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    The Internationalist
    29 January 2017

    No Ban, No Wall – Full Citizenship Rights for All!
    Smash Racist Ban on Muslims, Refugees


    On Wednesday, the White House let it be known that President Donald Trump would sign an executive order to ban Syrian refugees as well as those from other predominantly Muslim countries, and to begin building his infamous border wall with Mexico. That evening there were mass protests in New York City and elsewhere. On Friday, Trump issued his decree, prohibiting entry of anyone, even permanent U.S. residents, from those countries. As the Border Patrol began implementing the order on Saturday, stopping travelers returning home, thousands rushed to the airports, from JFK in New York City to LAX in Los Angeles. Huge crowds stayed for hours chanting “Refugees are welcome here” and “LET THEM IN!

    These are the seeds of popular revolt against the brutal xenophobic (anti-foreigner) policies of the Trump regime. Democratic politicians tried to climb on the bandwagon. But it was the policies of the Democratic Party that pushed people into the arms of Republican Trump. Trump wants to build a wall – Bill Clinton began construction of the wall in the 1990s. Trump threatens to deport millions – Barack Obama deported over 5.5 million during his two terms as president, earning him the nickname of “deporter in chief.”

    On Saturday night, as hundreds protested outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, a federal judge issued an emergency stay of Trump’s decree. This may temporarily let in scores of travelers held at the airports, but it will not stop construction of the wall or the raids of the hated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) cops. All working people, all potential targets of racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic attack, and all defenders of democratic rights must come out now. First they came for the Muslims!

    Expressions of popular outrage are vital, but they are not enough. Occupy Wall Street brought out thousands to protest against inequality – and achieved nothing. Black Lives Matter protests had tens of thousands in the streets denouncing racist police murder – and the killer cops keep on killing. It is necessary to bring to bear the enormous power of the multiracial working class, including millions of immigrants (documented and undocumented), together with African Americans, Latinos, Asians and students.

    The Internationalist Group, which since its inception has organized immigrant workers, calls to prepare concrete workers action to stop deportations and racist attacks. There are secret, unmarked immigration jails in various locations in NYC and other cities. The IG calls for mass action to drive I.C.E. jails out of NYC and all major urban areas. We need set up phone trees, social media networks and other measures for rapid response to flood the streets to block I.C.E. raids and deportations.

    Class Struggle Education Workers (CSEW) has called for committees in every school to defend immigrants and all threatened students. Any deportation attempt should be met by calling an ongoing assembly shutting down the school and mobilizing union-led action citywide. On Saturday, the Taxi Workers Alliance in New York declared it would not pick up passengers for an hour at JFK in solidarity with the protests there. This is the first taste of the kind of action we need.

    Above all, we must fight politically. Today, Trump is the CEO of American capitalism, yesterday it was Obama who ordered U.S. troops to bomb Syria, return to Iraq and continue the occupation of Afghanistan – all in the name of “fighting terrorism.” Yet the bloodiest terrorist of all is U.S. imperialism, which has slaughtered millions from Korea to Vietnam and the Middle East. On Wednesday, NYC public advocate Letitia James called on the crowd to “resist, resist, resist!” The population of every major city in the U.S. is strongly opposed to the racist gang that now holds complete sway in Washington. But to defeat the racist Trump it’s necessary to break with the Democrats, Republicans and all capitalist parties.

    As the Trabajadores Internacionales Clasistas (TIC – Class Struggle International Workers) say: “Ni ilegales, ni criminals, somos obreros, internacionales!” (“We are neither illegal nor criminal, we are international workers”). Our watchword is: “Asian, Latin, black and white – workers of the world unite!

    The IG, CSEW, TIC and CUNY Internationalist Clubs say: You can’t fight Trump with Democrats. We call for: “NYC Labor: Use Your Muscle NOW to Smash the Racist Ban!” We need to Build a revolutionary workers party!
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    лидия • 7 hours ago

    Prof Bomb Libya Cole and his faithful readers are a good example of such anti-Trump(pro-Obama) ilk.
    On the other hand, how the victims of USA imperialism see it

    "America, the only place where people protest if the president bans people from certain counties, but not if he bombs them...go figure"

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    The hand of fascism comes down heavier and heavier as the days under the Trump/Pence regime go on. The regime followed up a first week of executive orders to green light the DAPL and Keystone XL pipelines; re-install the global gag order barring health care providers from discussing abortion with patients; announce they are building the wall on the US-Mexico border. They imposed a Muslim travel ban and last night, fired the acting Attorney General who refused to defend this ban because she questioned its legality.

    All this sharply underscores the necessity to mobilize millions to oust the Trump/Pence regime.

    The response to these horrors points to the possibility to do just that. The protests that began with Trump's inauguration continue and spread, with huge outpourings jamming up airports nationwide in outrage over the Muslim travel ban. This is inspiring, and it needs to be built on. Two things has said from the beginning:

    1. The Trump/Pence regime is indeed fascist and as such poses a mortal threat and must be defeated.
    2. There are people - millions and tens of millions - who can potentially be mobilized to fight against it and who must be led to step outside the confines of politics-as-usual (including protest-as-usual) to actually OUST this horrendous monstrosity.

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    New Threats and Thuggery in the Trump Regime’s War on Truth
    January 30, 2017

    In just nine days, the Trump regime has pumped out lie after lie. Trump demonizes all Muslims, devoid of evidence. He promotes the most outrageous lies about the cause and nature of the global refugee crisis. Trump dehumanizes Black people and Mexicans. He insists, against all facts, that the turnout for his inauguration was under-reported. He claimed, and when challenged insisted—without any basis—that “millions” of people voted against him illegally. This is not just a series of lies, this is a war on truth. And in the past few days, top people in the Trump regime and Trump himself have moved to enforce that war on truth.

