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Refugees Spent Weekend Trapped in Airports, Trump Watched 'Finding Dory'

After Trump's executive order left refugees attempting to enter the US stranded in airports across the country, he spent his Sunday watching 'Finding Dory,' a cartoon about separated families.

Below is what happened on Trump's sixth day in office. You can find out what damage was done every other day so far on the Saddest Calendar on the Internet.

A good test of combined outrage, disgust, and dedication is to call a protest outside New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport in Jamaica, Queens, in 30-degree temperatures on a Saturday evening and see how many New Yorkers voluntarily make that trip. The target-of-protest centered on detainment of refugees due to Trump's recent executive orders and resulting detainment of refugees in airports across the US.


Meanwhile, Trump found time on Sunday to hold a screening of Finding Dory, a movie about a jovial fish's sustained dedication to reuniting with her lost mom and dad, in the White House's Family Theater.

Not only did throngs of people gather to resist in New York, but so did those in airports around the country. A heartening win came Saturday night when American Civil Liberties Union attorneys convened at Brooklyn's US District Court at Cadman Plaza to appear before Judge Anne Donnelly and argue for "a nationwide stay that would block the deportation of all people stranded in the US airports," according to an ACLU press release. The Darweesh vs. Trump order issued that night says the government is "restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals with refugee applications approved by US Citizenship and Immigration Services…, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from [the seven Muslim-majority countries named in Trump's ban]."

Despite bipartisan disapproval by senators, attorney generals, and anyone with a moral compass, Trump, who says "this is not about religion" but instead "about terror and keeping our country safe," stands by the executive order that reportedly has ISIS celebrating.

Amidst the protests, the court orders, and the Finding Dory screening, Trump also slipped through a handful of executive measures this weekend. One of the most alarming of these being his reorganization plan—featuring Steve Bannon—for the National Security Council, a group of senior national security advisors and Cabinet officials who are supposed to give the president the best possible advice on decisions relating to issues of foreign policy. As reported in the New York Times:


The defining moment for Bannon came Saturday night in the form of an executive order giving the rumpled right-wing agitator a full seat on the "principals committee" of the National Security Council — while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities. It is a startling elevation of a political adviser, to a status alongside the secretaries of state and defense, and over the president's top military and intelligence advisers.

As The Atlantic reports: "politics finding its way into a president's national-security decision-making is nothing new. But it rarely (if ever) gets a seat in the White House Situation Room—for good reason. To place a purely political operative on the NSC—alongside actual Cabinet members with national-security responsibilities or expertise—is an unprecedented move with profound implications for how national-security policies are developed and executed."

Bannon essentially has no national security experience (his service in the Navy for seven years is the closest he gets), so his promotion over the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who should be the principal military adviser to the President, Secretary of Defense, and the NSC, has left many White House officials and politicians aghast.

Trump also named Mike Flynn, a retired Lieutenant General who used to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency but was removed in 2014 (and is under investigation for communications with a Russian ambassador), to lead the NSC.

That's Bleak. Who's Fighting Against It?

The ACLU made huge strides to help trapped refugees in airports across the US and fight back against Trump's executive order. They also reportedly received $24 million dollars in donations this weekend, which is six times their yearly average, according to the Washington Post.

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