Thousands Protest Trump’s Temporary Ban on Immigration

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Protesters at New York’s Kennedy International Airport

In reaction to President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven countries identified as terror hotbeds, protesters have gathered at the White House and in airports across the country. Following the ban, 325 people were kept at airports and not allowed to leave security until extreme vetting took place. Of those, 109 were kept for more than 24 hours, and as of Sunday evening, all but 16 had been released. One person was deported.

Judges in five states blocked federal authorities from enforcing the restriction on immigration. None of the rulings struck down Trump’s executive order, but all question its constitutionality. Spearheading the lawsuits are lawyers from the ACLU and other groups which are funded in part by George Soros.

One organization spearheading the protests is CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR was declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and is closely connected to Hamas, designated terrorist organization by the U.S. government. At least seven members or staff at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., indicted, pled guilty to or were convicted of terrorist charges.

On Sunday afternoon, President Trump posted the following on Facebook:

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. 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. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

This is not about religion–this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.

I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”

Several Republican lawmakers are deserting the President and criticizing his executive order. The order bans travel by people with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Sudan for 90 days. It stops the resettlement of refugees for 120 days. The ban has affected 189 employees of Google and an Iranian who planned to come to the U.S. for the Oscar Awards.

There has always been a cap on immigration, and this executive order caps the number at 50,000, half of President Obama’s goal of 100,000. In 2011, following a thwarted terror plot in Kentucky, Obama banned all refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries in Trump’s order were initially identified by the Obama administration as problem nations in 2015. They were likewise restricted in the Terrorist Prevention Act passed by a bi-partisan Congress and signed by President Obama. Nothing was said about it at the time, nor did anyone protest his decision or the law.

Franklin Graham recently posted on Facebook: “We are under attack by Muslims at home and abroad. We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S. until this threat with Islam has been settled. Every Muslim that comes into this country has the potential to be radicalized–and they do their killing to honor their religion and Muhammad.”

On Friday, Graham told the Huffington Post, “It’s not a biblical command for the country to let everyone in who wants to come, that’s not a Bible issue. We want to love people, we want to be kind to people, we want to be considerate, but we have a country and a country should have order and there are laws that relate to immigration and I think we should follow those laws. Because of the dangers we see today in this world, we need to be very careful.”

Why this Matters: The media with one voice are calling this a “Muslim ban,” and “chaos and confusion.” There are 43 majority-Muslim countries that are not restricted, so it is not a “Muslim ban.” The implementation of extreme vetting without warning (“chaos and confusion”) was planned so that Homeland Security can catch would-be terrorists. Giving people warning would have defeated the point.

We all have had to subject ourselves to rude TSA agents and embarrassing and invasive screening at airports. Why? Because our country has been infiltrated by terrorists. Our guests should be gracious enough to allow extreme vetting to do its job for the good of all Americans.

How to Pray: That the few people still detained are either quickly released, charged with a crime, or deported. Pray that GOP lawmakers who have turned against Trump’s actions will grow backbones and support our President because he is doing what he promised. May the Dept. of Homeland Security develop excellent vetting measures to keep terrorists out.

Proverbs 29:27 – An unjust man is an abomination not the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

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