The anatomy of the temporary refugee halt order

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an EO on refugees, minutes after General James Mattis was sworn in as Secretary of Defines.

The executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” contained these key elements:
* Suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, prohibiting the arrival of refugees into the United States from any country during that period
* Ordered the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to undertake a complete review of the refugee vetting process
* Permanently banned Syrian refugees until President Trump determined otherwise, and
* Lowered the ceiling of refugees allowed to enter the United States during FY 2017 to 50,000.

Of course the decision elicited the expected response from the libtards and their media.
Flashback: in 2011, Obama quietly suspended the processing of refugees from Iraq for 6 months over terrorism fears.
The reaction at the time from MSM …. crickets!
Two years later, in 2013, ABC news reported
“As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.”

Fast forward to Saturday, January 28, 2017: following President’s Trump EO, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filled an emergency petition on behalf of two Iraqis detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The petition was submitted to U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly who ordered a halt to any removal of refugees or others who hold valid visas to enter the United States.
The two refugees are: Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who was an interpreter for the U.S. military, and Haider Alshawi, who was on his way to join his wife, who had worked for a U.S. contractor in Iraq.
ACLU attorneys argued that returning either petitioner could cause “irreparable harm” by exposing them and their families to retaliation from extremists.
Thanks to Obama, foreign citizens now have US Constitutional rights. It is called ‘Immigrants Equal Protection under the US Constitution’, project initiated by ACLU and finalized by the ex president.
That act was used by ACLU attorneys and the judge Donnelly to avoid to follow President’s Trump EO.
By the way, judge Donnelly was appointed by Obama at the recommendation of Chuck Schumer.

Sunday, January 29, 2017
“The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people,” the agency made in a statement sent to reporters on Sunday.  They reminded Americans that only a small percentage of travelers were affected by the new restrictions.
The agency noted that although some individuals were held for further screening, some of them were allowed entry into the United States, despite protesters at area airports describing the order as a “Muslim ban.”
“These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders,” the department said.
The agency did not signal that they were prepared to back down from the rigorous enforcement of Trump’s executive action.
“The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people,” the statement concluded.”

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