    In a statement that unapologetically upheld lying, Trump’s key advisor, Kellyanne Conway, defended Trump’s lie about millions of illegal voters as “alternative facts.” When her quote made it into newscasts, Conway demanded—on Fox News channel—that networks “get rid of” reporters who simply reported what she said. She ranted: “Who is cleaning house? Which one is going to be the first network to get rid of these people, the people who think things were just not true?” And, “I’m too polite to mention their names, but they know who they are, and they are all wondering who will be the first to go. The election was three months ago. None of them have been let go.”

    This followed Trump saying he was in a “running war” with the media. It followed demands by Trump’s top advisor, Steve Bannon, that the mainstream media should “keep its mouth shut.” And after Conway’s demands, on January 29, Trump himself tweeted that someone “should buy the FAKE NEWS and failing @nytimes and either run it correctly or let it fold with dignity!”

    These moves by the Trump regime are in line with the Nazi propaganda machine under Hitler. The Nazis used iron-fisted control over the media, including silencing voices of radical resistance, as well as mainstream media that questioned some of Hitler’s lies and actions.

    The Nazis established an atmosphere of terror to silence critical thinking. All to cover up, or justify, the historic crimes they were committing against humanity. Not this time! This is a regime that must be stopped.

    Spreading Protests Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

    Sunday, January 29:

    20,000 people flooded Battery Park in downtown Manhattan, New York City, before marching north to Foley Square.

    Boston, 20,000 protesters jammed into Copley Square to protest President Trump’s actions.

    Washington, D.C., thousands rallied in Lafayette Square, across from the White House and hundreds at Dulles Airport.

    Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, 500 people protested.

    Cleveland, hundreds marched in and around Hopkins International Airport. Someone shared the story of a Cleveland Clinic internal medicine resident doctor, a citizen of Sudan, who had been returning to work after visiting family overseas when she was detained in a room for 10 hours in New York–and then forced to board a plane back to Saudi Arabia.

    Los Angeles, thousands of protesters converged on the airport. Demonstrators filled the lobby of the international terminal and called for the release of those behind held. People being held were “advised” by federal officials to waive or drop their application for admission and just leave the country “voluntarily”—or else face deportation, which would make it very difficult for them to return to the U.S.

    Columbus, OH Monday, police pepper-sprayed hundreds after 2,000 people, many students, protested at the Ohio Statehouse.

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    Sharpening Crisis; Urgency to Act


    Welcome to all those who subscribed to these messages over the last week of resistance. Refuse Fascism began 7 weeks ago with a Call to Action In the Name of Humanity - We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.

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    Fascism on the March, Sharpening Crisis, and the Urgency to Act
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    On January 27, Donald Trump issued a vicious ban on immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries and a ban on all refugees. With the stroke of a pen, the lives of thousands were destroyed and shockwaves of terror and fear were sent into entire countries and communities. By that evening, thousands amassed at airports in protest—chanting, forming emergency legal clinics, blocking traffic and completely upending business as usual. These protests have continued in different forms for days, clogging major cities and towns all across the country and in other parts of the world.

    Yet, the Trump-Pence regime barreled ahead.

    When federal judges in four jurisdictions quickly blocked the implementation of aspects of Trump’s order, the White House pushed back and reports indicate that some Customs and Border Protection agents repeatedly resorted to coercion and deception to deny entry to people who legally should have been admitted to the U.S.

    When more than 100 members of the State Department indicated deep alarm at Trump’s order—utilizing a customary means through which members are encouraged to offer dissent without retaliation—White House press secretary Sean Spicer ominously threatened them: “Get with the program or… Go.” (Since then, more than 1,000 have signed a letter opposing Trump’s order.)

    Then, on Monday night, acting Attorney General Sally Yates, the highest law enforcement official in the land, announced that the Department of Justice would not defend Trump’s ban in court because she questioned its legality. The Trump-Pence regime struck back fast and with vengeance. They fired and excoriated Attorney General Yates, even accusing her of betrayal. Note well: the role of the Attorney General is not to do the bidding of the President, but to enforce the laws and the Constitution of the U.S.

    This Muslim travel ban from Trump is not only cruel, immoral and illegal—it is FASCIST. In its content and in how it is being carried out, the Trump-Pence fascist regime has not only escalated its extreme xenophobia and nationalism, demonizing and unleashing terror against those it deems as “enemies,” “undesirables,” or “dangers to society.” It has also gone further in shredding what have up till now been the supposed civil and legal rights of the people and the “checks and balances” which have long been considered foundational to U.S. society.

    Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway escalated the regime’s assault on the media and the truth by demanding that journalists who had “talked smack” about Trump be fired. Christian fascist and white supremacist ideologue Steve Bannon was added as a core member of the National Security Council. All on top of a dizzying week in which Trump green-lighted environmentally devastating pipelines, moved ahead with his vicious border wall, lied about basic facts, and then threatened people who challenged his LIES, muzzled government agencies, assaulted science itself, escalated the war on women and abortion rights worldwide, and pushed forward with his cabinet of Christian fascists and war criminals, and more.

    This regime is fascist. It is illegitimate. It must be driven from power.

    One of the great strengths of the outpourings against Trump’s Muslim ban—in addition to the immediacy of people’s actions and the depth of their anger and determination—was the degree to which they linked this assault to the other elements of the Trump-Pence program. Pink pussy hats from the Women’s Marches dotted every outpouring. Hundreds grabbed up signs from, “No! In the Name of Humanity—We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America.” Many invoked the lessons of Nazi Germany, including homemade signs that read, “First they came for the Muslims, and we said Not This Time Motherfuckers!” Even the hashtag that took off, #NoBanNoWall, linked the ban on Muslims to the vicious assault on Mexicans and other Latinos.

    All this must be built upon—but it also must go further. Resisting every attack by Trump-Pence is essential, but it alone will not be sufficient. The regime as a whole must be driven from power. This is what we must set our sights on.

    Unless and until we succeed in this, the Trump-Pence fascist regime will continue to barrel ahead with its fascist agenda, to trample the objections of the masses of people, to cut down any within the ruling structures who oppose them, to shred even the limited previously existing “checks and balances,” and to hammer into place a radically new world order and fascist form of governance in this country.

