While Donald Trump, a/k/a Der Fuhrer seemingly views himself as another Vladimir Putin who can rule by dictatorial fiat, last evening a federal court threw a wrench into Trump's immigration order that panders to the Islamophobia and racism that motivates much of today's GOP base. Trump may have no regard for the U.S. Constitution - which I suspect he has never bothered to read - the federal courts (at least until subverted by Trump and Senate Republicans) strive to uphold the rule of law and protect the constitutional rights of ordinary people. The New York Times has highlights on this breaking story (updates will follow as more information becomes available):
A federal judge blocked part of President Trump’s executive order on immigration on Saturday evening, ordering that refugees and others trapped at airports across the United States should not be sent back to their home countries. But the judge stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.
Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled just before 9 p.m. that implementing Mr. Trump’s order by sending the travelers home could cause them “irreparable harm.”
Dozens of people waited outside of the courthouse chanting, “Set them free!” as lawyers made their case. When the crowd learned that Judge Donnelly had ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, a rousing cheer went up in the crowd.
While none of the detainees will be sent back immediately, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case expressed concern that all those at the airports would now be put in detention, pending a resolution of the case. Inviting the lawyers to return to court if the travelers were detained, Judge Donnelly said, “If someone is not being released, I guess I’ll just hear from you.”
One can just imagine the tweet shit show that will be gushing forth from Der Fuhrer in the wake of the judge's order. One can only hope that Trump will further display his mental instability. It is important to realize that the ACLU brought this case challenging Trump. Please consider making a recurring contribution to the ACLU which we will need now more than ever to fight for the rights of all Americans and the rule of law.