Here Are The Latest Updates On Trump's Refugee Ban

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Less than 48 hours after announcing his executive order on refugees, global opposition to Trump intensified on Sunday as world leaders, US (mostly tech) companies and civil rights groups condemned the move to temporarily limit entry from predominantly Muslim countries.

Here are the latest updates in the ongoing saga as of noon on Sunday:

  • Global government lash out at order. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump's order. A spokesman for the U.K.'s Theresa May, who visited Trump on Friday and hadn't commented during the day yesterday, told the AP May does "not agree" with the order. Canada PM Trudeau, in a tweet, said on Saturday Canada would welcome those fleeing “persecution, terror and war. Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith.” Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon endorsed Trudea's tweet. A similar message was sent by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said refugees deserve a safe haven regardless of their background or religion. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said the decision was unfair.  Germany pledged to play a bigger role on the international stage.
  • US tech companies "do not support:" Netflix Inc.’s chief executive officer said the changes were “un-American”; Alphabet Inc.’s Google advised staff who may be impacted by the order to return to the U.S. immediately; commeting on the order, Apple's Tim Cook said "It is not a policy we support"
  • Lyft donates $1 million to ACLU. In an email from Lyft to users, the company noted that the executive order is “antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.” The release went on to note that the company pledged to donate “$1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution.”
  • Uber slammed. Lyft’s response to the protests contrasted to that of its rival, Uber. While Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick pledged to compensate drivers stranded overseas due to the executive order, he did not specifically condemn the executive order.  The company was criticized for the tone-deaf response from its CEO, prompting a new hashtag on Twitter: #DeleteUber.
  • Trump refuses to relent. Despite the global criticism, Trump was steadfast as of Sunday morning, tweeting twice on the topic, first saying that "our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!"  following it up with "Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!"
  • Federal Judge issues nationwide stay, partially blocking the Trump immigration order. A Brooklyn judge temporarily blocked Trump’s administration late Saturday from enforcing portions of his order, however neither ruling strikes down the executive order, which will now be subject to court hearings.
  • Another ruling: A Boston judge ruled to release two Iranian professors from Logan International Airport, according to the Boston Globe. The decision also stated that travelers could not be removed OR detained for 7 days.
  • White House comments on judge's ruling: "Nothing in the Brooklyn judge's order in anyway impedes or prevents the implementation of the president's executive order which remains in full, complete and total effect," White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters.
  • White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus "we apologize for nothing": Priebus told "Meet the Press" the situation yesterday "wasn't chaos." He appeared to contradict an official clarification by the White House, when he said on Sunday green-card holders won't be impacted by the order going forward, but could face additional screening at CBP "discretion." Other countries could be added to order.
  • DHS continues to enforce the travel ban. Despite the ruling, the DHS vowed early on Sunday to continue implementing the order, stating it will "enforce all of the president’s executive orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people." It added that "President Trump's Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety."
  • The initial statistics: A DHS official told CNN that there were 109 travelers barred from entry to the U.S. when Trump signed the order. It was unclear how many were deported vs. detained.
  • Opening for democrats: As Axios points out, after spending nearly two months back on their heels. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey showed up at Dulles airport, then tweeted last night: “I am driving North now from Virginia. I will check in on things at Newark airport tomorrow." Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held a press conference on a concourse at Dulles, calling the order “antithetical to the values that make America great. It will not make our country safer." @HillaryClinton tweeted: “I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are."
  • Republicans revolt: As Axios also notes so far 10 GOPers have announced opposition to or questioned Trump's executive order. These include Sen. John McCain; Rep. Carlos Curbelo; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Rep. Charlie Dent; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick; Rep. Justin Amash; Rep. Barbara Comstock; Sen. Susan Collins; Sen. Jeff Flake; Sen. Ben Sasse.
  • Protests continue. Demonstrations against the ban continued for a second day across the US including Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, according to ThinkProgress. Here's the scene at the White House:
  • "This Is Not A Muslim Ban." On Sunday afternoon, seeking to "explain" his Executive Orders, Trump issued a statement denying once again he has implemented a Muslim ban, and instead said that "my policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months." He added that "America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say."
  • Green card holders welcome. DHS Secretary John Kelly issued a statement that lawful permanent residents from 7 banned countries are now allowed into the U.S., overturning a part of the previous ban which prohibited entry into the US by permanent residents from the 7 mostly-Muslim nations.

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No.Fifth.Turning's picture

I guess they weren't listening before the election.

Croesus's picture

I didn't elect most of these motherfuckers, so WHO cares what they think?

Who really cares what Timmy Cook supports, or Eric Schmidt thinks?

