The Travel Mess was the White House’s Own Making

CNN reports that when President Trump* (I just can’t right now) signed the executive order for the strict new immigration and travel bans, very few people had knowledge of what exactly he intended. Homeland Security was left to make their own interpretation of the order. Border Patrol agents were referring questions to the President.

The following countries’ travel was affected: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.

Good news came Saturday night when a federal judge granted an emergency stay for the citizens who were already in the US and for those in transit with valid visas/green cards.

It is hard to say at this point whether the actions of the administration were sloppy due to inexperience or lack of caring, but confusion reigned. Friday was the day Homeland Security saw the final order, and they were expected to enact it on Saturday. That led to an insane day at airports across the country, especially the larger ones like JFK. However, protests were staged at eight major airports, including JFK, Orlando, Seattle, Chicago, etc.

Several families and individuals who had valid visas were put back on airplanes and sent on return flights to their home countries. Someone should tell the Vice President the family turned away and sent back to Syria was Orthodox Christian and had an F-4 visa, so that probably did not work out like he intended.

The Vanilla ISIS-in-Chief said Saturday the government was “totally prepared,” and “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It’s working out very nicely and 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.”

Although Homeland Security determined Friday night the travel order did not apply to visa holders, the White House and several Steves intervened Saturday and said that should be determined on a case by case basis. As of Saturday, they were only receiving extra screening.
 

Before the President issued the order, the White House did not seek the legal guidance of the Office of Legal Counsel, the Justice Department office that interprets the law for the executive branch. A source said the executive order did not follow the standard agency review process that’s typically overseen by the National Security Council, though the source couldn’t specifically say if that included the decision to not have the order go through the Office of Legal Counsel.
Separately, a person familiar with the matter said career officials in charge of enforcing the executive order were not fully briefed on the specifics until Friday. The officials were caught off guard by some of the specifics and raised questions about how to handle the new banned passengers on US-bound planes.
Regarding the green card holders and some of the confusion about whether they were impacted, the person familiar with the matter said if career officials had known more about the executive order earlier, some of the confusion could have been avoided and a better plan could be in place.
Lest your faith in humanity be at an all-time low, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced free housing to those impacted by this monumental mess, who have been turned away and who are not in their city or country of residence. His statement was also posted online by the New York Times.
“It is a policy that I profoundly disagree with and it is a direct obstacle to our mission,” he wrote in an internal staff memo. He went on to state: “Barring refugees and people who are not a threat from entering American simply because they are from a certain country is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.”
 Many thanks to all the attorneys who showed up to help, the judges involved, the protesters, and people like Brian Chesky. Human kindness and decency will prevail.

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