55ef3c51b24?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Trump's Refugee Ban Sparks Outrage Reply with quote

Trump's Refugee Ban Sparks Outrage Among Dems

After President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries, leading Democrats have vowed to take him to task for the move. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the “tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty,” denouncing Trump’s executive order as “backwards and nasty.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the ban a “betrayal of American values.” Sen. Cory Booker called the move “fundamentally un-American.” Others noted that it would most likely backfire in the war on terrorism. Sen. Chris Murphy wrote in Huffington Post that Trump had just “handed ISIS a path to rebirth.”

Trump’s executive order is nothing short of a death sentence for Syrian families fleeing the atrocities of war back home. In addition to Syria, the order also temporarily bars entry to immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Conveniently, it excludes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey – all places where Trump does business. Trump also ordered that Christians and other religions get priority over Muslims, lamenting the “very, very unfair” treatment Christians in Syria were given. Refugees from Muslim countries will also have to take a religious test, in accordance with the order. In the signing ceremony at the Pentagon, Trump seemed to liken Muslim refugees to terrorists. “We don’t want them here,” he said. “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country, and love deeply our people,” he said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316652-democrats-denounce-trumps-actions-barring-refugees
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: This is madness - Green Card Reply with quote

Vent de folie !

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. green card holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday.

Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, were included in President Donald Trump's executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

"It will bar green card holders," Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email.

A senior White House official later sought to clarify the situation, saying green card holders who had left the United States and wanted to return would have to visit a U.S. embassy or consulate to undergo additional screening.

"You will be allowed to re-enter the United States pending a routine rescreening," the official said. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alan Crosby and Paul Tait)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: This is madness - Green Card Reply with quote

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Vent de folie !

It's more than madness - not to mention terribly inconvenient - I think it's illegal to bar legal residents from entering the country. Not to mention, as they say, "Un-American".

Maybe Trump will deport Melania if he tires of her? Twisted Evil

A judge has already stayed the order, and several foreign leaders have protested. Trump as usual acted without checking his facts and his standings (none of the 7 countries banned were involved in 9/11, the pretext for the ban).

Most of the detainees at airports have been finally released. But what will happen with the people arriving today, no one knows yet.
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