Bibdaily confirms that the recent Trump administration refugee/travel ban does not apply to Iraqi interpreters who worked with coalition forces during the war. To reward them for their help, the Department of State issued their families Special Immigrant Visas (S.I.V.) to come to the United States. However, since Iraq was named in the ban, it was unclear if they would be granted an exception. It appears the White House has reversed its initial hardline stance, allowing them to enter the country, along with legal permanent residents (green card holders). Our Verdict: President Trump's team, mostly government outsiders, did not fully realize all of the ramifications to the order when it drafted the executive order. It's clear that the clarifications and updates will likely continue as the order moves through the judicial process. Expect the administration to fold rather than wager all its political capital on this specific order over time, given the many more immigration battles ahead with larger ramifications
Oregon to become the first sanctuary STATE? The governor of Oregon is ordering state employees not to cooperate with federal immigration officials. It comes after ICE agents apprehended undocumented immigrants outside a courthouse. Our Verdict: It's the logical next step after sanctuary cities and counties. Expect more blue states on the coasts to follow suit.