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Muslim Ban Airport Protests #MuslimBan

If you’re at an airport and you’re protesting, I admire you and your courage.  The rest of The Majority are with you in spirit. It is the right thing to do. It is the human thing to do. 

I am hoping that the police will show restraint and all remains peaceful. 

As-salamu alaykum

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  1. It is all escalating very quickly. Groups of lawyers are at JFK. VA governor Terry McAuliffe at Dulles Airport said he has instructed his AG to help those that are detained.

  2. There was a protest in Oakland today. That’s where the university of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon are. Don’t know if there will be one tomorrow. Will add my number to it if there is one.

    • Looks like this all has to get way more worse before the politicians supporting Trump get the message with or without his supporters deserting him. There is a national strike day being planned for Feb 17, the day before President’s Day. Shaming him and his supporters did not work during the campaign and may not work now. What will work is the fear in each congress critter that he/she may lose their job and these angry/rage protests will hopefully make that happen. I so wish we had the media/TV on the right side in this fight. People of right mind take two steps forward and the media/TV pushes them back normalizing the madman.

      Right now, they should be writing articles about Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt not being part of this ban when they are the extremists, esp. Saudi Arabia.

      • WaPo has condemned this ban in an editorial today. I don’t think all media is normalizing this.
        What the fuck were people thinking when they voted for him?? Do they really lack all empathy and common sense?
        Wait, that probably includes my brother. Never mind.

        • I don’t know if you saw the article in the Baltimore Sun I linked in one of the posts about an Indian woman (US citizen who grew up here since she was brought here as a baby) being stopped while walking in her neighborhood and questioned about her immigration status by the police. I sent it to couple of my Indian friends. One said ‘it is really disappointing’ (what!) and another said ‘it is ridiculous’ – there was no alarm, nothing when I find it so disturbing. I have lived in Holland and visited multiple countries as tourist and nowhere was I randomly asked for immigration papers. There are low information voters who fall for the plain message and don’t question further. They are nice people in their private life but they made a big mistake here. This is where I fault the media, especially TV and their role in this election outcome.

          • There are plenty of smart people who voted for Trump. They had options. I just can’t figure out why they didn’t know when to draw the line.
            Maybe I shouldn’t judge. It’s possible to rationalize anything.
            I just can’t imagine violating a principle out of cold hearted self preservation.

    • RD, I didn’t find out about the Schenley Park March until I saw the news this evening. I’m not on FB and I wonder if that’s where they’re doing all the organizing? I was getting emails from the Pittsburgh Sisters March, but they abruptly stopped right before the March.

      • Ugh! Can you please edit or delete that if possible? Didn’t realize my name was showing up.

        • Hi MG! So nice to find another local. I probably saw you at the Sister March last week.
          We should try to form some local group.

          • Sorry for taking so long to respond. Getting over flu and mother’s in Magee with pneumonia. I have been around here since 2008, but only commented once or twice back then. Don’t remember what handle I used.

            I didn’t make it to the March because of flu, but several of my pussyhats made it to DC! Yes to forming a local group! You have my email. I’m in east suburbs.

          • !!! I’m in the east suburbs! We should meet.

          • Definitely up for that! I have a general idea of where you are and I think I used to live either in your suburb or one adjacent. Loved living there. Unfortunately, I’m in the suburb that’s Big Box Store Hell right now.

            Did you see the “Huddles” in F. HIlls and Sq. Hill in the next few days? I would like to get to one if I can.

          • No I didn’t see the huddles. What are they?

          • Go to the Wonen’s March website and follow the links for the “10 actions in 100 days”. The current action is “huddles” (defined on their page). Put in your zip and it will show you the ones near you. There is one in F. Hills tomorrow and several coming up in Sq. Hill. You can also sign up there to host one.

          • The one in Forest Hills is about 15 minutes from my house. Which one are you going to?

          • I just signed up for the Forest Hills one, but I’m not 100% sure I can make it. My mother’s been in Magee with pneumonia for over two weeks, and she’s my first priority now. I’ll try to get yo her earlier in the day. Hope to meet you!

          • Hope your mom feels better soon. If not tomorrow in forest hills then somewhere else close soon.

