When he stood as a candidate for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination? He’ll never get it, we thought.
When he ran against Hillary Clinton for President? He’ll never win, we thought.
When he won? It won’t be as bad as we think, we hoped.
It is. Actually, it’s not: it’s far worse.
A week into his new job President Trump is making his presence felt around the world and diabolical doesn’t even begin to cover it.
On Friday afternoon, just before 5pm, Trump signed an executive order which triggered chaos, confusion and condemnation almost immediately. It is hard to comprehend the enormity and reality of this move.
It renders the Statue of Liberty sadly redundant. The order, to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into America, temporarily bans the admission of 134 million people, suspends all refugee admissions for four months and authorises “extreme vetting”.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don’t want them here,” President Trump said. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”
Dear Ones: I am so proud of my city right now. This is an image from Terminal 4 at JFK airport in New York last night, where thousands of New York citizens spontaneously flooded the International Arrivals Hall to demand the release of Muslims who were being detained or deported, thanks to President’s Trump’s Immigration Ban. Thousands of lawyers also showed up at the airport last night, to volunteer their time to help these terrified people — many of them Green Card holders — who were being refused entry into the United States because of their religion, or country of origin. Here in New York City, we look at the Statue of Liberty every single day — a constant reminder of liberty and fairness and welcome. We have not forgotten who we are, or what makes this country great. New Yorkers live every day in a beautiful multicultural climate of openness and tolerance and diversity. We are tough. We are definitely not naive. We are the only city in America that has ever been attacked by Muslim terrorists, remember (I was there on that awful day, trust me — WE REMEMBER) but we damn well know the difference between a terrorist and a Syrian family of refugees. We know that an Iraqi citizen who helped translate for U.S military during the war is not a terrorist, and should not be held in handcuffs for 17 hours. We know that five year-old children who are being kept separated from their families are not terrorists. And the message we are sending to the President is very clear: If you come for them, you are also coming for us. In fact, you will have to come THROUGH us, to get to them. If you want to take an action today, make a donation to the #aclu. Alternatively, call a Republican congressperson and tell them to be brave and to stand up to Trump on this issue, just like Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has done. I suggest that you start by calling Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and asking him to be as brave and ethical as his colleague, Senator Flake has been. McCain can be reached at 602-952-2410 or 928- 445-0833, or 520-670-6334, or by fax at 602-952-8703 Onward, LG
The action bans travel from seven majority Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. Dual nationals born in any of the seven banned countries are also covered by the ban even if they hold passports from a US-allied country like Australia.
BuzzFeed Australia has reported that Qld’s 2015 Young Australian of the Year, engineer, author and TV presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied falls into that category and will be unable to give a scheduled speech in the US because of the ban. “[The policy] is not even dog-whistling, this is like wolf-howling with a boombox. This sort of policy has never been shown to reduce terrorism… these moves are what led to the erosion of international norms, and soon enough, human rights,” she said. “If the purpose of the policy is to stop terrorists, then [the Trump administration] should review visas from countries from where terrorists actually heralded from like Saudi Arabia.”
Fairfax’s US correspondent Paul McGeough reported the sinister reality of the countries targeted: “In the 40 years to 2015, not a single American was killed on US soil by citizens from any of the seven countries targeted – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – according to research by the conservative-leaning Cato Institute. But the same research shows that in the same period nearly 3000 Americans were killed by citizens of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Turkey — most victims of the September 11 attacks.”
They are countries in which Donald Trump has business interests. Pakistan, Turkey and Afghanistan also escaped inclusion.
The legality of the immigration ban is being challenged, its morality is being protested widely and its implementation is creating disarray at airports around the world.
The White House has sent airlines conflicting advice about permanent residents and green card holders. Technically these citizens ought to be able to travel back to the states but human rights groups say some green card holders trying to return from holidays, business or study are being stopped in foreign airports.
I want to repeat: Green card holders were handcuffed, their social media was reviewed, and they were asked their views on Trump#MuslimBan
— Trita Parsi (@tparsi) January 28, 2017