Grandparents Not Terrorists: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses of Bona Fide Relationships
From the first ban attempt in January, still true.
Amidst the uproar about repugnant tweets, let's not forget other crimes underway - to wit, Thursday night's re-introduction of the no-less-repugnant revised Muslim travel ban denying U.S. entry to citizens from Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya. The latest lunatic incarnation of the ban comes despite repeated studies finding that nationals from those countries have been responsible for zero terror attacks, thus leading to the inescapable conclusion that this version, noted Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, "is just as illogical, discriminatory and un-American as the first two attempts." The ban was temporarily brought back to life by a dubious ruling from the Supreme Court, which allowed exemptions for travelers with a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship" with someone in the U.S. The term proved so vague Trumpsters randomly decided it included parents, children and in-laws but not grandparents, cousins, fiancés and others, creating a situation for thousands of families that the head of the International Rescue Committee termed “alarming, confusing and inhumane.”
As the ban went into effect at 8 p.m., that confusion continued. At the last minute, the Administration was hit with likely the first of more legal battles when Hawaii filed a court challenge, and hapless members of the Trump team decided "upon further review" that fiancés would count as a "bona fide relationship." They remained unable to explain how banning elderly grandparents would make us safer; that failure provoked the furious hashtag #GrandparentsNotTerrorists, wherein Iranians posted smiling, loving photos of their banned elders to ask, "Where the hell are those #FamilyValues y'all keep talking about?" and "Does my grandpa look dangerous to you?" In contrast to the protests and chaos of the January ban, airports appeared relatively quiet. Still, many attorneys began preemptively traveling and prepping for more fights. THANK YOU, all of you. Meanwhile, rights groups spoke up in opposition. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses of bona fide relationships." And from the ACLU: "Whether partial or full, targeting grandparents or refugees, the Muslim ban is an affront to our values & the Constitution. #NoMuslimBanEVER." Their Twitter mantra is the last word: "Join us. Fight back."
A dangerous grandfather