  3. The only possible way that this can be arrested is if the majority exercise their economic power. We don’t control one branch of government, there is no political way out of this at least until another election, and where will we be then? Massive boycotts, refusal to participate economically might possibly have an effect. The other hope would be a CIA/military coup, but the last two months have shown that no institution or group of people with some power has been willing to do something heroic for democracy and the planet.

    • Courts, lawsuits. constitutionality, illegality of everything he is doing. It is not like these EOs are well though out. Kushner and Bannon are writing these ill-conceived ideas and it should be relatively easy to fight these in the courts.

      • The EOs seem legal to me. You act like everyone who wants to come to the USA has some Constitutional right to be here. They don’t. The Constitution protects USA citizens everywhere and it gives some protection to non citizens who are already here. When you step off a plane, before you go through immigration you are not “in the country”. It is too bad there wasn’t a 48 hour notice so these people could know to not get on their flight but out of some 300,000 non citizens who arrived yesterday only 110 or so were detained at all. I would take those odds if I were a non citizen with an airline ticket. I feel more sorry for the many Americans who can’t get to their flights because of another dramatic leftist public meltdown that blocks traffic and airports.

        • Educate yourself (maybe a law degree and about how USG works?); while at it, grow a heart and a brain; and oh, don’t limit your inquiry just into this one EO or that EO, maybe then you will see the big picture.

          {RD, I don’t know if this is one your regulars and you care that they be treated nicely but I can’t}

          • She’s been here before. She’s privileged, relatively well off, judgmental and pretty harmless. But do not be afraid to speak your mind. She’s not a troll.
            Just confused about conservatism and the minority of Americans who voted for Trump. They think they have more power and more grievances than the majority of people who did not vote for Trump.
            The current defiance and protests should be showing them that they did not join a popular movement. Far from it.

        • Gosh, there are only 110 people. It’s not the end of the world – for YOU.
          But I’m sure the woman coming here to get married and her fiancé don’t think it’s trivial.
          Or the doctor in residency at the Cleveland Clinic who lived in Saudi Arabia but just happened to be from Sudan was probably only triflingly inconvenienced by being put right back on a plane to Saudi Arabia.
          The problem, and it *is* a PROBLEM, when one religion is singled out, is that there’s really no justification for this ban. Refugees already face one of the toughest vetting processes in the world if the want to come here. We’re not all that inviting for a superpower.
          And none of the acts of terrorism lately were perpetrated by people who would have fallen under this ban. The San Bernardino terrorists consisted of one Pakistani American and one Pakistani. The nightclub shooter was an American born here whose parents just happened to be from Afghanistan. The Boston marathon bombers were naturalized citizens from Krygystan. So, what exactly is the point?
          Seriously. How do you as an American citizen benefit from this ban? You don’t. You’re no safer and the world now hates us. Plus, it just gives real proto terrorists already here because they are citizens areason to do something destructive.
          You can blather all you want about rights of non-citizens. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s a counterproductive ban that only separates families, deprives people of their livelihoods and makes them feel degraded and second class.
          That’s all this is. A way for us to show just how cold hearted we can be.
          How in the world do you live with yourself knowing you supported this without saving a single life from terrorism down the road?

        • That’s…not how any of this works. You don’t just, as a non-citizen *with legal papers*, buy an expensive airplane ticket halfway around the world and sit in a shitty metal tube for 12 hours, taking a chance that you may or may not land and may or may not be let through. The word of the United States Government, printed on your passport, needs to mean something. This isn’t the fucking Wild West. Or at least, not yet.

          Especially not when you’ve already lived in a country for years and years, and just boarded a flight to go out of the country for a trip and are returning home and are suddenly put in handcuffs, undergo a full body search, imprisoned in a green “questioning” room for ~12 hours with no access to your hand luggage or cell phone or anything. That’s not saving anyone from terrorism.

          And fuck you for calling a brave outcry from a public fighting for its civil liberties a “dramatic leftist public meltdown” especially given the irrational meltdowns are actually coming from the WH.

          • Go, Ella, GO!!

          • Wow, so articulate!! Thanks to you and RD for writing a great rebuttal to these people (I don’t have the patience or the skill). I just got off the phone with a friend (a white American female) who was worried about her sister who is visiting Iran right now. She is married to an Iranian (ages ago like think grad school and she is now in her 50s and he has long been a US citizen) but he has family back there and they visit. My friend is worried and does not know what will happen to them when they come back here from their trip.

