As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Malibu was always my preferred weekend destination. Malibu to me meant 21 miles of individual beaches that stretch across the magnificent Pacific Coast Highway, local parks, magnificent homes, and an occasional major movie star sighting that might have included Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra or Barbara Stanwyck.
President Donald Trump’s revised, softened executive order that pauses refugee entry from six terrorist-sponsoring nations – Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Syria – and suspends the refugee resettlement admissions program for 120 days is sure to set off explosive racism and anti-Muslim charges leveled at the administration.
Once again, California has made headline news in the sizzling-hot sanctuary city debate. The latest: Santa Clara County, population 1.9 million, petitioned a federal district court to block President Donald Trump from implementing his executive order that would withhold funding from sanctuary cities. Earlier this year, San Francisco filed a similar action.
Last month, President Trump signed an executive order that will empower some Immigration and Customs Enforcement-trained local law enforcement officers to detain illegal immigrants that they encounter in the normal course of daily duties.
Publicity hound Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Hispanic Congressional Congress are in freefall about the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that netted about 700 deportable criminal aliens.
On January 12, President Barack Obama announced that, effective immediately, he would end the “wet foot, dry foot” policy. During Bill Clinton’s second term, a 1995 amendment to the Cuban Adjustment Act created the controversial program which allowed Cubans that made it to the mainland of the United States to remain, eventually become legal permanent residents and qualify for affirmative benefits.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is back in the news, but this time with an encouraging note. The program which allows visitors from certain pre-approved nations to enter the United States for stays of 90 days or less without a formal visa, but with an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) pass, has been the target of increasing criticism.