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Trump team ‘couldn’t run a two-car funeral’: WA governor blasts ‘train wreck’ immigration mess

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The governor of Washington lashed out at the Trump administration on Saturday over the “train wreck” of a mess caused by Trump’s sweeping executive orders banning immigration from some Muslim countries and invalidating the visas of some legal residents, leaving them stranded in limbo at airports around the country.

“These people couldn’t run a two-car funeral,” said Gov. Jay Inslee (D) at a press conference at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday, according to the Seattle Times. “It is a train wreck. It can’t stand. We’re drawing the line here at Sea-Tac.”

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The executive order bans entry to the U.S. for all refugees for 120 days. Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely and the order imposes a 90-day wait on travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Inslee compared the situation to the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two.

Trump’s orders were written so broadly that Customs and Border Control agents have been forced to improvise with regards to how to implement them. Reuters said that in the resulting “chaos,” travelers have been stranded, detained or forced to return to their flights’ points of origin with no warning.

The order is worded in such a way that even those holding current green cards and living in the U.S. as legal residents are subject to deportation as they try to re-enter the country.

Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire said that the airport and Customs employees struggling with how to implement the new president’s orders are “hardworking federal employees under tremendous strain.”

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“As best they could explain it, the facts of the executive order were dictated to them,” she said.

Lawyers from the ACLU and other immigrants’ rights group converged on the airport along with more than 1,000 protesters who chanted, “Let them in! Let them in!” in solidarity with the detained travelers.

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle — an immigrant herself — told the Times that her message to the president is that this order is “inhumane and barbaric.”

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Police were declining to arrest the protesters who they said were there at the airport legally expressing their views as protected under the First Amendment.

Airport officials said they are making conference rooms available for families to wait for travelers to arrive rather than making them stand in the baggage area.

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On Saturday evening, a federal judge in New York City granted an emergency stay allowing everyone who landed with a visa to be released and allowed to complete their journeys. However, the stay was narrow and temporary in scope and a newly alarmed nation is waiting to see what happens next.


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New York firefighter gets emotional talking about EMTs who feel guilty they’re too sick to work

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The New York Fire Department is struggling to make its way through the coronavirus crisis. Currently, 493 members of the NYFD have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 3,000 are out sick.

Anthony Almojera, an EMS Lieutenant-paramedic for the FDNY told CNN Tuesday that he doesn't know how they're managing the constant influx of calls for help from New Yorkers.

"It's truly a testament to the EMS workers that we have here, the EMTs and medics," he told host Jim Sciutto. "It's pretty amazing to see how they're going out in spite of seeing all their co-workers get sick. It's frightening for a lot of us. We don't want to bring it home. We don't want to get sick with it but, you know, this is our job, we treat the sick and injured. We still have all of our regular 9-1-1 calls. It's truly a testament to the EMTs."

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‘Can we get a refund?’ Trump flack Stephanie Grisham faces a landslide of mockery after her abrupt dismissal

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is reportedly being relieved of her duties after having gone a full ten months on the job without holding a single press briefing.

Given that Grisham hauled in a salary of $183,000 despite never actually appearing before reporters to answer questions, some Americans are asking if we can get a "refund" for her purported services.

Others, meanwhile, are simply happy to see her leave despite having rarely, if ever, seen her talk in public.

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Trump’s history as a sketchy vitamin company pitchman might help explain his hydroxychloroquine obsession: report

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In an attempt to understand the myriad of reasons why Donald Trump has gone all-in on pushing hydroxychloroquine as the possible solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, the former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee noted that the president once was the owner of a sketchy vitamin company under the Trump brand.

Writing for the conservative Bulwark, Tim Miller posed the question: "Why is Trump obsessed with hydroxychloroquine?' by noting the president has become one of, if not its biggest, proponents.

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