Muslim Immigration Ban
Throughout his campaign Trump declared his intent to enact a comprehensive ban on Muslims entering the country. In a press release dated Dec. 7, 2015, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." On Jan. 26, 2017, he signed an executive order that halted all immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan.
2015.07.20 Donald Trump claims if you're from Syria and a Christian, you can't come to the U.S. as a refugee. politifact.com (See also Immigration, Syria, False Statements, 2016 Campaign) 2015.11.25 Trump tweets "I LIVE IN NEW JERSEY & @realDonaldTrump IS RIGHT: MUSLIMS DID CELEBRATE ON 9/11 HERE! WE SAW IT!" twitter.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Registry, Falsehoods) 2015.12.07 Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. donaldjtrump.com 2015.12.07 Trump releases campaign statement on preventing Muslim immigration. donaldjtrump.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Immigrants) 2015.12.08 Governor Mike Pence: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional. twitter.com (See also Mike Pence, Immigration, Domestic Policy, Muslims) 2016.05.16 Trump urges Muslims to cooperate with police and "turn people in." bbc.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Registry) 2016.06.26 There are four countries noticeably missing from the list of countries impacted by the Muslim Travel Ban: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates - all of which are in the same region, and they're home to large Muslim populations, but they also all do business with Donald Trump. bloomberg.com (See also Trump Business, Conflicts of Interest) 2016.11.10 Trump campaign staff redirects link to Muslim ban info on Trump website, but restores it after press inquiries. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Immigration) 2016.11.17 Trump offers ex-general and anti-Islamist Michael Flynn national security advisor post, which does not require Senate confirmation. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Turkey, Russia, Muslim Registry, Michael Flynn, Presidential Transition) 2016.12.22 Kellyanne Conway says Trump will not ban Muslims from U.S. solely on religious grounds. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Immigrants) 2017.01.10 These are some of the key points of John Kelly's confirmation hearing for Secretary of Homeland Security. theguardian.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Mexico Wall, Immigration, Muslim Registry) 2017.01.16 This is the full transcript of Donald Trump’s interview with Michael Gove and Kai Diekmann, former chief editor of the German newspaper Bild. thetimes.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Germany, United Kingdom, Trade, Syria, Afghanistan, ISIS, Russia, NATO, Iran, Israel, Ireland, European Union, Mexico, China, Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Muslim Registry) 2017.01.25 Big city mayors vow to defy Trump on sanctuary cities order. usatoday.com (See also Sanctuary Cities, Domestic Policy, Muslims) 2017.01.25 This is a transcript of ABC News anchor David Muir’s interview with President Trump. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, NAFTA, Trade, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, DACA, Voter Fraud, James Mattis, Mike Pompeo, Iraq, Infrastructure, Affordable Care Act) 2017.01.25 Trump’s next executive order will ban anyone from certain Muslim countries from entering the U.S. news.vice.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims) 2017.01.26 Presidential historians agree that Trump's executive orders do little more than advance Trump's main policy goals. Instead, it will be up to the president’s Cabinet officials and Congress to follow through on most of the actual policymaking. newsweek.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, Affordable Care Act) 2017.01.26 Trump critic and Gold Star father Khizr Khan says Trump's Muslim ban could threaten American security. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Immigrants) 2017.01.27 The White House released the language of the executive order limiting refugees into the US that President Trump signed on Friday at the Pentagon. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.27 Trump says Christians will be given priority as refugees over Muslims. www1.cbn.com (See also Immigration, Racism) 2017.01.27 Trump signs order halting admission of refugees for 120 days and increasing the vetting of potential refugees from predominantly Muslim nations, promises priority for Christians. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.27 Trump's immigration ban excludes countries where he has done business or pursued potential deals. bloomberg.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan) 2017.01.27 Trump's immigration freeze names seven mostly Muslim countries, yet their nationals haven't carried out lethal attacks in the U.S. since well before Sept. 11, 2001 and the order omits those countries linked to deadly attacks in U.S. npr.org (See also First 100 Days, immigration, Muslims) 2017.01.28 A federal judge in New York has issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained after President Trump issued an order to ban immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Immigration) 2017.01.28 Detained Iraqis who worked for the U.S. file suits against Trump's immigration order. reuters.com (See also Immigration, Domestic Policy, Muslims) 2017.01.28 Federal judge stays deportations under Trump Muslim country travel ban until 21 February. