When a Donkey is your President: story of a ‘Shithole’ mouth

Any sane American at this particular moment would not object to President Donald Trump being called a donkey. Some might even say it’s an insult of the donkeys to equate them with the silliest and the most moronic leader on the face of earth. And I fear I might not disagree.

On January 11, Trump was discussing a potential legislation regarding the “dreamers”, immigrant children protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While discussing the issue with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room in White House, Trump learned of Haitians being one of the beneficiaries of the proposed plan. Surprising the Congresspersons, he asked if Haitians could be left out of the plan. “Why do we need people from Haiti here?”

Subsequently, when the dialogue moved towards African nations, Trump asked, “why are we having all these people from shit hole countries?” – the Washington Post quoted him as saying. He further added that the United States should admit more people from places like Norway. Trump had just met Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg a day before these comments; around 83% of the population in Norway is racially white. Never mind that Norwegians rejected Trump’s ‘generous’ offer outright, flooding Twitter with “thanks, but no thanks” messages.

Democrat Senator Dick Durbin, who was at the meeting in White House, during a press conference said that, “In the course of his comments, (Trump) said things which were hate-filled, vile, and racist. You have seen the comments from the press. I have not read one of them that is inaccurate,” said Durbin, who has been serving as US Senator from Illinois since 1997. In response to Trump’s denial (through Twitter of course), Durbin thrashed them as lies, and said, “It is not true. He said those things, and he said them repeatedly.”

The vulgarity and insolence in Trump’s comments did not distress Norway as much as it did the people of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations, who Trump equated as shithole countries without thinking for ‘hole’ amount of time. The African Union Mission in Washington D.C. expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage”, and demanded Trump’s apology. The African group of Ambassadors to the United Nations issued a statement “condemned the outrageous statements” made by Trump, and demanded a retraction and an apology.

This is not the first time that Trump has been so racially vocal. His special love for Mexicans and Muslims came out during his Presidential campaign during the better part of 2016, and continued even after he assumed office. It is amazing how exhausting the list is of Trump’s racial comments, never mind his comments on women and their physique. His comments range from calling the Haitians who “all have AIDS”, to asserting Nigerian immigrants “would never go back to their huts”, from blaming both the sides for violence in Charlottesville, to calling a District Judge from the Southern District of California ‘unfair’ in hearing out Trump University case simply because he was Mexican. These are just the shit ones that Trump spat out from his hole after becoming the President.

The US President is the perfect example of an extremist pushing the agenda of white supremacy, inadvertently nurturing the racist elements like the ones in Charlottesville, Virginia. He comes from the world of white dunderheads who built their empires on the blood and bones of black immigrants. He is the modern-day image of those vampire lords and ladies who in the days gone by sucked the blood out of African nations, and rendered them ensanguined, fractured, down in the drains.

Not only is Trump a bad President, but a worse human being. It is impossible to imagine how America, a country that seemed to be looking ahead of its brutal racial history, chose a person who is the sickest, most demented, and most unfit to be the ‘champion of this free world’. The full list of his racial, sexist, and vulgar comments would make for an inexhaustible Wikipedia page, and unfortunately for the world, that page would never go dead at least for the next three years

Trump continues to give Iran sanction waiver; wants changes in agreement

US President Donald Trump has announced that he will continue with extending key sanctions to Iran under the Iran nuclear deal formed in 2015. This will keep refrain from jeopardizing the accord. However, Trump is expected to give a deadline to the European allies to make marked improvements to the deal, barring which the US will withdraw from the agreement.