    It is clear that there are people—millions and tens of millions—who can potentially be mobilized to fight against it and who must be led to step outside the confines of politics-as-usual (including protest-as-usual) to actually OUST this horrendous monstrosity.

    This, and only this, is what can avert the brewing catastrophe for the planet and its people.

    Sunsara Taylor is a writer for and a co-initiator of
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    Please stop replying with irrelevant crap.
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    Please stop replying with irrelevant crap.

    It's not irrelevant -- all of my posts at this thread have been on-topic, related to Trump's Muslim ban.
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    A Terrorist Attack on Muslims in Quebec

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    A Socialist Project e-bulletin .... No. 1364 .... February 2, 2017
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    A Terrorist Attack on Muslims in Quebec

    Alain Savard

    On Sunday night, a young, white, French-speaking, Quebec-born man opened fire inside of a Quebec City mosque, killing six Muslim worshipers -- Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim (Karim) Hassane, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Mamadou Tanou Barry and Ibrahima Barry -- and injuring 25. The six victims were first-generation immigrants who had lived in Quebec for years, some for decades. The shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, had expressed anti-immigrant positions online and was a fan of Donald Trump in the U.S. and France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen.

    This leaves little room for doubt: The shooter acted upon political beliefs, in order to instill fear among Muslims and immigrants. This is a textbook case of right-wing terrorism. Yet the media coverage of the mass shooting and the official reaction of many politicians took many detours to avoid stating the obvious.

    After the attack, the first wave of right-wing opportunism spread like wildfire when a false report began circulating that the attack was carried out by multiple Syrian Muslim refugees who had recently arrived in Canada. On social media, the right portrayed Syrians and Muslims as dangerous terrorists. Adrien Pouliot, leader of Quebec's Conservative Party, happily took the bait, stating that the shooting proved that "Quebec was not sheltered from Islamic extremism."

    Many tried to come up with a tortuous explanation for why gunmen motivated by "Islamic extremism" might commit a massacre at a mosque, attempting to frame it as violence among Muslims spreading in our peaceful province.

    When police released the name of two suspects they had arrested, it was clear that the initial report about Muslim shooters was wrong, but the damage was done. It revealed how Islamophobic opportunists were quick to use the event for their own ends.

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    Sanctuary Cities Beyond Militarism

    This past weekend, thousands across the country mobilized in airports, in defiance of the executive order “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, popularly known as the #MuslimBan. From taxi drivers and Yemeni business owners striking to lawyers, translators and protesters flooding arrivals halls, it was exhilarating. At the same time, we must also pay attention to those impacted by the many other executive orders that did not garner mainstream outrage, such as “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”

    WRL stands with all migrants in the U.S., especially the many facing renewed threats of mass deportation under the new Trump administration. Criminalization of many communities and nationalities is on the rise, but most prominently the release of executive orders in the new administration’s first week targets Latinx and refugee communities in expanded ways, and defense must be a priority for our collective and intersectional movements.



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    Breaking: Trump's Arab and Muslim Ban Halted

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    Breaking: Trump's Arab and Muslim Ban Halted

    Washington, D.C. | | February 3, 2017 - Judge James L. Robart of The U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington at Seattle has issued a restraining order immediately halting implementation of Donald Trump’s Arab and Muslim Ban Executive Order. The decision came in the case of State of Washington v. Donald J. Trump. The ruling lifts the ban nationwide.

    In response to the court decision Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told U.S. airlines that it’s reinstating 60,000 visa’s which had been previously revoked.

    As a resutl fo the decision, individuals with valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas should be permitted to travel to the U.S. Prior to traveling please consult with the airlines to ensure you will be able to board the flight. Those traveling to the U.S. should know that the DOJ has indicated that it will file an emergency appeal of the decision. Reversal of the decision will result in the ban being reinstated.

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    Default Thousands in Europe march against Trump immigration ban

    Thousands in Europe march against Trump immigration ban

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    Demonstrators outside the US Embassy in London on Saturday (AFP Photo/NIKLAS HALLE'N)


    London (AFP) - Thousands of Europeans enraged by US President Donald Trump's immigration ban demonstrated Saturday in cities across the continent, calling on Americans to "dump Trump" and vowing to fight his policies.

    In London, an estimated 10,000 people turned out, chanting "Theresa May: Shame on You" to denounce the British prime minister's support for the new US leader.

    Brandishing placards declaring "No to scapegoating Muslims" and "Socialism not Trumpism", the protesters moved from the US embassy toward May's Downing Street office.

    In Paris and Berlin each, around a thousand people came out to protest, while smaller gatherings of several hundred people took place in provincial British cities including Manchester and Birmingham.

    Rallies were also held in Sweden's capital Stockholm and the Spanish city Barcelona, where some 300 people marched outside the Spanish consulate, according to media reports.

    Earlier protests on the days following the announcement of the ban had also drawn several thousand people across the globe, including in Australia, whose prime minister reportedly clashed with Trump in a phone call last week over US commitment to a refugee deal.

    - 'Don't accept hate' -

    "We are here to say we don't accept hate," said 20-year-old American Michael Jacobs, co-organiser of the Paris rally, surrounded by signs saying "Refugees are welcome!"

    In an executive order issued on January 27, Trump slapped a blanket ban on nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- barring their entry to the US for 90 days.

    Refugees were also barred from entry for 120 days, except those from Syria who were blocked indefinitely.

    However, on Friday a judge lifted the ban, a move which Trump condemned and vowed to fight.

    The White House argues the ban will make the country safer and at preventing terror attacks.

    A Justice Department attorney has said since Trump's order, about 100,000 visas have been revoked.

    Protesters in London heard a video message from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who thanked them for "standing up for what is right" and said they showed solidarity with "our friends all over the USA who share our views and our values, who are standing with minority communities under attack".

    The Guardian newspaper said around 10,000 people attended, while organisers claimed 40,000.

