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More than 100,000 visas have been revoked because of Trump’s Muslim ban

  • More than 100,000 visas have been revoked because of Trump’s executive order banning the citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries
  • This means that far more people have been affected by the policy than Trump, or his administration, have been willing to admit.
  • Speaking in a Virginia federal court on Friday, an attorney for the U.S. government revealed the actual number — more than 100,000 visas have been revoked, the Washington Post reported. 
  • One reporter said that there was an “audible gasp” in the courtroom when the lawyer for the government gave the figure. Read more
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Afghan family with valid visas torn apart at LAX

  • At Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detained a family with three children who are 7 years old, 6 years old and 8 months old.
  • The family, whose identities remain anonymous out of safety concerns, arrived in LAX with valid special immigration status visas, the New York Times reported. 
  • Afghanistan is also not on the list of the list of banned majority-Muslim countries from Trump’s executive order.
  • The family was also detained despite a federal judge’s stay on the order.
  • According to Fusion, the father was detained at LAX for two days before being sent to an immigration detention center in Orange County, CA.
  • His wife and three children were then sent to another detention center. 
  • The family was reportedly supposed to be sent to a family immigration detention center in Texas, but an emergency court order on Saturday blocked that from happening.
  • The family will have a hearing for their case on Monday afternoon. Read more (3/6/17 12:05 PM)

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France: The EU really should make require Americans to get visas if nations from the EU cannot get into America without them.

America: Wait, what? 

France: It’s simple reciprocity.

America:… so I have to let you guys do the same things that I get to do overseas if I want to keep those privileges?

France: Yes.

America:… that doesn’t seem fair

Yahya Abu Romman, a 22-year-old languages major, had just graduated from university. To celebrate, he planned a six-week trip to the U.S., where his brother, uncles and aunts and more than a dozen cousins have lived for years.

With good grades, an engaging personality and fluency in three languages — English, Arabic and Spanish — he had worked as a nature conservation ranger while studying, and had his pick of jobs with tour companies in Jordan, a strong U.S. ally.

In 2015, Abu Romman was issued a tourist visa at the U.S. embassy in Amman, good for five years. With money from a graduation present, he bought a round-trip ticket and landed at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport a few days after the start of President Trump’s travel ban on the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

That’s where the positive impression of the U.S. he’d inherited from his father came to a screeching halt.

“My dad is a graduate from the University of Illinois,” says Abu Romman. “He always told me America is the land of justice, land of opportunities, of generosity. That there are very kind people. And there are. But I think things have changed.”

Deported With A Valid U.S. Visa, Jordanian Says Message Is ‘You’re Not Welcome’

Photo: Jane Arraf/NPR

In 1938 a radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’ caused public hysteria, as some believed we were really under attack by aliens from another world.

Almost 80 years later, we again succomb to irrational fears and hysteria over alien invaders, only this time the microphone is in the hands of our own president. The ‘invaders’ are people who are simply seeking the same American Dream that many generations of immigrants have also sought and fought for.

Strangely, the public seems to largely ignore the actual efforts by a foreign government to create chaos and unrest and to usurp democracy in the free world. The real invasion of our American values and security is called a fake threat by the very leaders who are sworn to protect this nation.

—  “War on the Free World.” litglob © 2017