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

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Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Pres. Donald Trump (composite image)

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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Lawmakers more optimistic on COVID stimulus as election day looms

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Chances for approving a new spending package to support the US economy improved dramatically on Tuesday after the senior Democratic lawmaker said a bill is in the works and the top Senate Republican said he would bring it to a vote.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Bloomberg TV that legislators are starting to commit the measure to paper and she is optimistic it can win bipartisan support.

Whether policymakers can complete the negotiations in time for Congress to approve the package before the November 3 presidential election, however, remains a question mark.

"Our economy needs it. Hopefully by the end of the day today, we will know where we are," she said in an interview. "We are starting to write the bill."

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America is on pace for record-shattering early voter turnout — including in critical states: report

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that voters are casting early ballots in numbers on track to set a historic record — including in some critical battleground states.

"Early-voting counts suggest a record level of civic participation before Election Day. The tens of millions of ballots already cast show highly enthusiastic voters are making sure their votes are counted amid a pandemic," said the report.

15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.

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Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.

Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020

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