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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.

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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.”

“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.

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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.”

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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Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change

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Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.

The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.

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GOP lawmakers working behind the scenes with Democrats to curb Trump’s tariff madness

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According to a report from Wall Street Journal, Republican lawmakers are working behind the scenes to rein in Donald Trump's penchant for declaring tariffs willy-nilly depending on how he feels about other countries and their leaders at any given time.

As the president trade war rages on -- impacting manufacturers, farmers and consumers alike -- Republicans looking at the 2020 election are desperate to turn around a U.S. economy that looks headed for a recession.

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Beto O’Rourke doubles down on gun buybacks

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat who is running for president in 2020, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he believes assault weapons are "instruments of terror" and the government should implement a mandatory buyback policy.

I was asked about @SenToomey saying mandatory buybacks are "awful."

I said the priorities in D.C. are screwed up.

What's awful is a 17 month-old baby shot in the face with an AR-15 in Odessa. What's awful is 22 people killed in a Walmart buying school supplies in El Paso. pic.twitter.com/JAN1xfrQYS

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