They have lawyers at The_Donald:
I. What does Trump’s Executive Order Actually Do?
Overview: The Executive Order contains 11 sections. The most relevant sections are section 3 and 5. (Sections 1 and 2 are general statements of the policy behind the Order, while sections 4,6-11 deal primarily with data collection and certain procedures under the Visa program). Since a President’s Executive Orders does not make new law, it must be based on an existing law and give direction to the Executive Branch on how to enforce that existing law. President Trump’s Executive Order is based primarily on the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), particularly Section 212, which deals with the eligibility of foreign aliens to receive Visas and eligibility of admission to the US.
Section 3: Affects on the U.S. Visa Program.
- Days 1-30: The Executive Order requires Homeland Security (DHS), Sec of State (SOS), and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to determine what pieces of information that the US government needs from a foreign country in order to determine whether an individual from that country who is seeking a benefit (a visa, admission to the US, or other benefit) under the INA (i) is the individual he claims he is and (ii) is not a security or public safety threat. The DHS, SOS, and DNI have 30 days to provide a report to the President stating their conclusion about what information would be needed, and they must provide a list of countries that do not currently provide such information. 3a-3b.
- Days 30-90: By day 30, after submitting this report, the SOS will request that any foreign nation that does not provide such information must start providing such information within 60 days. After these 60 days, the SOS will recommend to POTUS a list of countries for POTUS to include in a proclamation that will state that foreign nationals from countries that do not provide the information requested may not enter the US until compliance occurs. The SOS and DHS may also add additional countries to this list at any time in the future. 3d-3f.
- Days 1-90, indefinitely: In order to reduce investigative burdens on relevant federal agencies during this period, immigrant and nonimmigrant entry to the US of aliens from “the list of countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA” (there are seven countries – more on this below) is suspended for 90 days. Notwithstanding this 90 day suspension or a presidential Proclamation (discussed above), SOS or DHS may issue visas or other immigration benefits on a case-by-case basis, when in the national interest. 3c,3g.
There’s more. I highly recommend checking this post out for talking points. You may also want to check out Seth Frantzman’s popular post on his view that Obama made the Muslim Ban list and how the media is lying to you. This guy is to the left of the left.
In other news, I’ve opened up my Facebook to political discussion once again. I felt I could not let the outrage machine to continue unchecked. So I dropped 52 people from my FB friends list, generally all people I work with, used to work with, or may one day work with. I did this protect my employment and well-being. It was sadly necessary. Now I’m actually out to family and friends about my support of Trump AND his policies. I feel so much better, but it’s not for everyone. For me, silence was complicity. Bless those of you have have given no fucks in your social media use.
This is an open thread.