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Vox Sentences: The chaotic first days of Trump's refugee ban

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The Trump refugee and visa ban begins; Quebec suffers an Islamophobic terror attack.

Trump's visa ban is happening, and it's chaotic

Protesters at JFK Airport Stephanie Keith/Getty
  • Chaos ensued after Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday banning visa holders from seven majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States for 90 days, as well as indefinitely putting an end to Syrian refugee migration to the US. Customs and Border Protection agents, without much instruction, began holding people in airports and at detainment facilities, and sending people back. [The New York Times / Michael Shear and Ron Nixon]
  • Meanwhile, there was still a lot of confusion over whom the executive order actually applied to. At first order applied to dual citizens and permanent residents (green card holders). But after two days, the Trump administration lifted the ban on green card holders — DHS Secretary John Kelly said permanent residents would be allowed on a “case-by-case” basis. [Vox / Andrew Prokop]
  • The confusion over green card holders reportedly has Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s name all over it. Bannon has increasingly accrued a great deal of sway in the Trump administration — also gaining a seat on the National Security Council — and pushed for a stricter ban.
  • [Politico / Josh Dawsey, Eliana Johnson, and Annie Karni]
  • But even without applying to permanent residents, the order is sweeping and is already upending the lives of many who live and work in the United States. Here are some of those stories. [Vox / Tara Golshan]
  • A federal judge in Brooklyn announced a national stay of the policy, but one that only applied to people already in the US. People not yet on US soil got no protection. [Vox / Andrew Prokop and Dara Lind]

America's policy toward refugees may have changed, but a lot of Americans aren't having it

Young woman protesting Trump’s immigrant order Stephanie Keith/Getty
  • As the order started to be implemented, major airports across the country have filled up with protesters, and groups have organized to send translators and free legal help to those detained. [Vanity Fair / Kia Makarechi]
  • But the volunteers are having difficulty accessing travelers. Even after Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered border protection agents to allow legal permanent residents to have access to legal counsel, CBP reportedly denied requests at Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia. [Daily Beast/ Betsy Woodruff]
  • Notably, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have kept mum on the visa ban, despite having denounced the idea of a Muslim ban during the election. While most GOP lawmakers have been keeping pretty quiet on Trump’s executive order, there is a growing list of Republicans speaking out, including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain, who said Trump’s executive order was not “properly vetted.” [Vox / Brad Plumer]
  • Businesses have also faced criticism for their handling of the situation. The hashtag #DeleteUber took off over the weekend after the ride-hailing company seemed to suggest it was counteracting New York Taxi’s strike protesting Trump’s visa ban by lowering its prices around JFK Airport. [Vox / German Lopez]
  • On Monday the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced that it plans to sue the Trump administration to strike down the executive order on the basis of discrimination against Muslims. [Vox / Dara Lind]

"They were shot in the back because they prayed."

Canadian security forces in Quebec City after a gunman killed six Muslims at a prayer service on Sunday. (Photo by Renaud Philippe/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
  • Six worshipers were killed in a mass shooting during a prayer service at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, on Sunday night. A 27-year-old white nationalist has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder. [NBC News / Jonathan Dienst, Anna R. Schecter, Andrew Blankstein, Emmanuelle Saliba, and Tracy Connor
  • Alexandre Bissonnette, the man charged with the crime, hails from a suburb just outside of Quebec City. He was studying political science and anthropology, the school said in a statement. [CBC News / Melissa Fundira]
  • Among the six slain: Azzedine Soufiane, 57, a grocer and father of three; Khaled Belkacemi, 60, a professor in food science at Laval University; and Abdelkrim Hassen, 41, an IT worker in the government who was also the father of three children. Five more remain hospitalized. [BBC News]
  • The shooting came a day after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country was proud to take in Muslim refugees, a rebuke to Donald Trump's immigration ban. But at the same time, the mass shooting highlights rising Islamophobia in much of eastern Canada. [New York Times / Ian Austen]
  • Indeed, the mosque, the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec, had been victimized by multiple terror attacks. Over the past year, mosque officials dealt with harassment, hate mail, and swastika graffiti. In June, someone left a severed pig's head outside of it.
  • Yet somehow, prominent news outlets and tabloids depicted the killer as a Muslim committing an act of Islamic violence, with Trump supporters and Fox News depicting the white nationalist as a "Muslim Moroccan." [The Intercept / Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain]


  • The world has forgotten Greece's financial crisis. But unemployment is still at 23 percent, 15 percent of the population lives in extreme poverty, and there's no end in sight. [FT / Henry Foy]
  • How a tweak to IRS regulations in 1987 enabled the creation of some of the biggest datasets in the history of economics. [Science / Jeffrey Mervis]
  • China is quite literally making it rain with $168 million. Like, it's using cloud seeding technology to try to help an arid region. [Fortune / Kevin Lui]
  • Meet a server that's been online continuously since 1993. [Computerworld / Patrick Thibodeau]
  • The case against The Case Against Sugar. [Stephan Guyenet]


  • "It’s a joke. How long can they be ‘the ice cream of the future’? You can’t actually be the future forever." [Sean Spicer to NYT / Michael Grynbaum]
  • "A man calling himself Wolf wired McCleskey fifty-five thousand dollars, then showed up a few days later at Memphis International Airport carrying a metallic briefcase. The two men met in the crowded arrivals hall and, after a brief stop at a local Chinese restaurant, proceeded to McCleskey’s house, where Wolf inspected the merchandise—a pair of video games released in 1996 for the Neo Geo, a Japanese-made console." [New Yorker / Simon Parkin]
  • "What’s happening to sportswriters is that Trump is radicalizing them at the same rate he’s radicalizing everyone else." [The Ringer / Bryan Curtis]
  • "'I always liked my name, until Amazon gave it to a robot,' says Alexa Sussman, a recent New York University graduate who works in marketing." [WSJ / Joanna Stern]
  • "The rules for naming were devised by IKEA’s founder Ingvar Kamprad, who struggled with dyslexia and had trouble remembering the order of numbers in item codes. The name IKEA itself is acronym for Ingvar, Kamprad, Elmtaryd (his family’s farm) and Agunnaryd (the village in Småland where he grew up in)." [Quartz / Anne Quito]

Watch this: Donald Trump’s refugee ban, explained

It's not a "Muslim ban," but it's close. [YouTube / Joe Posner and Dara Lind]

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