Mike Pence Just Tried to Claim That Donald Trump Is a Champion of Religious Freedom, and People Are Making a Pretty Obvious Point
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen addressed attendees of a National Day of Prayer event outside the White House on Thursday.
Shortly before introducing President Donald Trump, Pence bragged of the president's accomplishments, saying:
President Donald Trump's administration suffered another legal blow yesterday after the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court’s nationwide injunction against his revised travel ban. The 10-3 vote halts Trump's plans to deny visas from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Chief Judge Roger Gregory delivered the stinging rebuke to Trump in the court's majority opinion, writing that the order was unconstitutional because of its bias against Muslims:
By Jay Kuo
We spoke to Professor Elizabeth Ferris of Georgetown, who is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, about the recent "Muslim ban." Ferris has written about the "disastrous ripple effects" of that executive action. In her interview with Second Nexus, she describes why Trump's policy against Muslim immigrants does not comport with American culture, and has some suggestions for Trump's anti-immigrant supporters and Muslims seeking to come here.
Sidd Bikkannavar, a natural born US-citizen and an employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on January 30 upon returning to the United States. At the time, Bikkannavar was returning from Santiago, Chile, where he had been pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars. He is also enrolled in CBP's Global Entry program, which normally allows those who have undergone a background check to expedite their entry into the US. He has never visited any of the countries mentioned in Trump's executive order and has worked at JPL for 10 years.
After landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, CBP officials detained Bikkannavar after scanning his passport. While held in a back room, agents asked him questions about his travels and his personal life before pressuring him to give them access to his phone, which was officially NASA property.
The hearing before the Ninth Circuit will decide whether the ban stays in place or may proceed while the legal challenges to the ban’s constitutionality continue to move through the system. The Justice Department argued that national security justified Trump's order and that, traditionally, issues of national security are immune from lawsuits or judicial review.
Apple will consider taking legal action against President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. According to CEO Tim Cook, the order affects hundreds of the company's employees. The order, which suspended entry to the United States for refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, ignited spontaneous protests across the nation's airports as protesters sought to prevent the detention and deportation of a number of persons.
“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Cook. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”
Attorneys General from 15 states and the District of Columbia have issued a joint statement vowing to fight the Trump administration’s executive order barring Muslims from 7 countries from entering the country as well as his permanent ban on refugees from Syria. The group is considering their own court challenge, which would raise the stakes considerably against the White House because, to date, only individual cases have been brought. Court orders came down late Saturday and early Sunday from four separate federal districts in New York, Massachusetts, Washington and Virginia, each affecting the order in some way.
The statement from these attorneys general against the administration minced no words.