By Doug Porter
As of Noon Sunday, two thousand people have responded to a call on Facebook for a protest scheduled for Terminal 2 (International Arrivals) at Lindbergh Field starting at 5pm.
According to social media posts, the theme for the demonstration is #NoBan #NoWall.
Advisory via the Facebook page:
If you decide to join an airport protest, please remember that Federal, Department of Homeland Security enforcement are in place at our airports. This means, if you are detained, you will likely be held without recourse to an attorney and can be transferred and held indefinitely. Please make sure your people know to look for you and do regular check-ins with them.
Immigration attorneys advise that only US Citizens can participate without grave risk.
If you are a US citizen, this is one way for you to leverage your privilege to help those with less.
Do not go to the airport if you are not a US citizen, even if you have a green card or work visa.
Four different judges in New York, Virginia, Boston, & Seattle have now ruled negatively on parts of Trump’s Executive order. As of this point, the restraining orders only apply to people already stranded in US airports. I have seen reports this morning saying Homeland Security officials at some locations are refusing to honor those orders.
A federal judge in New York blocked part of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration Saturday, ruling that authorities could not remove individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries who had arrived in US airports after the order had been issued. The White House, however, maintained Sunday that the ruling does not undercut the executive order
US Judge Ann M. Donnelly held that the petitioners had a “strong likelihood of success” in establishing that their removal “violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
This is not a joke. The last question immigrants are asked before entering the country is, “How do you feel about Donald Trump? Scary.
— John DeBellis (@Misterpitiful) January 29, 2017
Additional Protests Around the Country
As of Sunday morning, at least 40 protests are scheduled against the Muslim ban in cities around the United States. A listing of those events is available at GetGroundGame.com
The Partnership for Advancement of New Americans is holding a Community Meeting in City Heights today to discuss the effects of the recent executive orders that primarily targets immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. Some participants have indicated they will be leaving the 2p-4pm meeting at 4061 Fairmount Avenue to attend the airport demonstration.
Saturday: No Hate, No Fear, Everyone is Welcome Here
There were coast-to-coast demonstrations on Saturday, including San Diego.
From NBC7 News:
Holding up signs that read “Give me your tired and huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” “Protect Immigrants” and “Build a wall – We will tear it down,” more than 300 people demonstrated against President Trump’s refugee and immigration bans at Lindbergh Field Saturday. In growing numbers, They shouted “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here!”
The demonstrators congregated in front on the airport’s International Terminal, in solidarity with protests spanning the country from JFK airport in New York to Dulles airport in Virginia to LAX and San Francisco.
Originally, just a handful of people, as dusk started to set in the crowd grew to hundreds of people. The demonstrators cheered and waved as cars driving by honked their horns.
The scene from above as thousands chant and scream, draping banners from above at JFK international arrivals shouting “LET THEM IN!” pic.twitter.com/ugU8zbKYiv
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 28, 2017
As protests mounted at JFK in NYC yesterday, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), which is a nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the city’s licensed taxi drivers, called a one-hour ban on trips to that airport.
— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) January 28, 2017
Ride-sharing service Uber responded by lowering their rates to the airport, a move many interpreted as attempting to take advantage of the situation.
From TeenVogue (Which has become an inspirational leader in #resistance coverage):
Lyft, on the other hand, announced to its users that it will be donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the next four years.
Needless to say, the comparisons between Uber and Lyft followed quickly. #DeleteUber began trending on Twitter, as many riders were offended by the company’s response to yesterday’s events.
Following the backlash, Uber put out another tweet explaining that the lowering of surge prices was not meant to break the NYTWA’s strike.
Additionally, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick released a statement regarding the company’s reaction to Trump’s Muslim ban. Kalanick, who has close ties to the president and is a member of Trump’s business council, says that he plans to address the ban when he travels to Washington next week.
Yeah, riiight. And I’m sure Trump will get right on that… You know what to do. #DeleteUber #DonatetotheACLU
Trump’s Scariest Move Yet
(It Wasn’t the Immigration Order)
While the national media was focused on the effects of and responses to the executive order on immigration, President Donald Trump was making an even scarier move.
From Common Dreams:
President Donald Trump signed memorandums on Saturday that kicked the nation’s top military and intelligence advisers off the National Security Council’s (NSC) Principals Committee and elevated his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, in their place.
The memorandum gives Bannon, former executive chair of the right-wing website Breitbart News, a regular seat at some of the most sensitive meetings at the highest levels of government, along with other NSC meetings.
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—who need to be confirmed by the Senate—will now only attend the meetings when discussions pertain to their “responsibilities and expertise,” the memo states.
The Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are the only two statutory advisers to the National Security Council. Pushing them out is a BFD.
Steve Bannon’s inclusion in the NSC also breaks a long-standing precedent against political advisors having such a role.
Bannon is, at best, a fellow traveler for white nationalists, though he defines himself as an economic nationalist. He has long and deep ties to the so-called ‘alt-right.’
