President Trump Nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court | Jan 31, 2017

Donald Trump nominates Colorado’s Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

– Denver Post

“President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a selection that gives the fourth-generation Coloradan a chance to become the state’s first high-court justice since Byron White retired in 1993.

Trump made the announcement during a prime-time address at the White House with the Colorado judge present. Gorsuch, a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, beat out a slate of 20 other nominees Trump has floated in recent months, including Judge Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit, who was said to be in Washington in the hours leading up to the announcement.

Though Gorsuch is well-regarded within Colorado’s legal community and nationally, he likely faces a tough confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats remain angry that congressional Republicans stalled for months — and ultimately stopped — the nomination of Merrick Garland, the pick that President Barack Obama put forward to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, said in an interview that he would oppose any candidate who was not Garland. “This is a stolen seat,” he told Politico. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

The political landscape is sure to put extra pressure on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado’s one Democrat in the Senate. He did not immediately comment on the nomination, though his Republican counterpart, Cory Gardner, spoke highly of Gorsuch this week.

“He has an incredibly bright legal mind, as well as the ability to separate personal opinion from constitutional interpretation,” Gardner said. “That, I think, is a very important trait of a Supreme Court justice.”

Gardner also noted that the last time Gorsuch appeared before the Senate — in 2006 when he was up for his current judicial post — he sailed through on a voice vote. “People felt so confident in him and his qualifications that they didn’t even require a recorded vote,” Gardner said.

“He is definitely conservative and arguably more conservative than Justice Scalia, who he will be replacing,” said Luis Toro, a spokesman for Courts Matter Colorado, an umbrella organization of advocacy groups that supported a hearing for Garland.

Toro pointed to Gorsuch’s concurring opinion that questioned the Chevron doctrine that gives federal government agencies overarching power to interpret the law.

“What Judge Gorsuch would do is overrule that case and say it’s all up to the courts,” Toro said. “So that would really be shifting the balance of power towards the courts to throw out regulations that they disagree with based on their interpretation of a statute that is admittedly vague or ambiguous.”

….Continue reading more @ Denver Post

TRUMP NOMINATES NEIL GORSUCH FOR THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

– JonathanTurley.org

“President Donald Trump has made his choice for the Supreme Court and it is Tenth Circuit judge  Neil Gorsuch, 49.  With the selection, President Trump would be submitting a jurist with unassailable credentials and proven intellect.  He is also someone with a proven conservative record, though there are a few blind spots for those who want a nominee vaccinated against what conservative view as the David Souter  virus — a creeping condition where a conservative gravitates to the left of the Court with time.

Gorsuch comes from what can be viewed as conservative aristocratic stock.  He is the son of David Gorsuch and Anne Gorsuch Burford. His mother achieved fame (or infamy depending on your view) as the first female head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 1981 to 1983.  A Reagan appointee, she was forced to resign for failure to turn over documents to Congress in any investigation of Superfund.  She long maintained that she was following the advice of counsel.  Judge Gorsuch spent time in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Preparatory School and received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991 and then received the prestigious  Truman Scholarship and later received a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from University College at Oxford University in 2004 under a Marshall Scholarship.

He went on to  clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1991–1992, and then for United States Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy from 1993–1994.  After going into private practice and becoming a partner, he served as Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General, Robert McCallum, at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2005 until 2006.

It is a stellar resume and Gorsuch is widely viewed as a powerful writer and intellectual leader on the Court.  That should be a comfort to conservatives who lost an intellectual icon in Antonin Scalia.

Unfortunately, Gorsuch would continue the problematic exclusion of all schools but Harvard and Yale law schools from the Court.  Gorsuch graduated from Columbia, Harvard, and Oxford. I have previously written how this exclusion can no longer be dismissed as some colossal coincidence.  When you virtually exclude all but two of the nation’s 160 law schools as sources for justices, it not only reduces the number of outstanding candidates but guarantees a certain insularity in training and influences on the court. This bias is not only elitist but decidedly anti-intellectual.