Trump was on the fence about whether he would approve the sanctions or not. His disapproval to offer sanctions would have effectively ended the deal. The deal is between Iran and six powerful nations to limit Iran’s nuclear powers. However, he will possibly form a fresh set of sanctions for other Iranian companies or groups of people.
The current President, a Republican has always been vocally critical of the agreement which had been entered into by his predecessor Barack Obama. In the past, Obama had been widely appreciated for having preventing Iran from realizing its nuclear programme fully. Other members of this deal are China, Russia, France, Germany, the UK and the European Union.
Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency stating that Tehran is keeping in line with the deal, Trump is the opinion that the US has been handed a raw end. In the end, he succumbed due to facing a huge amount of pressure from Europe to comply.
Sources – Reuters, BBC

Trump’s move to revoke DACA program deterred by US Judge

A US judge has stopped US president Donald Trump from ending an Obama administration program which conferred legal status upon children of illegal immigrants

.District judge William Asulp ruled on January 10, 2018, in San Francisco that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be reinstated by the government until a final judgement is passed in the matter. In the 49 page ruling, it was stated that the government is “HEREBY ORDERED AND ENJOINED, pending final judgment herein or other order, to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the rescission.”

 The DACA program authorised by President Barack Obama in 2012 assured protection from deportation to the children who had entered the country as illegal immigrants. The program permitted nearly 80,000 individuals to work and seek education in the US. In September 2017, the Trump administration had decided to revoke the program thus putting at risk thousands of young immigrants who were known as “dreamers”.

Trump and the congressional leaders are currently embroiled in a tense discussion to decide the fate of the so-called Dreamers. He has indicated that he is open to more comprehensive reforms regarding the illegal immigrants if the Democrats were willing to consider the border security matter, including the construction of a wall along the Mexican border.

Sources – TOI, The Guardian

Indians in America see relief as draconian policy of H-1B visa is shelved

Jonathan Withington, Media Relations Chief at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed Hindustan Times that the Trump administration was not going to consider the proposal that could lead to deportation of H-1B visa holders, including 500,000 to 750,000 Indians. Officials in USCIS stated that even if there should be any changes in section 104(c) of AC 21, they would not be compelled to leave the country. After they complete the 6-year limit, the employers can seek extensions based on section 106(a)-(b) of AC 21.

The earlier proposal to end a visa grant was formulated based on the policy of, “buy American, hire American” by Donald Trump to create jobs for the American population. This initial policy had led to increased anxiety among the Indian IT firms in America. Now this reconsideration has come as a major relief to the community who could have been deported earlier.

“This is a significant development. We are delighted about this news. We are grateful to USCIS for this,” stated an official in Immigration Voice. They hailed their efforts to protect H-1B visa holders from India.

India Today mentioned that this move happened due to increased displeasure that is seen in the business community. The Department of Homeland Security said that they did not consider the change and will not deport foreign workers.

Sources-Hindustan Times, India Today

Ivanka Trump is ‘as dumb as a brick according to Steve Bannon.

The former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has portrayed President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump as “dumb as a brick” in an up and coming book, ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’. The Bannon’s perception about Ivanka was reported on Wednesday, by The Wall Street Journal, which has reviewed Michael Wolff’s new book. Prior in the day, Bannon, who was terminated from the White House job a year ago during an investigating into the the Russia’s role in the presidential decision, he already grabbed the headlines after it was reported that he had described, in the same book, a meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”.

Bannon also reportedly told Wolff that investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia is centered on money laundering and claimed that “they’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV”. Bannon was the CEO of the Trump battle in its last three months and furthermore the White House boss strategist for seven months previously he was shot from his position. Three congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Russia’s interference in the presidential election and possible collusion with Trump associates.

A lawyer for President Trump is threatening legal action against Mr. Bannon over what he calls “outright defamatory statements”. Trump attorney Charles Harder has sent a letter to Bannon, saying the former chief strategist violated confidentiality agreements by speaking with the book’s author. The letter demands Bannon “cease and desist” any further disclosure of confidential information Trump criticised Bannon for his comments and said the latter not only lost his job, he lost his mind too after being fired from the White House.