    - Anti-Trump petition -

    More than 1.8 million people have signed a petition saying Trump should not be afforded a formal state visit because it would embarrass Queen Elizabeth II.

    "We are going to make sure that if our prime minister continues to open the invitation to Donald Trump to come to Britain, we are going to be out in our hundreds of thousands," Chris Nineham, vice-chair of the Stop the War Coalition, told AFP.

    "We're going to bring this capital to a halt on the day he comes over. We are going to make it impossible for him to have a state visit."

    Meanwhile in Berlin protesters rallied in front of the Brandenburg Gate, holding reading "Berlin knows only the weak build walls" and "Fight ignorance, not immigrants".

    "I hope they will change something, but I am really disappointed," said Mahsa Zamani, a 26-year-old Iranian medical student who had been due to undertake work experience at a Florida hospital.

    "It is still a discrimination, and I don't know if I really have the feeling to go even if they are changing."

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    Default “On Western Terrorism” – Interview with André Vltchek


    “On Western Terrorism” – Interview with André Vltchek
    04 Feb 2017 ALEX ANFRUNS

    As an American investigative journalist, documentary filmmaker and novelist, André Vltchek has covered countless armed conflicts around the world. Among his most recent work we find “On Western Terrorism”, a discussion with Noam Chomsky, a renowned expert on propaganda. Together, they explore the legacy of colonialism that lasts to this day and denounce the hypocrisy of the West in regard to terrorism since it is largely responsible for its development. We have interviewed André Vltchek to get his thoughts on the book and much more.

    All along your passionate discussion with Noam Chomsky, you expose facts about imperialist interventionism in recent history, in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. What was the purpose of switching the focus from the alleged enemies of the West and onto the West itself?

    For several long centuries, the West has been plundering the world militarily and economically. In order to ‘legitimize’ its crimes, it also manufactured extremely complex and effective propaganda system, imposing its ‘logic’ and cultural dogmas on the rest of the world. It was done with such persistence and skill, that basically all other narratives disappeared.

    It is actually a tremendous tragedy, because several conquered cultures were clearly superior and much more humanistic than the West. The result is: natural, logical development of the world has been derailed, even crushed. Only Western dogmas prevailed, bringing imbalance, confusion, anger and frustration to the world.

    Like Noam Chomsky, you are also a very prolific author. How would you describe your work and Chomsky’s work? And how was the experience of preparing this book?

    Noam and I are using different ‘tactics’ to fight against this despicable situation. Noam is a linguist, great theoretical thinker and an activist. He is analyzing the situation in his non-fiction books, which are actually his great philosophical works. He is also speaking publicly, on virtually all continents.

    I go directly to the sources, as I don’t essentially believe anything that I don’t see or touch, anymore. I try to recycle as little as possible. I travel to warzones and to the deadliest slums, speaking to top intellectuals but also to the poorest of the poor.

    Noam Chomsky & André Vltchek. Caricature by Marina Wiedemann

    I count on extremely complex web of sources, in many countries. Then I write my essays, which are later changed into chapters of my non-fiction books. Or I write my novels, which are always at least to some extent political, or mainly political. Or I make documentary films, for TV stations like Telesur or Al-Mayadeen.

    My latest book, which actually unmasks Western propaganda worldwide has over 800 pages and is called, tellingly, “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”. My recent novel on Western cultural imperialism is “Aurora”.

    Noam and I compliment each other. And we really enjoy each other’s company. When we work together, there is nothing forced. We don’t always agree 100% on everything, but we very rarely strongly disagree about essential political issues.

    What do you think about the evolution of the terrorism context and the revival of the “war on terror” speeches by western leaders?

    Terrorism is essentially what the Western empires and now the American Empire have been using against the rest of the world.

    Look at the Muslim world: historically, Islam has been very progressive and socially oriented, even ‘socialist’ religion. The first public university, the first public hospitals – everything was in the Muslim world.

    Even after the WWII, Muslim countries were leaning towards socialism. Therefore, they had to be derailed, ruined and ‘radicalized’ by the West!

    The West basically wrecked the three most important Muslim socialist states: Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. Then it used Afghanistan and Pakistan as proxies in its war with the Soviet Union, basically shattering these two countries as well.

    So you definitely want your readers to look back on colonial past in order to understand the neocolonial present…

    Absolutely. I am arguing in several of my essays, as well as in “Exposing Lies Of The Empire”, that the West, for understandable reasons, has been directly manufacturing ‘Muslim terrorism’. Therefore, we shouldn’t even use the term “Muslim terrorism”.

    I witnessed the process in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia and elsewhere. It is shameful what is happening, but it is logical (given the Machiavellian essence of Western imperialism): the West managed to destroy the Soviet Union, it debased the anti-colonialist struggle/process (by killing or overthrowing people like Lumumba, Mosaddegh, Sukarno or Allende), and then it ran out of ‘big enemies’.

    The West cannot exist without ‘big enemies’, as we all know. And so it created one really mighty one out of nothing, and royally screwed all Muslim countries in the process. Recently, in Tehran, two top philosophers there told me, that the West actually created, in many places, a totally new religion, which doesn’t have anything in common with Islam.

    “Exposing Lies of the Empire (…) is a book of philosophy,
    a collection of exceptional investigative journalist reports, and a manifesto.”

    De-legitimation of third world views on the north-south relations has been under attack on a regular basis by neo-conservative thinkers, who consider economic-centered analysis as “obsolete and old fashioned”. Could we say that the promoters of the so-called “clash of civilizations” have reached their goal? Which real interests are behind their way of thinking?

    Yes, it is happening, but the guilty are not only the neo-conservatives, but also so-called liberals. I just left the city of Bandung (in Indonesia), which was hosting, in 1955, that famous “Asia-Africa Conference” (cradle of non-aligned movement). When you see the old photos there, you’d want to cry… Or scream!

    The desire of the non-Western world for independence, for true freedom was so strong in those days, but the brutality of the West broke all courage and determination of all, except a handful of the nations. For decades, the spine of the resistance against Western imperialism had been cracked. Only now we see great resurrection of those old ideologies, goals and dreams.