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.28 Google recalls staff after Trump executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. bbc.com (See also Immigration, Muslims, Technology) 2017.01.28 Google recalls travelling staff to the US after Trump's executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim majority countries. bbc.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.28 Green card holders from seven Muslim countries included in immigration ban. reuters.com (See also Immigration, Domestic Policy, Muslims) 2017.01.28 Just over a year ago Mike Pence called Trump’s Muslim ban ‘offensive and unconstitutional.’ Yesterday he stood at Trump's side as he signed the order. washingtonpost.com (See also Mike Pence, Immigration, Muslims) 2017.01.28 Refugees en route to the US on Friday evening have been detained at U.S. airports, including SFO, challenge Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven Muslim-dominated countries. mercurynews.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims) 2017.01.28 Rights groups including the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Centre file suit on behalf of refugees held at airports after Donald Trump's executive order. bbc.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.28 Some Congressional Republicans respond to criticism by speaking out against Muslim immigration ban; most, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, remain silent. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Immigrants, Immigration) 2017.01.28 The Islamic Center of Victoria, a mosque in Texas, was set on fire just hours after Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from Muslim-majority countries. thinkprogress.org (See also Hate Crimes, Muslims) 2017.01.28 The New York Times examines excerpts from Mr. Trump’s executive order on refugees and immigrants. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.28 The US State Department announces that citizens of the seven countries identified by President Donald Trump for a 90-day visa ban who hold dual nationality also will be barred from entering the United States. wsj.com 2017.01.28 The executive action targets seven majority-Muslim countries, but not six others where the president's private businesses are engaged. npr.org (See also First 100 Days, Conflicts of Interest, Muslims, Trump Business) 2017.01.28 The seven nations that fall under the executive order don’t include countries with Trump Organization projects. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims) 2017.01.28 Trump's executive order suspending immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations means refugees, already fully vetted and in the air when the order was signed, were stopped and detained at airports and prompting immediate legal challenges. nytimes.com 2017.01.29 Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse Special Collection: Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Immigration/Refugee Orders. clearinghouse.net (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.29 DHS Secretary John Kelly says lawful permanent residents from 7 banned countries are now allowed into the U.S. twitter.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security) 2017.01.29 Department Of Homeland Security official statement that they will continue to enforce Trump's executive order. dhs.gov (See also Department of Homeland Security, First 100 Days, Assaults on Government) 2017.01.29 European leaders reject Trump’s refugee ban as violating principles of open society, pluralism, and no discrimination. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 European leaders reject Trump’s refugee ban as violating principles. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.29 Federal judge in L.A. orders man detained at LAX and deported to Iran to return to U.S. under the terms of his visa. latimes.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 German chancellor speaks to president amid international anger over US ban on people from seven Muslim countries and 'explains' the obligations of the Geneva refugee convention to Trump in phone call on Saturday. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Germany) 2017.01.29 Giuliani says Trump consulted him on legally implementing Muslim ban. thehill.com (See also Muslims, Domestic Policy, Immigration) 2017.01.29 In the first week of the Trump Presidency, influence has run through a very select group of advisers—maybe as many as half a dozen, maybe as few as two. The President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Steve Bannon have consolidated their influence. newyorker.com (See also First 100 Days, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner) 2017.01.29 Lawyers are advising green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries to return to the United States through Logan Airport because Massachusetts judge’s order is most expansive. bostonglobe.