    • Economic boycott for sure here we have the power, then organize for the next election as a anti Republican Party!

  4. There are more attorneys working in airports now than any that worked with the lunatic who put together this EO. What could go wrong?

  5. Russia, Russia, Russia.. the protesters and marchers should make that their battle cry and impeachment. This is why the pressure on Congress to investigate should become the focus.

    Some people are saying the drop of muslimban is to cover this other thing up:

    • Seriously you could say anything is a distraction from something else simply because everyday is a new day in crazyland lately. Trump just adds one insane proclamation right after another.

  6. Court has temporarily blocked immigration ban.

  7. pm317 I am in shock over Putin’s, I mean, Trump’s decision late Sat night to place Bannon (& Preibus, who was about to resign, apparently) as a principal on the National Security Council, and remove the two people Trump could not appoint… right after he talked to Putin for an HOUR “about ISIS.”

    What could Bannon’s sociopathic game really be? Breitbart has started up in Germany and France. As a sociopath, he has no true values or beliefs, so it can’t really be hatred of the Jews. He’s said he wants to destroy our government, I guess that would be fun for him–maybe that’s enough. And the money he’s going to get from expanding into Western Europe and disrupting NATO. But, then again, maybe Putin has something on him, too. I now have zero doubt Trump’s been compromised.

    Doesn’t Bannon need top level security clearance? How on earth could he ever, ever get that? Has Trump appointed heads of CIA, FBI (well, Comey) & Justice? Surely there are others who will resist? I’ve been interviewed by govt who were conducting a sec clearance on someone… I mean, they are extremely extensive. They go on for months. They talk to everyone, get everything.

    Who knew something as sick as the Muslim Ban could serve as cover for the truly terrifying? Exactly what can be done? God, I really need some hope tonight. Cannot sleep…

    • They are planting a lot of distraction while they pull down the walls and foundations

    • Lady V, going after ISIS is a smokescreen, there is nothing there. If anything he will make Mattis a scapegoat. I think that psychographic company Cambridge Analytica told them that the voters in the hinterlands were afraid of the moooslems and ISIS and so he talked. He has no plans, nothing. Putin is not going to do anything either. He is complicit in making that mess. There is documentation indicating that he sent his own mooslem troublemakers to Iraq, gave them new passports and a name and money. So when Trump says Obama is the founder, I am actually thinking he is saying Putin. The other weird thing he keeps mentioning is taking Iraq’s oil. I think he is alluding to Turkey buying off that cheap oil from ISIS. Does Russia have ideas of occupying Iraq and taking its oil and this buffoon is facilitating that?

      The EOs and all the rest of it will do their damage but I hope nothing long lasting. Look at all the trauma we have to go through to put up a fight against it. But Trump and the sewer rats he brought with him to the WH are highly incompetent and that gives me hope this won’t last long but how much damage will be done before they are thrown back into the sewer?

      This guy who knows a tad bit more than I do about DC is saying this and gives me hope, click on the tweet to see the ones preceding/following:

      • Yeah, I heard Preibus talking to an MSNBC reporter named Chuck…whomever Chuck is, he did a great job of holding Preibus accountable for every single lie. Preibus became inarticulate. Rumors abounded over the past week that Preibus was about to resign, and now he’s on the NSC. He sounded incredibly freaked out.

  8. I can’t figure out why they did so much so soon. Did Bannon deliberately overplay his hand with an end game of settling for something smaller, or is he counting on outrage fatigue? i.e. is he playing a long game or is he just low on his capacity to delay gratification?

    Or perhaps, they are expecting a quick impeachment? Or on Trump being hamstrung otherwise with Putin & other legal conflicts?

    And given McCain has said he’s willing to codify sanctions against Russia into law to prevent Trump breaking them down, how is Trump going to pay his dues to Russia? Are Bannon/Flynn counting on McCain folding, like he did with Tillerson’s confirmation?

    Or are they going to let the legal sanctions stay in exchange for never convicting anyone who flouts the sanction? Because didn’t Tillerson and Giuliani and Trump himself do business with Iran & Russia during the sanctions?

    So many questions. This isn’t just a game of stupid and evil, there’s also layers of thinking behind some of the evil.

    • Yep, all the same things going on in my head. If we raise these with our reps, would that scare them a little, do you think, that we are smarter than they think we are and we are on to them, whether they are cowards, complicit, or negligent? We should remind them of the hounding of Hillary (for nothing) they put in practice while we are at it.

