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100,000 Visas Revoked by Trump Order

100,000 visas revokedOver 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, an attorney for the government revealed in Alexandria federal court Friday.

The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport last Saturday. They were coerced into giving up their legal resident visas, they argue, and quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.


K pardons thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

UK pardons gays imprisoned for their sexualityThe British government has passed a law granting posthumous pardons to thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished anti-homosexuality laws, and allowing those who are still alive to have their criminal records wiped clean.

The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday the pardons apply to men convicted for consensual same-sex relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.


ACLU brings in $24M in donations this weekend

ACLU raises 24 millionIn a normal year, the activist group makes about $4 million a year in online donations. In one weekend, it raised six times as much money.

Officials at the ACLU said they were stunned and gratified by the surge in financial support.  It came on the same weekend that the ACLU and its allies successfully challenged portions of President Trump's travel ban in court.

Many celebrities and Silicon Valley luminaries encouraged their social media followers to support the group, and some even pledged to match some donations.


Second day of protests breaks out against Trump's immigration order

second day of protestProtests broke out Sunday across the country following President Trump's sweeping executive order barring refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the country for set periods of time.

Lawmakers on Sunday joined thousands of people who gathered in several states to protest the president's order.

People also came out in New York City on Sunday afternoon to protest in Battery Park. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted that he was heading to there to "protest these awful actions."



Federal judge stays deportations of detainees after challenge to Trump order

trump ban lifted by courtJudge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a request from the ACLU to stay deportations of those detained on entry to the United States following President Donald Trump's executive order.

After a brief hearing in front of a small audience that filtered in from a crowd of hundreds outside, Donnelly determined that the risk of injury to those detained by being returned to their home countries necessitated the decision.


Scottish leader to refugees: 'Welcome to Scotland'

Nicola SturgeonScottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday responded to President Trump's executive order banning refugees and halting immigration from several countries by retweeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Welcome to Scotland too," Sturgeon tweeted alongside Trudeau's tweet which welcomed refugees to the country.

Trump on Friday signed an executive order that he said would provide a thorough vetting of refugees to ensure that "radical Islamic terrorists" cannot get into the United States.

TVNL Comment:  Viva Scotland and Canada and those countries to follow suit.  These refugees will be far better off with you.


Canada's Trudeau welcomes refugees, airline rejects U.S.-bound passenger

TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution on Saturday even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply with an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from the seven countries, Trudeau said in a tweet: "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada."


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