Muslim Ban – Action Update

Many may be wondering what, if anything, is being done about the outrageous, unAmerican, and ultimately unConstitutional Executive Order essentially banning Muslims from seven countries from entering the U.S., regardless of 2 year vetting for refugee entry, green card status (10 year visa granting legal status to live in U.S.), family connection (spouse of U.S. citizen), student visa (university student, for example), work visa (those working for Microsoft, for example), those with dual nationalities (e.g. UK and one of seven banned countries),etcetera.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has come out against this Executive Order and his office was reported to be reaching out to the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to help the two Syrian families currently being detained at Philadelphia Airport.However, according to other news reports, it may be too late;

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says the Trump administration may have given two Syrian families reportedly turned away at Philadelphia International Airport “a death sentence.”

NBC Philadelphia is reporting that two Syrian families who arrived at PHL Airport this morning from Qatar “were briefly detained and then sent back on a return 18-hour flight to the Middle East, according to a family member from Allentown, Pennsylvania.” They were reportedly immigrating to the country legally and working to gain citizenship.

rest of report, with complete statement by Mayor Kenney

Pennsylvania Congressman Dent has publicly asked Trump to halt action on the Executive Order;

“This is ridiculous,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). “I guess I understand what his intention is, but unfortunately the order appears to have been rushed through without full consideration. You know, there are many, many nuances of immigration policy that can be life or death for many innocent, vulnerable people around the world.”

Dent, who represents a large Syrian community in the Allentown area, said he was contacted Saturday by a constituent who had family members turned away early in the morning at Philadelphia International Airport. Six family members who had secured visas and even bought a house in Pennsylvania arrived on a Qatar Airways flight but were returned back within hours, he said.

“This family was sent home despite having all their paperwork in order,” Dent continued, “so this 90-day ban could imperil the lives of this family and potentially others, and it’s unacceptable, and I urge the administration to halt enforcement of this order until a more thoughtful and deliberate policy can be reinstated.”

More Republicans are speaking out against Trump’s refugee ban. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell aren’t among them. – Washington Post, January 28, 2017

Protests are currently being held at several major international airports in the United States, including New York’s John F Kennedy Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport, with many more scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Philadelphia International Airport Protest – Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Terminal A West (Arrivals)

White House No Muslim Ban Protest, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. – Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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