Travel Ban restrictions altered against Trump administration’s wishes

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case on the Travel Ban they issued a statement that essentially allowed parts of the ban to be enforced. Specifically, they said that anyone who did not already have some kind of tie to the United States would not be allowed to enter until their ruling had been given later this year. They even specified examples of the types of people “with ties” to the country. Their words were that the ban applies to “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

Unfortunately, the Trump administration set forth guidelines on what that meant in relation to family ties. For example, siblings-in-law would be allowed in but grandparents would not.

As someone who just lost two grandmothers in the same year I can’t begin to tell you how awful this ruling can be for people. Just the thought of not being able to see my grandmothers makes me feel upset.

So, I am happy that a Federal court in Hawaii has ruled against that specific limitation. Interestingly, the definition of “close relative” does not yet include a fiancé.

A new version of the travel ban?

I read this morning that a rogue tweet from Royal Jordanian airlines let spill the beans of a potential new version of a travel ban on Muslim nations. After only a few hours other media was also reporting on this and it spread like wildfire.

Apparently, what is happening is much bigger than one airline changing its policies. According to The Points Guy, the TSA has sent a circular to airlines from 13 nations requiring them to disallow any electronic devices outside of cell phones and health-related necessities. It seems that the days of doing work on a laptop or watching a movie on an iPad are over for people coming to the US from these locations (as of yet not released, of course).

This all comes on the heels of 45’s new travel ban being blocked by multiple judges, including one from Hawaii. Perhaps this is the next step in a method of reducing the likelihood that folks will want to come in from other countries?

Trump’s travel ban is an act of hate

Instead of writing about the New York Times Travel Show I attended yesterday I’ve decided to spend my time focusing on the most recent of Donald Trump’s horrifying executive orders: the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. I have always believed that there are moral standards that we should all uphold and this action goes against them.

First of all, it reeks of connection to unfortunate histories: when Japanese internment camps existed, and Jewish were denied entry into the US only to return to Europe where they were killed. While my ancestors were lucky enough to have left Eastern Europe even before World War I, I am keenly aware of the effect the Holocaust has had on my people’s history.

Second of all, his travel ban does not include countries wherein he has business interests, nor does it include countries where actual terrorist came to the US and killed Americans.

Third, it is truly unfathomable for me to believe that Trump announced this ban the same day he made remarks on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And even these remarks left out the majority demographic killed during that horrific period in history.

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent. In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.” (emphasis added).

How can a person spew such falsehoods and be elected President what has for so long been known as a “free” country. While I do not fear for my own person currently there is definitely a worry in the back of my mind of “what ifs” in the future.

So far I’ve read about Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft pushing back from the technology sectors and I’m very glad to see that. Celebrities are telling their own stories (and pointing out the glaring issues of an immigration ban on military support abroad). And elected officials all over the country are sharing how they want the US to be a sanctuary to refugees from abroad:

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Most importantly, people are protesting on the ground. This action has caused protests to erupt across the US and I personally have friends at JFK Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport, and San Francisco Airport. While I am saving up my energy for more trainings and protests in the future, I am glad my colleagues, friends, and relatives are joining in the fight back against this travesty. As of the writing of this post, the refugee ban has been partially pushed back through a federal court order of “staying” it. I’m so glad this took place and am happy to know many people who went to these rallies.