Today was just one of those days where I felt like I woke up at 6 and didn’t stop going until I finally lied down in bed around 9. It was one of those days that when I got home, the name “mom” made me cringe because it was followed by, “..I need….” and I was just wiped.
But I am thankful that in between all the craziness I did have time to do my daily action, which was: “to call the Customs and Border Protection office at a randomly selected US airport to demand that they follow the law of the land (the Immigration and Nationality Act) and fully comply with all of the judicial orders that have been issued about the recent executive order banning the entry of Muslims and refugees into the United States.
Ask the officers point-blank if they are currently detaining any travelers.
Ask them if they have anyone in custody who does not have access to a lawyer (and report back on what you hear).”
I called several different airports in California only to find that they were no longer answering their phone because of the onslaught of callers. daily Action reported that, ”
As a result of our many, many calls, Customs and Border Protection has released a statement tonight that includes *actual statistics* and committed to using discretion in favor of green card holders who don’t have criminal records. We will expect these statistics to be updated regularly–or they’ll be hearing from us again.
But what I did do was email the federal Customs and Border Protection office and this is what I said, “I am wondering if your office–a United States office–is following the law of the land (the Immigration and Nationality Act) and fully complying with all of the judicial orders that have been issued about the recent executive order banning the entry of Muslims and refugees into the United States.
I want to know point-blank if you are currently detaining any travelers and if you have anyone in custody who does not have access to a lawyer.
I expect an email withing the next 2 days answering these questions, otherwise I will publish this and your lack of response immediately.”
Considering the website stated that they usually take 3 weeks to return messages, I was surprised to see an email from them within hours.
“Thank you for taking the time to email the Compliments and Complaints Branch (CCB) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the President’s Executive Orders on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of the President’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people. The President’s Executive Orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. The President’s Executive Orders affect a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America’s borders and national security.
Approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States every year. On January 28, 2017, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented. These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders.
We are committed to ensuring that all individuals affected by the Executive Orders, including those affected by the court orders, are being provided all rights afforded under the law. We are also working closely with airline partners to prevent travelers who would not be granted entry under the Executive Orders from boarding international flights to the U.S. Therefore, we do not anticipate that further individuals traveling by air to the United States will be affected.
The Department of Homeland Security will faithfully execute the immigration laws, and we will treat all of those we encounter humanely and with professionalism. No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States.
The Congress provided the President of the United States, in section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), with the authority to suspend the entry of any class of aliens the President deems detrimental to the national interest. This authority has been exercised by nearly every President since President Carter, and has been a component of immigration laws since the enactment of the INA in 1952.
The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement the President’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people.
We appreciate your comments and concerns.
Compliments and Complaints Branch”
Now this is, of course, a bullshit, beating around the bush answer, but still I made a difference by voicing my concerns and that feels good.
I’m pretty sure by this point I’m on some kind of watch list, but I don’t care. So long as Donald Trump continues to do such immoral acts as the United States president, I will resist.
Or I will look to marry someone from another country. I hear their are websites for this kind of thing. I’ll have to research more, but so far, most countries are looking better than ours right now.