Early Sunday morning, America received bad news regarding President Trump’s horrendous, un-American refugee and immigration ban.
Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of refugees from Syria and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, was met with fierce criticism and condemnation from Democrats and Republicans alike. It sparked outrage among world leaders and fueled dramatic protests at many major American airports.
Despite these protests and the mass condemnation, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a statement Sunday morning that leave everyone shaking their heads:
‘The president’s Executive Orders remain in place – prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety.’
Apparently Trump has the DHS as his parrot as well, because if this wasn’t bad enough, it tries to validate the order:
‘The president’s Executive Order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards re-establishing control over America’s borders and national security.’
They further claimed that the implemented “enhanced security measures” only inconvenienced less than 1 percent of more than 325,000 international travelers arriving in the United States daily. Is it that they are intentionally ignoring the point, or do they really not see it?
Executive Orders that create an “us against them” mindset is not fair, just, rational or beneficially in any way for national security. Furthermore, the immigration ban’s selectivity in that it only applies to Muslim-majority countries, and countries which Donald Trump doesn’t have business ties with, furthers concerns over his intentions. To be sure, Donald Trump has not complied with ethical guidelines to withdraw and fully separate himself with his organization and investments.
Despite that, it seems that The Department of Homeland Security will not be America’s saving grace, as they articulate that they intend to fulfill Trump’s order to the letter:
‘The Department of Homeland Security will faithfully execute the immigration laws, and we will treat all of those we encounter humanely and with professionalism. No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States.’
This statement was released following a block of the ban that was issued by a New York federal judge. District Court Judge Anne Donnelly successfully challenged the Trump order by approving habeas corpus petitions filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). At John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday, two Iraqi men were detained, following Trump’s executive order.
Donnelly asserted that:
‘[T]here is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject. This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.’
Following this, similar rulings took place in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Washington state. It is unfortunate however that this will continue to be necessary, as the ban remains and DHS complies.
Thousands are still actively protesting the order or publically expressing dissatisfaction with it, including various GOP senators, tech-giant CEOs and foreign leaders.
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