Federal Judge Grants Injunction to Block Trump’s Muslim Ban

Donald Trump has only been president of the United States for a week, and we’re already in deep doo doo here. The week culminated in our newly elected leader signing an executive order to ban nationals from seven Muslim majority countries including Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Sudan (none that Trump does business in, interestingly) from entering the country through our borders. (CNN has a good summary of the EO HERE.)

Trump might have gotten away with it if the plan had been more gradual and/or if it had been vetted by experts in the field. Instead, the hastily issued order has left people with legal visas and green cards stranded in airports and/or taken off planes. I read a Facebook post from a Clemson University professor. She was in Iran visiting family and was taken off a plane as she attempted to return to her life in America. She’s lived here for seven years.

There have been protests all day at various airports, while the ACLU stepped in and managed to secure a temporary injunction on EO. Here is the organization’s press release:

NEW YORK — A federal judge tonight granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a nationwide temporary injunction that will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban. The ACLU and other legal organizations filed a lawsuit on behalf of individuals who were subject to the ban. The lead plaintiffs have been detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation even though they have valid visas to enter the United States.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project who argued the case, said:

“This ruling preserves the status quo and ensures that people who have been granted permission to be in this country are not illegally removed off U.S. soil.”

ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, had this reaction to the ruling:

“Clearly the judge understood the possibility for irreparable harm to hundreds of immigrants and lawful visitors to this country. Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders. On week one, Donald Trump suffered his first loss in court.”

To read the stay order click this link.

It feels like the sixties all over again.

Some blog related tidbits below:

The Voice season 4 runner-up, Michelle Chamuel, tweeted a very personal and thought provoking message tonight.

Tom Bergeron, the host of Dancing with the Stars is not shy about expressing his political views. Which is interesting considering that DWTS is most popular in pro-Trump red states. Here’s what he tweeted today:

The man gives no f*cks.

Lastly, during a press junket to promote Queen + Adam Lambert’s upcoming North American tour, the band spoke out about Trump using “We Are the Champions” during his presidential campaign:

“No one asked permission, did they,” said Adam as he made a face.

“We took exception to it, and we were quite clear,” said Brian May. “We would have like to have been asked.”

“If we had been asked, we probably would have said no.”

“We didn’t write a political song,” Roger Taylor added.”

“The song is about people,” said May, “It’s about bringing people together, not I Am the Greatest.”

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