    Of course there is and will be huge clash of civilizations, but it will occur under different banners and with different logic than what is being promoted by the Western idéologues.

    Truer ‘clash of civilizations’ will be very simple and positive: it will have form of a resistance struggle of the oppressed world, against the Western terror, which has been brutalizing our planet for hundreds of years.

    You have frequently visited and lived in Latin American, Arabic and Asian countries for many years. In your opinion, how should progressive forces deal with issues concerning cultural identity and ethnic-entered conflicts in the XXIst century? Is the Eurocentric view a big trap for those who try to understand and change the world?

    Yes it is, and it is essential to understand this point! Progressive forces in the West should, I believe, step back and be more humble. Instead of constantly preaching and showing their hatred against every left wing government in Latin America or Asia, they should learn some respect and the Chinese or South American cultures, and try to understand how things have been done there, historically.

    The Western left lost squarely and patently. The hope is now in Latin America and Asia, and some very few countries of Africa. The Western left, I think, should stop being ‘purist’ and support what we still have in this world, instead of defining ‘who is a true Marxist and who is not’, etc.

    The main struggle now should be the struggle against Western imperialism. I know the world, and I am convinced that if Western imperialism were defeated, the rest of the world would find a way to coexist peacefully, and to build a humane, much gentler and compassionate world. Then, and only then, we could start paying attention to details. Until then, rescuing our planet from what has been for centuries ruining it should be our sole goal.


    Andre Vltchek is a philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are the revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”. His other books are available here. Andre has also been producing documentaries for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. Watch Rwanda Gambit, his groundbreaking documentary about Rwanda and DRCongo. After living in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and on Twitter.

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    10 February 2017

    A three-judge Appeals Court panel issued a unanimous ruling Thursday afternoon rejecting the Trump administration’s claim of “unreviewable” presidential power and sustaining a judicial order that bars enforcement of Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as his temporary ban on the entry of refugees from any country.

    The 3-0 ruling was signed by judges William Canby, appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1980; Richard Clifton, appointed by George W. Bush in 2001; and Michelle Friedland, appointed by Barack Obama in 2013. They denied a Trump administration request for an immediate stay of the temporary restraining order issued February 3 by Federal District Judge James Robart in Seattle, Washington.

    The panel declared: “[T]he Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter a stay would cause irreparable injury, and we therefore deny its emergency motion for a stay.”

    The 29-page decision subjects the Trump administration’s legal position and factual claims to withering criticism. The judges declare that the government presented no evidence that halting the travel ban would endanger national security or American lives. By contrast, the ruling held that the states of Washington and Minnesota, which brought suit against the ban, demonstrated widespread and irreparable damage on their citizens and institutions if the travel ban were reinstated.

    The appeals court decision by no means ends the conflict over the travel ban. From a legal standpoint, it was not a final determination on the merits of the case, but merely continued the suspension of the travel ban while the lawsuit is more fully adjudicated.

    President Trump responded to the ruling within minutes, tweeting, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The Department of Justice, under newly sworn-in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an adamant opponent of immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, said in a statement that it was “reviewing the decision and considering its options.”

    One possible step would be a Trump administration appeal of Thursday’s decision to the US Supreme Court. However, the court has lacked a ninth justice for a year, since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and has had frequent 4-4 splits during that time. An evenly divided court would leave the denial of a stay by the Ninth Circuit intact.

    Some right-wing legal commentators urged Trump to withdraw the executive order, which suffers from numerous technical defects pointed out in the court decision, and reissue it after consultation with congressional leaders and the newly installed members of the Trump cabinet, including Sessions. This step could delay Supreme Court review until after the confirmation of Trump’s nominee to fill the high court vacancy, Neil Gorsuch, in the expectation that he would provide a fifth and deciding vote for the government.

    A third possibility, for which Trump seemed to lay the basis in a series of increasingly vituperative statements during the week, would be to directly defy the court ruling, escalating the conflict within the US political system to the level of a constitutional crisis. Certainly, Trump’s declaration that “If something happens blame him [Judge Robart] and the court system,” should be taken as a warning. The White House is prepared to use any terrorist attack that occurs as a pretext to breach constitutional norms and establish an authoritarian regime backed by the military and police.

    The US ruling elite is deeply divided over what course of action to take. Speaking for those sections of the military-intelligence apparatus hostile to Trump, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared on CNN only hours before the court ruling, declaring that he knew of no terrorist threat that could justify the travel ban, and warning that the ban had damaged relationships with US allies in the Middle East and would serve as a recruiting tool for Muslim extremist groups.

    Even Trump’s own nominee to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch, voiced opposition to Trump’s tweets lambasting the “so-called judge” and suggesting the appeals court hearing Tuesday was “disgraceful.” Gorsuch is himself an appeals court judge, on the Tenth Circuit, and he told a Democratic senator that such attacks on judges were “disheartening” and “demoralizing.”

    The intensity of the political conflict, within three weeks of Trump’s inauguration, is reflected in the language of the Appeals Court decision, which systematically eviscerated the arguments made by the Trump administration in legal briefs and in the course of an hour-long oral argument Tuesday.

    The three-judge panel found that the district court had the authority to rule on the Executive Order, rejecting the government’s claim that the president has “unreviewable authority to suspend the admission of any class of aliens.” The government was not merely claiming that the political branches should be shown deference by the judiciary on national security issues, they wrote: “Instead, the Government has taken the position that the President’s decisions about immigration policy, particularly when motivated by national security concerns, are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections.”

    They added, in language that underscores the implications of Trump’s actions and his administration’s legal argument: “There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”

    The ruling cited a series of Supreme Court decisions striking down actions taken by the federal government and justified in the name of “national security.” These include the 2008 Boumediene decision, in which the court found, over the objections of the Bush administration, that prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay had the right to seek a writ of habeas corpus and gain judicial review of their continued detention . The panel noted that at this stage in the legal proceeding, the burden was on the federal government to show that it was likely to succeed on the merits of its case and that it would suffer irreparable injury if the travel ban continued to be blocked. The government failed on both grounds, the three judges decided.

    The ruling laid the most stress on the argument by the states of Washington and Minnesota that the travel ban was a gross violation of the constitutional requirement of due process, which applies not only to American citizens, but also to legal permanent residents, and to those without legal papers who are on American soil.

    Even refugees seeking entry into the United States have rights under “procedures provided by federal statute,” which could not be overridden by the president. The panel rejected the claim of the Trump administration “that most or all of the individuals affected by the Executive Order have no rights under the Due Process Clause.”

    The judges treated with some contempt the efforts by the Trump administration to rectify the obviously unconstitutional denial of rights to legal permanent residents. The inclusion of these green-card holders under the executive order was demanded by Trump’s fascistic chief adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who overrode objections from Department of Homeland Security officials. After a series of unfavorable court rulings, the White House sought to “reinterpret” the order on the fly, with a statement by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and further directives to the DHS. Finally, White House counsel Donald F. McGahn issued “Authoritative Guidance” that the order did not apply to green-card holders.

    The judges wrote: “At this point, however, we cannot rely upon the Government’s contention that the Executive Order no longer applies to lawful permanent residents. The Government has offered no authority establishing that the White House counsel is empowered to issue an amended order superseding the Executive Order signed by the President and now challenged by the States, and that proposition seems unlikely.

    “Nor has the Government established that the White House counsel’s interpretation of the Executive Order is binding on all executive branch officials responsible for enforcing the Executive Order. The White House counsel is not the President, and he is not known to be in the chain of command for any of the Executive Departments. Moreover, in light of the Government’s shifting interpretations of the Executive Order, we cannot say that the current interpretation by White House counsel, even if authoritative and binding, will persist past the immediate stage of these proceedings.”

    The court ruling says that claims that the Trump executive order violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment because it was aimed at Muslims should be taken seriously, and it flatly rejects the White House claim that Trump’s intentions can only be inferred from the text of the order—which makes no mention of Muslims—and not from his public statements.

    The judges write: “It is well established that evidence of purpose beyond the face of the challenged law may be considered in evaluating Establishment and Equal Protection Clause claims… The States’ claims raise serious allegations and present significant constitutional questions.” But they decline to pronounce further on the issue, pending actual discussion of this issue in further proceedings.

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    By Genevieve Leigh

    10 February 2017

    Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of the central Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Wednesday afternoon seeking to block the detention of long-time US resident and illegal immigrant, Guadalupe García de Rayos. Wednesday’s visit to the local ICE office in Phoenix was part of García de Rayos’ regularly scheduled check-in with the office, which has taken place every year, and more recently every six months, following a 2008 felony conviction for having false ID papers.

    Concerned that this routine would be ended by the recent executive order enacted by the Trump administration on immigration, friends and family of García de Rayos preemptively organized a protest. More than 200 people gathered to rally in her defense, and in defense of immigrant rights more broadly. They camped out outside of the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as García de Rayos was detained and plans for her deportation were set into motion.

    Police dressed in riot gear began to move in sometime after 10 p.m. as the protesters refused to allow federal vehicles to leave the ICE facility. One man tied himself to the front wheels of a van in an attempt to prevent it from leaving; a total of seven people were arrested. These vehicles, lined with bars and heavily guarded, are the buses and vans used to transport people to detention centers or to the border for deportation. Devastating pictures of García de Rayos detained within the bars of one such vehicle as her son and daughter helplessly look on, have flooded the Internet. Her deportation was carried out Thursday morning around 10 a.m. through a Nogales border crossing.

    García de Rayos has been a US resident since 1996, coming to the United States illegally with her parents when she was just 14 years old, the same age as her daughter now. Now 36, she has spent over two decades north of the border and is the mother of two teenage children, both of whom were born in the United States. García de Rayos’ husband, Aaron Reyes, is also undocumented, but so far has been allowed to remain in Arizona with their children.

    García de Rayos was initially arrested for the “crime” of using a fake Social Security number at her workplace during a raid in 2008 at a water park in Mesa. These workplace raids are one of the most callous elements of US immigration enforcement under the program begun under Bush, and vastly expanded under Obama, called “Secure Communities.” The program combined federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies with ICE in an effort to deport immigrants who were already living in communities, as opposed to those attempting to cross the border.

    A study by UC Berkeley found that only 52 percent of individuals arrested through the program were slated to have a hearing before an immigration judge and that 39 percent of individuals arrested had a spouse or children who were US citizens. A total of 88,000 families that included US citizens were affected.

    After spending six months in jail, García de Rayos was released on the condition that she check in regularly with the ICE office, which she did faithfully from then on. In 2013 a judge issued a deportation order against her, but she was ultimately not sent back to Mexico because of a shift in the Obama administration policy which prioritized removing people deemed to be threats to US security.

    Under the Trump administration’s January 25 executive order, the restrictions on deportations under Obama were abandoned. Now, undocumented workers who have committed “chargeable criminal offenses” will be prioritized for deportation. Such language can be applied to virtually all undocumented immigrants who are often forced to violate legal bans in order to support themselves and their families. The fake Social Security number used by García de Rayos is one example.

    The actions of the Trump administration, particularly in regards to immigration, undoubtedly mark a watershed in the decay of bourgeois rule in the United States. There is something qualitatively different in the form and scope of repression being carried out against immigrants and refugees, measures which should be seen as a dangerous attack on the entire working class internationally. The actions of the Trump administration build on the policies of the Obama administration, which were anything but “lenient” and “humane” as many news outlets have begun to suggest.

    The García de Rayos family will suffer a grim emotional and economic impact, after she was torn from her children and husband by the armed state agents—to say nothing of the effect on Guadalupe herself, separated from her loved ones and shipped off to a land largely foreign to her now.

