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Trump’s Immigration Ban: Americans Can Listen In on Court Hearing Today

by Pam Martens and Russ Martens, Wall St On Parade:

While President Donald Trump is proving himself to be a divider not a uniter, the Attorneys General of Washington State and Minnesota are getting the unity job done. Their case against the President’s ban on immigrants entering the U.S. from seven majority Muslim nations – even those holding valid visas and, sporadically, legal permanent residents with valid green cards – has been a clarion call to fellow citizens to stop Trump now before his Executive Orders come for their own rights.

On Friday, Judge James Robart blocked Trump’s order nationwide. The case is now under appeal at the Ninth Circuit Court and the docket already has 92 entries. Constitutional scholars, law professors, more than a dozen nonprofits, almost 100 tech companies, and 16 Attorneys General from other states are asking the court to keep Judge Robart’s order in place. The public interest is so great that the court is making a live audio feed available to the public for the hearing that will take place today. (Go to bottom of court page under “Live Streaming Oral Arguments,” Washington v Trump. The hearing begins at 3 p.m. PST and 6 p.m. EST.)

Among those who have thus far filed Amicus (Friend of the Court) briefs is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which tells the court it is “a civil rights and human relations organization that seeks to stop the defamation of the Jewish people.” ADL has already expressed its nervousness about Stephen Bannon, Trump’s Chief White House Strategist and former head of Breitbart News. ADL writes on its web site that “Bannon essentially has established himself as the chief curator for the alt right. Under his stewardship, Breitbart has emerged as the leading source for the extreme views of a vocal minority who peddle bigotry and promote hate.”

ADL has written one of the more poignant Amici, telling the court the following:

“The promise of America has been manifest since before the American Revolution. John Winthrop, while still on his transatlantic voyage to the New World, admonished the future colonists of Massachusetts to always remember that their new community would be ‘as a city upon a hill,’ with the entire world watching.  In fulfilling this vision, the country welcomed in its early years those disfavored and persecuted in their homelands based on their religious beliefs, including the Pilgrims, the Puritans and the Huguenots. Since then, our nation’s wisest leaders have been guided by Winthrop’s inspiring vision and have strived toward a more inclusive democracy.”

ADL’s writes further on how the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution came about, noting:

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2 comments to Trump’s Immigration Ban: Americans Can Listen In on Court Hearing Today

  • tomche

    Pam and Russ Martens should be utterly ashamed of themselves. Our President is absolutely right to get a grip on Muslim immigrants from the 7 nations he has identified. The proper process for allowing immigration – particularly Muslim immigration – has been so polluted, so utterly defiled that it warrants a halt and an implementation of new immigration laws, policies and proceedures that will help US Citizens at the border to identify potential unwanted and unwelcome people. Currently, thanks to Obama/Sotreo (or whatever the hell his real name is) and that administrations’ policies on immigration, the border is WIDE OPEN, and if nothing is done to halt the inflow of anyone that can fog a mirror – especially if they are of young, fighting-age muslims, then you can kiss America goodbye. Shame on you Pam and Russ for putting the wants of foreign immigrants over the safety of our good, righteous American citizens.

  • joey

    The Martens’ are a complete and utter disgrace as journalists. Do we need to have a basic civics class here and go through the US Code that permits Trump’s (wise) actions? Do your homework before you spread your inaccurate blather. Perhaps World War III starring Hillary and her Democrat lapdogs would have been your preference?

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