NASHVILLE — President Trump touted his first 60 days in office as the most productive ever for a president and compared himself to President Andrew Jackson during a raucous rally Wednesday in Nashville that resembled the campaign that catapulted him into office.Drawing roars from the thousands in attendance, Trump slammed a Hawaii federal judge’s decision earlier in the day that temporarily halted the administration’s new attempt to ban most travel from six majority Muslim countries.He also threw his support behind a House Republican effort to overhaul Obamacare and vowed additional changes of his own.“It’s time for us to embrace our glorious national destiny,” Trump said at the conclusion of his 40-minute speech.Trump took the stage Wednesday evening later than expected as long lines of supporters waited in the cold to get into the arena because of a security bottleneck and confusion.At the lawn of the Metro courthouse, thousands of protesters … [Read more...] about Trump blasts judge’s travel ban ruling in Nashville speech
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WASHINGTON – The United States could ban Americans from traveling to North Korea in light of the death of Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Tuesday.Appearing on MSNBC, Corker, R-Tenn., said the U.S. needs to re-examine its policies toward North Korea given the death of Warmbier, who had been held captive for 17 months by the Kim Jong Un regime. ► More: Tour group says no more Americans to North Korea after Warmbier's death The policy review includes U.S. travel to North Korea and the fact that Americans who go there sometimes get caught in a situation similar to that of Warmbier, Corker said.“Should there be a travel ban for U.S. citizens going there relative to this?” Corker said. “That's something we're looking at.”“We have got to figure out whether it's best to allow people to do that and then end up in a situation where we're doing everything we can as a … [Read more...] about Sen. Bob Corker: U.S. looking at North Korea travel ban after Ohio college student’s death
Donald Trump says he was only trying to protect us from the “bad dudes” when he suspended refugee admissions and slapped a travel ban on people entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.No doubt there are a lot of bad dudes out there. In fact, lately, it seems as if they live in some of the most astonishing places.But before we start getting all paranoid and spotting Yemeni terrorists behind every bush, let’s consider how many "bad dudes" from the seven now-banned countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan) have carried out deadly terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.Not to mention all those refugee terrorists who must be killing Americans right and left to prompt Trump to take such drastic action.Well, according to a terrorism risk analysis from the libertarian Cato Institute, the chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion a year. (The chance of being murdered … [Read more...] about Roberts: Trump’s travel ban would have saved HOW MANY Americans?
I am annoyed by today’s question. It shows the inbred bias of mass media and how it breeds further discontent in our current environment.The question implies a permanent, blanket travel ban. This only goes to further inflame those who are already predisposed to be against anything from the current administration.To understand, the executive order simply put into place a temporary restriction on travel from a list of Obama administration-derived countries that are predisposed to having an abundance of terrorists within their borders. The Trump administration believes a temporary restriction gives time to properly put into place a set of guidelines to both admission of foreigners and appropriate vetting of those seeking admission.I do feel we have been too lax in our previous guidelines for admission and time is indeed needed so we chart a new course. We do need new rules and regulations to insure the safety of both citizens and visitors to our wonderful country. Arie Klapholz … [Read more...] about Do you feel safer after Trump’s travel ban order?
