Monday, January 30, 2017
ACLU Makes Tacky Move
ACLU mocks Trump over judge’s temporary stay overruling his executive order
US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2017. US President Donald Trump signed executive orders January 24, 2017 reviving the construction of two controversial oil pipelines, but said the projects would be subject to renegotiation. Trump gave an amber light to the Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry crude from Canada to US refineries on the Gulf Coast -- and an equally controversial pipeline crossing in North Dakota. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
After the American Civil Liberties Union announced late Saturday that a New York federal judge had granted an emergency stay in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration allowing all refugees in the U.S. or in transit to the U.S. who have a valid U.S. visa to stay, the ALCU mocked Trump over his first court loss as president.
“I hope Trump enjoys losing,” ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir told Yahoo News Saturday night following the judge’s order.
“He’s going to lose so much we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing,” he added.
The organization followed up those comments with two tweets memorializing Trump’s court loss.
Shakir’s statement was oddly reminiscent of rhetoric that Trump would use during his campaign for president, often times saying in the early days of the Republican primary race that he would usher in a new era of “winning” for America, so much “winning” that Americans would get “tired” of “winning.”
Late on Friday, Trump signed an executive order that temporarily halted the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days and barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan — from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days.
Almost immediately, Trump’s executive order effected refugees who were in transit to the U.S. or who had just arrived. Many were detained at U.S. ports of entry through Saturday morning, afternoon and evening — despite having valid U.S. visas — while lawyers from law firms and organizations like the ACLU worked on their behalf to free them from detainment.
Green card holders from the list of seven countries also found themselves in travel limbo, unable to travel back to the U.S.
That’s when federal district court Judge Ann Donnelly made her ruling late Saturday night, allowing all refugees and visa holders who were already in the U.S. or in transit to safely make it to the U.S. and be allowed in without deportation.
“There is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa holders, and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order,” Donnelly said in her ruling, according to Yahoo News.
Since news broke early Saturday that refugees were being detained at U.S. ports of entry across the country, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to their closest international airport to protest Trump’s executive order.
House and Senate Democrats said Sunday they will also hold a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court on Monday to demand that Trump revoke his immigration executive order.