President Trump kept that promise this weekend. The press went bonkers.
First, the facts. President Trump placed restrictions on people entering the country with visas from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for 90 days to give the State Department an opportunity to improve its vetting process. That Muslim terrorist from Pakistan gave a false address on her visa.
Oddly Pakistan is not on the list.
Nor is this a Muslim ban, as the six nations with the largest Muslim populations by number are not on the list.
What separates from other Muslim nations is that they are war-torn -- or Iran.
Now, let the games begin!
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who wrote and directed the 2017 Oscar-nominated foreign language film “The Salesman,” would not be able to enter the U.S. for the awards under President Donald Trump’s recently enacted travel ban, according to reports on Saturday.It quoted a tweet from the film's Oscar-nominated actress, Taraneh Alidoosti: "Trump's visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won't attend the Oscars in protest."
The story did not mention that Taraneh Alidoosti already said she would boycott the Oscars to protest the free election of President Trump.
From The Sun:
PASSENGERS traveling to the USA are being prevented from entering the country just hours after President Trump introduced a ban on Muslims.
Seven people, six Iraqis and a Yemeni, were stopped from boarding a flight from Cairo, Egypt, to New York today despite having valid visas to travel to America.The ban is not on Muslims. I realize it is a British tabloid, but could we stop with the Fake News already? We have enough of it in this country without having to import it. That's one job too many Americans are all too willing to do.
From the New York Times:
American technology companies for years have relied on a steady stream of skilled engineers from overseas to help them create their products.
Now many of those companies and their workers are girding for expected changes to immigration policy under President Trump that the companies say could hurt their ability to tap the technical talent they need to stay competitive.
Mr. Trump, who has signed a series of executive orders related to immigration, is expected to soon take similar action on visa programs for foreign workers.
A draft of a proposed executive order on the matter was leaked this week. While it is not clear how the final order will look and the draft contains some changes many in the technology industry support, some language alarmed people in Silicon Valley.How many computer programmers are there in Yemen?
From another story from the New York Times:
Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around Globe
President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked for a decade as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others.
Around the nation, security officers at major international gateways had new rules to follow, though the application of the order appeared uneven. Humanitarian organizations scrambled to cancel long-planned programs, delivering the bad news to families who were about to travel. Refugees who were on flights when the order was signed were detained at airports.
“We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country,” said Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. “They’re literally pouring in by the minute.”
There were numerous reports of students attending American universities who were blocked from returning to the United States from visits abroad. One student said in a Twitter post that he would be unable to study at Yale. Another who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was refused permission to board a plane. A Sudanese student at Stanford University was blocked for hours from returning to California.San Bernardino never gets mentioned in these reports.
And didn't all the 9/11 hijackers have student visas?
From the Telegraph:
Donald Trump was facing a fierce backlash at home and abroad on Saturday following his decision to ban families fleeing the violence in Syria from entering the United States and to temporarily suspend immigration from predominantly Muslim countries.President Trump faces a fierce backlash when he rolls out of bed.
Again, Fake News. The largest Muslim nation, Indonesia, and other predominately Muslim countries are not.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google delivered a sharp message to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by a new executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump: Get back to the U.S. now.
Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai slammed Trump’s move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that more than 100 company staff are affected by the order.
"It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues," Pichai wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. "We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so."
The comments underscore a growing rift between the Trump administration and several large U.S. technology companies, which include many immigrants in their ranks and have lobbied for fewer immigration restrictions. Pichai’s note echoed similar statements from tech peers voicing concerns about the harm such policies could have on their businesses.They would have no problem if they paid proper wages and hired Americans.
President Donald Trump's most far reaching action since taking office plunged America's immigration system into chaos on Saturday, not only for refugees but for legal U.S. residents who were turned away at airports and feared being stranded outside the country.
Immigration lawyers and advocates worked through the night trying to help stranded travelers find a way back home. Lawyers in New York sued to block the order, saying many people have already been unlawfully detained, including an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army in Iraq.
Confusion abounded at airports as immigration and customs officials struggled to interpret the new rules, with some legal residents who were in the air when the order was issued detained at airports upon arrival.
"Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing," said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. "These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here."Funny how interpreters had to fight to get visas under Barack Obama, and got little support from journalists.
I realize that telling the story of those inconvenienced by this order is journalism.
But these stories need to double-check the facts quoted, and give the other side of the story.
In short, when quoting people, reporters should treat the quote as if it were stated by President Trump.
Make Journalism Journalism Again.
And now, for the rest of the story, via Instapundit.
From Seth J. Frantzman:
Trump didn’t select seven “Muslim-majority” countries. US President Barack Obama’s administration selected these seven Muslim-majority countries.
The Department of Homeland Security targeted these seven countries over the last years as countries of concern. In February 2016 “The Department of Homeland Security today announced that it is continuing its implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 with the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern, limiting Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals who have traveled to these countries.”
It noted “the three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals.” It was the US policy under Obama to restrict and target people “who have been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, at any time on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited government/military exceptions).”Who Frantzman is.
(Chuckles like Paul Harvey.)
Now you know the rest of the story.
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