Sunday, January 29, 2017

ACLU Blocks Trump Immigration Order

It's been joyously greeted as a great victory. In the ACLU's own words:

UPDATE (1/28/17): A federal judge granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a nationwide temporary injunction that will block the deportation of all people stranded in U.S. airports under President Trump’s new Muslim ban.

Yes, it's a victory, and thank you very much, ACLU! Well done!

However, it I understand it correctly, it's just a temporary blocking of the executive order, and it only helps people who were detained at US airports. People from one of the countries affected by Trump's order who are now outside the US and attempting to board flights to the US, even if they are already longtime US residents and green card holders, get no help from this ruling.

GREEN CARD HOLDERS! They don't exactly hand out green cards like peanuts at a bar. A green card entitles its holder to permanent residence in the US, or at least it used to, before we elected the Grand Exalted Cheeto.

So while we're taking a victory lap, let's just remember that we still have a long way to go. Part of one of Trump's executive orders has been temporarily blocked.

This story from the San Jose Mercury News goes into much more detail about the hearing which resulted in the temporary blocking of Trump's order, and what it does and doesn't mean.

It's just a start. It's great, it's wonderful, I'm sure many of you are running around in a daze, looking for anyone even remotely associated with the ACLU so that you can hug them while jumping up and down. And well you should. But it's a long way from here to a legal finding that Trump must be removed from office.

And anything less than removing him from office cannot be considered a total victory for sanity, decency and the rule of law.

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