    However, what is most devastating about the experience of García de Rayos and family is that their situation is anything but unique. Similar, and even more tragic situations took place in record numbers under the Obama administration, which deported more than 2.7 million people over the past eight years, more than any other US administration in history.

    The corporate media and the two capitalist political parties seek to limit “debate” over immigration to whether Obama was “better” or “worse” for immigrants than George W. Bush, or whether Hillary Clinton’s “fence” would somehow have been less draconian than Trump’s “wall.”

    The real issue facing the working class is how to put an end to the entire vile apparatus of borders, fences, walls, detention camps and other repressive measures against the free movement of people. This means the struggle against capitalism and the nation-state system on which it is based, through uniting the working class as an international force on the basis of socialist policies.

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    Default You can fight deportations.

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    Immigrants are under attack. As we speak, we're getting reports from dozens of cities that immigration officials and local law enforcement working with the Trump administration are raiding homes to deport immigrants and their families.


    If you held up a sign at a protest that said "Immigrants are welcome here," it's time for you to show up.

    If you flooded the airport to fight for refugees, it's time for you to show up.

    If you hit the streets when the immigration executive order was announced, it's time for you to show up.

    The #HereToStay Network is a group of people ready to fight for immigrants at risk of deportation. We know from credible sources that many immigrants will be doing routine check-ins at ICE Detention Centers, complying with orders from government agencies. We need people to be there with them during these check-ins, to stand with them and protect them, and to ensure they return safely to their communities and are not deported and separated from their families.

    100 people were detained in Southern California after ICE agents came to their home and took everyone in the house. And Wednesday night Guadalupe, a mother of two in Phoenix, Arizona was detained at a routine check-in and deported in front of her children. We can't let this happen again.

    Guadalupe's family, and other undocumented community risked their lives and status to protect her. But we need U.S. citizens to stand with undocumented folks.

    Join the Here To Stay Network to show up to ensure that not one more deportation occurs on our watch.

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    Default 300 protest Trump's anti-Muslim refugee ban in Jacksonville, FL

    300 protest Trump's anti-Muslim refugee ban in Jacksonville, FL

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    Jacksonville, FL - Over 300 people gathered outside the Duval County Courthouse on Jan. 31 to call for the repeal of President Donald Trump's anti-Muslim refugee ban.

    Called "No Human is Illegal," the event was called by Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (JPC), a community activist organization most known for its successful campaign to remove Angela Corey, Jacksonville's racist former state attorney, from office

    The protest brought together a diverse crowd of working people, college and high school students, and community activists. Families from Jacksonville's sizable Arab American community attended and spoke out against the ban. Organizers and advocates behind the campaign to extend the city's Human Rights Ordinance to protect the LGBTQ community came out in force, as did union workers from the Teamsters, the Communications Workers of America, and the North Florida Central Labor Council. Several Black liberation movement activists and groups also attended in support of refugees and Muslims.

    On Jan. 26, Trump issued an executive order blocking refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia - from entering the U.S. The order sparked a massive wave of protests in cities across the country, just days after the giant women's march in Washington D.C. protesting Trump's inauguration. In the face of mounting public pressure, a federal judge halted the refugee ban. A federal appeals court is scheduled to rule on the legality of Trump's order in the coming days.

    Building resistance to Trump

    The crowd gathered outside the courthouse in the early evening, chanting, "Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here," and "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA." Community activists and speakers from over a dozen organizations denounced Trump's attacks on Muslims and immigrants and called for mass resistance to the president's agenda.

    "If you remember, Trump's first speech was an attack on Mexicans," said Wells Todd, an organizer in the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition. "From out the gate, this man was attacking minorities."

    Other speakers called for continued protests against Trump's agenda and spoke on the need for a mass resistance movement.

    "We need to build a rebellion against the 1%, and rest assured, Donald Trump represents that 1%," said Dave Schneider, a rank-and-file Teamster. "In this country, we have a democracy for the rich, which is a dictatorship for the rest of us. I say let's turn the tables of them, because there's a heck of a lot more working people than there are rich people in this country."

    After hearing from over a dozen speakers, the crowd marched to city hall and the nearby federal courthouse building.

    The people shut down violent Trump supporter

    Despite trolling on social media and vague threats online, only three counter-protesters showed up at the rally. One Trump supporter, dressed in a 'Blue Lives Matter' vest, attempted to jump in front of the crowd with a giant Trump-Pence campaign sign. Several organizers recognized him from a #BlackLivesMatter in Jacksonville several months before, which he tried to verbally and physically disrupt.

    When protesters moved in front of the single Trump provocateur to block out his sign, the man became enraged and forcefully shoved two people. In response, several protesters grabbed the Trump-Pence sign, crushed its wooden support frame, and kicked him out of the rally.

    The significance of the refugee ban on the First Coast

    Although Trump's ban reportedly did not affect anyone flying in at Jacksonville International Airport, the fight against anti-Arab racism and anti-Muslim bigotry has special significance on Florida's First Coast. Jacksonville has the tenth-largest Arab population (8000) of all U.S. cities, as well as the fifth-largest Syrian American population (1100). The city is also home to nearly 10,000 Muslims, many of Eastern European or southeast Asian descent.

    In 2015, three Jacksonville relief agencies agreed to take in as many as 2000 refugees per year from Syria and other parts of the Middle East. However, Mayor Lenny Curry, a longtime Trump supporter and Islamophobe, vocally backed the refugee ban, putting the status of any future refugees arriving in Jacksonville up in the air.

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    Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states

    By Lisa Rein, Abigail Hauslohner and Sandhya Somashekhar February 10 at 8:25 PM

    U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

    The raids, which officials said targeted known criminals, also netted some immigrants who did not have criminal records, an apparent departure from similar enforcement waves during the Obama administration that aimed to just corral and deport those who had committed crimes.

    Trump has pledged to deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Last month he also made a change to the Obama administration’s policy of prioritizing deportation for convicted criminals, substantially broadening the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those with minor offenses or no convictions at all.

