Reporter Julia Edwards Ainsley said President Donald Trump expects to sign an executive order that includes temporary ban on most refugees and suspension of visas for Syrian and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.
Stephen Legomsky, who was chief counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Obama administration, said “Legal arguments could claim the executive orders discriminate against a particular religion, which would be unconstitutional.”
“Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified,” according to the Reuter’s piece posted on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017. (See: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-exclusive-idUSKBN1582XQ)
2. Yasmeen Serhan said that President Trump signed executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, projects aimed at constructing pipelines from Canada tar sands to Texas and oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois that were once blocked by the Obama administration. (See: http://www.theatlantic.com/liveblogs/2017/01/news-today/514214/14138/?utm_source=atlfb)
3. Matthew Daly, Associated Press, December 16, 2016 said “Congressional Republicans quietly closed a year-long investigation into Flint, Michigan’s [drinking water with lead,] faulting both state officials and…Environmental Protection Agency, [where] contamination affected nearly 100,000 residents. “
Sanders had already called on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, to step down.” (This line taken from: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/18/politics/flint-water-democratic-debate-clinton-sanders-snyder/index.html, whereas Daly’s article is found at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/house-gop-quietly-closes-flint-mich-water-investigation/#.WId_LRprdsw.twitter))
4. Michael Biesecker and John Flesher, AP, Jan 24, ’17, said Trump administration instituted media blackout at Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding new contracts or grants. (See: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-issues-epa-media-blackout-suspends-agencys-grants/)
Trump is indeed a profound ignorant, totally incompetent. However he has won the election mainly thanks to: 1- the powerful media and their reality shows; 2- the mega-wealthy oligarchs of corporate Republicans and 3- the progressive movement’s failure in reaching the people, especially America’s multiethnic working class. In this respect Trump has been and is a strategic Genius to win power. He has been and will continue to be smartly aided by 1 and 2. Now the question is how to fight intelligently against Trump’s and the Republicans’ destructive policies, some of which you have explained here, probably the worst executive actions. We need to focus on 3, that is, the effective organisation of America’s progressive movement. That is the key and the hope. I heard a radio interview with Jane McAlevey, author of the book No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, where she concludes: “…in order to win, progressive movements need strong unions built from bottom-up organizing strategies that place the power for change in the hands of workers and ordinary people at the community level.”: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29639226-no-shortcuts
Very good ideas.
Hi Mario Savioni and Marta Pombo Sallés,
Indeed! These points are especially true and undeniable with respect to a particular person, as depicted in my cartoon in the parlance of political satire at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/best-quotation-to-win-an-exclusive-loyal-contract-to-make-pig-boss-company-great-again/
Happy mid-March to both of you!
Thank you for your interest, SoundEagle. Wish you too happy mid-March!
You are very welcome, Marta! 🙂