As David Corn, writing for Mother Jones, points out it’s fair and necessary to call Bannon a White Nationalist Champion:
In July, Bannon, who soon would leave Breitbart to become a top campaign aide to Trump, was interviewed by journalist Sarah Posner. He proudly declared of Breitbart, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.” The alt-right is an extreme but not well-defined wing of the conservative movement that rants against immigrants, Muslims, the globalist agenda, and multiculturalism and that generally advocates white nationalism (if not white supremacism—in this world, there is a difference). The alt-right also generates a hefty amount of anti-Semitism. (For more on the alt-right, see here and here.) …
…Race is central to the alt-right. Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor, notes, “The alt-right, in a nutshell, believes that Western culture is inseparable from European ethnicity.” That is, being white. Whether its activists prefer white nationalism (saying that different races can’t get along so nonwhites should somehow be separated from white America) or white supremacism (saying that whites are inherently superior to others), this is a racist movement. And its activists have also traded in anti-Semitism, often hurling anti-Semitic jabs at journalists who write about the alt-right or Trump. By the way, Bannon’s ex-wife did once accuse him of making anti-Semitic remarks. (Bannon denied making the comments.)
How does this affect White House policy?
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Department of Homeland Security leadership saw the final details shortly before the order was finalized, government officials said.
Friday night, DHS arrived at the legal interpretation that the executive order restrictions applying to seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen — did not apply to people with lawful permanent residence, generally referred to as green card holders.
The White House overruled that guidance overnight, according to officials familiar with the rollout. That order came from the President’s inner circle, led by Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. Their decision held that, on a case by case basis, DHS could allow green card holders to enter the US.
Parsing The Executive Order
The executive order, according to the Intercept:
…relies on Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which lays out security-related exemptions to the visa waiver program, to derive that list of seven countries. In the 2016 law, Iraq and Syria are explicitly listed, Iran and Sudan are included as state sponsors of terrorism, and Libya, Somalia, and Yemen are in the “area of concern” as designated by the Department of Homeland Security.
What all seven countries also have in common is that the United States government has violently intervened in them. The U.S. is currently bombing — or has bombed in the recent past — six of them. The U.S. has not bombed Iran, but has a long history of intervention including a recent cyberattack.
It’s like a twisted version of the you-break-it-you-buy-it Pottery Barn rule: If we bomb a country or help destabilize its society, we will then ban its citizens from being able to seek refuge in the United States.
1. There are 292 Republican members of Congress
EIGHT have spoken out against Trump’s Muslim ban
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 29, 2017
How The Hate Spreads
The Islamophobe/White Nationalists on the right have been laying the groundwork for the Trump regime’s executive order.
From the New York Times:
Type the word refugees into Facebook and some alarming “news” will appear about a refugee rape crisis, a refugee flesh-eating disease epidemic and a refugee-related risk of female genital mutilation — none of it true.
For the months leading up to the presidential election, and in the days since President Trump took office, ultraconservative websites like Breitbart News and Infowars have published a cycle of eye-popping stories with misleading claims about refugees. And it is beginning to influence public perception, experts say.
Shutting Down CAIR
The Union-Tribune included Tribune News Service coverage in their Sunday edition:
In another legal challenge, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it would file a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the order. The suit, to be filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Virginia, argues that the executive order is unconstitutional because of its apparent aim of singling out Muslims.
“There is no evidence that refugees — the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation — are a threat to national security,” the group’s national litigation director, Lena F. Masri, said in a statement. “This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”
The Trump regime’s response to those challenges will likely include attacking the groups filing those lawsuits.
You can bet that Senator Ted Cruz will take advantage of the situation to promote his four-time losing legislation to have the Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organization. Of course, the Brotherhood isn’t the real target: it’s the various civil rights groups in the United States advocating on behalf of Muslims and Arab-Americans.
It’s a long-standing article of faith among right-wing Islamaphobes that all these groups are part of one larger conspiracy. This conspiracy theory is based on a sole discredited document (written in 1991) seized in a 2004 FBI raid. These same folks, by the way, also think conservative tax warrior Grover Norquist is a Sharia stooge.
From the Huffington Post:
Yet with the election of Donald Trump, who has surrounded himself with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists, and with Republicans in control of the Senate and House, the proposed Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act has a chance of passing and being signed into law.
Lana Safah, a spokeswoman for the Muslim American Society, another high-profile Muslim advocacy group, told HuffPost that her group has “no affiliation with any foreign or international organization.”
Yet, she said, “in the Trump era, and in the most Islamophobic atmosphere the American Muslim community has ever experienced, it seems we should expect the unexpected, such as this unprecedented designation, which no former administration has made. It would cripple the operations of any Muslim organizations linked, however circumstantially, to the Brotherhood.”
“Demonizing these organizations,” she added, “will only hinder national security efforts to eradicate the roots of violent extremism.”
Nathan Lean, author of the 2012 book The Islamophobia Industry, agrees. He said designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group could give government officials cover to effectively dismantle U.S. Muslim groups. And that, he fears, would lead to “the wanton violation of American Muslim civil rights.”
Via Think Progress: