AG Bob Ferguson Files the Nation’s First Lawsuit Against Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration


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“In a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution.”

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that he is suing President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and high-ranking administration officials for the President’s unconstitutional executive order on immigration. The suit echoes a statement signed by 16 state attorneys general on Sunday decrying the order, but it is the first official legal action of its kind in the country.

As promised, AG Ferguson is among those leading the charge in a nationwide cry of outrage.

“[The order] is unconstitutional,” Ferguson said in a press conference Monday. “You can’t do that. It violates the rule of law. I won’t put up with it — I won’t. It’s our job… to hold everyone to the rule of law, and it doesn’t matter if you happen to be the President of the United States.”

During a tumultuous weekend of airport protests, hasty federal judge rulings, and myriad calls for resistance, Ferguson’s office was working around the clock to put together a court challenge to what even GOP lawmakers have roundly criticized. The full text of the complaint should be available later today. “We moved quickly on this,” Ferguson said. “Every hour matters. Every day matters. It’s impacting people’s lives in a profound way. That’s why I felt so strongly that it was important to bring a thoughtful lawsuit before the federal court as soon as we possibly could.” He expects that other state attorneys general are likely join the suit, or launch their own, very soon.

The suit argues that Trump’s order, which indefinitely bars Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., suspends all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, and blocks citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, and infringes the constitutional right to due process. Alongside the suit filed in U.S. District Court of Western Washington, Ferguson also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order which would call for an immediate halt to implementation of the executive order, no matter what happens in the courts. But Ferguson is moving fast: He asked the court to schedule a hearing within 14 days.

The order’s “clear purpose is an unconscionable religious test” that would “discriminate against one faith,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday. “This is un-American. This is wrong. And it will not stand.”

Inslee pointed to the “human suffering caused by this train wreck,” and underscored the importance that the state of Washington is a party on this lawsuit, because every Washingtonian is affected by the order. “This is not just an insult on the rights of a few people in Washington. It is an insult and a danger to all people in the state of Washington — of all faiths.” He lauded the suit as a clear representation of the need for checks and balances in government. “In American history, we have never needed checks and balances like we have needed it today.”

Another argument Inslee and Ferguson outlined: The executive order is not only unconstitutional and cruel, but it damages the state’s economy. On Sunday, Expedia and Amazon provided statements to Ferguson’s office regarding how this order will affect their business and their employees directly.

Inslee attended protests both at Sea-Tac and in downtown Seattle over the weekend, and pointed out that nationwide resistance on this has already made a difference. The Trump administration has backed down somewhat on at least one aspect of the order that would have barred people carrying green cards. “Resistance is not futile,” he said. “It’s productive.” He urged everyone — from the state attorney general’s office to the peaceful protesters in the streets — to keep it up.

“This is not a reality TV show. This is reality,” Inslee said, with emphasis. “President Trump may have his ‘alternative facts,’ but ‘alternative facts’ do not work in a courtroom.”

Added Ferguson: “In a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution. That’s why we’re nation of laws. At the end of the day, either you are abiding by the Constitution, or you are not.”

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Trump refugee ban spurs second night of local protests

Thousands gathered in downtown Seattle in ongoing protests of President Trump’s executive order barring new refugees and limiting immigration from some Muslim majority countries.

 

The disappointment and fear that rolled through immigrant communities in the wake of President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and limiting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries drew thousands Sunday night to a peaceful demonstration in Seattle’s Westlake Plaza.

It was the second straight night of protests in Western Washington, with a huge crowd flooding the public areas of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) on Saturday after the ban was announced.

Civil libertarians and volunteer attorneys from some of the city’s most prestigious law firms helped win the release of two men — citizens of Yemen and Sudan — who had been detained by agents from Customs and Border Protection at the airport and not allowed to enter the United States. The lawyers obtained an emergency temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing their removal from the country pending a hearing this week.

Meanwhile, thousands stood in chilly weather and endured an on-again, off-again drizzle in downtown Seattle on Sunday to hear speakers — including Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray — denounce the order and the Trump administration for imposing it.

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Washington Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib offered the crowd a powerful and personal perspective.

His parents emigrated from Iran, he said, and would not have been able to come to the United States had Trump’s order been in place when they left. Likewise, his Iranian grandmother would not have been able to visit him after he was diagnosed with the cancer that cost him his sight.

“I care about those people who are affected by this like they are my family, because some of them are,” he said.

Refugees and immigrants are “every bit as American” as Trump is,” he said.

“Nobody loves this country like the people who leave everything behind to earn their place in this country,” he said.

“We need to stand up”

Among the protesters was Mick Cowles and his wife, who drove in from Anacortes. Cowles said he was a career civil servant and considers Trump’s actions a violation of the Constitution.

As a government worker, “We don’t pay allegiance to the commander in chief,” he said. “When the Constitution is attacked, we need to stand up.”He said he was especially concerned that he had not heard more from Republican members of Congress.

“We’re just fed up,” added his wife, Patty Munday. “I read the paper this morning, and I said,’ We’ve got to go for it.’ ”

James Campanelli, of Shoreline, held a sign displaying religious symbols from around the world.

He said it is a mistake to turn away refugees, and he worried the unprecedented bans on entry to the United States might alienate people and countries who have helped us.

As crowds gathered in Westlake, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray briefed reporters at the airport on her “disappointment” over the order and how it is disrupting the lives of immigrants, refugees, students, workers and family members whose futures are now in limbo.

She remarked that two men were released Sunday morning after intervention by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). She said another man who arrived in Washington to visit family members was held and then placed back on a plane to Vienna.

Generally speaking, immigrants are people who want to move to the United States, often through legal means, while refugees are people who have fled their home country and are seeking asylum.

“This is someone who went through the process, had legal paperwork, had the paperwork in his hand, got on the plane believing that he was going to see his family here in the airport at baggage claim when he landed,” Murray said.

“That didn’t happen,” Murray said. “He was put back on the plane and is currently in Vienna, and it is unclear what will occur to him from there.”

Murray called the events of Friday night “appalling” and “un-American.”

She said she had been unable to get in touch with President Trump’s administration.

The Trump order suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely. It also halts, for 90 days, entry into the United States for citizens of these Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Trump says the order was necessary to protect the country from a terrorist attack.

“I am so frustrated that an administration, barely a week into being put into office, issued an executive order that impacted human beings around this country, and the face of this country and who we are to the world, without taking the time to look at what they were doing,” Murray said.

Judge sets hearing

The Westlake gathering marked the second night of protests against the executive order.

Thousands made their way to Sea-Tac airport Saturday night after it was learned that the Department of Homeland Security had detained several individuals who were trying to enter or return to the United States.

Attorneys from the ACLU and the NWIRP obtained an emergency order from U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly on behalf of two men who were detained.

One was a citizen of Sudan living in the United Arab Emirates who was traveling to Las Vegas for a convention. The other was a Yemeni citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia coming to the United States to visit family, according to NWIRP Executive Director Jorge Baron.

After they were taken into custody by agents from Customs and Border Patrol, “they were able to watch coverage of the protests at the airport,” ACLU spokesman Doug Honig said. “They both expressed gratitude for those expressions of solidarity” and said they were thankful for the intervention of several political figures to help arrange their release.

Zilly is a senior federal judge who has been on the bench in Seattle since his appointment by President Reagan in 1988. He set a hearing on the emergency TRO — which names as defendants President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security — for Friday and ordered both sides to file briefs on the issue.

The airport protest dwindled into the early hours Sunday, when Port of Seattle law- enforcement officers deployed pepper spray and arrested more than 30 people for obstructing after some protesters attempted to keep passengers from reaching their gates. Seattle police, who were asked to help Port of Seattle police, said none of its officers arrested anyone nor used pepper-spray.

Protests also were held Sunday at the Peace Arch in Blaine, at the U.S.-Canadian border and at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

Attempts to measure the extent and impact of the refugee ban were not successful. Rose Richeson, the Northwest spokeswoman for ICE, referred all requests for information on overall numbers of people detain to a Customs and Border Patrol email address, which did not respond.

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Fear, anger at O’Hare: Travelers freed after being held over Trump order, lawyers say

Protesters rallied at O’Hare International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017, after travelers were held, including those with green cards and visas, following President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

U.S. authorities took more than a dozen travelers into custody Saturday at O’Hare International Airport in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration order — but lawyers who came to their aid said all were set free after a federal judge temporarily barred deportations.

The Trump crackdown on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries set off a tumultuous day at O’Hare as frantic relatives, hundreds of protesters and the volunteer lawyers gathered at the airport.

Even before a federal judge in New York ruled to block the U.S. from sending people out of the country under Trump’s order, a few of those being held at O’Hare had already been released after hours of questioning. They included Hessan Noorian, a Park Ridge resident returning with his family from Iran.

Noorian has a green card, as well as British and Iranian citizenship, and Amirisefat is a U.S. citizen. Their son, Ryan, was born six months ago in suburban Chicago. They had been visiting Tehran to introduce their child to their family.

When they landed at O’Hare around noon Saturday, immigration officers told them Noorian could not enter the country without answering some questions, Amirisefat said. They waved her and the baby through but, despite her husband’s urging her to go home, she refused to leave without him.

“I was scared,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen to him, if they would send him back. I wasn’t going to leave him to go through that alone.”

The couple, who said they work at Oakton Community College, then texted Amirisefat’s brother and submitted to five hours of on-and-off questioning. The treatment during his time in custody was neither abusive nor exemplary, she said. She was allowed to nurse her son in a private room after making several requests, and her husband was given juice when he felt his blood sugar levels drop.

The couple — jet-lagged from their 20-hour trip home from Iran — looked tired and confused as they exited customs around 5:30 p.m. Noorian carried the names of about a dozen people he said were still being held and phone numbers for their relatives.

Noorian’s brother-in-law, Mohammad Amirisefat, said before Noorian’s release: “This is insulting. This is insane, this is truly insane.” After the release, Noorian’s wife said: “I can’t believe something like this can happen to someone with a green card.”

Trump’s executive order, signed late Friday afternoon, suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocks entry for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Department of Homeland Security said the order also bars green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States. White House officials said Saturday that green card holders from the seven affected countries would need a case-by-case waiver to return to the United States.

Hundreds of people protested inside and outside O’Hare’s international terminal Saturday night, chanting, “The whole world is watching.” As the crowds swelled, police shut down vehicle access to the terminal.

“It’s horrifying,” protester Rachel Shinville, 24, said of the ban. “It’s inhumane and I’m pretty sure it’s illegal. It takes a lot of people to allow something like this to happen.”

About 150 lawyers summoned by the International Refugee Assistance Project gathered near McDonald’s at O’Hare to represent those being held. The lawyers paced through the arrivals terminal, making their presence known to people waiting for travelers.

Heidi Walczak, 40, of Arlington Heights, bought coffee for the lawyers at O’Hare. Another person bought pizzas. Cheers erupted. “We just wanted to help out and come and show our support,” Walczak said. “I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t do any of the legal stuff.”

Members of the lawyers group said 17 people were taken into custody, and shortly after 10 p.m. they confirmed that all had been let go. None of them held refugee status, said Hannah Garst, a Chicago lawyer.

Another Chicago area resident temporarily caught in the federal net was Iranian Kasra Noohi, 70, of Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

His sons, Ayden, 37, and Bardia, 32, waited for hours at O’Hare for their father, who they said had a U.S. green card. According to the sons, Noohi was on his plane, traveling from the United Arab Emirates, when Trump signed his order.

“Part of me is angry, part of me is scared,” Bardia Noohi said. “I feel like this is just the beginning.”

Ayden Noohi said this incident made him think of when people of Japanese descent were put into internment camps during World War II. “Is history going to repeat itself?” he said. “Are we going to go down this path of racism?”

After a long wait for their father to emerge, they found out that he had been freed earlier, had not seen them in the confusing, protester-filled crowd, and had simply taken a cab home to the South Loop.

“The protesters are great but if I can’t see my dad coming out then it’s kind of missing the point,” said Bardia Noohi.

As protesters marched through the arrivals gate, the Noohi brothers took video of them.

Another person held, Abdulsalam Mused, 67, of Oak Lawn, was freed after more than six hours of questioning, and he stopped to shake hands with the volunteer attorneys and protesters. He said authorities repeatedly asked him whether he was carrying weapons and whether he had visited his native Yemen while on his trip to Saudi Arabia for his son’s wedding.

He said he was treated nicely, but the experience still left him shaken.

“I received political asylum in the United States because I stood up to terrorists in Yemen,” said Mused, who has lived in the U.S. for 18 years. “This is the first time in my life that I was made to feel like a terrorist.”

Wearing a pinstripe suit and tie, Mused encouraged the president to rescind his order. “This is not what America is about,” he said. “America is about freedom of expression and freedom of religion. It’s a country of immigrants. It’s not this.”

His son Nasser Mused, 36, also of Oak Lawn, said his father was looking forward to seeking citizenship this May.

“He did everything right,” Nasser Mused said. “He feels safe here because you have freedom of speech and freedom to be who you want to be. This is our country. He would do anything to serve this country.”

Nour Ulayyet, 40, of Valparaiso, Ind., told The Associated Press that her sister, a Syrian living in Saudi Arabia, was sent back after arriving at O’Hare from Riyadh and told she couldn’t enter the U.S. to help care for their sick mother. Ulayyet said some officials at the airport were apologizing to her sister, who had a valid visa.

“My mom was already having pain enough to go through this on top of the pain that she’s having,” Ulayyet said.

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U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban

 
A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban, saying travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.

The judge’s order affected only a portion of Trump’s executive action. As the decision was announced, cheers broke out in crowds of demonstrators who had gathered at American airports and outside the Brooklyn courthouse where the ruling was issued.

The order barred U.S. border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the U.S. with a valid visa from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It also covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

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It was unclear how quickly the judge’s order might affect people in detention, or whether it would allow others to resume flying.

“Realistically, we don’t even know if people are going to be allowed onto the planes,” said ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt. “This order would protect people who they allow to come here and reach U.S. soil.”

Under Trump’s order, it had appeared that an untold number of foreign-born U.S. residents now traveling outside the U.S. could be stuck overseas for at least 90 days even though they held permanent residency “green cards” or other visas. However, an official with the Department of Homeland Security said Saturday night that no green-card holders from the seven countries cited in Trump’s order had been prevented from entering the U.S.

Some foreign nationals who were allowed to board flights before the order was signed Friday had been detained at U.S. airports, told they were no longer welcome. The DHS official who briefed reporters by phone said 109 people who were in transit on airplanes had been denied entry and 173 had not been allowed to get on their planes overseas.

In her three-page order, Donnelly wrote that without the stay “there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders and other individuals from nations subject to the Jan. 27, 2017, executive order.”

Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop “radical Islamic terrorists” from coming to the U.S. It included a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.

Trump’s order singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, indefinitely blocking entry for anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war.

The directive did not do anything to prevent attacks from homegrown extremists who were already in America, a primary concern of federal law enforcement officials. It also omitted Saudi Arabia, home to most of the Sept. 11 hijackers.

As a candidate Trump pledged to temporarily ban Muslims from coming to the U.S., then said he would implement “extreme vetting” for people from countries with significant terror concerns. He told reporters Saturday the order is “not a Muslim ban.”

“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump said of the implementation of his order. “We’re going to have a very, very strict ban and we’re going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years.”

The order sparked protests at several of the nation’s international airports, including New York’s Kennedy and Chicago’s O’Hare and facilities in Minneapolis and Dallas-Forth Worth. In San Francisco, hundreds blocked the street outside the arrival area of the international terminal. Several dozen demonstrated at the airport in Portland, Oregon, briefly disrupting light rail service while hoisting signs that read “Portland Coffee Is From Yemen” and chanting anti-Trump slogans.

U.S. lawmakers and officials around the globe also criticized the move. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said while Trump is right to focus on border security, the order is “too broad.”

“If we send a signal to the Middle East that the U.S. sees all Muslims as jihadis, the terrorist recruiters win by telling kids that America is banning Muslims and that this is America versus one religion,” Sasse said. “Our generational fight against jihadism requires wisdom.”

In Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran would stop issuing new visas to U.S. citizens in response to Trump’s ban, but that anyone already with a visa to Iran wouldn’t be turned away.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to say that refugees were welcome in Canada, “regardless of your faith.”

Two of the first people blocked from entering the United States were Iraqis with links to the U.S. military. Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi were detained by immigration officials after landing at New York’s Kennedy airport Friday night. Both had been released by Saturday night after their lawyers intervened.

The government can exempt foreign nationals from the ban if their entry is deemed in the national interest. But it was not immediately clear how that exemption might be applied.

Diplomats from the seven countries singled out by Trump’s order would still be allowed into the U.S.

Those already in the U.S. with a visa or green card would be allowed to stay, according to the official, who wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the details of how Trump’s order was being put in place and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

Trump’s order also directed U.S. officials to review information as needed to fully vet foreigners asking to come to the U.S. and draft a list of countries that don’t provide that information. That left open the possibility that citizens of other countries could also face a travel ban.

The U.S. may still admit refugees on a case-by-case basis during the freeze, and the government would continue to process requests from people claiming religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it would challenge the constitutionality of Trump’s order.

“There is no evidence that refugees — the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation — are a threat to national security,” said Lena F. Masri, the group’s national litigation director. “This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

John Cohen, a former Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism official who worked under Democratic and Republican administrations, said the order didn’t address America’s “primary terrorism-related threat” — people already in the U.S. who become inspired by what they see on the internet.

Trump’s order drew support from some Republican lawmakers who have urged more security measures for the refugee vetting program, particularly for those from Syria.

“We are a compassionate nation and a country of immigrants. But as we know, terrorists are dead set on using our immigration and refugee programs as a Trojan Horse to attack us,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said in a statement Friday. “With the stroke of a pen, he is doing more to shut down terrorist pathways into this country than the last administration did in eight years.”

It is unclear how many people would be immediately impacted by the non-refugee travel ban. According to the statistics maintained by the Homeland Security Department, about 17,000 students from the seven designated countries were allowed into the U.S. for the 2015-2016 school year. In 2015 more than 86,000 people from those countries arrived in the U.S. on other, non-immigrant visas and more than 52,000 others became legal permanent residents.

Last year the U.S. resettled 85,000 people displaced by war, political oppression, hunger and religious prejudice, including more than 12,000 Syrians. Before leaving office President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would accept 110,000 refugees in the coming year, but Trump’s order cut that by more than half to 50,000.

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Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Eric Tucker in Washington, Ellen Knickmeyer in San Francisco, Jeff Karoub in Detroit, and Karen Matthews, Rachel Zoll, Verena Dobnik and William Mathis in New York contributed to this report.

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Tech companies protest Trump immigration order

NEW YORK (AP) — Google, Apple and other tech giants expressed dismay over an executive order on immigration from President Donald Trump that bars nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

The U.S tech industry relies on foreign engineers and other technical experts for a sizeable percentage of its workforce. The order bars entry to the U.S. for anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

The move, ostensibly intended to prevent extremists from carrying out attacks in the U.S., could now also heighten tensions between the new Trump administration and one of the nation’s most economically and culturally important industries. That’s especially true if Trump goes on to revamp the industry’s temporary worker permits known as H-1B visas, as some fear.

BITING BACK

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“I share your concerns” about Trump’s immigration order, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a memo to employees obtained by The Associated Press. “It is not a policy we support.”

“We have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company,” he added.

Cook didn’t say how many Apple employees are directly affected by the order, but said the company’s HR, legal and security teams are in contact to support them. “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Cook wrote — an apparent reference not only to the company’s foreign-born employees, but to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was forcefully blunt. “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all,” he wrote on Facebook . “Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.”

“It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity,” he continued. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg criticized the order in similar, though more carefully couched, terms on Friday .

Technology investor Chris Sacca, an early backer of Uber and Instagram, said on Twitter that he would match ACLU donations up to $75,000 after the organization sued over the ban — and then decided to donate another $75,000 , for a total of $150,000. EBay founder Pierre Omidyar, the child of Iranians, complained that the order was “simple bigotry .”

Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has recently appeared to be cultivating a relationship with Trump, tweeted that “many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US” who don’t “deserve to be rejected.” Musk is an immigrant from South Africa.

GOOGLE GRUMBLES

Google told its employees from those countries to cancel any travel plans outside the U.S. and to consult with the company’s human resources department if they’re not currently in the U.S., according to a company-wide note described to The Associated Press. That memo was first reported by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees in the note that at least 187 Google workers could be affected by Trump’s order. It is not clear how many of those workers are currently traveling outside the U.S. “We’ve always made our views on immigration known publicly and will continue to do so,” Pichai said in the memo.

Company representatives declined to discuss the memo or to answer questions about the affected employees. In an official statement, Google said: “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.”

Microsoft also said it is providing legal advice and assistance to its employees from the banned countries, noting they are all working in the U.S. lawfully.

A BIGGER ISSUE

The tech industry may be bracing for further immigration-related hits. Leaks of draft executive orders, still unverified, suggest that Trump might also revamp the H1-B program that lets Silicon Valley bring foreigners with technical skills to the U.S. for three to six years.

While the tech industry insists the H1-B program is vital, it has drawn fire for allegedly disadvantaging American programmers and engineers, especially given that the visas are widely used by outsourcing firms. Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is a long-time critic of the program.

Venky Ganesan, a managing director at venture capitalist firm Menlo Ventures, acknowledged that the program is “not perfect” and subject to some abuse, but noted that it provides an invaluable source of skilled workers and plays a “pivotal” role in the tech industry.

“If we want to buy American and hire American, we do that best by creating companies in America,” he said. :Having the best and brightest from all over the world come and create companies in America is better than them creating companies in India, Israel or China.”

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AP Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin contributed to this article from Detroit. AP Technology Editor David Hamilton contributed from San Francisco.

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At Sea-Tac, Inslee and other officials denounce immigrant ban ‘train wreck’

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Interesting day part 2

Here is my other photos of me….

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Interesting day….

I went to The Arts Institute on Elliot in Seattle…

When they held a open house… The theme was Grunge. I learned something new there with Adobe Photoshop… 🙂

The Final Picture as Shown:

I was taught a bit how Photoshop works and I tried it with little help from the professor… I had to cobine those to make it the way the picture looked like above…

Original Picture:

Then in Photoshop i added those layers and adjusted a bit to make the final picture…

It was very interesting… I might go next fall… who knows…

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The Jewell Theatre – Real Theatre In a Virtual World in Second Life

They still on re-runs, no new plays still… but they are still damn funny to go to. I used to go to those plays and laugh at them. lol


January 2017 – Plain

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“In a world where everyone is beautiful, what defines us? It’s a question that occupies the mind of Tatrix Isobelle. Her strength and leadership threaten the sleep of her enemies, and provides security and hope for all of her Home Stone. For the Slaver Travis Horned Hith it is his pride in his caste, and his confidence in his craft. The same pride that drives him to accept the challenge of seducing the most powerful virgin in Gor.”
*Saturday January 28th at 3pm – Ko-ro-ba
*Sunday January 29th at 12noon – Gorean Campus
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*Saturday February 4th  at 12noon – Forestport
*Sunday February 5th at 12noon – Glorious Ar
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*Saturday February 18th at 3pm – Ianda
*Sunday February 19th at 12noon – Jungles of Gor
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Saturday February 25th at 3pm – Gorean Falls
Sunday February 26th at 12noon – Svago
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To Be Confirmed:
*Sunday March 26th at 2pm – Book Island
For more info, contact Sas Shi.

March 2017 – The Lucid Journey

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“In every culture there have been legends regarding the relationship between our dreams and travel. Suppose our dreams are more than random scenes from our waking lives? Lewis Liddell is missing presumed dead, and his wife is left to unravel the mystery of what’s become of him. Her journey to find him will take her into our shared dreamscape and beyond.”
Special Performances for the Relay For Life 2017:
*Sunday March 19th at 12noon – Solaris Space Station
*Saturday March 25th at 3pm – SL Sci-Fi Convention
*Sunday April 2nd at 12noon – SL Sci-Fi Convention

June 2016 – The Lucid Journey

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The Lucid Journey was created for SL13B & inspired by our 2011 machinima:

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Trump moves to ‘build that wall’ with Mexico, curb refugees

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Trump moves to ‘build that wall’ with Mexico, curb refugees
JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation’s immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities.” As early as Thursday, he is expected to pause the flow of all refugees to the U.S. and indefinitely bar those fleeing war-torn Syria.

“Beginning today the United States of America gets back control of its borders,” Trump declared during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security. “We are going to save lives on both sides of the border.”

The actions, less than a week into Trump’s presidency, fulfilled pledges that animated his candidacy and represented a dramatic redirection of U.S. immigration policy. They were cheered by Republicans allies in Congress, condemned by immigration advocates and the trigger for immediate new tension with the Mexican government.

Trump is expected to wield his executive power again later this week with the directive to dam the refugee flow into the U.S. for at least four months, in addition to the open-ended pause on Syrian arrivals.

The president’s upcoming order is also expected to suspend issuing visas for people from several predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for at least 30 days, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press.

Trump is unveiling his immigration plans at a time when detentions at the nation’s southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The arrest tally last year was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under President Barack Obama, though Republicans criticized him for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

As a candidate, Trump tapped into the immigration concerns of some Americans who worry both about a loss of economic opportunities and the threat of criminals and terrorists entering the country. His call for a border wall was among his most popular proposals with supporters, who often broke out in chants of “build that wall” during rallies.

Immigration advocates and others assailed the new president’s actions. Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said the president’s desire to construct a border wall was “driven by racial and ethnic bias that disgraces America’s proud tradition of protecting vulnerable migrants.”

How Trump plans to pay for the wall project is murky. While he has repeatedly promised that Mexico will foot the bill, U.S. taxpayers are expected to cover the initial costs and the new administration has said nothing about how it might compel Mexico to reimburse the money.

In an interview with ABC News earlier Wednesday, Trump said, “There will be a payment; it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form.”

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has insisted his country will not pay for a wall, has been expected to meet with Trump at the White House next week, although a senior official said Trump’s announcement had led him to reconsider the visit.

Congressional aides say there is about $100 million of unspent appropriations in the Department of Homeland Security account for border security, fencing and infrastructure. That would allow planning efforts to get started, but far more money would have to be appropriated for construction to begin.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in an interview Wednesday on MSNBC, said Congress will work with Trump on the upfront financing for the wall. Asked about estimates that the project could cost $8 billion to $14 billion, Ryan said, “That’s about right.”

Trump has insisted many times the border structure will be a wall. The order he signed referred to “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and impassable physical barrier.”

To build the wall, the president is relying on a 2006 law that authorized several hundred miles of fencing along the 2,000-mile frontier. That bill led to the construction of about 700 miles of various kinds of fencing designed to block both vehicles and pedestrians.

The president’s orders also call for hiring 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 more immigration officers, though the increases are subject to the approval of congressional funding. He also moved to end what Republicans have labeled a catch-and-release system at the border. Currently, some immigrants caught crossing the border illegally are released and given notices to report back to immigration officials at a later date.

Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities — locales that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities — could cost individual jurisdictions millions of dollars. But the administration may face legal challenges, given that some federal courts have found that cities or counties cannot hold immigrants beyond their jail terms or deny them bond based only a request from immigration authorities.

Some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas — including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago — are considered sanctuary cities.

The president also moved to restart the “Secure Communities” program, which was launched under President George W. Bush and initially touted as a way for immigration authorities to quickly and easily identify people in the country illegally who had been arrested by local authorities.

The program helped the Obama administration deport a record high of more than 409,000 immigrants in 2012. But Obama eventually abandoned the program after immigration advocates and civil libertarians decried it as too often targeting immigrants charged with low-level crimes, including traffic violations.

Among those in the audience for Trump’s remarks at DHS were the families of people killed by people in the U.S. illegally. After reading the names of those killed, Trump said, “Your children will not have lost their lives for no reason.”

Trump’s actions on halting all refugees could be announced as soon as Thursday. Administration officials and others briefed on the plans cautioned that some details of the measures could still be changed, but indicated that Trump planned to follow through on his campaign promises to limit access to the U.S. for people coming from countries with terrorism ties.

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AP writers Alicia A. Caldwell, Vivian Salama, Andrew Taylor and Erica Werner in Washington and E. Eduardo Castillo in Mexico City contributed to this report.

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Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC

 

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