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The White House occupant I call Trump 45 is all thumbs up about the new executive order he just signed.
But those who found the previous travel ban held up by the courts offensive will still be all thumbs down.
Travel Ban 2.0 may be written better with cosmetic changes to take away particularly embarrassing situations. But a Muslim ban is still a Muslim ban and no less odious.
Some changes: Iraq, our ally in fighting ISIS, is now off the list, reducing the number of countries from seven to six.
Existing green card and visa holders are also now exempt, as are a list of situations like the foreign national who “seeks to visit or reside with a close family member who is a U.S. citizen.”
Or an infant or child needing urgent medical care.
But, at it’s core, the travel ban is still essentially a “Muslim Ban” worthy of a challenge on constitutional grounds.
Asian Americans, as targets of immigration bans in the past, know how harmful these bans have been.
History tells us these kind of bans have no place in our democracy.
Read the White House’s Travel Ban 2.0