When news broke of a U.S. travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries, an engineering teaching assistant from Iran was in a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee classroom helping a student.His wife of eight years was in Iran with her parents — stuck on the other side of the world in a country affected by the ban. She had left Milwaukee in December to follow the rigorous but routine process for obtaining a student visa so she could join her husband in advancing her education at UWM, rather than living here on a visa for student spouses.While President Donald Trump's travel ban is on the back burner for now, tied up in federal courts, the issue remains front and center for universities and international students such as the Iranian couple at UWM, Mohammad and Shi. Now is when international students accept admissions offers from universities and put down deposits. Uncertainty surrounding any future travel ban, and … [Read more...] about Trump’s travel ban is on the back burner in courts, but it’s still front burner for universities
You can almost taste the Cuban cigars.Havana could become legal once again as a congressional panel voted on Wednesday to remove a trade and travel ban on the Caribbean island.Agricultural Committee voted 25 to 20 to remove the ban, sparking a contentious debate as the legislation moves through Congress.Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.US and Cuban interests.Cuba dates back to the Kennedy administration shortly after Fidel Castro seized control of the island nation in 1959.House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson told Reuters.Texas long-grain rice," Peterson said. "If we get these restrictions out of the way, I think we get a lot of that market back."Florida, where anti-Castro sentiment is high, politicians have denounced the vote as an appeasement to the despotic state.Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Havana hotels and Cuban cigars? House panel votes to remove travel ban on Caribbean island of Cuba
Despite what some may think, coming to the United States is far from easy. While I’m now teaching at Ohio State University, I was once a professor in my native Aleppo, Syria. Reluctantly, I fled my homeland after life became unbearable and I was tortured by the Assad regime. My wife, my children, and I faced a veritable gauntlet of screening procedures before we were granted asylum. My 19-year old son was forced to stay behind for an additional two years of screening, and was finally approved just last week. I know from personal experience that the U.S. visa vetting system is already very thorough — and that President Trump’s latest travel ban is not necessary to keep Americans safe.The main reason I’m speaking out is because the ban, if allowed to move forward, will have a tragic and personal impact on the lives of many Americans and those whom they love most. Yes, the ban is contrary to the traditional American values I’ve come to love. But its … [Read more...] about Trump travel ban 3 may shatter my family forever — and it’s not even needed
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday removed President Trump's travel ban from its October calendar, an indication that it may have just gotten harder to challenge. But that won't stop opponents from trying.By adding and subtracting affected countries after a 90-day review, the ban against certain travelers from eight countries in three continents could strike federal judges as less discriminatory than Trump's first two versions, legal experts said.But by making the prohibitions indefinite rather than temporary and continuing to target mostly Muslim nations, the ban still provides plenty of fodder for the states, led by Hawaii, and immigration rights groups challenging it in court.What seems clear to both sides in the wake of Trump's unveiling of Travel Ban 3.0 Sunday is that the current Supreme Court case has been altered, perhaps fatally. What's left is for the justices to get new briefs from both sides by Oct. 5 before deciding its ultimate fate."The … [Read more...] about Supreme Court removes travel ban case from calendar pending new review
In the wake of another terrorist attack in Britain, President Trump fired off several tweets about the need for his court-blocked travel ban, contradicting statements from members of his own administration and distorting the facts in the process.Trump’s tweets came in the days after the June 3 terrorist attack in London, in which assailants drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then attacked people with knives. Seven people were killed.Trump has issued two orders that seek to limit visitors and refugees from several predominantly Muslim countries to the U.S., and both have, so far, been blocked by the courts.Trump’s first attempt came on Jan. 27 with an executive order that sought to impose a 90-day travel ban, with some exceptions, on the citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The order also suspended the refugee program for 120 days, and indefinitely for Syrian refugees. However, the courts blocked … [Read more...] about Fact check: Trump’s travel ban tweets twist facts
WASHINGTON – President Trump asked legal aides Monday to seek a quick Supreme Court review of what he calls his "travel ban" from six Muslim countries – one of a series of tweets that could well undercut his case before the justices.Suggesting he wants to expand travel restrictions in the wake of the weekend terrorist attack in London, Trump said: "The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court - & seek much tougher version!"He did not specify what a "tougher version" might entail.Trump's use of the term "ban" is in contrast to other administration officials who have said the White House is seeking travel restrictions rather than a blanket ban, which would be more vulnerable to legal challenge. In another tweet, Trump said the updated version of his initial travel order is "politically correct," which will be fodder for the ban's critics who have argued that Trump's real target all … [Read more...] about Trump seeks quick Supreme Court review of ‘travel ban’