109 Detainees were subject to approval of being released through the Department of Homeland Security. Friday afternoon, while members such as Gen John Kelly were sill being briefed over the new executive order, a reestablished ban of certain countries perceived as terror promoting countries towards the destabilization of the middle east, were given an extreme vetting treatment and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.
The perception of the President, is that he was imposing a ban as a continuation from the Obama administration, while he also spoke with King of Saudi Arabia during the weekend, over how to give safe havens within the region of Syrian.
People met at Airports around the nation to protest the decision. Many detainees were reported to having been turned away from admittance into the United States, and a few took the option on their HB-1 visas to turn around and leave so that they would not receive a mark on their immigration status which is an automatic 5 year restriction over entering the US. A judge from New York, the Honorable Judge Ann Donnelly, has an emergency meeting to prevent deportation from anyone who had arrived during in route of the time of the signing of the executive order, which did not prevent anyone from being detained, but it did prevent them from being released in a capacity of having to turn around and automatically leave while some of them were already citizens of the United States, as well as Green Card holders, which was later clarified as not being people that were automatically placed into the category of having to be extremely vetted, in a news announcement from the White House over the weekend.
Public figures met with detainees, as well as attorney's, some of while were coming through the ACLU, to come to aid to speak with DHS, whom most responded to them for them to call the President and take it up with him.
Organized protest were held at major airports across the country. I attended one here in Dallas, primarily to observe the people who had been there for 24 hours and request that they take shifts and have at least a 4 hour nap, as well as document the event, and observe.
Having worked with Islamic Relief, I have been behind the scenes of natural disasters and the aftermath thereof, and what they do to give back to the community in a time of crisis.
This event was widely interpreted by people as a Muslim Ban, that the President denies.
Many people, such as Mayor Rawlings here locally, quoted that this was not a national security issue, it was a political issue, because statistically, there have been no acts of terror from any refugees, and we have had 850,000 of them in our country since 9/11.
About 3.7 Million people and counting came out for the Women's March. I attended in Dallas, Texas, and watched the 616 sister cities go up to 673 cities around the world that were participating in being what they felt was a voice for human rights, citing that women's rights are human rights.
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Went to Dallas Insanity Chess Tournament (that was the name of it I am not making that up) after getting back from app. 102 hours of travel. Each flight to and from Poland from Dallas, in between Copenhagen, was about 25 hours for 14 hours worth of air travel and then waiting in between airports, going through customs, or waiting for your passport, either way, there was some drag getting in between the time zones, but coming back- I told myself that I probably should not go compete during jet lag, and then finally told myself that if I did not go now I would be putting it off for months like I had already done, so even if I bombed it and failed miserably at least I showed up- and extra kudos to me for pulling 16 hours of it for the 24 hour period during my jet lag time.