Author: Elise Foley

Donald Trump’s Tweets Come Back To Bite Him In Travel Ban Ruling

THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s tweets have yet again hurt him in court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Monday upheld a block on Trump’s executive order that sought a 90-day travel ban to the U.S. for most nationals of six Muslim-majority nations and to suspend all refugee resettlement for 120 days. In doing so, the court cited one of Trump’s tweets ― and the fact that the White House acknowledged last week that they can be considered “official statements” of the administration. “[T]he President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the...

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Democrats Have Buyer’s Remorse About Trump’s Homeland Security Chief

THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON ― When 37 Democrats cast their votes to confirm Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in January, they did so in spite of heavy opposition to the policies he would be tasked to carry out: more deportations, a southern border wall and a travel ban targeting Muslims. Their hope was that the former Marine general would be a moderating influence on President Donald Trump and a better option than other names floated for the post. Kelly wasn’t known for being a virulent crusader against unauthorized immigration, and he had experience with Central and South America as former...

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Trump Administration Tells Thousands Of Haitians To Prepare To Leave

THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of Haitians who had already been granted temporary reprieve to stay in the U.S. will be allowed to remain for an additional six months, but they should use that time to “get their affairs in order,” a Trump administration official said Monday. The Department of Homeland Security had until Tuesday to decide whether to extend temporary protected status, or TPS, for roughly 58,700 Haitians, who have been approved to remain in the U.S. following a devastating 2010 earthquake in their native country. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly chose to extend...

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White House, Trump Attack Judicial Branch Again By Misconstruing ‘Sanctuary City’ Ruling

THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON ― The White House, and subsequently President Donald Trump himself, misconstrued a federal judge’s ruling and the law to make yet another attack on the judicial branch, this time over so-called “sanctuary cities” that don’t fully cooperate with deportation efforts. The comments, in an official White House statement late Tuesday and a series of tweets by the president on Wednesday, focus on a ruling that blocked part of Trump’s January executive order that would strip law enforcement funds from jurisdictions to bully them into compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. On Tuesday, U.S. District...

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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

THE HUFFINGTON POST WASHINGTON ― Immigrant rights advocates were dismayed on Tuesday by reports that the first undocumented immigrant with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections was deported under President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had the opposite reaction. “First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this one’s for you,” King tweeted, with a photo of a beer. First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this one’s for you. https://t.co/56z1b8xrJ2 pic.twitter.com/iNjKd9FHtM — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) April 18, 2017 King is an immigration hawk who staunchly opposes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and any other protections...

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Donald Trump’s Executive Order Revoked Tens Of Thousands Of Visas. Here’s What That Means.

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration provisionally revoked tens of thousands of visas as part of its ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, a government lawyer said in court on Friday. The revelation caused shockwaves on Twitter, but the State Department actually confirmed earlier this week that it had provisionally revoked most visas held by people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. State Department officials said later Friday that fewer than 60,000 individuals’ visas were provisionally revoked as a result of the order. “To put that number in context, we issued over 11 million immigrant and non-immigrant visas in fiscal year 2015,” a spokesman for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs told The Huffington Post. The visa revocations are the State Department’s method of enforcing President Donald Trump’s executive order. With exceptions for legal permanent residents and some others, people from the seven countries cannot enter the U.S., and those already here can’t leave and come back. Those currently in the U.S. on revoked visas will still be allowed to live in the U.S. for the term of their visa and do the things they were previously authorized to do, such as working or attending school, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman told HuffPost. Unless they violate the terms of their initial visa, they will not be at risk of deportation. But they can’t leave...

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American Muslims Fear What Donald Trump Will Do Next

SILVER SPRING, Md. ― Many of the Muslims gathered at a community center here on Sunday to learn more about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order won’t necessarily be targeted by it directly, but they were frightened anyway. The reason for that fear: Trump has only been president for nine days, and he already made a drastic policy change that disproportionately affects Muslims, whom he once vowed to bar from entering the country entirely. The roughly 150 people at Silver Spring’s Muslim Community Center are worried about what Trump will do next. “Some of the things that happen, they lead to bigger things,” said Samina Ali, 65, who is originally from Pakistan and has been a U.S. citizen for 40 years. “I was reading about the Holocaust, and this is how it all started: small incidents and they got bigger and bigger and bigger. … I think that’s the extreme ― those were different days and these are different days ― but of course it does concern you.” Her daughter, 45-year-old Sarah Shakir, added that she knows the current executive order doesn’t apply to native-born American citizens like herself or naturalized ones like her mother, but the next orders might. “I feel like that could change any minute, and that’s what’s really frightening for me,” Shakir said. Trump signed an executive order on Friday that halts all refugee resettlement...

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Jeff Sessions Says He Does Not Support The Muslim Ban Donald Trump Called For

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, said Tuesday that he would not support a ban on Muslims entering the United States, and insisted the president-elect no longer wants one, either. “I have no belief and do not support the idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States,” Sessions said at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We have great Muslim citizens, they have contributed in so many different ways and [Americans] are great believers in religious freedom and the right of people to exercise their religious beliefs,” he added. Sessions could soon helm the Justice Department ― which is charged in part with protecting civil rights and religious freedom ― under a president who issued a statement in December 2015 to propose banning Muslims from the country. Sessions was an early Trump backer and praised him at the time of the proposal for starting a conversation on who should be admitted into the country. However, he also said the then-candidate was “treading on dangerous ground because Americans are so deeply committed to freedom of religion.” Trump has never expressed remorse for suggesting the ban, despite experiencing immediate backlash from within his own party, but he later switched to saying people from certain countries ― mostly majority-Muslim ones ― should be kept out. Sessions has largely...

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