 

Sources – New York Times, MSN

Trump,South Korea say no to military trials during Winter Olympics

The Pentagon has released a statement saying that the US President, Donald Trump has reached a decision to delay the joint military trials that were to be held, until after the Winter Olympics. The Winter Olympics are to begin in Pyeongchang on the 9th of February.
According to the Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Rob Manning, Trump consulted with South Korean President Moon Jae-In to arrive at this decision as concerns over North Korea escalated.
The set of military exercises Foal Eagle are held during the months of February and April, especially to test the skill and preparation of armies of both countries.
The step was taken in light of claims made by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, that North Korea was testing nuclear weapons again. This is a direct violation of the UN commendations. The South Korean President, Mr. Moon had promised a more open policy with North Korea since his election campaign last year. His aim had been to broker peace using economic cooperation.
The UN spokesperson, Ms. Haley has announced explicitly that the US will not entertain any conversation with North Korea unless they put a ban on all nuclear testing.
Sources – Reuters, The Hindu

USA had a dream, but what of it now?

US President Donald Trump has made many changes to the administration and policy since his term began in January of this year. Many of them have not been well-received and have aroused both anger and hatred from many across the world. A determined pushback of policy by Trump has been directed towards the vast area of immigration. Overcoming the lengthy controversy and vitriol stirred up by his decision to ban immigration from a number of countries to the USA that was widely seen as a policy of racial and religious discrimination, Trump has done it again. This time again, it has left many wondering about their future in the US.

Trump came to power on the strength of promises that he made during his campaign, one of the biggest being that he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Mexico has repeatedly refused to pay for a wall and while this discussion has not progressed, Trump has taken a decision that will affect those already living in the USA, on a policy that is much lesser known and perhaps one that many do not fully understand.

In 2012, then president Barack Obama created a federal government programme that would protect from deportation those who arrived in the US as children and allow them to grow up in the country and find work in the US, legally. This was seen as a chance for these undocumented migrants to build themselves a life in the US, giving these children a right to temporarily residen, study and work in the US. This was known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and those protected by it were called the Dreamers. This programme was a compromise on the part of the Obama government on the DREAM act after Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act failed to pass. This bill had first been introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001 by United States Senators Dick Durbin and Orrin Hatch and reintroduced many times since, without ever being passed.

Beneficaries of the DACA Act had to  necessarily be under the age of 18 and undocumented when they arrived in the US, were vetted thoroughly for any criminal history, threats they posed to national security, and had to be students or have completed school or military service. They also had to be below the age of 31 on 15 June 2012, the official date on which the programme began and had to be living continuously in the US for the last five years, i.e., since 2007. While the Dream Act allowed the migrants a chance to become permanent residents of the US, the DACA could merely defer deportation by two years, with a chance of renewal and allows them basics such as a work permit, a driver’s license and a change to enrol in college. Approximately 7,87,580 people are beneficiaries of this programme till date. A large chunk of these numbers hail from Mexico, brought to the US by their parents as children.

While one of Trump’s many promises during his campaign was to rollback DACA, no such measure had been taken till now. But on September 5, Trump and his administration announced that they would be ending DACA in March 2018, with “an orderly, lawful wind down”, as well as “the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program”. As Barack Obama said, the decision was “self-defeating” and contrary to “basic decency” and that  “A shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again.” Trump’s reversal of Obama’s policy has cast the fate of almost 800,000 people into doubt.

So what happens to them? Since Obama created this programme as an executive policy decision, Trump was only able to reverse the policy and has given Congress a period of six months to come up with a legislative policy. Till then, no more applications to DACA will be entertained and as of March 2018, the privileges enjoyed by those in the programmme will begin expire. In short, the status the Dreamers hold will be snatched away from them, unless Congress brings out a legislation allowing for some other method of temporary or permanent legal immigration status. As they lose their status, they become vulnerable to deportation and could be sent back to countries that they were born in.

Trump has stated that law-abiding Daca recipients will not be acted against. This is small consolation, however, and fear has been rising in the US since the announcement was made. The Trump administration and the Congress holds in its hands the fate of the Dreamers, for now.