I find it hard to believe that a nation of immigrants is refusing entry to other immigrants, based for the most part, on the immigrant’s religion. But for Donald Trump and his Republican backers, this is exactly the outcome they are after.
Hours after landing in New York on Saturday, a doctor at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic was forced to leave the country based on an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that bans visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.
Her flight to Saudi Arabia took off minutes before a federal judge in New York put a temporary stay on turning back people in such situations.
Suha Abushamma, 26, is in the first year of an Internal Medicine residency program at the clinic and held an H-1B visa for workers in “specialty occupations.” Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, she holds a passport from Sudan, one of the seven countries from which Trump barred visitors.
On Saturday evening, Abushamma was forced to make a choice by Customs and Border Protection agents: She could leave the country voluntarily and withdraw her visa — or she could be forcibly deported, which would have prevented her from coming back to the United States for at least five years. The latter also would have resulted in a permanent black mark on her immigration record.
She asked for a delay but was refused, she said in a FaceTime interview with ProPublica while she was flying over the Atlantic on her way back to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is not one of the countries on Trump’s list, but because Abushamma’s passport is from Sudan, she was told she is covered by the executive order.
“I’m only in this country to be a doctor, to work and to help people — that’s it,” she said. “There’s no other reason.”
He was interviewed by Megyn Kelly on Fox News about Donald Trump and his many statements about stopping an entire group of people from coming to America based entirely on their religion. The U.S Constitution is totally against religious tests of course, but certain people are in the Trump camp are willfully blind to the Constitution.
His name is Carl Higbie and he is a Trump supporter. And he is apparently in favor of using the likes of “internment camps” to hold Muslims in America.
KELLY: Come on. You’re not — you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope.
HIGBIE: No, no, no. I’m not proposing that at all, Megyn, but what I am saying is we need to protect America from —
KELLY: You know better than to suggest that. I mean, that’s the kind of stuff that gets people scared, Carl.
HIGBIE: Right, but it’s — I’m just saying there is precedent for it, and I’m not saying I agree with it, but in this case I absolutely believe that a regional based —
KELLY: You can’t be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is gonna do.
HIGBIE: Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our Constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand, until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it.
Hospitalized and on his death-bed, former Republican senator Bob Bennett issued an apology to Muslims for the overt hatred coming their way from Republicans and the leader of the Republican party, Donald Trump.
Bob Bennet’s son Jim, recalled the final moments of his father’s life.
“So I was standing there with him in the hospital and out of nowhere he asked me, ‘Are there any Muslims in this hospital?'” Jim Bennett told NBC News Wednesday evening.
“I said, ‘Yes, dad, I’m sure there are.'” Jim said of the conversation, which was first reported by the Daily Beast. “And he was very emotional and said, ‘I want to go up to every single one of them and apologize, I want to go up to every single one of them and tell them how grateful I am that they are in this country and apologize on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump.'”
Jim Bennett said that when he later spoke to his mother, Joyce Bennett, about the conversation, she told him that expressing a sense of inclusion for ostracized populations, especially Muslims, had become “something that he was doing quite a lot of in the last months of his life.”
On Monday, Donald Trump made an exception to his “ban all Muslims” from entering the United States policy. The exception to Donald’s rule is the newly elected Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
But after Khan criticized Donald for not having a basic understanding of Islam, we should all expect Donald to call Khan a name or two, revoke the exception that would have allowed Khan to visit the United States and reinforce his “ban all Muslims” policy.
It’s what any sensible 3rd grader would do.
“This isn’t just about me,” Sadiq Khan said Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. “It’s about my friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world.
“Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe — it risks alienating mainstream Muslims and plays into the hands of extremists,” he added.
London elected Khan on Friday, making him the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital.
Khan, a Labour Party member and former human rights lawyer, is the son of Pakistani immigrants.
Like much of his other statements, Republicans are beginning to realize that Donald Trump’s words carry absolutely no weight. His most recent backtrack comes after London elected its first Muslim mayor last week, and that new mayor voiced his concerns that he might not being able to visit the United States under a Trump presidency.
“If Donald Trump becomes the president, I’ll be stopped from going there by virtue of my faith, which means I can’t engage with American mayors and swap ideas,” London’s mayor Sadiq Khan said.
Naturally, this concern from one of America’s main ally is forcing Donald Trump to punch a few holes in his “ban all Muslims” policy.
“There will always be exceptions,” Mr. Trump said when asked in an interview on Monday how his proposed ban would affect London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.
“I was happy to see that,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Khan’s election. “I think it’s a very good thing, and I hope he does a very good job because frankly that would be very, very good.”
Asked why, Mr. Trump said, “Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example, always lead by example. If he does a good job and frankly if he does a great job, that would be a terrific thing.”
New York Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, is not a fan of fools. That will explain why Bratton took offense to a statement by Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz, who, in response to the deadly terrorist attacks in Brussels, called for increased police surveillance in Muslim neighborhoods as the answer to stop ISIS and Islamic extremist terrorists.
“He doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about, to be quite frank with you. I took great offense to that statement,” Bratton said. “I have almost 1,000 Muslim officers in the NYPD. Ironically when he’s running around here we probably have a few Muslim officers guiding him.”
Cruz was confronted by the comment when he appeared on “CBS This Morning” later, and replied:
“It’s not surprising that the Democratic political henchmen of Mayor de Blasio are coming after me, and that is on the instructions of Mayor de Blasio,” Cruz said.
Cruz continued, pointing to an earlier program put in place by former mayor Michael Bloomberg, which Cruz said “worked proactively with the Muslim community to stop radicalization.”
“Mayor de Blasio decided to come in, and decided that political correctness mattered more than keeping before safe… he disbanded the program,” Cruz said.
The Muslim surveillance program, or “Demographics Unit,” or “Zone Assessment Unit” in New York City was disbanded in 2014 . Law enforcement officials have admitted the program, which began in 2003 in wake of the 9/11 attacks, never generated any viable leads, CBS New York reported in an earlier story.
So here in America, we have a right-winged Republican calling for a ban on all Muslims coming to this country. But Donald Trump’s way of thinking is apparently not exclusive to him or the Republicans. In Israel, another right winged nut-job is calling for the expulsion of all Christians from Israel.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Donald Trump of Israel.
“Christmas has no place in the Holy Land,” insists Benzion Gopstein, the leader of a far-right Israeli group that has indirectly received support from the government.
According to Gopstein, Christians are “vampires and blood suckers” that must be expelled from Israel, the U.S.’ closest ally. “Let us remove the vampires before they once again drink our blood,” he wrote in a recent article on an ultra-Orthodox website.
Gopstein, a religious extremist also known as “Benzi,” calls “the Christian Church” Jews’ “deadly enemy for hundreds of years,” which has used “the maximum tools at its disposal to destroy the Jewish people.”
He laments that the “disgust” for Christianity “has disappeared with the ‘good life’ of the democratic age.”
Leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Gopstein’s remarks. It also noted that the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism and the Coalition Against Racism have asked the government to investigate.