      • So Kevin Drum seems to think Bannon’s done this because he can control the narrative and paint everyone opposing it as soft on terror (http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/01/trumps-immigration-fiasco-might-be-more-premeditated-we-think).

        I don’t quite agree. While this chaos is looking more and more like it’s premeditated, Bannon isn’t an activist seeking to utilize public outrage for his argument, or a politician looking to win an election. He is, and always has been, someone with an ideology, seeking to move the Overton window. He and Richard Spencer didn’t expect to win the election as much as change the frame.

        So, and I haven’t got proof, perhaps he’s been expecting that people start justifying the “value”of immigrants? i.e. these heartbreaking stories of highly educated scientists from Iran, etc are basically the first step, so he can counter it by saying, okay, no one without a PhD and earning above $X thousand is allowed in? Even if they are here legally, and contributing to society with taxes etc?

        That sort of bar will automatically restrict numbers to far below current levels. Second, it changes the frame of discussion from a human-rights-based model of immigration, where multiculturality is expected and default, to one which is prove-why-you’re-here, ie where homogeneity is the default?

  9. This is where I shine; please listen to me (tongue in cheek). Canada, Australia, NZ all are talking about how they welcome immigrants and refugees, trying to shame America. Sure, the current version of America is extremely flawed. But I chuckle when I see tweets from some of these people sitting on their high horse. We, as immigrants, the cream of the crop from our own origin countries, we didn’t want to go to those countries for a reason. We came here for a reason. Immigrants are a special breed even in their own origin countries. They are looking for something challenging, daring, and most often are the trailblazers — you don’t just leave behind all that is familiar and safe for something unknown and risky; they want to do well in their adopted countries and they strive to do that. Some may be duds but it all balances out. So when Canadians and Australians gloat, I laugh (derisively) because they were never as good as America for me. Let us reboot, kill this flawed version and go back to what worked for centuries and make it better.

    • England figured out it was easier to ship inmates to the Colonies than to feed and board them in poorhouses over a winter. The highly criminal got shipped to Botany Bay.

      • Yeah, the old world exported inmates and unwanted while cream of the crop immigrants from all over the world came to America. Modern day equivalent to what you cite is Russia shipping their muslim trouble makers into Iraq to join ISIS.

  10. He is not the only one screaming about this NSC restructure where Trump has effectively removed the military, IC, and DoE from his NSC. Lot of ex-CIAs are voicing major concern. Fight muslimban but also pay attention to these other things.

  11. Thread. Time to look at all things they do that are not normal. This is another one of them.

    • pm317, please explain this. looked at the twitter thread, but am unclear. seems very important!

      • As I understand, he is wearing Candidate Trump hat as well as President Trump which impacts financing as well as what can be said about him (as in campaign against). Just another ‘it is not normal’ situation.

  12. At this rate I guess we’ll just have to plan on holding protests every weekend for the next four year.

  13. For what it’s worth–maybe the internal chaos of Orange the Deranged has projected another “reality” by now (is it true that a below 25% favorability rating makes the former Party of Lincoln ponder impeachment–the brand might suffer too much)?

    From an EPA staffer:
    “So I work at the EPA and yeah it’s as bad as you are hearing:
    The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can’t be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
    Any Press contacting us are to be directed to the Press Office which is also silenced and will give no response.
    All grants and contracts are frozen from the contractors working on Superfund sites to grad school students working on their thesis.
    We are still doing our work, writing reports, doing cancer modeling for pesticides hoping that this is temporary and we will be able to serve the public soon. But many of us are worried about an ideologically-fueled purging and if you use any federal data I advise you gather what you can now.
    We have been told the website is being reworked to reflect the new administration’s policy.
    Feel free to copy and paste, you all pay for the government and you should know what’s going on. I am posting this as a fellow citizen and not in any sort of official capacity.”
    If you share, please do so with copy and paste.

  14. Eliot Cohen is a Republican/Conservative. During times like these I like to read opposition from unusual sources and he is one. Call your reps and demand #impeachment. Here is his article:

    It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better.

