Jan 25, 2017 by


WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: President Donald Trump looks on after signing one of five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L), White House Communications Director Hope Hicks (2nd R) and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (R). (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

Donald Trump has officially begun his plans to snuff Liberty’s torch and wall out the world.

President Trump on Wednesday will order the construction of a Mexican border wall — the first in a series of actions this week to crack down on immigrants and bolster national security, including slashing the number of refugees who can resettle in the United States and blocking Syrians and others from “terror prone” nations from entering, at least temporarily.

Trump’s “national security directives” would also order the CIA to reinstate the “black sites” where suspects were tortured at secret locations around the world, and would reverse the efforts to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay—making plenty of room for new guests.

Under attack will be immigrants, including legal immigrants. Trump will immediately suspend immigration from many majority Muslim nations. In addition, programs that give expedited immigration to refugees from around the world are to be slashed. Families who have been working their way through the pipeline for months or years will be turned away as the Trump regime creates “enhanced screening procedures.”

The proposed orders could lead to sweeping and controversial changes in the way the United States conducts itself at home and around the globe in the name of security, potentially leading to the reinstatement of policies that have been repudiated by much of the world.

Also under review on Wednesday morning—whether to revise the Army Field Manual so that torture is within the rules. Speaking of rules, remember Rule #1

Believe the autocrat. He means what he says.“

The refugee policy under consideration would halt admissions from Syria and suspend it from other majority-Muslim nations until the administration can study how to properly vet them. This would pave the way for the administration to slash the number of displaced people who can be resettled on American soil, and would effectively bar the entry of people from Muslim countries — including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria — at least for some time.

Naval Flags for Resistance

Vietnamese who helped the United States during the war there often found themselves and their families at enormous risk. The political and economic instability generated by the war also turned many other former residents of that region into refugees. The United States recognized its role in their position by taking in over one million refugees from Vietnam since the end of the war.

But refugees from Muslim nations destabilized by US entry into the region are being excluded — how likely is this to make any group in the region anxious to aid or ally with American forces? The great majority of the refugees from Syria and Iraq are refugees explicitly because they are opposed to the forces we’re supposedly fighting. Now the United States has put them in a situation where there is nowhere to run.

This is Lincoln’s “last best hope of earth” under Donald Trump.

As for the wall, Trump’s executive order would shift money appropriated for other purposes toward construction of this pointless, indecent, and hideous symbol, but the funds provided are far from suffiicient.

The Government Accountability Office has estimated that it could cost $6.5 million per mile to build a single-layer fence, and an additional $4.2 million per mile for roads and more fencing, according to congressional officials. Those estimates do not include maintenance of the fence along the nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, said she thought even Republicans might balk at spending what she said could be $14 billion on a wall.

And just for that extra special Donald Trump level of rubbing-your-face-in-it bullying, Trump will coordinate signing the order for the wall with a visit from Mexico’s foreign minister, Luis Videgaray.

It is unclear whether Mexican officials were informed of Mr. Trump’s decision to sign the executive order during Mr. Videgaray’s visit.

Why inform Mexican officials just because their neighbor and ally who happens to be the most powerful nation on earth is going to try and publicly humiliate and degrade them in every way possible? It would spoil the fun.

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