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 Lyft will donate $1M to ACLU after Trump immigration ban. thehill.com (See also First 100 Days, immigration) 2017.01.29 Meet rookie federal judge, Ann Donnelly, who halted Trump’s refugee deportations — to save a Syrian washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 Silence in the capitals of some Muslim-majority countries unaffected by the order reflected a lack of solidarity and an enduring uncertainty about Mr. Trump’s intentions. nytimes.com 2017.01.29 Statement by Senators McCain & Graham on Trump's immigration executive order. mccain.senate.gov (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 The White House pulls back on part of Trump’s temporary ban on visitors from seven countries by saying that it would not apply to those with green cards. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Reince Priebus) 2017.01.29 The long list of Republicans, and much shorter list of Democrats in Congress who have taken no position on Trump's refugee ban vox.com 2017.01.29 There are a lot of reasons to not use ride-hailing app Uber: shoddy labor practices, attempts to strong-arm local governments,but those are not why #DeleteUber took off on Saturday night. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.29 Trump strategist and former chair of Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, seen by many as the brains behind Trump's Muslim immigration ban, is elevated to a position on the National Security Council's principals' committee and people are begging someone, anyone, to please #StopPresidentBannon. newsweek.com (See also Steve Bannon, Unprecedented Actions) 2017.01.29 Trump uses Twitter to reprimand McCain and Graham for criticizing his immigration executive order. politico.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 Trump's 'Muslim ban' is not the first time specific groups or nationalities have been blocked from the US. Here are six other times the US has banned immigrants. aljazeera.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.29 Trump’s Muslim travel bans will continue to be enforced by the The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), despite a New York judge placing a temporary stay on it being executed. independent.co.uk (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen) 2017.01.29 Trump’s immigration executive order creates an international mess, a legal challenge, protests at major airports across the country, and his first defeat in court. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Immigrants, Muslims) 2017.01.29 Uber CEO challenged for Trump connection and exploiting a taxi protest against the ban after Trump's Immigrant Ban executive order. nytimes.com 2017.01.29 White house releases statement on Trump aides defending his immigrations ban, his barrage of executive orders, complaining about the lack of cabinet confirmations, and attacking media coverage on Sunday shows whitehouse.gov (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Attempts to Discredit Media) 2017.01.30 Acting Attorney General Sally Yates orders Justice Department not to defend Trump's executive order on immigration in court, stating concerns about its legality. nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Immigrants, Muslims, Department of Justice) 2017.01.30 Acting attorney general Sally Yates writes to Justice Department lawyers, describing ‘solemn obligation to seek justice and stand for what is right’, and instructs them not to defend Trump migration order and Trump fires her three hours later. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Jeff Sessions, Assaults on Government, Department of Justice) 2017.01.30 Anger over Trump's immigration crackdown grows as Theresa May says she looks forward to his visit and more than 1.3 million sign petition to stop Trump's UK visit. bbc.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.30 Customs and Border Protection agents cause constitutional crisis by defying federal court orders on Trump travel ban when congressmen and lawyers request it be enforced. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.30 John Kelly claims customs officers immediately took steps to comply after court orders blocked detention of travelers under Trump immigration halt. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly) 2017.01.30 President Donald Trump’s clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious as leaked executive order draft discusses overhauling work-visa programs. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Technology, Immigration) 2017.01.30 Republicans insist this isn’t a ‘Muslim ban.’ but Giuliani said Trump was shooting for a Muslim ban with his executive order but recognized it needed to be altered to pass muster. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.30 Several House Judiciary Committee aides, working under non-disclosure agreements, helped craft Trump's controversial immigration order without telling Republican leaders. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.01.30 The U.S. government has granted waivers to let 872 refugees into the country this week, despite Trump's Muslim Immigration ban executive order on Friday. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State) 2017.01.30 The White House just cited the Quebec mosque attack to justify Trump’s policies even though his policies target Muslims and the accused killer is NOT Muslim. thestar.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts) 2017.01.30 The dark history of the White House aides, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, who crafted Trump's "Muslim Ban" m.motherjones.