  15. Protest march in DC right now: (that tower you see on the right is his ill kept corrupt hotel)

  16. Neal Gabler: The Enlightenment itself is endangered.

  17. this piece in The Atlantic by Eliot Cohen at Johns Hopkins center for international studies should be read by everyone, regardless of who they voted for. It predicts what Trump’s presidency means for us. I think he’s being optimistic but even with that being said, his vision lines up with mine that Trump is going to seriously undermine the foundations of government to all of our peril for generations to come. He’ll never finish his first term but it will be too late to prevent the damage to come.
    A Clarifying Moment in American History

  18. Hypothesis:

    Most of the 1% are merely amoral; they’ve been willing to use the bigotry of the Great White Amurkan Booboisie to bamboozle the booboisie into voting for tax cuts and subsidies for the 1%, but most of the 1% don’t actually believe it themselves.

    A faction of the 1%, however, truly believe the ideologies of bigotry themselves; Trump and his people represent that faction.

    • Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we
      are. They are different.
      F. Scott Fitzgerald

      And Daisy’s voice was “full of money”. I always wondered what that sounded like.

      • Love Great Gatsby! There are so many nuggets there that are relevant in our ordinary lives like this one which explains Trump voters to a T:

        “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

      • And Daisy’s voice was “full of money”. I always wondered what that sounded like.

        Like this, maybe? She tweeted this as old ladies and children were being traumatized in the airports over the ban…

        • {{thisrealityistoorealIneedabreak
          butimnotgoingtogetonebecauseim
          stupudenuftocareaboutthisshitinstead
          ofindulgingmycravingforexpensive
          perfumeandnotalienatingmyimmediate
          socialsphereifionlylearnedtokeepmy
          mouthshut}}

          Ok, I’m better now. Damn 1%.

      • Great quote from Fitzgerald, RD. I believe he is correct.

    • However, let us remember: If Cheetolini had only won the votes of rural non-elite white citizens, he would have lost the electoral vote as well as the popular vote. IIRC, the average income of the Trump voter was $72K per year–not Trumpian wealth, but hardly dire poverty, either.

      The disappointing, and frightening, thing we learned this election was how many of our fellow non-elite whites are willing to throw women and minorities (racial/ethnic, sexual, religious, etc.) under the bus if they think they’ll benefit from it.

      • Yeah, I still don’t get it. Especially women throwing other women under the bus.
        I think it depends on how willing you are to conform to your cohort’s consensus reality.
        I also don’t get Fox News. Like, really really don’t get it.
        Maybe it’s a binary thing.

  19. If public condemnation forces him to withdraw this EO, it will be a huge victory for us. Let us inundate our congress reps on Monday.

  20. I see tweets that say CBP at Dulles are defying the court order and even quickly moving the detainees to some unknown sites so the lawyers cannot access them. This is crazy. Get that CBP head for contempt.

  21. Amid backlash, White House appears to back down on applying new ban to green card holders

    [snip]

    The statement came after the White House — facing a backlash from lawmakers, including some Republicans — appeared to back down on one piece of the new immigration order, signaling that travelers trying to enter the country from the seven banned countries will be allowed in if they hold green cards.

    White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that these legal permanent residents are exempt from the travel ban “moving forward,” even though over the weekend other administration officials said the rule did apply to them.

    The apparent reversal came amid a national controversy over the new order that temporarily halts the entry of all refugees to the U.S. and any traveler from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

    Federal judges across the country have blocked parts of the president’s executive actions since it came down on Friday, mostly preventing the deportation of some travelers who ran into the first wave of implementation.

    The back-and-forth over the green card holders reflected confusion about the policy, which also bars Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely. Lawyers for some of the affected immigrants said border agents were applying the rules differently.

    Further complicating the picture was a statement from the Department of Homeland Security asserting that their agents would enforce all of Trump’s orders while also complying with judicial orders. As some of the orders block deportation, that left individual officers to try and figure out which priorities to honor.

    In the chaos, Trump’s fellow Republicans waved red flags on Sunday, warning the administration to slow down and make sure the tough new rules were implemented with deliberation.

    U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted the Trump executive order for what they said was a “hasty” implementation.

    “It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted,” McCain and Graham said in a joint statement. “We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.

    “Such a hasty process risks harmful results,” the senators said. “We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.”

    Trump fired back with a late-afternoon tweet, saying their statement was “wrong” and that they are “sadly weak on immigration.”

