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“Look for the Helpers”

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers

Volunteer lawyers, and civil rights groups that quickly became legally victorious, turned out Saturday in response to the betrayal of green card residents traveling into the US.

For American residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen who were traveling yesterday, their airport detainment and threat of deportation brought out demonstrators from both sides of the aisle to America’s major airports.

Those detained included the disabled, elderly, and children, and at least one service member. Most were released by early this morning without an explanation, indicating a lack of clarity between the Dept of Homeland Security and federal court.

While a few GOP legislators have public denounced the executive order (along with business leaders who have key employees being held), most have been silent, yet are airing their grievances behind closed doors, likely because of a reluctance to make themselves an enemy of their own ruling party just one week into the term.

This executive order has the unintended consequence of actually encouraging illegal immigration, since the reward for jumping through all the legal immigration hoops is a terrifying disruption of normal life.