Read a couple more horrifying stories about families being separated or harmed by this ban.
A women (Sudanese, legal permanent resident) was separated from her breastfeeding baby (U.S. citizen) for hours at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
An Iran(?) couple with a baby and travel visas. The infant needs high-risk open heart surgury. They were stopped before boarding their plane.
One site I was reading ask, is this the party of family values?
One thing I remember thinking mid-week was that airports/airlines are caught in the middle, and I was wondering whether they'd listen to a court ruling if the government was telling them to continue with their old orders. Because they face large fines and other consequences if they don't follow government policies and procedures. Of course there could be a time lag during the period of time the government is reviewing a court ruling and drafting their new orders. It looks like even as the government is revising their orders though that some airlines are still nervous/uncertain (not surprising).
Some airlines board barred passengers after blow to Trump travel ban
Citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries banned from the United States by President Donald Trump can resume boarding U.S.-bound flights, several major airlines said on Saturday, after a Seattle judge blocked the executive order.
Qatar Airways was the first to say it would allow passengers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to fly to U.S. cities if they had valid documents.
Air France, Spain's Iberia and Germany's Lufthansa all followed suit after the federal judge's ruling, which the White House said it planned to appeal as soon as possible.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection told airlines they could board travelers affected within hours of Friday's ruling, but budget airline Norwegian, which operates transatlantic flights including from London and Oslo, said many uncertainties remained about the legal position.
"It's still very unclear," spokeswoman Charlotte Holmbergh Jacobsson said. "We advise passengers to contact the U.S. embassy. We have to follow the U.S. rules."
The State Department said on Friday that almost 60,000 visas were suspended following Trump's order. It was not clear whether that suspension was automatically revoked or what reception travelers with such visas might get at U.S. airports.
The Washington state lawsuit was the first to test the broad constitutionality of Trump's executive order. Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee, explicitly made his ruling apply across the country, while other judges in similar cases have so far issued orders concerning only specific individuals.
Robart said no attacks had been carried out on U.S. soil by individuals from the seven countries affected by the travel ban since that assault. For Trump’s order to be constitutional, Robart said, it had to be “based in fact, as opposed to fiction.”
The White House said in a statement: “At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the president, which we believe is lawful and appropriate."
But the fluid legal situation was illustrated by the fact that Robart's ruling came just hours after a federal judge in Boston declined to extend a temporary restraining order allowing some immigrants into the United States from countries affected by Trump's three-month ban.
Edited by sierraleone, 04 February 2017 - 08:47 AM.
Rules for surviving an Autocracy:
Rule#1: Believe the Autocrat.
Rule#2: Do not be taken in by small signs of normality.
Rule#3: Institutions will not save you.
Rule#4: Be outraged.
Rule#5: Don't make compromises.
Rule#6: Remember the future.
- Masha Gessen