The ACLU took Trump’s administration to court Saturday night and, after an hour of arguments, the judge granted a stay that IMMEDIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROHIBITS CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FROM BARRING OR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT AMERICAN AIRPORTS.
THIS STAY IS TEMPORARY AND ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE CURRENTLY DETAINED OR ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICAN AIRPORTS. IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FUTURE CASES. It will be further deliberated.
Protect and defend yourselves. Be prepared.
IF YOU ARE A PERMANENT RESIDENT FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN :
NEVER SURRENDER YOUR GREENCARD OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PAPERS.
NEVER SIGN FORM 1-407. It is literally a form used to abandon your permanent legal resident status in the United States.
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
Regardless if you just arrived or if you have been here a while, REMEMBER
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. NEVER SURRENDER ANY LEGAL OR PAPERWORK THAT PROVE YOUR LEGAL REFUGEE STATUS (I’m unfamiliar with any exact form names, so use discretion and do research). GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT AND NATURALIZED CITIZEN FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
You are not in any imminent threat as refugees or legal residents are BUT
RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.
REPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED IT.
ORDER A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP IF YOU WERE NATURALIZED THROUGH YOUR PARENTS.
All these forms take time and money, so please do them ASAP. Certificates of naturalization and citizenship may take up to a year to be received SO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT AS IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP (about a 3 week wait to be received).
Good luck to everyone. He will not divide us. We will resist.
*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer or immigration professional. I am only a university student majoring in political science. My word is not the law. Please seek LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL help.
can we start a trend where talking about feelings is okay and not being okay sometimes is okay?? can we encourage love and being vocal about what’s wrong and what’s not working so that we can actually fix the problem?? where caring about someone is cool and doesn’t make you weak?? can we start that trend?
I wonder what it would be like to be yours. For you to be madly in love with me and I’d admire you while you admire me and watch you go insane. I wonder what it would be like to lay together with the lights dimmed and just tell each other stories. I wonder how long we’d travel down winding roads blaring our favourite songs that no one else really has the appreciation for. I wonder if your mom would like me and if your dad would tell you to keep me close. I wonder when you’d tell me you loved me and why you felt that the moment was right. I wonder a lot about you and my mind dances on a lot of possibilities that I wish would come true.
I get where all those posts and tweets are coming from about wanting to drive down ratings, DVR playbacks, tweets, and feedback about the inauguration are coming from. It’s a well-intentioned place. I too would love to see Trump explode because the ratings were not what he wanted and that he’s not trending, and he would too, if such things were possible.
But I don’t think at this point it’s possible to make a significant protest out of this. Too many people on either side of the aisle are going to be tuning in either out of support, morbid curiosity, latent horror, etc. Too many people are going to refuse to look away from this train wreck happening before their eyes. (Also unless you DVR it or have a Nielsen box, your watching it on TV doesn’t matter anyway)
But more than that, the time to ignore Donald Trump has already ended. The time to ignore Donald Trump and kill his ratings was during the campaign when he held no office and was a complete joke candidate. He should have been ignored before he became the nominee.
But now we can’t ignore Donald Trump ever, ever again, not until his entire empire has been eliminated. We have to keep our eyes on him more than ever before and say, “We see you.” We have to be ready to criticize him and oppose him at every turn. Because it doesn’t matter anymore if you pretend he doesn’t exist - he’s still going to be the president.
The inauguration may feel like just a meaningless pageant so there’s no harm in not discussing it online. But we know by now that Trump’s rallies have been dangerous; even his only press conference as president-elect was dangerous. If we don’t talk about it, loudly oppose it, he gets away with every awful thing that happens there. His supporters will keep it trending anyway.
Meaningful protest is when actual people invited to the inauguration, like politicians, talent, and scores of other people, do not show up. THAT is what will truly hurt him. It’s a visible statement that can’t be skewed or misinterpreted. Meaningful protest will be tens of thousands, hopefully hundreds of thousands of people attending the Women’s March on Washington protests happening all over the nation on Saturday. Please consider attending one of those, and please openly oppose Trump online on Inauguration Day to drown out his supporters and any media that tries to normalize this nightmarish thing happening.