Trump’s Muslim Ban no Longer Applies
In a major defeat for Herr Trump a Washington based federal judge has temporarily struck down his entire Muslim ban. Yes, I know the media has been euphemistically calling it a travel ban. But the effect of it has been to ban a large number of Muslims who already went through a tough visa process from coming into the country.
Just yesterday the lawyer defending the Muslim ban had stated that 100,000 people had already been turned back. In the space of a week.
“The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their legal resident visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.”
“The number 100,000 sucked the air out of my lungs,” said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center, who represents the brothers.
Remember Sean Spicer’s self righteous talking points-‘Only 109 people have been effected. I know it’s inconvenient but President Trump has to keep the country safe.’
This canard about ‘keeping the country safe’ is going to come up a lot the next four years. It’s going to come up a lot the next 4 days. Recently there was a profile of a Trump voter in the Washington Post. She had said that when she first thought about refugees she felt like she would let them into her home. But then someone asked her what if you have 20 people in front of your house but one could be there to kill you.
She said this changed her mind ‘I’m not going to let you in.’ When you think about this this is a perverse way to look at things. If you really demanded 100% certainly that no one you ever spoke to was not a killer, the only way you could be sure would be to not talk to anyone.
There is not a greater chance that a refugee could kill you than someone else you came across in life. Indeed, women for instance face a real threat every time they take up a new boyfriend that he could end up being violent with them at some point in the future. If they thought of nothing but that fact maybe the species couldn’t be propagated in the future.
This demand for 100% security is dead wrong. Anyway, this is a great-temporary-victory.
“President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order suffered its most severe legal blow to date Friday, as a federal judge in Seattle blocked the impact of the directive nationwide.”
“U.S. District Court Judge James Robart ruled in favor of the attorneys general of Washington state and Minnesota on a lawsuit they brought seeking to overturn the order limiting travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.”
For the record, Judge Robart is a George W. Bush appointed judge. Of course, the Trump Administration right away said something outrageous.
“The ruling prompted a typically combative reaction from the Trump White House Friday night, but in a departure from recent patterns, the most confrontational language was quickly dialed back.”
“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a written statement. “The president’s order is intended to protect the homeland and he has the constitutional authority and responsibility to protect the American people.”
“Spicer’s statement was reissued about 10 minutes later to remove the word “outrageous.” No explanation was given for the modification, but such intemperate language toward the judge’s order could have landed government lawyers in hot water.”
Welcome to constitutional government, Herr Trump. If anything worries you for the long term it’s when Trump starts installing his own federal judges-that the Democrats can’t filibuster as they already eliminated it back in 2013.
But that is still in the future and maybe even many of these judges will follow the law. Trump has come in thinking this is like his business where he can do anything he wants. He’s going to learn differently.
This is sort of ironic:
“For purposes of the entry of this TRO, the court finds that the states have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the Executive Order,” Robart wrote. “The Executive Order adversely affects the states’ residents in the areas of employment, education, business, family relations and freedom to travel.”
“Much of Robart’s order appears modeled on litigation conservative states used to halt President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. The judge finds, much as a district court and appeals court did in that suit, that states have standing to challenge federal immigration actions that affect their coffers.”
This actually hits on something I’ve wondered about. Trump defenders have been saying ‘He’s the President. He has wide latitude on immigration.’
But if this is so why was what Obama did with Daca outside the rule of law? What Trump tried to do here was every bit as sweeping if not more so.
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Besides helping me make something with my blog, any donations can also help me with a new endeavor I have planned: to commission a poll here in the 2nd District of NY to assess what people here think of Trump’s Muslim ban-and what they think of Congressman Peter King for supporting it.
What’s interesting about King is that he has gotten very conservative starting in the W years but he has won elections in districts that mostly support the Democratic presidential ticket. So he’s been the beneficiary of a lot of split ticket voting. Maybe people don’t realize how conservative he really is?
Anyway, I ant to commission this poll from SurveyUSA. The guy who runs it is very enthusiastic about it actually, but it’s actually a lot more costly it turns out to commissioning a poll in a district is much more expensive than the entire state-as it has more rigorous parameters.
And this poll, I hope, is the first step to launching a challenge against King who has been entrenched in Congress for many years and is a lock step vote for the Paul Ryan-Donald Trump machine.
Again, consider a donation-even $5 dollars helps. If everyone who reads this donates $5 dollars that’d be a huge boost.