- Newly confirmed Attorney General Jeff Sessions failed to disclose to the Senate that he spoke with the Russian ambassador twice last year. (Mar. 1)
- CNN: White House misled media on possible immigration compromise to ensure good coverage before Trump’s speech to Congress. (Mar. 1)
- A young woman with DREAMer status is detained by ICE after speaking at a press conference.
- Republican leaders have hidden House draft plan for healthcare reform in a basement.
- Ben Carson confirmed as secretary of housing and urban development.
- A growing number of lawmakers call for Sessions to recuse himself from Russia investigation or resign.
- WSJ: Donald Trump Jr. paid $50,000 by Russian and Syrian allies to speak at event in October.
- Rick Perry confirmed as secretary of energy. As a candidate, he proposed eliminating the department.
- Sessions recuses himself from investigations into Russian hacking of U.S. election.
- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Russian ambassador during transition.
- EPA withdraws request for oil and gas wells to provide info on equipment and methane emissions.
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Based on this list it seems more realistic to ban armed toddlers than Muslim immigrants but when it comes to fear and bigotry, facts don’t actually matter.
If you somehow missed it, POTUS signed an executive order on Friday night banning people from 7 Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. This may appear vaguely reasonable (or at least not absurd and outrageous) if it weren’t for the following fact
Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans on U.S. soil, according to an analysis of terror attacks by the Cato Institute. [X]
So, one major issue, this seems like an extreme overreach for a nonexistent problem.
Worse though, is the fact that POTUS excluded from the ban, Middle Eastern countries where he has business ties.
Red -> Banned countries, Yellow -> Countries where POTUS has business ties [X]
Additionally, this ban affects legal residence who have been living in the US for years. It cancels green cards and visas from those countries. To get either of those you have to go through a strict vetting process.
This ban is also inhumane and cruel because it indefinitely blocks the entrance of Syrian refugees.
Not only are these Syrian refugees not terrorists, but they are fleeing the brutal state terrorism of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the brutal non-state terrorism of ISIS. [X]
They are VICTIMS.
Victims who are tirelessly vetted before resettling.
Anne Richard, a senior US State Department official, testified at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing in November 2015 that any Syrian refugee trying to get into the United States is scrutinized by officials from the National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, State Department and Pentagon.They must also give up their biometric data — scans of their retinas, for instance — submit their detailed biographic histories and submit to lengthy interviews. These refugees are also queried against a number of government databases to see if they might pose a threat — and the whole process takes two years, sometimes more.Leon Rodriguez, the director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, who also testified at the November 2015 hearing, said that of all the tens of millions of people who are trying to get into the United States every year, “Refugees get the most scrutiny and Syrian refugees get the most scrutiny of all.”By contrast, Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe do not go through anything like the rigorous process experienced by those who are coming to the States, and the volume of Syrians fleeing to Europe is orders of magnitude larger than it is to the United States. [X]