As many of us forget the story of Japanese internment, we also forget its moral: how fear can interdict reason, make you lash out with hatred at harmless people. Thus, some of us cheered recently when a new executive order was signed and our airports turned to chaos. Some of us echoed McCloy: “The Constitution is just a scrap of paper to me.”
Two weeks after signing two orders on immigration, President Trump signed three orders on crime and law enforcement, including one that targeted transnational drug cartels. Although immigration and drug enforcement have their own federal agencies, many cops seemed eager to jump into the fray, setting the stage to begin a roll back of the modest gains made in holding police accountable.
A senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say, said the sources, who asked not to be named.
Judge James Robart, a Bush appointee, said no attacks had been carried out on U.S. soil by individuals from the seven countries affected by the travel ban since that assault. For Trump’s order to be constitutional, he said, it had to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”
Startled by the sudden entrance of former boss Jon Stewart, Late Show host Stephen Colbert, inquired gently about his unusual costume — had he dressed up in homage to President Trump? “This is how I’m going to dress now,” he declared. “The president sets men’s fashion, and I saw the inauguration, so: super-long red tie, dead animal on head! Boom!”