Judge puts temporary ban on temporary ban

An appeals court has denied a Trump administration request to immediately reinstate it’s ban on Muslims people from seven countries. In this story we see how ridiculous things are under Trump:

The decision is expected to pave the way for Iraqi doctor Deelan Dakhil to travel to Washington, D.C., Monday with her sister, Vian, who is receiving a human rights award from the Lantos Foundation, a New Hampshire organization.

Vian Dakhil, a member of Iraq’s Parliament, is being recognized for her efforts to combat terrorism, a crusade which made her into one of ISIS’s “Most Wanted” women.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson granted her special permission to travel, said Katrina Lantos Swett, the foundation’s president.

Deelan Dakhil said her sister is eager to visit the United States to discuss the Yazidi people, a religious sect in Iraq that faced mass genocide and religious persecution by the Islamic State.

So, an Iraqi who works to combat terrorism and is receiving a human rights award needs to get ‘special permission’ to travel to the US despite already having a Visa. Let’s read about her:

Vian Dakhil, an Iraqi lawmaker and internationally renowned activist who has been called the militant group’s “most wanted” woman, was due to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to collect a human rights award.

She is being recognized for “her courageous defense of the Yazidi people as they faced mass genocide two years ago at the hands of the [ISIS] and for her ongoing rescue mission on behalf of enslaved Yazidi women,” according to the foundation’s website.

The Yazidi people are part of an ancient religious minority who are particularly reviled by ISIS. They were driven from their historic homeland on Mount Sinjar in August 2014.

At the time, the militants captured thousands of women and children — more than 2,000 of them are still believed to be enslaved by ISIS.

During the ISIS onslaught in 2014, Dakhil made an unrehearsed, tear-filled plea to save her people.

Dakhil is the only Yazidi lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament. When not advocating for her people in Baghdad, she spends time in Irbil working to secure the release of women and girls captured by ISIS.

Obviously she’s a likely terrorist that the US has to block.

Trump: don’t worry about right-wing terrorism

So, President Obama had set up a program to counter violent ideologies. I wonder what Trump will do with that? Shocking:

The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

Wonderful, if we ignore right-wing terrorists I’m sure they’ll go away.

And remember how Trump claimed only 109 people were affected by his immigration ban? It seems it might be a touch more than that:

Over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.

The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their immigrant visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

That figure was immediately disputed by the State Department, which said the number of visas revoked was roughly 60,000. Virginia Elliott, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department, said the revocation has no impact on the legal status of people already in the United States. If those people were to leave U.S. soil and try to return, the visas would no longer be valid.

And this was done in secret so it would be harder for judges to help the people trying to get into the US. The article also talks about the possible contempt of court:

Brinkema declined to hold government officials in contempt for the way they handled travelers from the seven banned countries over the weekend, saying she did not know enough Friday to make that determination. Virginia had cited news reports and affidavits from lawmakers that, contrary to an order Brinkema issued last weekend, Customs and Border Protection officers denied immigrants access to lawyers.

“There were so many lawyers there willing to help, and not a single one got access,” Raphael said.

Reuveni said that security at Dulles bars lawyers from anything but telephone access to people in screening.

That sounds pretty cut and dried to me.

Trump wonders what US gets out of helping people

So, the US had a deal with Australia to take some refugees that were seeking to settle in Australia and Trump had a phone call with their Prime Minister. How did that go?

It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief – a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week.

Instead, President Donald Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it.

Wonderful, what was that main point of contention?

‘‘This is the worst deal ever,’’ Trump fumed as Turnbull attempted to confirm that the United States would honor its pledge to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.

Trump, who one day earlier had signed an executive order temporarily barring the admissions of refugees, complained that he was ‘‘going to get killed’’ politically and accused Australia of seeking to export the ‘‘next Boston bombers.’’

Trump returned to the topic late Wednesday night, writing in a message on Twitter, ‘‘Do you believe it? The Obama Administration agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia. Why? I will study this dumb deal!’’

The issue centers on a population of roughly 2,500 people who sought asylum in Australia but were diverted to facilities off that country’s coast at Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Deplorable conditions at those sites prompted intervention from the United Nations and a pledge from the United States to accept about half of those refugees, provided they passed U.S. security screening.

Trump was also skeptical because he did not see a specific advantage the United States would gain by honoring the deal, officials said.

Trump needs there to be an advantage to him to help refugees? Of course he does.

Now I’m scared to see what he said to the Mexican President:

President Donald Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he was ready to send U.S. troops to stop ‘‘bad hombres down there’’ unless the Mexican military does more to control them, according to an excerpt of a transcript of the conversation obtained by The Associated Press.

Ah, a war with Mexico, that sounds like something Trump would think about.

And how would a war under Trump go? Here’s (via here) a clue:

U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.

As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

Welcome to Trump World, I hope we survive the place.

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