Monday, March 6, 2017

New Muslim Ban: The Answer is Still No

Predictably, Lord Dampnut has come up with a new Muslim ban. It's a bit less harsh this time, with a delayed implementation so it won't cause complete and utter chaos in every airport in the nation. This doesn't mean it's acceptable.

What part of #NoBan don't you understand?

But this is predictable because, as people predicted, it's not "as bad" of a ban as the last one we all freaked out about, so clearly that last one was a ploy to make us more likely to accept as "not as bad" ban this time around. Don't be fooled. It's still horrible and it's still wrong and it still needs to be stopped.

Unlike the original order, the ban announced Monday no longer includes Iraq, explicitly doesn’t apply to lawful permanent residents (green card holders) or existing visa holders, and will have a delayed implementation — going into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on March 16. Syrian refugees are not banned indefinitely, like they were in the Jan. 27 order, and refugees already formally scheduled for travel to the U.S. will be permitted to enter the country. 
The new order blocks people traveling from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Iraq is no longer included because the country has pledged to “increase cooperation with the U.S.” and share more information about its citizens.

That's fucking awful, don't do that, Iraq. I mean, they're probably basically being forced to. The point is taking one country off the ban in exchange for information on the people born there is not better. And every one of those other nations still banned have still been responsible for zero terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. We've been responsible for completely fucking up their soil, though.

They're also trying to prevent it from being called a Muslim ban.

It also omits a section about prioritizing refugees of minority religions — the part of the initial order that, as NPR’s Domenico Montanaro has reported, “indicates prioritizing Christians,” and was one reason the order was challenged as a form of “Muslim ban.”

Yeah, it's still a Muslim ban because every one of the countries on the list is a majority Muslim nation. And also, you promised to ban Muslims during your fucking campaign, Dampnut.

And then:

Meanwhile, the issuance of a new executive order doesn’t spell the end of lawsuits against the old order. 
White House press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly said the administration plans follow a “dual track” strategy of continuing to defend the old order from legal challenges even as a new order replaces it.

Basically, they're not sorry, and they're still gonna try to go through with the original extra horrible ban. Possibly to continue trying to distract us from the new one, or just hoping they can get one through the legal process.

The point is, gather up your signs and your good shoes because we need to protest this Muslim ban just as hard as the last Muslim ban. Don't let him fool you, don't let him weasel in some more palatable form of fascism. No ban. No wall. Period.

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