Monday, January 30, 2017
In less than 10 days Trump has issued a slew of Executive Orders among which there was one re-establishing consideration of the Keystone and North Dakota pipelines.
Another requires the Dept. of Defense to formulate within 30 days a plan to defeat ISIS. There was also a vague one aimed at Obama care that has not only the public concerned but also the insurance carriers as well as the “providers” and various state governments.
The most controversial one came this weekend:” President Trump’s executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees or otherwise, from entering the United States for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists form coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided.
This edict however immediately created chaos with those in transit being held at airports on landing; others overseas prevented from boarding flights including those with valid visas and even those with green cards returning to the States.
Immigrants who have obtained their “Green Card” have all the constitutional and legal rights of an American citizen, yet they were being arbitrarily detained.
Caught in the mess was the complete rejection of decent human morality. For example Ibtisam Mahmoo Hussein age 64 who lives with her husband a retired diplomat in Oman but has an Iraqi passport was on the way to see her critically ill 91 year old mother who has lived here since 1991. Members of her family have been here since 1972 and are US citizens and Ms. Hussein had received an approved visa.
There were two brothers with immigrant visas from Yemen ages 21 and 19 who arrived at Dulles on Sunday to join their father an American citizen. But instead were put on a plane headed back to Africa. They were told to sign some paper or they would be barred for 5 years from this country. No one knows what was in the paper, could it be a waiving of their visa? (NY Times 1/830/17).
How about the mother with a 2 and 5 year old daughters turned back at the airport when coming to the USA to join her husband who is now a citizen?
The administration may have backed down on Green Card holders although Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, on Meet the Press vacillated about green card holders saying that they “would go forward?’, whatever that means, but local immigration agents had the right to detain and ask more questions.
The story is not over and the ACLU is actively involved.