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Court injunction on Muslim ban.
Mass murder in Canadian mosque.

During 2017-JAN.

Part 2

Donald Trump 1

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  • Saturday, JAN-28: New York District Judge Ann Donnelly's temporary injunction (Continued):

    Her injunction further states:

Partial text, District Court  order 2

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The federal Justice Department quickly petitioned the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to terminate the District Court's temporary injunction, and restore the travel ban.

By FEB-03, Federal district court judges in five other states had also issued injunctions similar to that of the New York District Court. 3

Maura Dolan, writing for the Los Angeles Times, said that:

"... lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota  said a temporary hold on Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations should remain in place until a lower court determines whether the order was unconstitutional.

The state of Washington cited a litany of problems caused by the order. More than 7,000 non-citizen immigrants from the affected countries live in Washington, the state told the appeals court.

'Those who were abroad were blocked from returning home,' the states argued. 'Husbands were separated from wives, brothers from sisters, and parents from their children.'

Nearly 100 businesses, including well-known technology firms such as Apple, Google, Twitter and Uber, filed arguments supporting the states’ case." 4

  • Sunday, JAN-29: Time Magazine's web site reported on the reactions of politicians in Europe towards President Trump's immigration ban.
    • In the UK:
      • British Prime Minister Theresa May diplomatically said merely that she did "not agree" with the executive order. 5

      • Jeremy Corbyn, the UK Labour Party leader went further. He suggested that President Trump be banned from visiting the UK until the U.S. travel restrictions are lifted. 5

      • The UK public added more than a million signatures to a petition in the Parliamentary web site asking that Trump be partially barred from visiting the UK on the basis of his misogyny and vulgarity. The petition states:

        "Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.

        Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit." 6

    • In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel viewed the executive order as a violation of the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention which requires signatories to accept people fleeing war. The United States is a signatory to this Convention, in addition to over 140 other countries. 5

    • However, far-right political parties in the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy supported President Trump's order with enthusiasm. 5

    • Influential Iraqi cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, suggested that all Americans should expelled from Iraq in retaliation for the U.S. ban. 5

    • Also on JAN-29, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the federal government's petition to immediately restore the ban on Muslims. The Court asked both the state of Washington and the Trump administration to file additional arguments by the afternoon of JAN-30.

      This raises an interesting possibility. If the matter is subsequently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, there is the possibility that the High Court might give a 4:4 decision. That is because the Republican-dominated Congress violated the U.S. Constitution during 2016 by refusing to hold a hearing for almost a year on President Obama's nominee. He would have replaced former Justice Scalia who died in early 2016, leaving the High Court with an even number of Justices, and making a tie vote possible. If that happens, then the Court of Appeal's decision would stand.

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  • Sunday evening, JAN-29: A lone gunman entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, an Islamic mosque in Quebec City, Canada, armed with an AK-47 Kalashnikov 7.6 mm assault rifle. It was about 8 PM, as evening prayers were ending. He murdered six men praying in the mosque, and wounded perhaps 18. (Media sources differ on the exact number of the wounded; they range from 5 to "dozens.").

He apparently discarded his assault rifle in the snow in front of the mosque, and escaped by car. Multiple people phoned the city police to report the incident. About 17 minutes after the first 911 call to the police, another man called. He discussed the shooting, said that he felt guilty for what he had done, and that he was going to shoot himself. He parked his car on the Island of Orleans bridge which connects the mainland at Quebec City to Orleans Island in the middle of the St. Lawrence river. Police officers from the Tactical Intervention Group located the caller by triangulating on the location of his cell phone. They took the caller into custody. He was identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, a student at Laval University.

Alexandre Bissonnette
Alexandre Bissonnette 7

Bissonnette was born in Quebec and has lived there during his entire life. He has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Ian Austen & Craig Smith, writing for the New York Times, said:

"Mr. Bissonnette was well known to people who monitor far-right groups in Quebec, where he frequently commented on [web] sites speaking about immigration and Islam. He was a particularly vocal supporter of Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front party, when she visited the city last year." 8 More details.

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A former essay about President Trump that might interest you:

  • Part 1: Inauguration. Muslim ban. Mosque burning.

Later essays:

  • Part 3: Muslim ban. U.S. Flag defaced with a Nazi Symbol.
  • Part 4: "What would Jesus Do" about Muslim refugees?
  • Part 5: Reactions to President Trump's Muslim ban.
  • Part 6: Mulsim ban. President's approval rating sinks.
  • Part 7: Bomb Threats. Reaction to Trump's ban of Muslims.
  • Part 8: Reactions to 1st Muslim country ban. Fake news. Second Muslim ban.
  • Part 9: U.S. Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers Continue:
  • Part 10: Bomb threats extend to Canada. Federal courts stop 2nd Muslim ban.
  • Part 11: Federal Courts stop 2nd Muslim ban. Trump's approval rating.
  • Part 12: Courts' Injunctions on Muslim Ban. Marches on Earth Day 2017.
  • Part 13: Trump changing Washington? Travel ban rulings. approval ratings.
  • Part 14: Supreme Court Accepts Muslim Ban Appeal. Trump Visits Poland.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. The "Trump Cube" image was created by Pete Linforth and was downloaded from the Pixabay web site of "free high quality images," at: https://pixabay.com/
  2. District Judge Ann Donnelly, "Darweesh v Trump Order," U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York," New York Times, 2017-JAN-28, at: https://www.nytimes.com/
  3. Marjorie Cohn, "Trump's Unconstitutional Muslim Ban," Jurist.org, 2017-FEB-03, at: http://www.jurist.org/
  4. Maural Dolan, "States urge appeals court to leave judge's order in place blocking Trump's immigration order," Los Angeles Times, 2017-FEB-06, at: http://www.latimes.com/
  5. Lynne O'Donnell, "President Trump's Immigration Ban Fuels Anger Around the World," Time Magazine, 2017-JAN-29, at: http://time.com/
  6. "1 Million Brits Sign Petition To Block Trump’s State Visit Due To ‘Misogyny And Vulgarity’," Huffington Post, 2017-JAN-29, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
  7. For dozens of photographs of Bissonnette, Google the words: picture Alexandre Bissonnette. His photograph on the Patheos.com web site is labeled: "Christian Terrorist."
  8. Ian Austen & Craig Smith, "Quebec Mosque Attack Forces Canadians to Confront a Strain of Intolerance," New York Times, 2017-JAN-30, at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/world/canada/quebec-mosque-shooting.html

 

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