If You Are A Syrian Refugee in the US

Yesterday, President Trump signed new executive orders that ban entry into the US by citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for at least 90 days. These orders also halted the US refugee program for 4 months.

The EO banned all refugees from Syria. From a review of social media sites it is clear the vast majority of Americans don’t have a clue what the US does to clear a refugee before they are allowed into the country. Syrian refugees are vetted using the most rigorous standards.

If you are a Syrian refugee currently in the US  you:

  • Are a woman, child, elderly(over 60) or have a severe medical condition
  • Were subject to a lengthy screening process conducted by the United Nations including multiple interviews to determine where in Syria you are from and who you know. You also had your iris scanned to establish your identity.
  • Were subject to a 24 month screening process coordinated by the Department of Homeland Security that included:
    • background checks by the FBI Terrorist Screening Center, Department of Department of Defense and other departments within DHS. These checks included checking your fingerprints against US and International terrorist data bases and a detailed review of all of the countries you visited or applied to visit, ever.
    • In person interviews (multiple interviews) are conducted by specially trained DHS personalized.
    • Paid the US Government back for your plane ticket here within 6 months

We live in a dangerous world. It is easy to fall into the trap of being scared of everybody. In this case, a quick Google search can go a long way to easing those fears. The results of that Google search can help the average American understand why our refugee program has resulted in far less violence than countries in Europe.

Perhaps President Trump should use Google more and Twitter less.

Trump Is Messing With Texas

President Trump is setting a collision course with Mexico that threatens to derail the Texas economy. Too bad the average Trump supporter has no clue of the danger.

Look at social media and you have Trump supporters cheering  ending NAFTA, building a border wall and placing a 20% tariff on the approximately $60 billion in surplus imports will be GREAT for the US. (The $60 billion represents a trade deficit of approximately 10% of total trade of $584b with Mexico).

Meanwhile, trade experts and economists will tell you none of this is actually good for the US. Continue reading “Trump Is Messing With Texas”

Trump Calls for Nuclear Arms Race

Trump doubled down on his call for a new nuclear arms race minutes ago.

It started with a Tweet:

It was quickly followed by his surrogates clarifying that Trump was calling for modernization of our nuclear arsenal.  Kellyanne and Sean Spicer tried really hard. Then Trump spoke.

Minutes ago, on Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski spoke with Trump.  He clarified his intent:  “Let It Be An Arms Race”.  “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

Continue reading “Trump Calls for Nuclear Arms Race”

What Happened Last Week

Some but far from all of the highlights from the week of 12/11/16 Continue reading “What Happened Last Week”

Trump Poised To Upend UN and Israel/Arab Relations

With little notice by the public, Kellyanne Conway declared moving the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “a very big priority”.  The impact of this statement may be lost on many Americans but could have dire consequences throughout the Middle East. Continue reading “Trump Poised To Upend UN and Israel/Arab Relations”

Trump Baits China – Again

Continuing the theme set in his December 4th tweet storm, President Elect Trump stated on Sunday that the US may not be bound by the One China Policy and laid out his gripes with China during an interview with Fox News: Continue reading “Trump Baits China – Again”

Russians Attempt To Tilt US Election

The CIA is confident that Russians attempted to interfere with the US Presidential election according to undisclosed sources.  Additionally, they have allegedly determined that at some point the culprits decided they wanted to help Donald Trump.  Trump and his transition team’s immediate response was to undermine the CIA and demand that evidence be provided that the Russians’ interference impacted the outcome of the election. Continue reading “Russians Attempt To Tilt US Election”

Constitution Prohibits Trumps Conflicts of Interest


PE Trump and the conflicts of interest his business represent continue to taint the PE’s transition into power.  Trump and his attorneys continually say that the conflict of interest laws that members of congress and others must comply with do not apply to the President.  Trump went so far as to say “The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” in an interview with the New York Times. Continue reading “Constitution Prohibits Trumps Conflicts of Interest”

China’s Power Over the US and the World

Ask Americans what they think of China and many will say it is a major culprit that steals US manufacturing jobs by using cheap labor.  Bankers and CEOs may tell you that China manipulates it’s currency to further steal jobs.  President Elect Trump seems to agree with these statements according to some of his latest tweets.  So what should we know about China’s power over the US and the world? Continue reading “China’s Power Over the US and the World”

UPDATE: Trump on China and Taiwan

Trump accepted a “congratulatory phone call” from Taiwan’s President on Friday.  As expected, China protested this perceived breach of the long standing U.S. One China policy.  The policy has been in place since Nixon opened relations with China.  In a nutshell, China claims sovereignty over Taiwan.  Taiwan disagrees. Continue reading “UPDATE: Trump on China and Taiwan”