NBC 4 New York reports "at least 10 people remained detained at JFK Saturday"..."with two others released."
In a frenzy, the media is reporting "the sky is falling" because of President Trump. But as with Chicken Little, perception is not always reality.
Either purposefully or ignorantly---and I'm certain it's the former---the media is failing to report the fact that CAIR, the (Christian) religious Left, and opportunistic Left wing politicians are driving the hysteria; Trump's Executive Order is not unique, both Carter and Obama issued similar orders; As did FDR, and other presidents, one of the detainees told the press he "supports Trump"; and the judge who granted the "stay," releasing the detainees says one of the concerns is that Trump's policy favors Christians.
NBC 4 NYC reported yesterday, "Crowds gathered at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn where the ACLU argued for a nationwide stay. As lawyers emerged from court, the crowd broke out in chants of 'Yes we can, yes we can'."
Federal Judge Ann Donnelly ruled in favor of an ACLU, George Soros funded lawsuit Saturday, granting a stay against President Trump's Executive Order regarding restricting immigration from 7 countries known to be exporting terrorists to America.
Hillary Clinton Tweeted, "I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are."
"We" have done this before, but the mainstream media has selective memory. Let's look back for a moment.
After the 2009 discovery that 2 al Qaeda terrorists were living as refugees in Bowling Green Ky., President Obama took action: "As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News---even for the many who had heroically helped US forces as interpreters and intelligence assets," ABC News reported in 2013. "One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays," two US officials said.
Why did Hillary not stand to defend our "values and our Constitution" at that time of banning immigration from certain countries?
Jimmy Carter took a similar action when he banned Iranians from entering the United States. After 52 Americans were taken hostage in the 1979 Iranian hostage crises, Carter said in announcing the move, "The steps I have ordered today are those that are necessary now. Other actions may become necessary if these steps do not produce the prompt release of the hostages."
PoliticalFacts is presenting a pretend unbiased comparison of Carter's actions and those of Trump. They say, "Trump's ban isn't like Jimmy Carter's actions on Iranians"---however, even a casual look makes it clear both president's actions were almost identical.
In 1882, President Chester Arthur, a Republican, banned "skilled and unskilled laborers and Chinese employed in mining" from entering the US for 10 years.
During WW II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt limited the number of Jewish refugees amid fears that NAZI spies could enter. In 1939, a ship carrying hundreds of Jews was refused entry. More than a quarter of the passengers perished in the Holocaust.
FDR also signed the order to inter about 120,000 Japanese in camps across America after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
And remember Bill Clinton's missive to America about illegal immigrants during his 1995 State of the Union address? He said: "We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it."
His comments on immigration received a standing ovation. Watch the video.
Where was Hillary's outrage on that day?
Not only does the secular, progressive, biased press have selective memory, they have selective outrage.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo echoed the narrative of the press, referring to America as the great "melting pot."
Surely Cuomo knows the history of these kinds of actions. Yet he too was posting on Twitter. Cuomo says, "We are a nation of bridges, not walls, and a great many still believe the words [inscribed at the foot of the Statue of Liberty] 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..."
He said, "This is not who we are. And not who we should be."
However, those seven countries affected by President Trump's Executive Order are exporting some, not all, but some from their countries who refuse to become part of the "melting pot" and refuse to assimilate and become American---because their intentions are to destroy the US, not become part of it.
Over the weekend the press has developed a mantra of referring to Trump's ban as "a ban on Muslims" when in fact it is, like Carter's and Obama's, directed at specific countries who are exporting terror.
In fact, Trump has not ordered a "ban" per se, he has ordered a pause until the US can implement "extreme vetting" on those coming into the US from countries whose sworn goal is to destroy the United States and Israel.
We have also learned that the terror-tied group CAIR is a major force in advancing the chaos playing out across our country over this issue.
Daily Wire published an article titled, "8 Things You Should Know About Trump's Executive Order On Refugees."
These are the 8 points. Please take a moment, click the link above and read the short explanation of each of the "8 Things"
- Trump Invokes 9/11.
- The Order Suspends Visas From “Nationals of Countries of Particular Origin.”
- More Countries May Be Coming.
- The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security Can Waive The Executive Order For Individuals.
- Refugees Are Blocked For 120 Days. Syrian Refugees Are Banned Indefinitely.
- Priority Is Given To Victims of Religious-Based Persecution.
- The Order Limits The Number Of Refugees in 2017 to 50,000.
- It Was Apparently Interpreted by Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Top Advisor Steven Miller To Cover Those With Green Cards.
Judge Donnelly also expressed concern that Trump's action seemed to favor Christians.
The Muslim advocacy group CAIR is, along with the religious Left, driving the chaos that has erupted at airports across the country yesterday and last night.
Unfortunately, Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham are now lending their voices to the far Left hysteria.
This is a developing story, as they say. Much more will unfold throughout the day today.
One thing is certain. Change has come to America
You will likely not see the interview with Hameed Darweesh, one of the Iraqi detainees at JFK on your evening news.
He said he still believes America is the land of the free, despite this incident ---and he "still likes Trump." He says I'm just a normal person.
I too, am an ordinary person, and was once detained at an airport in a foreign country. Officials at the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa noticed that I had recently been in Viet Nam---and dozens of other countries. I explained that I was a Christian minister and was involved in Christian mission work in many countries of the world. When the officials disappeared, I assumed that in a few moments I would be allowed to join the others in our mission group that I was leading.
An hour later, I was escorted to a secure room in the airport and held for another 7 hours. I was given lunch and a couple of bathroom breaks, both accompanied by an official.
More than 8 hours later, I was released with a "thank you for your cooperation" comment. I have a sense of what a detainee experiences. In my case there were no protests and the thought of suing South Africa, honestly, never crossed my mind. I was a guest in their country.
While it is frustrating to be detained, it is beyond frustrating to see innocent lives taken by terrorists who have seeped into our country with no intention of becoming a citizen.
It is also beyond "frustrating" to see the secular progressive and religious Left obsessively work to deny America its very identity as a sovereign nation.
I believe America is on the road to recovery and restoration---but these kinds of episodes will probably get worse before it gets better.
Be informed. Be Discerning. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.