    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Democrats will introduce legislation as soon as Monday to stop the president’s actions. House Democrats are taking similar legislative action, and lawmakers from both chambers will rally Monday evening at the Supreme Court to protest Trump’s orders.

    “This executive order was mean-spirited and un-American,” said Schumer, the New York Democrat, choking up as he stood with immigrants and refugees at a news conference Sunday. “It must be reversed immediately.”

    more…

    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-green-card-reversal-20170129-story.html

  22. I’ve said this several times already, but I do think that the possible way to arrest this is for the majority to put immense economic pressure on corporations and the Republican officerholders whom the corporations own.

    The marches and demonstrations are great, but as in the Nixon era, they can be painted as out of control or unpatriotic. Bannon and cohorts will cause some violence there, and then the media will run with it. So yes, keep marching, but realize that there is a limit to how much these can do. But combined with targeted boycotts, refusals to buy products, even legal defrayment of taxes, it could be more effective. The 1% always counts on the 99% to go along, play their role as cheerful consumers and people who accept their lot, watch TV, follow sports, let the billionaires get even richer. But what if people stop participating, at least to the extent to where they can still subsist for a while. Stop buying certain things, stop investing in the market, stop buying homes. This has never been tried; it usually only happens involuntarily after the 1% has crashed the economy. But I think it is necessary now. There have to be some corporatists who want things to go smoothly, not have all these people refusing to buy their goods because they are angry and frightened.

  23. Trump fired the acting AG for refusing to defend his Muslim ban.

    • Trump really doesn’t care if his decisions are under fire. This aspect of his character is what got him elected (oh, how I wish we could elect a Democrat with the same courage of convictions). The only way he would back down is impeachment and conviction, and you have to have real anti-constitutional behavior to do that. The immigration ban is probably within his authority. The stay only applied to people who were almost here when the ban was enacted. BTW Quinnipiac showed a 48-42 poll in favor of the ban including independents so he probably has more support than you think. That was before the ban was enacted and subsequent protests, and the protests may have changed the beliefs but the change could go either way. https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2423

  24. Whooeee, alotta shit has gone down since I was here, and bravo is all I can say for the above comments and rebuttals.

    Here’s a couple more cold hearted moves in the planning by the Derelicts in the Coup-

    BTW, we are not talking about just the folks that come across the border illegally…

    [snip]

    The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.

    A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas overall, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country, and who can enter the workforce, and to reduce the social services burden on U.S. taxpayers.

    [Read the draft executive orders]

    The drafts are circulating among administration officials, and it is unclear whether President Trump has decided to move forward with them or when he might sign them if he does decide to put them in place. The White House would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the orders, and White House officials did not respond to requests for comment about the drafts on Monday and Tuesday.

    more…

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-circulates-more-draft-immigration-restrictions-focusing-on-protecting-us-jobs/2017/01/31/38529236-e741-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_eoimmigration-120pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

  25. The last 8 weeks, I’ve been constructing a website for briefly learning about and taking concrete, effective action against what seem to be the most urgent issues: the erosion of fundamental rights, including First Amendment Rights, Environment (climate change, endangered species…), Human Rights (immigrants’, Muslim Ban, women’s, healthcare, voting…including racism/sexism sections), Public Education, and Foreign Policy/Preventing War. The site includes also includes a ‘Political Action Primer: What/How,’ for action against the erosion of democracy in all its forms. The site is updated daily.
    Please check it out and spread the word! http://www.UpholdTheseRights.com

    Today, with the US Marshals refusing to uphold the stay (and deferring to the US Atty General’s office), it appears the Executive Branch has successfully launched a coup over the legislative and judicial branches of our government.

  26. The timing of these activities is making me uncomfortable:
    -The unpopular President announces an extremely unpopular directive sending thousands into the streets to protest.
    – Bannon formerly of Breitbart is seated on the NSC Council,
    – In the next day or two a Breitbart provocateur heads to Berkeley, a California University, to provoke, which his scheduled clearly speech dose.
    – The very next morning, Bannon’s current boss, jumps on the band wagon and sends an antagonistic tweet threatening to withhold our tax dollars from the University.
    My concern, these actions taken by like-minded folks may further incite and escalate raw tensions and to what end, I’m recalling the May 4 massacre in Ohio. Scary.

    • Their goal is to disrupt university systems around the country which they think are liberal havens. They are coming for higher ed to muck up another thing that is beautiful in America.

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