Chaos Protests and U.S. District Court Battles Over Muslim Ban in the US.
Open any paper or news web site today and you will see that the buzz and controversy over Trump’s executive order is far from over. From protest and public outcry to U.S. District Court battles over the Muslim ban and it’s perceived lack of adhesion to constitutional protections, the events and conflict surrounding the action are monumental.
The apparent Muslim ban order precluding residents of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the county is seen by many as an act of blatant discrimination. In light of the fact that ‘Christians’ who desired entry either permanent or temporary visitation were favored by Trump, it is difficult to deny that this action obviously contravenes the religious freedom policy. Apparently religions freedom seems to play no role in Trump’s decision, even though this is a policy for which the U.S. has enjoyed wide and favorable recognition for many years.
Of course if one has been paying attention one knows that this policy although promoted through million dollar pr campaigns has never been true. During World War II approximately 127,000 people of Japanese descent were forces into ‘Internment’ camps solely based upon their ancestral lineage, apparently somehow their ‘rights’ didn’t count. A second and more horrific example is the 50 million plus Native Americans killed during the initial taking of the country, many of whom were killed for ‘Ghost Dancing’, a spiritual practice.
Thankfully today we have superior communication tools and there are many, including those who hold government office, who are motivated to challenge the blatant disregarding of human rights and uphold constitutional law. One such fellow is Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson who originally filed the suit to block certain key provisions of Trump’s order and won, at least temporarily.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, gave praise to Ferguson in the following statement – “We should feel heartened by today’s victory and more resolute than ever that we are fighting on the right side of history,.” Inslee further states “Thank you to (Attorney General Bob Ferguson) and his team for making the case that no person – not even the president – is above the law.”
Airport personnel were obviously among the groups feeling the most intense stress and confusion in the wake of Trump’s presidential decree followed by an order from U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart temporarily blocking the ban. Syrian refugees attempting to leave their severely war torn homeland were also disregarded as they too were effected by President Trump’s order.
Further examples illustrating the negative repercussions of the ban include individuals from said nations who had served with the U.S. military and who are targeted for violence and assassination in their home nations for their roles in assisting the U.S. being blocked from entering. Individuals who have worked for years and spent thousands of dollars to gain visas to enter this country and whose families are eagerly awaiting their arrival were also sited as being unfairly blocked at the last minute.
Amnesty international’s spokesperson Eric Ferrero also showed his support for the restraining order lifting the ban in the following statement – “This decision is a short-term relief for thousands of people whose lives have been upended, but Congress must step in and block this unlawful ban for good, Trump’s Muslim ban is inhumane, unlawful, and discriminatory, which is why the courts and the public want it to be stopped.”
An Overview of the Timeline of Orders and Appeals –
The executive order from president Trump was signed Friday January 27th excluding people of the aforementioned countries from entering and revoking their respective travel visas. Washington Sate Attorney General Fergusen’s team reportedlyworked around the clock until successfully obtaining a favorable judgement from U.S. District Court Judge Robart Friday February 3rd lifting the Muslim ban and reinstating revoked visas. Homeland Security’s intention of adherence to the court order was handled by made know by way of an internally circulated email. On Sunday February 5th the Just ice Department moved to appeal and lift Robart’s restraining order thereby reinstating the Muslim ban effective immediately and were quickly ruled against and denied.
As you may expect, countries targeted by the initial discriminatory Muslim ban expressed their anger and resentment through retaliatory action such as Iran who in turn banned U.S. travelers from entering it’s borders.