Yesterday Federal Judge Ann Donnelly granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union, putting a temporary stay on deportations of valid visa holders after they have landed in the US
According to NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang, Judge Donnelly believes Trump’s executive order interferes with an individuals right to due process and equal protection under the law.
“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”-14th ammendment, US Constitution.
This is in result to an exective order issued by Trump on Friday that puts a stop on travel from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen until further notice.
Donnelly isn’t the only judge staying deportations until this matter goes to court. Across the country judges are ordering the release of or delay of deportation for people trapped at US airports because of this executive order.
The ban also affects valid visa and greencard holders. Since they are entering the country legally they’re granted equal protection under the law.
In defense of Trump’s action supporters are citing part of the Immigration and Nationality Act; which also has a nondiscrinamtion clause-“no person shall receive any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”
Obama’s executives orders from 2002 and 2016 have also been taken out of context.
Fact: The State Department did stop processing Iraqi refugees during a six-month period in 2011. It didn’t effect people that had already completed the process. Two known terrorists were found in KY. It didn’t effect immigrants and tourists.
Fact: January 2016 travelers from the 7 countries were banned from entering under the visa waiver program, which lets people be in US 90 days before applying for Visa. They could still go through the proper channels.
Trump’s executive order bans all travel from these countries, legal or not.
According to NPR’s Greg Myre, “Trump’s executive order doesn’t include any countries from which radicalized Muslims have actually killed Americans in the U.S. since Sept. 11, 2001.”
There are no restrictions on Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Pakistan- countries whose citizens have been involved in attacks on US soil.
As much as I hate to see what’s going on I am amazed to see the American process at work.
Trump issues an executive order. The media covers the story and the people get angery. Protest. Judges stay deportations and advocacy groups file lawsuits questioning the bans constitutionality. If the courts find this unconstitutional it will have to be thrown out.
We were given certain rights and the government was set up the way that it was just in case something like this happens.
Trump and his cabinet seem oblivious to what they are and are not able to do. Maybe they’re hoping no one will notice. Well we did.
Let Trump know we’re watching him and WE WILL NOT let him violate our rights.