...and the first to stand against President Donald Trump's Executive Order barring refugee is the previously unheralded United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly for the Eastern District of New York.
"A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an executive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe.
The judge's ruling blocked part of the president's actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump's actions."
Now I wouldn't go so far as to accuse Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of "judge-shopping," but the 56-year old Donnelly is a family friend of Schumer's, and was recommended by him to then-President Obama for appointment to the Federal Bench. The 50-year old Brooklyn resident was sworn in on October 21, 2015.
The Executive Order suspended entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the U.S. for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order also barred green card holders from the seven affected countries from re-entering the U.S. without a case-by-case waiver to return.
I could see an effective date a week or so in the future to avoid the stack-up that happened. That said, those who quote that poem on Ellis Island are sadly ignorant. The sentiment may have existed, but until recently wasn't considered an inalienable right. We were picky about who got in.
If the Acting AG had been sincere, rather than positioning herself for the top DOJ job down the road, she'd have raised the issues privately. I expected her to get fired, I was surprised at how quickly. Well done.