FreezeThese's picture
FreezeThese (not verified) Croesus Jan 29, 2017 12:23 PM

For a second I thought Trump's wife an immigrant ... #NoBanNoWall

Stop President Bannon

two hoots's picture

Merkel, Holland are trapped in the US election net as they are part of Obama’s  liberal refugee/immigration idea, thinking  it would continue.  They bet on the wrong nag or didn’t consider the possibilities. So now they attack Trump for changing a failed  and unpopular policy and exposing their mistakes.

All the other is a continuation of the media's BS.

Anecdotal evidence is all the media needs to slam Trump.  With 330 million people a few hundred affected is not bad.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) two hoots Jan 29, 2017 12:32 PM
hedgeless_horseman's picture


Trump did NOT ban Saudi Arabians eventhough more Americans have allegedly been
killed by Saudi terrorists in the USA than any other Muslin nation.

CheapBastard's picture

Where were all these people and companies when Bush and Obama and Hillary were bombing/killing/torturing hundreds of thousands of muslims?


That's odd.

BaBaBouy's picture

Globalalista Elitists Are PANICKING ~ ~ ~

Majority of Ordinary peaceful People are at Work, At Home, watching TV Etc...

Manthong's picture

Each and every one of the protestors that steps out line needs to be rounded up and shipped to Northern Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya or Afghanistan.

I wouldn’t send them to Syria because the Russians are helping straighten out that country.

Worse yet, drop them in the middle of Malmo, Sweden.

aminorex's picture

Mostly watching TV.  Your ordinary peaceful people are controlled sheep with no minds or morals.

eatthebanksters's picture

Trumps approval rating is about to go to 65%.

eatthebanksters's picture

Trumps approval rating is about to go to 65%.

Main_Sequence's picture
Main_Sequence (not verified) CheapBastard Jan 29, 2017 2:20 PM


So killing the muslims overseas by the tens of thusands over the years and these companies don't say a thing.

Stop them from coming into the country, and they're all up in arms...

Krungle's picture

This is how you know you are dealing with a brainwashed cult and not people capable of rational thought. We could also point out that many of the countries that have been destroyed were Arab nationalist, not Islamic states, and women enjoyed a considerable amount of freedom (like being able to get college educations, hold jobs and not having to wear ninja pajamas). And it is obviously totally ok to destroy those nations and install head chopping slavers in there. And we should totally respect their right to keep women as slaves because...they're Muslim? And if they want to import their insane ways here, we stand with them, even though they hate us? And this is why I continue to deny these people are leftist/liberal/progressives anymore, but just part of some nihilist cult. A leftist would stand with the socialist government of Syria against ISIS/AQ (not to mention be at least open to some of Trump's populist ideas). When you want embrace members of a different cult who literally want destroy your gender confusion cult and rape and kill you then you have really arrived at the point of no return. That is called suicide. And though they will never thank us for it, we're protecting them from themselves and their death wish. 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

Remember the war on the Confederate Flag waged by these people because of 1 dickhead whackjob?

Dozens of bombings in Europe and US, or other attacks, and **explicitly** against civilians - not a peep.

one white shooter: ban all guns:

worth a read: this is about anti-white hate and Leftist use of Newspeak

max2205's picture

The time has come.  It will be messy.   Thanks Barry. I am sure he's laughing out loud 

lovemesomeZH's picture


MORE HYPOCRISY: Obama Banned all Iraqi Refugees for 6 Months in 2011 – Liberals SAID NOTHING!

Lumberjack's picture


Those headed to Copley Square to protest the temporary travel ban...

Lumberjack's picture

Methinks Trump and Putin have plans for SA.

JamesBond's picture

Liberals bitched every day and every move of Reagan and Bush II (although I'm not sure why - the Deep State and NWO got everything they wanted) and the forced Nixon to resign.  So conservatives haven't been able to champion their causes like Trump has been doing in....  I can't remember when.



Trolly McTrollface's picture

But you realize the USA has a 'special relationship' with the Saudis. I'm sure it's not about the money. ;)

Mustafa Kemal's picture

A similar inverted statement can be made regarding the inclusion of Iran in the list. It makes no sense except as in something for Israel

Clashfan's picture

"allegedly" is right

at least nine of the so-called "hijackers" turned up alive after the event, verified by BBC and FBI

BullyBearish's picture

America First or Trumpanyahoo...too early to tell?


When Benjamin Netanyahu sent a tweet in support of President Donald Trump's plan for a wall along the Mexican border, the Israeli prime minister can barely have expected it would be retweeted 40,000 times and cause a backlash at home and abroad.


Already under arguably the greatest pressure he has faced in his 11 years as prime minister, with police questioning him in two criminal probes into abuse of office, aligning himself with Trump may further undermine his standing.


The tweet, sent from his personal account shortly before the Jewish sabbath officially ended on Saturday, was very clear:


"President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great Success. Great idea," Netanyahu wrote, appending pictures of the Israeli and U.S. flags alongside each other.

