ITP's author, born and raised in New York U.S.A. , Agnostic and Native American, is SHOCKED and SADDENED to hear about the U.S. (TRUMP) administrations executive orders, RACIST and misguided immigration policy.
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Trump’s orders are immoral as well as unconstitutional. The ACLU and other legal organizations filed suit early this morning on behalf of brave refugees who have been detained.
FROM MICHAEL MOORE:
FROM ABC NEWS:
NEW: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweets to refugees following U.S. Pres. Donald J. Trump order restricting entry to the United States: "Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith." abcn.ws/2jIJrXS
FROM SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER:
"The ban is also being applied to legal permanent residents of the U.S., who are being barred from returning home if they are now abroad."
FROM ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE:
On Friday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that stops all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, and those fleeing the brutal war in Syria indefinitely. It also gives Christians fleeing persecution priority over Muslims, inserting a religious test into our refugee program. It bans all visas from seven countries whose populations are mostly Muslim. This order is an act of evil.
FROM GLOBAL CITIZEN:
Dear President Trump,
Around the world, 8 million Global Citizens are proudly citizens of both their nations, and the whole world. Four million of us are in the United States of America, and today, we want to convey our deep disappointment and disagreement in your Executive Order on “extreme vetting of refugees”.
As Global Citizens, we know that opposing viewpoints are a vital part of any robust political discussion. We work with all sides of politics to ensure that governments continue play a leading role in ending extreme poverty.
You crossed that line through your Executive Order on refugees.
Refugees are the most vulnerable fellow citizens on our planet, fleeing unimaginable horrors of conflict, persecution and disaster.
Americans know this, because we have repeatedly opened our arms to those seeking safety - those fleeing the Holocaust, the Cuban Revolution, Communism, and dictators over decades.
American leadership created the Refugee Convention, and today, you are walking away from it by instigating a policy that explicitly discriminates on the basis of religion and nationality.
Your Executive Order suspends immigration to the U.S. from seven countries, each with a Muslim majority - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
You stated that this not a ban on Muslims - however you made a specific exemption for those of a “minority religion” in each of these countries - a phrase that can only be interpreted to exclude Muslims.
Mr. President, a refugee is a vulnerable human being, regardless of faith or nationality.
America already employs the most stringent vetting and background checks for refugees on the planet. Your Executive Order tars citizens of these countries with the accusation of terrorism. None of the perpetrators of the major US terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam in the past 15 years have come from the nations specified in the executive order.
Your stated reason for the policy is untrue, unfair, and un-American. It walks away from decades of American leadership on refugees, and in fact increases the dangers of terrorism. It goes against the very words that welcomed successive generations of those fleeing persecution to our shores at the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Mr. President, we call on you to reverse course immediately,
Sign on to the letter at https://www.globalcitizen.org/…/open-letter-to-reverse-exe…/
GREAT NEWS! "A federal judge in Brooklyn just issued an emergency stay against the implementation of Donald Trump's executive order banning immigration from certain middle eastern countries." #NoMuslimBan #NoBanNoWall http://motherjones.com/politi…/…/01/muslim-ban-federal-court
FROM ACLU NEW YORK:
Just left court. Judge granted emergency stay to keep those held from being deported. At this point widespread belief it applies nationally. Huge crowd cheering outside. Hearing lasted about 15 minutes.
FROM ACLU NATIONWIDE:
FROM LIVING COLOUR:
'Wall' #NeverAgainIsNow #NoMuslimBanJFK
FROM ABC NEWS:
Some colleges are advising foreign students and scholars who might be affected by President Donald J. Trump's executive order on immigration to defer travel outside of the U.S. at least until there is more clarity on how the order may affect them.
If US border agents asked you to provide social media information or access to your digital devices or cloud content, contact email@example.com
FROM BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:
Tonight we want to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting at airports around the country the Muslim Ban and the detention of foreign nationals and refugees. America is a nation of immigrants and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.
FROM ABC NEWS:
"Into the Arms of America"-U2