    Immigration officials confirmed that agents this week raided homes and workplaces in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, the Los Angeles area, North Carolina and South Carolina, netting hundreds of people. But Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said they were part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions. ICE dislikes the term “raids,” and prefers to say authorities are conducting “targeted enforcement actions.”

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    Protesters blocked an onramp to the 101 freeway in Los Angeles Feb. 9, objecting to what they claim is a rise in immigration raids. (The Washington Post)

    Christensen said the raids, which began Monday and ended Friday at noon, found undocumented immigrants from a dozen Latin American countries. “We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system,” she said, noting that the majority of those detained were serious criminals, including some who were convicted of murder and domestic violence.

    [For years, immigration authorities gave this Arizona mother a pass. Now she has been deported.]

    Immigration activists said the crackdown went beyond the six states DHS identified, and said they had also documented ICE raids of unusual intensity during the past two days in Florida, Kansas, Texas and Northern Virginia.

    That undocumented immigrants with no criminal records were arrested and could potentially be deported sent a shock through immigrant communities nationwide amid concerns that the U.S. government could start going after law-abiding people.

    “This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, an immigrant youth organization, said Friday during a conference call with immigration advocates.

    ICE agents in the Los Angeles area Thursday swept a number of individuals into custody over the course of an hour, seizing them from their homes and on their way to work in daytime operations, activists said.

    David Marin, ICE’s field director in the Los Angeles area, said in a conference call with reporters Friday that 75 percent of the approximately 160 people detained in the operation this week had felony convictions; the rest had misdemeanors or were in the United States illegally. Officials said Friday night that 37 of those detained in Los Angeles had been deported to Mexico.

    “Dangerous criminals who should be deported are being released into our communities,” Marin said.

    Spanish language radio stations and the local NPR affiliate in Los Angeles have been running public service announcements regarding the hourly “Know Your Rights” seminars the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles scheduled for Friday and Saturday. By the time the 4 p.m. group began Friday, more than 100 others had gathered at group’s office in the Westlake neighborhood just outside downtown.

    A video that circulated on social media Friday appeared to show ICE agents detaining people in an Austin shopping center parking lot. Immigration advocates also reported roadway checkpoints, where ICE appeared to be targeting immigrants for random ID checks, in North Carolina and in Austin. ICE officials denied that authorities used checkpoints during the operations.

    [The ‘sanctuary city’ on the front line of the fight over Trump’s immigration policy]

    “I’m getting lots of reports from my constituents about seeing ICE on the streets. Teachers in my district have contacted me — certain students didn’t come to school today because they’re afraid,” said Greg Casar, an Austin city council member. “I talked to a constituent, a single mother, who had her door knocked on this morning by ICE.”

    Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) said he confirmed with ICE’s San Antonio office that the agency “has launched a targeted operation in South and Central Texas as part of Operation Cross Check.”

    “I am asking ICE to clarify whether these individuals are in fact dangerous, violent threats to our communities, and not people who are here peacefully raising families and contributing to our state,” Castro said in a statement Friday night.

    Hiba Ghalib, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta, said the ICE detentions were causing “mass confusion” in the immigrant community. She said she had heard reports of ICE agents going door-to-door in one largely Hispanic neighborhood, asking people to present their papers.

    “People are panicking,” Ghalib said. “People are really, really scared.”

    Immigration officials acknowledged that authorities had cast a wider net than they would have last year, as the result of Trump’s executive order.

    The Trump administration is facing a series of legal challenges to that order, and on Thursday lost a court battle over a separate executive order to temporarily ban entry into the United States by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, as well as by refugees. The administration said Friday that it is considering raising the case to the Supreme Court.

    [Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban]

    Some activists in Austin and Los Angeles suggested that the raids might be retaliation for those cities’ “sanctuary city” policies. A government aide familiar with the raids said it is possible that the predominantly daytime operations — a departure from the Obama administration’s night raids — meant to “send a message to the community that the Trump deportation force is in effect.”

    Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, a pro-immigrant advocacy group, said that the wave of detentions harks back to the George W. Bush administration, when workplace raids to sweep up all undocumented workers were common.

    The Obama administration conducted a spate of raids and also pursued a more aggressive deportation policy than any previous president, sending more than 400,000 people back to their birth countries at the height of his deportations in 2012. The public outcry over the lengthy detentions and deportations of women, children and people with minor offenses led Obama in his second term to prioritize convicted criminals for deportation.

    A DHS official confirmed that while immigration agents were targeting criminals, given the broader range defined by Trump’s executive order they also were sweeping up non-criminals in the vicinity who were found to be lacking documentation. It was unclear how many of the people detained would have been excluded under Obama’s policy.

    Federal immigration officials, as well as activists, said that the majority of those detained were adult men, and that no children were taken into custody.

    “Big cities tend to have a lot of illegal immigrants,” said one immigration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly due to the sensitive nature of the operation. “They’re going to a target-rich environment.”

    Immigrant rights groups said that they were planning protests in response to the raids, including one Friday evening in Federal Plaza in New York City and a vigil in Los Angeles.

    “We cannot understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities,” said Walter Barrientos of Make the Road New York in New York City, who spoke on a conference call with immigration advocates.

    “We’re trying to make sure that families who have been impacted are getting legal services as quickly as possible. We’re trying to do some legal triage,” said Bob Libal, the executive director of Grassroots Leadership, which provides assistance and advocacy work to immigrants in Austin. “It’s chaotic,” he said. The organization’s hotline, he said, had been overwhelmed with calls.

    Jeanette Vizguerra, 35, a Mexican house cleaner whose permit to stay in the country expired this week, said Friday during the conference call that she was newly apprehensive about her scheduled meeting with ICE next week.

    Fearing deportation, Vizguerra, a Denver mother of four — including three who are U.S. citizens — said through an interpreter that she had called on activists and supporters to accompany her to the meeting.

    “I know I need to mobilize my community, but I know my freedom is at risk here,” Vizguerra said.

    Janell Ross in Los Angeles and Camille Pendley in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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