Monthly Archives: January 2017

President Trump wanted to ban ‘bad dudes.’ He could block more women and children.

By Danielle Paquette

Khulud Fidama, 26, of Dearborn, Mich., stands with her family outside the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to speak against President Donald Trump's travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, in Detroit, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (Elaine Cromie/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Khulud Fidama, 26, of Dearborn, Mich., stands with her family outside the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to speak against President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, Jan. 29. (Elaine Cromie/Detroit Free Press via AP)

A 70-year-old Iranian woman with a green card was detained overnight at the Dallas airport. A Syrian woman who landed in Chicago to visit her cancer-stricken mother was forced to turn around and fly back. An Iraq-born doctor coming home to California was held nine hours before reuniting with her husband.

After President Trump signed a sprawling executive order Friday, closing the borders to refugees and other travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, such stories surfaced at airports across the country.

It’s still unclear how many people were detained or sent away this weekend, though estimates peak at about 375. According to a senior Department of Homeland Security official, about 109 travelers were denied entry to the U.S. and 173 were not allowed to board planes to the country.

After protests erupted around the country over the weekend in opposition to Trump’s order, the president clarified his intent in an early Monday tweet: He wanted to block what he referred to as bad “dudes.”

If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad “dudes” out there!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017

In the U.S., “dudes” colloquially refers to men. The Trump administration would not respond to requests for additional information, but the president has previously specified men when speaking about “extreme vetting.”

“You look at the migration, it’s young, strong men,” Trump told Yahoo News last year. “We cannot take a chance that …read more

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Trump says his travel ban will make America safer. Our research shows it will do the exact opposite.

By Nour Kteily and Emile Bruneau

Khulud Fidama, 26, of Dearborn, Mich., stands with her family on Jan. 29 outside the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to protest President Trump’s travel ban for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations. (Elaine Cromie/Detroit Free Press via AP)

With the stroke of a pen, President Trump signed into law this week a series of executive orders that have sent reverberations around the world. Making good on some of his most controversial campaign promises, Trump started on Wednesday the process of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. On Friday, he instituted a ban on refugees and halted admission to all foreign nationals — including those with visas — of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.

By early Saturday, refugees were being detained at the border, and some legal permanent residents were turned away. In short order, massive crowds demanding that the policy be revoked rallied at the airports of many of the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston.

It is clear that Trump’s policies reflect a sea change in the American approach to national security — but do they “make Americans safe again?”

Our research suggests they could do exactly the opposite. By dehumanizing minority group members in word and deed, Trump’s rhetoric and policies may promote the very actions that they purport to prevent.

During the presidential primary process, we collected data from two large samples of several-hundred Americans online. We assessed their political leanings, their attitudes about Mexican immigrants and Muslims, and their support for several of Trump’s actual border policies (taken directly from his campaign website).

Specifically, we assessed participants’ overt dehumanization of Mexican immigrants and Muslims, first by asking Americans to place these groups where they thought they belonged on the popular “Ascent of Man” diagram representing …read more

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Our history shows there’s a dark side to ‘Buy American’

By Dana Frank “We will follow two simple rules,” President Trump promised in his inaugural address. “Buy American and hire American.” Trump’s program might sound appealing. But the Buy American exhortation follows a long history of similar campaigns steeped in racism, especially against Asians and Asian Americans, that have had real, destructive consequences. It’s not that the Buy American […] …read more

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