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Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Intended To Create Chaos And Spur Fear

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Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’ Intended To Create Chaos And Spur Fear

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Like malicious children, the Trump administration built cover for its plan.

Pre-emptive exposure, after all, would have brought the light of scrutiny before the damage could be done.

President Donald Trump, after speaking about immigrants in disparaging tones throughout his campaign, threw down executive orders last week with wild abandon. But Trump saved the most immediately disruptive decree for late Friday afternoon.

That’s just late enough in the week to send reporters, immigration attorneys, and constitutional experts scrambling. No one saw this coming.

Citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries suddenly were banned from entry into the United States. Refugees, the most thoroughly vetted of all immigrants, were told they cannot enter the U.S. for at least 120 days. Those from Syria, arguably some of the world’s neediest displaced people at this moment in history, were locked out indefinitely.

At least until the further whims of Trump and his crafty co-conspirators.

State Department officials weren’t briefed in advance. By Monday, career diplomats — people who have served both Republican and Democratic administrations — were crafting a letter in defiance. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were left with scant directives. The nation’s airports were kept in the dark. Even Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John F. Kelly did not receive his briefing until Trump was signing the order at the Pentagon, The New York Times reported.

No wonder all hell broke loose. This is not an accident. The order was intended to create chaos, to generate fear among immigrants, and to send a message.

Loud and clear it rang: The Trump administration will pontificate about terrorism and national security, but it is intentionally targeting Muslims. Friday, Trump admitted to the Christian Broadcasting Network that he believes the myth that the Obama administration dragged its feet in aiding Christian refugees, and he now wants them to have priority. Pew Research previously stamped out that falsehood, reporting that last year, 37,521 Christian and 38,901 Muslim refugees were admitted to the U.S.

And if the order was actually about terrorism, the countries affected would not be the seven chosen: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. No terrorists from any of those countries have harmed the U.S. Most of the 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. And Osama bin Laden found shelter in Pakistan.

Military officials were mortified by the inclusion of Iraq. Iraqis are our allies in the fight against Islamic State.

The lie that Trump is interested only in stopping illegal immigration also was uncovered by this order. Legal permanent residents were among those suddenly banned. Monday, CNN reported that Trump administration officials had been warned that barring legal residents from entry would be a grave misstep. But those voices were shut down.

The administration eventually walked back the order’s inclusion of permanent residents after its hand was forced by legal rulings and massive protests at the nation’s airports.

The order affecting refugees and Muslim immigrants was so haphazardly crafted and executed, Trump’s intentions were laid bare. The president has been exposed.

IMAGE: Dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators cheer and hold signs as international passengers arrive at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

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Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez has spent years covering immigration, schools, and other volatile beats for The Kansas City Star. She is now an editorial columnist for the Star, where she continues to offer insightful commentary on immigration, culture, and politics.

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 31, 2017

    Several black youths were wrongly charged for an assault on a woman in Central Park several years ago; Trump gets into the act by publicly judging them summarily without the court deciding on the case. Afterwards, the court exonerates the youth after it was determined that they had been wrongly charged, but this didn’t stop Donald from continuing to accuse the youth. Then, a few years ago, Trump accuses President Obama of not being born in the US, even though Hawaii had long before his birth become the 50th state of these United States; President Obama’s birth certificate proves his birthplace, experts confirm its validity, yet Trump persisted in telling the lie.
    (There was never any record that he had ever relinquished his citizenship—the only way for someone to knowingly lose citizenship or be accused of aiding and abetting an enemy nation. Something Trump should be investigated for).

    Numerous other lies have followed since, straight out of Trump’s mouth—knowingly. In many cases he has been content with propagating phony info without taking the time to ascertain the veracity of such info.

    And now, this juvenile is playing another kind of mind game with the help of Bannon, Spicer, and other mentally-ill Administrators, in an Administration loaded with dysfunctional people.
    Trump, the celebrity racist, Bannon, and servile minions like Kellyanne, and Spicer, are like demented children playing with firecrackers. By purposefully timing the Immigration ban on a weekend, a busy time for travel, Trump’s juvenile behavior impelled him to put his pen to paper to see how much disruption he could cause in the lives of scores of people. Trump is now in full Emperor/Reality TV Show mode by summarily firing someone who dared to stand up to this inveterate bully, by firing the acting AG for standing up for the principles of Justice. Such a stance in Trump’s twisted mind is portrayed as “betrayal”—a betrayal of not bowing down to his Lordship Trump-Putin.

    This is a man who is thumbing his nose at proper behavior and decency, and as an adult he is knowingly thumbing his nose at God. For this reason, and for the reasons of past lewd and despicable behavior, Donald needs to be thrown out of the Oval Office onto Penn Ave, placed in a straight-jacket, and taken to a mental ward.

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  2. dbtheonly January 31, 2017

    Chaos and fear?

    Yes, but somehow I feel the American Government was not supposed to be the entity in chaos.

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  3. Thoughtopsy January 31, 2017

    I hope they weld him to the Republicans and make them wear every last thing he does.
    F**king hypocrites.

    As an aside: I notice that the trolls have largely disappeared…. apart from tiny “mike” and Jim the ever-delusional.
    Do you think they’re too embarrassed?
    LOL

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  5. Dominick Vila February 2, 2017

    The centerpiece of Trump’s strategy to advance the implementation of neo-fascism in the USA is the use of prejudice and fear. For Trump, his senior staff, and most of his supporters, all Mexicans are criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. All 1.6 billion Muslims are jihadists ready to destroy America. All black men are irresponsible fathers, most are gang members that engage in criminal activities and belong in prison, and all black women depend on welfare to survive. The strategy turns white Americans into a besieged group of innocent beings surrounded by demons, fighting for survival…and many among us have taken the bait, hook, and sinker without hesitation. In some cases, because they share those opinions, and support his fascist solutions.

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