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Steve Bannon) 2017.01.30 Trump Accuses Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, who became emotional Sunday and called the president's travel ban "un-American" of 'Fake Tears' npr.org (See also First 100 Days) 2017.01.30 Trump faces growing state department mutiny against immigration ban as more than 200 diplomats sign ‘dissent’ memo criticizing executive order theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of State, Sean Spicer) 2017.01.30 Trump fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his immigration order banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying her action "betrayed" the department. washingtonpost.com (See also Domestic Policy, Immigration, First 100 Days) 2017.01.30 Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders government lawyers not to defend Muslim immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Muslims, Immigration, Presidential Activity, Immigrants, Assaults on Government) 2017.01.30 Trump likes to cite a very small figure to minimize the impact of his travel ban. But that's highly misleading, 90,000 people are affected by it. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Assaults on Facts) 2017.01.30 United Nations human rights chief Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein tweeted in response to Trump's Muslim Immigration Ban: "Discrimination on nationality alone is forbidden under #humanrights law" and "The US ban is mean-spirited, and wastes resources need for proper counter-terrorism." twitter.com (See also United Nations) 2017.01.30 White House says more than 100 U.S. diplomats expressing dissent against Muslim immigration ban "should either get with the program or they can go." nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Department of State) 2017.01.31 Dozens of lawsuits were filed against immigration order. clearinghouse.net (See also Lawsuits, John Kelley, Immigrants, First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, John Kelly) 2017.01.31 Justice Department releases State Department notice that "provisionally" revokes immigrant and non-immigrant visas already issued to citizens of nations listed in Trump's Muslim immigration ban. politico.com (See also Muslims, Immigrants, Immigration) 2017.01.31 State Dept. dissent cable, asserting that the president’s order on immigration will not make the nation safer, draws 1,000 signatures, has wended through dozens of embassies and is still spreading. mobile.nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of State, Immigration) 2017.01.31 Washington state becomes the first to file a lawsuit against the administration, seeking a restraining order to stop enforcement of the Muslim immigration ban. npr.org (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.02.01 Former Norwegian prime minister is detained at Dulles Airport for because he traveled to Iran for a human rights conference in 2014. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Administration Errors) 2017.02.01 NPR breaks down Congressional stances on Muslim immigration ban by party and state, with public statements as available. npr.org (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.01 This 16-Year-Old on his way from Jordan to visit his brother in Houston has been detained for days in Chicago teenvogue.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.01 Trump Immigration Ban disrupts international research collaboration on public health and disease. scientificamerican.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Social Issues, Fascism, Nationalism) 2017.02.01 Trump to focus counter-extremism program solely on Islam and no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly) 2017.02.01 U.N. Secretary General António Guterres says Trump's Muslim immigration ban violates "our basic principles," would not reduce terrorist threats, and should be immediately lifted. nytimes.com (See also United Nations, Muslims) 2017.02.02 3 things to consider about the politics of Trump's immigration executive order. npr.org (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.02 House of Cards: The danger of building our national security on the Alt-Right’s alternative threats lawfareblog.com (See also First 100 Days, Steve Bannon, Islam, Mike Flynn, National Security Council) 2017.02.02 How Trump is getting away with violating court orders against his Muslim immigrant ban. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Muslims, Immigration) 2017.02.02 Judge To Trump administration: Stop detaining travelers with valid visas. huffingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.02 Kellyanne Conway defends Muslim ban by citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" supposedly carried out by Iraqi refugees. washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts, Immigrants, Iraq) 2017.02.02 More than 1,000 Yemeni bodegas shut doors at noon on Thursday as Yemenis stage protest against Trump’s travel ban executive order in New York theguardian.com 2017.02.02 Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, blames Iraqi refugees for fictional 'Bowling Green massacre' that never happened to justify Trump’s travel ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts) 2017.02.02 US president describes a world ‘in trouble’ in speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, amid a growing number of disputes with foreign leaders theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Australia, Mexico, Johnson Amendment, Attacks on Civil Liberties, LGBTQIA, Affordable Care Act, Department of the Treasury, Russia, Yemen, Iran, Mike Pence) 2017.02.02 Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, bows out of Trump advisory council after users boycott. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.02 Virginia files a contempt motion against Trump over immigration order and asks a U.S. District Court to make the federal government prove it complied with a temporary restraining order. huffingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues) 2017.02.02 White House suggests US may still accept Australia refugees despite an angry phone call between Donald Trump and Australia’s prime minister. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.02.03 Federal Judge grants nationwide injunction against Trump Ban in Washington state lawsuit buzzfeed.com (See also Muslims, Immigration) 2017.02.03 Former Norway PM, Kjell Magne Bondevik, describes shock after being held and questioned at Dulles hub under new US entry controls over 2014 visit to Iran. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Norway) 2017.02.03 Government attorney reveals that over 100,000 visas have been revoked due to Trump's Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Muslims, Immigrants) 2017.02.03 Official court case summary for Washington State's temporary restraining order on Trumps' Muslim immigration ban uscourts.gov (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.03 The little-noticed bombshell in Trump's immigration order that, as written, is so extreme experts are concerned it will affect literally every foreign visitor to the US. politico.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.03 Trump officials slow-walked court orders on travel ban to customs officials who blocked immigrants from seeing lawyers at Dulles Airport, despite judge's order. politico.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.04 Amazon and Expedia join a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, asking for key parts of the executive order to be declared unconstitutional. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Technology, Immigration) 2017.02.04 Thousands of people across the U.S. joined protests againt Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Muslims) 2017.02.05 McConnell rebukes Trump's judge attack and distances himself from the president on Russia, voter fraud and the travel ban politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Government, Voter Fraud, Russia) 2017.02.05 US appeals court rejects White House request to reinstate Muslim immigration ban. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Constitutional Issues, Assaults on Government, Steve Bannon, Steven Miller) 2017.02.06 Activists angry they weren’t allowed to protest President Donald Trump’s travel ban inside Denver International Airport last month have asked a U.S. District Court judge to declare the city’s regulation requiring protesters get a permit in advance unconstitutional. denverpost.com (See also First 100 Days, First Amendment, Assaults on Civil Liberties) 2017.02.06 Jewish and Muslim activists respond to Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions by forming alliances previously unseen in the U.S. latimes.com (See also Muslims, Jewish Americans) 2017.02.06 Lawyers defending President Trump's travel ban lost a major battle in court. How did they lose? The judge did not buy slams alternative facts. msnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Immigration, Muslims) 2017.02.07 A San Francisco appeals court will hear arguments today on the nationwide freeze of Trump's extreme vetting program. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Immigrants) 2017.02.07 A group of lawyers accuse Trump administration of failing to comply with Judge's order in travel ban lawsuit. lawnewz.com (See also Assaults on Government, First 100 Days, Immigration, Muslims) 2017.02.07 Appeals Court panel appears skeptical of Trump’s Muslim Immigration ban and the Trump administration's position that came close to saying the court is without power to make judgements about his actions. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Constitutional Issues) 2017.02.07 Donald Trump faces day of struggles with Democrats trying to block Trump’s pick for education secretary in the morning, while the afternoon brings challenge to his immigration ban theguardian.com (See also Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Immigration, Muslims, First 100 Days) 2017.02.07 Homeland Security Chief John Kelly admits Muslim Immigration Ban was rushed nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration) 2017.02.08 DHS watchdog suggests customs officials may have violated court order at Dulles. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Immigration, Muslims, Department of Homeland Security) 2017.02.08 Fadwa Alaoui tried to take her sick son to the United States but was turned back when an official found Muslim prayers on her phone. cbc.ca (See also First 100 Days, Muslims) 2017.02.08 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch told a US senator Wednesday that Trump's tweets about the judiciary are "demoralizing" and "disheartening." cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Immigration) 2017.02.08 Trump suggests only politics could lead court to rule against his immigration order washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues) 2017.02.09 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds suspension of Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Lawsuits, Immigrants) 2017.02.09 JUST IN: 9th Circuit: Ruling on Trump travel ban case will be filed before close of business Thursday - @PeteWilliamsNBC— NBC Nightly News twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Immigration) 2017.02.09 Ninth Circuit rightly and unanimously rejects Trump administration's extravagant claims of virtually unreviewable power. Great news.— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Lawsuits) 2017.02.09 The court went out of its way in its opinion released Thursday to emphasize the right and the duty of the judiciary to rule on the constitutionality of executive action, even when national security is on the line. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Constitutional Issues, Immigrants) 2017.02.09 Trump lawyers get ready: After the 9th Circuit rules on the immigration ban, there'll be another challenge and another and another. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Constitutional Issues, Muslims, Immigration) 2017.02.09 Trump travel ban hits major setback after judges uphold temporary restraining order issued last week to prevent 90-day travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries and 120-day freeze on US admission of any refugees. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Muslims) 2017.02.10 Trump quotes legal blog out of context to argue travel ban ruling is "a disgraceful decision." politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Assaults on Government, Muslims) 2017.02.10 White House considers rewriting Trump’s immigration order after an appeals court declined to restore the president’s controversial travel ban. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslims, Immigration) 2017.02.11 Trump says refugees are flooding U.S. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.02.12 Policy advisor Stephen Miller advances false claims about voter fraud and says White House will fight for Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts, False Statements, First 100 Days, Voter Fraud, Stephen Miller) 2017.02.14 Challenge to Trump travel ban moves forward in two courts. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.16 Department of Justice submits brief to Ninth Circuit Court which states in part “the president intends in the near future to rescind the [travel] order and replace it with a new, substantially revised executive order.” cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov (See also First 100 Days, Lawsuits) 2017.02.16 Trump plans to rescind his immigration ban executive order and issue a new executive order to eliminate "erroneous constitutional concerns" after an appeals court loss, according to Justice Department court filing. theguardian.com (See also Department of Justice, First 100 Days, Immigration) 2017.02.16 Trump says he will issue a new order after a "very bad decision" blocked his initial travel ban. latimes.com (See also Lawsuits) 2017.02.18 A new version of Trump's immigration ban that could be issued as early as Tuesday will not stop green card holders, nor travelers in transit, according to Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly. reuters.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly) 2017.02.24 A three-page DHS report casts doubt on need for Trump travel ban, saying citizenship is an “unreliable” threat indicator, and people from the banned countries have rarely been implicated in U.S.-based terrorism. washingtonpost.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, First 100 Days) 2017.02.24 Trump assigns the Department of Homeland Security to help build the legal case for its temporary travel ban on individuals from seven countries, causing concern from intelligence officials who see the move as a politicization of intelligence. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.02.25 Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm conclude that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria's civil war started in 2011. apnews.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security) 2017.02.25 Trump administration claims 109 people were detained in the first 26 hours after Muslim immigration ban was enacted, when 746 people were actually detained. nytimes.com (See also Immigrants, Assaults on Facts, Executive Orders, Muslims) 2017.03.01 Officials say the latest draft of Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban. apnews.com (See also First 100 Days, Iraq, Immigration) 2017.03.09 Washington, Hawaii, Oregon and New York move forward with legal challenges to Trump's revised executive order that temporarily bars the admission of refugees and some travelers from a group of Muslim-majority countries. reuters.com (See also First 100 Days) 2017.03.15 Federal judge Derrick K. Watson issues nationwide block on Trump Administration's revised travel ban. nytimes.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Immigrants) 2017.03.15 In her first interview as United Nations Ambassador, Nikki Haley breaks with the White House, saying, "We should never trust Russia." She also reverses her vehement opposition to Trump's Muslim Ban, saying it is not about religion. today.com (See also Nikki Haley) 2017.03.29 Nikki Haley describes the U.S. as the “moral conscience” of the world, calls the U.N. Human Rights Council “so corrupt” without offering evidence, and says the U.S. would never close its doors to foreigners who flee persecution, even as she defended Trump’s Muslim Ban. nytimes.com (See also United Nations, Nikki Haley) 2017.05.25 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholds national freeze of Trump's Muslim travel ban in a 10-3 vote. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Islamophobia) 2017.06.02 The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to revive the president’s plan to temporarily ban citizens from six mostly Muslim countries. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Nationalism, Supreme Court) 2017.06.04 While world leaders call for unity after London attack, Trump attacks and ridicules to attempt to score political points. washingtonpost.com (See also United Kingdom, Foreign Policy, Unpresidential Behavior) 2017.06.05 In a series of Twitter posts, Trump may have irretrievably undermined his lawyers’ efforts to persuade the Supreme Court to reinstate his executive order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Muslims) 2017.06.12 A second federal appeals court has ruled against Trump’s revised travel ban, delivering the latest in a string of defeats for the administration’s efforts to limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. nytimes.com (See also Muslims, Legal Activity) 2017.06.26 The Supreme Court agreed to allow a limited version of Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect and will consider in the fall the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Activity, Supreme Court) 2017.06.28 The State Department issued new guidelines to American embassies on applying a limited travel ban against foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. nytimes.com (See also Muslims) 2017.06.28 The Trump administration is expected to announce how it will implement its modified travel ban, following the Supreme Court's decision lifting a stay on the executive order imposed by two lower courts, barring travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. npr.org (See also Muslims, Foreign Policy, Iran, Syria, Legal Activity) 2017.06.29 Six teenage Afghan female inventors have been rejected by the US for a one-week travel visa to escort their robot to the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge – an international robotics competition happening in Washington DC in mid-July. forbes.com (See also Foreign Policy, Women) 2017.07.10 The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the effective date of the International Entrepreneur Rule, and has signaled its intent to eliminate the rule completely. axios.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Immigration) 2017.07.14 A federal court judge agreed once again to partially halt the ban of certain foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries on a nationwide basis - a direct rebuke to the government's attempt to limit the close family members allowed in the US - allowing "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States" to gain entry into the country. cnn.com (See also Legal Activity, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Supreme Court) 2017.08.02 In the first hours of the travel ban, the Trump administration officials issued clear directives: treat lawyers’ calls like “protests” and keep duly elected Congressmen out. thedailybeast.com (See also Unprecedented Actions) 2017.08.17 Hospitals in Trump country are suffering, as Muslim and Pakistani doctors are being denied visas to the US, hurting those who most are in need of help. theintercept.com (See also Immigration, Health Care) 2017.09.22 With the current ban due to expire on Sunday, Donald Trump is considering a new order to replace his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries with one that would be tailored on a country-by-country basis to protect the United States from attacks. reuters.com (See also Immigration) 2017.09.24 The Trump administration announced new restrictions on visitors from eight countries — an expansion of an existing travel ban that has spurred fierce legal debates over security, immigration and discrimination, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the new indefinite ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Nationalism, North Korea, Foreign Policy, Iran) 2017.10.17 A federal judge largely blocked the Trump administration from implementing the latest version of their travel ban, which was set to bar various types of travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. washingtonpost.com (See also Legal Issues, Immigration, Syria, Iran, North Korea) 2017.10.18 A federal judge in Maryland granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the latest iteration of Donald Trump’s travel ban, following a similar order by a federal judge in Hawaii. politico.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues) 2017.11.1 Donald Trump and some of his allies on the far right have incorrectly found a new culprit in Tuesday’s deadly terrorist attack in Manhattan: Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, as the New York Democrat was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who sought to end the program back in 2013. washingtonpost.com (See also Administration Errors, Unpresidential Behavior, Immigration) 2017.11.21 Donald Trump's latest executive order aimed at implementing the hardline immigration policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court. cnn.