PROTECTING OUR NATION AND THE WORLD FROM POLICIES BASED ON FALSE NEWS

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On January 27,  President Trump signed an Executive Order banning immigrants from coming into the U.S. from Muslim countries and temporarily suspending the U.S. refugee program completely. Among the reasons given is the following:

“Hundreds of foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after claiming asylum; after receiving visitor, student or employment visas; or through the U.S. refugee resettlement program.”

THIS IS FALSE.

To date, 80% of the terrorist attacks that have occurred on American soil have been committed by Americans. Less than one hundred attacks have been committed by foreign born individuals.

What is the consequence of basing Executive Orders on false information like that quoted above? Further chaos, instability and a rise in threats to National Security.

There are 65.3 million refugees in the world today. These are desperate people who fled their homelands – their extended families, their friends, everything that was familiar to them – because they were persecuted and attacked, because their lives were threatened and their livelihoods were taken from them, and because they saw their neighbors and even their loved-ones killed. They are survivors. They are trying to escape an unlivable situation and start over so that they can rebuild their lives. Refusing to answer their call for help to join the rest of the world in support of their struggle can only make enemies for us. Enemies who are desperate and who have nothing more to lose. Is that a formula for national security? If you see a fire, will you try to put it out or will you leave it to burn hotter, faster and wider?

Make no mistake; this Executive Order is not about National Security. It’s about fear mongering, prejudice and simply evidence of man’s inhumanity to man.

And in OTHER FALSE NEWS: “sanctuary cities” are cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government and release immigrant criminals.

Federal courts have ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds are merely requests; therefore, any municipality that cooperated with them without first insisting on a warrant could be held liable for illegally detaining someone. Holding immigrants for ICE can become a practice of ethnic profiling--the question of sanctuary cities was brought before federal courts because a Puerto Rican was detained for four days by local police who held onto him in response to an ICE request to hold him.

Why did ICE make that request? They erroneously thought that Mr. Galarza was an undocumented immigrant. But of course, he wasn’t.

So how could they make such a mistake? Because they were not forced to gather their evidence and apply for a warrant. They merely made a request. And they were wrong. And it cost an American citizen his liberty for four days. And the municipality that held him was liable for doing so. Because they did so without requiring a warrant.

So all of this hysteria about how “sanctuary cities” are letting criminals go willy-nilly and refusing to cooperate with federal officials is false. They are merely doing their jobs. Following the fourth amendment and the law.

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