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  • U.S. travel ban: Diplomats 'prepare unprecedented dissent memo'

    Hundreds of U.S. diplomats around the world are set to formally criticise President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, officials tell the BBC.

    A "dissent cable" has been drafted for senior state department officials.

    The White House said those complaining should "get with the programme".

    In the wake of Mr Trump's ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, ex-President Barack Obama has spoken out against discrimination "based on faith or religion".


    More: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38799796

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    Artist Khaled Akil vows not to seek US visa under Trump

    A Syrian artist whose work about the war in his country has captured the world's imagination has vowed not to apply for a United States visa until President Donald Trump is out of power.

    Khaled Akil's latest project is being exhibited from Tuesday at California's Stanford University.

    Under Trump's recent executive order, which suspends travel for Syrian refugees indefinitely, there is no way he would be able to attend his opening.

    "I understand they want to interview people and they have the right to know who is coming, but to give a racist order like this to prevent us is agonising," Akil told Al Jazeera.




    More: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/0...152241414.html

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    • #3
      Sessions Takes Reins at Justice Ready to Walk the Line for Trump


      Jeff Sessions takes over as U.S. attorney general with a notable distinction among

      Donald Trump’s appointees: He’s a key Cabinet official who hasn’t yet publicly disagreed with the president.
      Unlike Secretary of State

      Rex Tillerson who defended the value of NATO or Defense Secretary James Mattis who disputed the effectiveness of torture, Sessions, who won Senate confirmation Wednesday evening, is a kindred spirit with the president on law enforcement. They both champion aggressive policing, enforcement of voter registration laws and strong curbs on immigration.


      More: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...line-for-trump

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      • #4
        Apple boss Tim Cook criticises Trump travel ban

        Apple chief executive Tim Cook has repeated his opposition to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

        He was speaking after he collected an honorary doctorate at the University of Glasgow.

        Earlier Mr Cook visited an Apple store in Glasgow, where staff gave him a tartan scarf and a drawing.

        His comments on the presidential decree targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries came in a Q&A session at the university.



        More: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-...-west-38904058

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        • #5
          Trump vows to fight as appeals court thwarts immigration ban

          A federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate President

          Donald Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, issuing a sharp rebuke in a ruling likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
          Trump was defiant, tweeting 26 minutes later, “SEE YOU IN COURT. THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” He told White House reporters the decision was “political.”



          More: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...igration-fight

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          • #6
            Trump says he’ll issue a new executive order on immigration by next week

            President Trump said Thursday that he will issue a new executive order on immigration by next week, and Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court to hold off on taking action in the legal battle over his initial travel ban until that new order is in place.

            In a news conference at the White House, Trump said the new order would “comprehensively protect our country,” and he hinted that it might contain new vetting measures for travelers. Trump’s first order temporarily barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from entering the United States, ostensibly so officials could review and tighten screening procedures.


            More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...=.dbc981da2e94

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            • #7
              Trump’s Travel Ban won’t hit the U.S. economy, at least this year

              The U.S. economy should be able to weather President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, economists say, though any broadening of immigration and visa restrictions could hurt the labor force and productivity.

              Two-thirds of economists surveyed by Bloomberg said the ban, which has for the moment been temporarily suspended by the courts, will have "little to no effect" on 2017 gross domestic product. Nine said it would have a moderately negative impact and only one said it would have a significantly negative effect.



              More: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...east-this-year

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              • #8
                U.S. appeals court will not put Trump travel ban case on hold

                A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a U.S. Department of Justice request to place on hold an appeal over President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries.

                The order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could increase pressure on the Trump administration to clarify its intentions regarding the controversial executive order.

                The 9th Circuit suspended Trump's travel ban earlier this month while litigation over the measure proceeds. Trump has said he will soon issue a new executive order that addresses concerns raised by the appeals court judges.


                More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN16627W

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                • #9
                  Trump’s new travel ban replaces chaos with calm as prep pays off

                  The unveiling of the second edition of President Donald Trump’s travel ban came not with a bang but a whisper.

                  The president made no statement himself, not even a tweet. He signed the order in private. Its enactment was delayed 10 days, ensuring no immediate havoc at airports. The details were carefully outlined for reporters in advance, and the text of the order itself was available to the public less than an hour after Trump signed it.



                  More: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...-prep-pays-off

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                  • #10
                    Federal judge in Hawaii freezes President Trump’s new entry ban


                    A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued a sweeping freeze of President Trump’s new executive order hours before it would have temporarily barred the issuance of new visas to citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and suspended the admission of new refugees.

                    In a blistering 43-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson pointed to Trump’s own comments and those of his close advisers as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims and declared there was a “strong likelihood of success” that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.


                    More:
                    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-03-15/trump-s-second-travel-ban-is-blocked-by-u-s-judge-j0bk602s
                    Last edited by Redearth; 03-16-2017, 02:59 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings: Supreme Court nominee heads into Day 3

                      Judge Neil Gorsuch this morning begins a third day of confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court, where he is expected to face questions about his legal career and whether President Trump’s influence would shape his rulings on the high court.

                      On Tuesday, Gorsuch stressed his independence from Trump and defended the integrity of the federal judiciary. From the first question from a friendly Republican to a grilling by a Democrat hours later, Gorsuch was called upon to state his impartiality and reassure senators that he would not be swayed by political pressure if he wins confirmation, which appeared even more likely after his marathon session.



                      More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/power...=.70a4c8b4f9b8

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                      • #12
                        Trump to seek changes in visa program to encourage hiring Americans

                        U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs.

                        Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the "buy American and hire American" order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products in federal contracts.

                        Trump is to sign the order when he visits the world headquarters of Snap-On Inc, a tool manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


                        More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN17K02U

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                        • #13
                          Trump administration may change rules that allow terror victims to immigrate to U.S

                          When Raj, a Sri Lankan fisherman, sought refuge in the United States in 2005, he had precisely the kind of fear of returning home that U.S. asylum laws require.

                          In 2004, he was kidnapped by the separatist rebel group the Tamil Tigers and had to pay $500 to secure his release, according to Raj, his lawyer and court records reviewed by Reuters. The group then demanded more money, which he could not pay after a tsunami destroyed his house and fishing boat.

                          Raj, 42, who asked that only his first name be used because of the sensitive nature of his situation, decided to flee. He boarded a plane using a false Canadian passport and requested asylum upon arriving in the United States.



                          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN17N13C

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                          • #14
                            Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at other workers.


                            President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him.

                            At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas.



                            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKCN18B1BB
                            Last edited by Calendar; 05-15-2017, 12:29 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Trump tweets criticism of his Travel Ban with Comey Looming

                              Heading into a crucial week for his presidency, Donald Trump seized on the London terrorist attacks to criticize his own Justice Department for submitting what he called the “politically correct” version of his travel ban for Supreme Court review and not his original measure.

                              “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” Trump

                              said in a series of messages starting at 6:25 a.m. New York time Monday. “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” he said -- the latter a reference to his own revised order that he signed March 6.



                              More: https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...act-from-comey

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