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues) 2017.11.24 Jeff Sessions is methodically reshaping the Justice Department to reflect his nationalist ideology and hard-line views, from calling for prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible to altering the department's legal stances in cases involving voting rights and LGBTQ issues some would call discrimination. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, LGBTQIA, Racism, Nationalism, Immigration, Assaults on Civil Liberties) 2017.11.29 Donald Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right British political party Britain First. buzzfeed.com (See also Immigration, Racism, Unpresidential Behavior) 2017.12.04 A divided U.S. Supreme Court let Donald Trump’s travel ban take full effect while legal challenges go forward, allowing the US to bar or restrict entry by people from six mostly Muslim countries, even if they have a relationship with a U.S.-based person or institution. bloomberg.com (See also Muslims, Nationalism, Racism, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Supreme Court) 2017.12.22 Donald Trump's third attempt at implementing his travel ban — issued via a September proclamation — again violates federal law, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled on Friday. buzzfeed.com (See also Supreme Court, Immigration) 2017.12.24 U.S. District Judge James Robart released a 65-page order blocking the administration’s restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues, Reversals) 2018.01.19 The U.S. Supreme Court set up a major showdown over presidential powers, agreeing to decide the legality of Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries. reuters.com (See also Supreme Court, Legal Issues) 2018.02.15 A federal appeals court ruled that Donald Trump's third attempt at a travel ban is likely unconstitutional, writing that it "continues to exhibit a primarily religious anti-Muslim objective." buzzfeed.com (See also Muslims, Legal Issues, Nationalism) 2018.06.26 In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly-Muslim nations, saying that the president’s statutory power over immigration was not undermined by his history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to Americans. nytimes.com (See also Supreme Court, Immigration, Legal Activity, Muslims)
2017.01.30 The Council on American‐Islamic Relations files a lawsuit against Trump, John Kelly, U.S. Department of State, and the Director of National Intelligence claiming the travel ban violates the first amendment of the constitution, which establishes the right to freedom of religion.
David J. Bier — The New York Times
In his Jan. 27, 2017, article Bier points out that Trump's executive order halting immigration for 90 days violates a law in place for over fifty years:
"President Trump signed an executive order on Friday that purports to bar for at least 90 days almost all permanent immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Syria and Iraq, and asserts the power to extend the ban indefinitely. But the order is illegal. More than 50 years ago, Congress outlawed such discrimination against immigrants based on national origin."
Benjamin Wittes — Lawfare
In his Jan. 28, 2017, article Wittes destroys Trump's executive order halting immigration:
The malevolence of President Trump’s Executive Order on visas and refugees is mitigated chiefly—and perhaps only—by the astonishing incompetence of its drafting and construction.
NBC is reporting that the document was not reviewed by DHS, the Justice Department, the State Department, or the Department of Defense, and that National Security Council lawyers were prevented from evaluating it. Moreover, the New York Times writes that Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, the agencies tasked with carrying out the policy, were only given a briefing call while Trump was actually signing the order itself. Yesterday, the Department of Justice gave a “no comment” when asked whether the Office of Legal Counsel had reviewed Trump’s executive orders—including the order at hand. (OLC normally reviews every executive order.)
This order reads to me, frankly, as though it was not reviewed by competent counsel at all.
Catherine Rampell–The Washington Post
On Jan. 30, 2017, Rampell asks where the red line is for Republicans in Congress:
A mere year ago, Republican leaders condemned Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) said it was “not conservatism.” Then-Gov. Mike Pence (Ind.) called it “offensive and unconstitutional.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) called it “completely and totally inconsistent with American values.” Senator and then-presidential-candidate Marco Rubio (Fla.) agreed, saying, “It violates a lot of the things that we think about our country.”
There you have it: Then, Trump’s proposed Muslim ban was decried as not conservative, not constitutional, not American. If there were ever a red line for Republicans, it seems to have been crossed Friday.
When a version of the ban became reality, however, Ryan endorsed it. Now-Vice President Pence smiled and applauded as it was signed. McConnell said he doesn’t “want to criticize [the Trump administration] for improving vetting.” And Rubio offered some cowardly pablum about needing “clarity” on “unanswered questions” about the ban.