TBT or not TBT's picture

There' something in a progtard that doesn't love a wall.   First and foremost it is their disdain for (and personal envy-greed for) private property and the fruits of labor.  

bigkahuna's picture

Let them into the prog's living room - back and front yard -- then you will see the biggest fucking whinefest ever. These progs are the biggest ugliest hippocrits - they will quickly and heartlessly condemn everyone but themselves to misery - but they will not partake of their own BS.

Not sure how they live with themselves. Really!

Is-Be's picture

Aye, they turned Rhodesia into Zimbabwe and   it became someone else's problem.

They always take zero responsibility for the consequences of their mad ideals.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Where we live, some indeed do have walls, but many do not. ALL of them understand private property and the risks of precious metals at high velocity. Those who take care of their estate need no wall. 

Clashfan's picture

"Good fences make good neighbors."

Vageling's picture

Funny. In Iran they do the same with the flags. Accept the idea behind that one is to remind the people who their enemies are and thus painted on the floor to walk over.

AVmaster's picture

We are at war with a religion... A religion that just happens to share the leftards ideals almost to a T...


Batten down the hatches, these bitches play dirty, and we must play dirty too!

Dakota Kid's picture

Islam seems to be more of a cult to destroy western civilization than a religion.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

(((who))) is behind it all?


bomb muslim civilians year after year, use takfiri psychos as mercenary proxies to kill more muslims, then welcome them over the protests of their own people into the West.

Ever wonder if you're focusing on symptom rather then disease, and whether the people driving all this are misdirecting your attention a bit?

Mustafa Kemal's picture

If you look at the history of the creation of the state of Israel and its relation with the Evangelicals, who now number 25% of Americans, it is clear that the Evangelicals are not only the primary financial support of Isreal, but also strong partners in its creation and its trajectory towards the joyous rapture. 

 Now, Imagine if Texas was invaded and destroyed by Iraq.  How might you feel? Now suppose California is invaded and destroyed, then Kansas, then Mississippi.  Follow that by torture, drones, prison, civil war etc.  I suspect that there might be a substantial subset of Americans that might not only be a little upset, but would not behave with the Love that we expect from Christians.


Toronto Kid's picture

I'm getting real tired of all the fuss. There isn't a country in existance that hasn't implemented travel bans. Folks are caterwauling like some right to enter the US has been violated.

I got news for 'em. The only folks who have rights to enter the US are Americans. For everyone else it is a privilege. And when you apply for the privilege of entering the US, you do so under the understanding that privilege may not be granted, or may be revoked at the pleasure of the US. Full stop.

OverTheHedge's picture

But according to the BBC there was compete chaos  at the airports, with huge numbers of (at LEAST 26!) people detained, many, many relatives unable to meet their relatives etc.

Idaho potato head's picture

It took a grueling year and a half to bring my Russian engineer (with highest honors) wife from Kazakhstan. And we had been married for 2 years up till that point (1999).

aminorex's picture

Maybe she will be deported next.

halcyon's picture

Yes we are. All fundamental religions, esp. of the christian bible-thumping, intelligent-design-believing fundie type that rejects reason, analysis, statistics and cold hard logic.


Vageling's picture

Actually, not really. We have an ideology war. Islam fits in there because it has what TPTB want. A totalitarian ideology.

hohenzollern's picture

True. Holland is on his way out, but the politicos in FR are literally stunned, rabbits in the headlights, interesting to observe.

kellys_eye's picture

Trump is not so much calling out that the 'Emeror has no clothes' as flicking the Emperor in the balls instead!

Trumps stance on Globull Warming may break the back of the liberal movement - can't wait!

You lucky, lucky buggers!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Trumps stance on Globull Warming may break the back of the liberal movement - can't wait!"

Could break the planet's climate too. I suspect you or your children will not enjoy that.

Croesus's picture

So is my mother...and SHE wants a wall to keep the trash out.

If I had my way, DC, NYC, and CA would be reduced to smoldering rubble.

Think "Sherman's march to the sea"...

3LockBox's picture

You are a divisive fool. There are plenty of people who suport these new orders in NY and CA. It is just not the majority. You are going to reduce it to rubble when 40+ % (probably even more than that if you take out immigrants and dead voters) support these new policies?

Get your head out of your ass.

Croesus's picture

At what point did I say anything about NOT letting good people out?

Maybe you should try pulling your own head out of an asshole, you're taking this WAY too seriously...

Are you a kosher pickle smoocher? A 'dual-citizen tribesman'? A Red Sea Pedestrian?

3LockBox's picture

We should be letting out the illegals and traitors and keeping these great states intact as assets...not creating wars and "rubble"