Here are some “significant digits” from FiveThirtyEight.com (via email).
Number of refugees who have been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Refugee Act of 1980. [CNN]
That is zero. Null. Nil. Nada. The attacks within the U. S. are carried out by radicalized citizens. So Trump’s orders controlling legal immigration and, as former Mexican president Vicente Fox called it, Trump’s “fucking wall”, are worth zero when it comes to Making America Safe Again.
Here are examples of pushback.
The reaction to Friday’s executive order from some in the private sector was swift: Howard Schultz, the chairman and CEO of Starbucks, committed to hiring 10,000 refugees over the next five years, and Google set up a $2 million “crisis fund” with up to a $2 million employee match to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations’ refugee agency. [USA Today, Starbucks]
While public officials were sorting out their reactions to the executive order, the ACLU sent attorneys to people who were being detained in U.S. airports as a result. The ACLU said it raised more than $24 million in online donations over the weekend, compared with its annual average of about $3 million to $4 million. [Dustin Volz, ACLU]
There are no candidates to support this year, so give some $$$ to the ACLU.