Trump calls for ‘careful’ border checks after travel ban setback

BBC News US, Canada, Feb.6, 2017

James Kottor(Note: Yes one can always find a silver lining even in an overcast dark sky, if only one searches for it. That silver lining is highlighted by the word “Careful” used by Trump in today’s Headline. 

Even on NDTV the ‘Big Fight’ yesterday was on Donald the American President although national topics of importance like Demonatisation and UP elecgtions were calling for urgent immediate attention. The anchor explained the importance of Trump Presidency because of the top position US holds in international politics for good or bad in its march towards globalization.

The main question was why Trump is totally out of step with the liberal thinking and acting of  the whole world. The US electorate is responsible for electing an inexperienced man in Politics as their president. Now they should take the main responsibility to bring pressure on him through public opinion to be “Very, very Careful” himself to obey US court orders or get him out of the way through impeachment.

The world community cannot interfere in US politics but only assist by airing aloud its honest concerns as given below. All the views expressed below deserve prayerful meditation to gain further light to pr-omote world peace. james kottoor, editor)

President Donald Trump says he has told US border officials to check people entering America "very carefully", as his travel ban remains suspended. He said the courts were "making the job very difficult", and should take the blame if something happenedThe federal appeals court on Saturday rejected the Trump administration's request to reinstate the ban.

The ban, affecting people from seven mainly-Muslim countries, was blocked by a federal judge on Friday.This means that Mr Trump's directive will remain suspended and visa holders Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will be allowed to enter the US until the full case has been heard.

The White House and two US states challenging the ban have been given a deadline of Monday to present more arguments. The questions araised were: Is Trump's immigration order legal?Who does travel ban affect? President Trump on Sunday ramped up his criticism of Seattle Judge James Robart, who blocked the ban, and the country's judiciary. In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said: "I have instructed Homeland Security to check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY."

"Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!"The president earlier called Judge Robart's ruling "ridiculous", described him as a "so-called judge".

President Donald Trump's decision to halt all refugee admissions and temporarily bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries has been criticised by rights groups and activists around the world. However, some right-wing European politicians have welcomed the move.

Here is some reaction.

  • Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, tweeted: "To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength"
  • German leader Angela Merkel believes it is not justified to put people from a specific background or faith under general suspicion, according to her spokesperson
  • Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said "President Trump's ban on refugees and immigrants from certain countries is shameful and cruel"
  • The Arab League, which has 22 member states including most of the countries directly affected by the ban,expressed deep concern about the "unjustified restrictions"Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 7.29.16 am
  • French President François Hollande warned that a protectionist approach would be a "dead end", and France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, "The reception of refugees fleeing the war, fleeing oppression, is part of our duties"
  • Iran's Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, condemned the order, tweeting that "it will be recorded in history as a great gift to extremists and their supporters". The foreign ministry also said it would introduce a reciprocal ban for US visitors to Iran, but said it would not apply to those with visas

But the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, praised Mr Trump's order. A spokesman said on Twitter: "US President Trump protects his country, he's concerned with the safety of his citizens. Exactly what EU elites do not do"

  • Dutch anti-Islam political leader Geert Wilders tweeted: "Well done @POTUS it's the only way to stay safe + free. I would do the same. Hope you'll add more Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia soon," using an acronym for President of the United States

The International Rescue Committee called the decision "harmful and hasty", saying that it would affect thousands of innocent people.

  • Amnesty International called it an "appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences"

Human Rights Watch said the order was a "blow" to refugees, and that it would "do little to address terrorism and other national security threats"

  • Leonard Doyle, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration told the BBC that it was Mr Trump's right to review his country's immigration policy but it was important that refugees and migrants were still protected
  • Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council told AP news agency: "[The decision] will not make America safer, it will make America smaller and meaner"
  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association said: "Broad language in the order appears to be designed to target people of Muslim faith"


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