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Obama-appointed judge vs. Trump’s immigration changes

George Soros groups try to block Trump’s time-limited executive order

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A day after President Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from terrorism-producing countries was signed, an Obama-appointed judge on Saturday night followed the advice of George Soros-funded groups seeking to blunt it.

It is yet another searing reminder that the Left doesn’t believe in American democracy. To the Left, elections only have consequences when their side wins. And when they lose, mobocracy, intimidation, and street violence take over. The chant “this is what democracy looks like” is the hallmark of left-wing authoritarianism.

These leftist temper tantrums are becoming a regular thing in the week-and-a-half-old Trump era. When President Trump honors a campaign promise he made to the American people, on cue the Left explodes in a fireball of anger and hatred, much of it underwritten by radical billionaire George Soros.

The Hungarian-born billionaire two dozen times over is a radical open-borders advocate committed to dissolving national boundaries. He has said Communist China’s system of government is superior to our own and that the United States is the number one obstacle to world peace. In the U.S. he has financed the violent, politically destabilizing Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter movements. He also funds many of the groups that participated in the various anti-Trump women’s marches across America on Jan. 21.

Before the narrowly drawn restraining order was issued Saturday evening, near-riots broke out as leftist freak shows descended on airports across America. Demonstrators were horrified that some individuals were actually being detained at ports-of-entry as required by the president’s 100 percent legal and constitutional executive order. The left-wing hissy-fit consisted of radicals trespassing and endangering airport security by staging disruptive in-your-face protests at airports around the country.

Those who hate America have increasingly been expressing themselves politically at the nation’s airports. On Jan. 6 suspected jihadist Esteban Santiago gunned down innocent people at the baggage check at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The executive order President Trump signed late Friday afternoon blocks visas for 90 days for “immigrants and non-immigrants” from the terrorism-producing Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The order also prevents refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, indefinitely halts the entry of Syrian refugees, and adjusts downward the cap on refugee admission into the U.S. to 50,000 during the current federal fiscal year which ends Sept. 30, 2017.

A lawsuit challenging the order was filed by groups that have accepted grants from Soros’s two main philanthropies, Open Society Institute (now called Open Society Foundations) and the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

According to a philanthropy database, groups involved in the litigation have received substantial funding from Soros in recent years. Among them are the National Immigration Law Center ($4.6 million), American Civil Liberties Union and affiliates (at least $35.5 million), and the International Refugee Assistance Project (formerly Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project) at the Urban Justice Center ($621,000 to the UJC).

Three years ago the New York Times noted that “immigrant rights groups” underwritten by Soros influenced President Obama’s immigration policies. The three-day-old executive order is part of President Trump’s program to undo the immigration chaos Soros has underwritten.

Apparently a number of federal judges issued injunctions pertaining to Trump’s executive order but the judicial officer receiving heavy media attention is Obama appointee U.S. District Court Judge Ann M. Donnelly. She sits on the bench in the Eastern District of New York, which encompasses three of the five New York City boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island – along with Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island.

Donnelly, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed to her present post in October 2015, seems to be a member in good standing of the left-wing legal establishment.

Among the ideological red flags is the fact that Donnelly was a fellow in 2008 at the American College of Trial Lawyers, a group that “places judges on pedestals, holding them up as philosopher-kings.” When nominated to the federal bench, Donnelly received a rating of “unanimously qualified” from the American Bar Association which was long ago taken over by the Left.

Urged on by New York Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, late Saturday Judge Donnelly blocked part of the executive order and prevented the Trump administration from deporting arrivals detained in airports across the nation. The restraining order preserves the status quo for those who arrived in the country shortly after the executive order was signed if they have visas or lawful permanent resident status. Donnelly’s order apparently does not allow those covered by Trump’s directive who are abroad to proceed to the United States.

ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero gloated about throwing a wrench in the president’s efforts to beef up national security.

“The courts can serve as a bulwark against these excesses,” he said. “Litigation is going to be a key tool for either undoing these policies or slowing them down.”

By Sunday the mainstream media was binging on puff pieces about this previously obscure jurist. For example, in the Washington Post, Avi Selk groveled before Judge Donnelly in a fawning feature titled, “Meet the rookie federal judge who halted Trump’s refugee deportations — to save a Syrian[.]”

Not surprisingly, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D), who is reportedly considering running for mayor of New York, joined in the attacks on the man who defeated her. On Saturday after Donnelly’s partial stay was issued she tweeted, “I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.”

Other left-wing politicians have hopped on the anti-immigration reform bandwagon. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) strangely urged the Trump administration to deport him last week. “As I’ve said before, I say again today, if there is a move to deport immigrants, I say then start with me,” the strident left-winger tweeted.

Of course there is no move to deport “immigrants” as such and even if there were Cuomo would never get picked up by ICE. Like Trump, he was born in Queens, N.Y., a U.S. citizen from his first breath. Cuomo came into this world in 1957, 11 years after his once-neighbor Trump arrived.

It was unclear at press time if the Trump administration intends to appeal the Donnelly ruling but it indicated it will honor it at least for now and seemed to admit that the executive order was slightly overbroad in its wording.

The Department of Homeland Security announced it would comply with the various court orders and released a statement:

The president’s executive orders remain in place – prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States.

President Trump would clearly be on firm ground if he wanted to flaunt Donnelly’s order. Federal immigration law states:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

As former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy writes, Section 1182(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act:

…plainly and sweepingly authorizes the president to issue temporary bans on the entry of classes of aliens for national-security purposes. This is precisely what President Trump has done. In fact, in doing so, he expressly cites Section 1182(f), and his executive order tracks the language of the statute (finding the entry of aliens from these countries at this time “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States”).

In addition to Trump’s so-called extreme vetting measures, there are plenty of other good things contained in the president’s executive order.

The order requires the Homeland Security Secretary to report to the public every 180 days how many foreign nationals in the U.S. have been charged with, convicted of, or removed from the country for terrorism-related offenses while in the U.S. or for “terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons.”

The government must also report “gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals,” along with how many foreign nationals in the U.S. “have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States[.]” The feds also have to report on the “immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.”

All of Trump’s immigration and national security-related public policy innovations would have been impossible with Barack Obama in the White House.

What a difference a few days makes.

This article originally appeared at FrontPageMag.