Gorsuch could prove the perfect addition for a right coalition, particularly in working with the Court’s perennial swing justice — Anthony Kennedy.  As a former clerk to Kennedy, Gorsuch could prove key in any future coalitions.”

….Continue reading @ JonathanTurley.org

The Far Left Comes Unhinged Over Illegal Immigration | Jan 31, 2017

NYC Mayor DeBlasio: OK to Shield Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers from Deportation

– Breitbart

“New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio told CNN that he approves of the idea of shielding from deportation any illegal alien arrested for drunk driving.

During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper pointed out to Mayor DeBlasio that the City of New York refuses to cooperate with the federal government to deport illegal aliens who have been convicted of drunk driving and grand larceny. Tapper went on to ask why the city is so quick to shield such dangerous criminals from deportation.

Tapper also asked DeBlasio for a response to the recent order President Donald Trump signed stating that federal grant money will be stripped “from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants.” DeBlasio decried the move and insisted he opposes “tearing families apart” over a “small offense” such as drunk driving.

DeBlasio claimed these “small” crimes don’t merit deportation, but for “any serious and violent crime, we’re going to work with” the federal government. Still, DeBlasio claimed that drunk driving could easily be seen as a lesser offense.”

….Continue reading more @ Breitbart

Kaine: Democrats Have to ‘Fight in the Streets’ Against Trump

– MSNBC

– Hmm. Lose the election, but ‘fight in the streets?’ Is this what the Democrats are advocating now? Apparently winning by ‘polls’ wasn’t enough? /CJ

L.A. City Council moves to decriminalize street vending

– LA Times

“The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to draft a law that would decriminalize sidewalk vending, in an effort to protect immigrants vulnerable to deportation.

Hawking food and goods on the sidewalk can currently lead to misdemeanor charges in Los Angeles. City attorneys will now be tasked with drawing up a new ordinance that would strip those criminal penalties and authorize the city to eventually issue vending permits — a first step toward legalization.

Sidewalk vendors “are simply trying to put food on the table and provide for themselves and their families,” said City Councilman Curren Price. “It’s about time that we stop criminalizing them and start allowing them to conduct their business lawfully.”

City staffers say it could take months, however, for Los Angeles to work out all of the details and begin to hand out permits to vendors. In the meantime, vendors who ply their trade on city sidewalks could still be cited and fined for violating the municipal code, but would not face criminal convictions.”

….Continue reading more @ LA Times

– Note: Since Health & Safety issues for food vending is handled by the County, so this move is essentially meaningless. /CJ

California Legislators consider bill on becoming Sanctuary State

– The Hill

“California state legislators on Tuesday advanced a bill that would make the entire state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, in defiance of President Trump’s stated plans to deport millions of people.

The Senate Public Safety Committee approved the California Values Act on a party-line vote Tuesday morning. The measure now moves to the floor of the state Senate, where Democrats control a super majority.

The committee heard testimony on the bill offered by Senate President Kevin de León (D) that would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from spending money to enforce federal immigration laws. The measure would also ban immigration enforcement in state schools, health facilities and courthouses.

“We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children,” de León said in December, when he introduced what he calls the California Values Act.

The fight over sanctuary status could put billions of dollars in federal funding for California programs at risk. Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order pledging to withhold federal money from cities and states that do not comply with federal immigration laws. The order requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions” that refuse to share immigration status information with federal officials.

The man who would file suit on California’s behalf is Xavier Becerra, the state’s new attorney general, chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in part to challenge the Trump administration. Becerra, a son of immigrants himself, joined 15 other Democratic attorneys general this week in opposing Trump’s executive order temporarily blocking all refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.”

….Continue reading @ The Hill

Ouch! Tucker Carlson DESTROYS Brash Anti-USA Illegal Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas

– TheGatewaypundit.com

What a blowout!

Tucker Carlson had brash illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas on his show tonight to discuss illegal immigration and US law.

Vargas, an illegal alien and host of the anti-white MTV Show “White People”, told Megyn Kelly back in 2015 that the US has spent too much on border security. The money would be best used elsewhere.

Tonight Tucker asked Vargas,

What would happen if I showed up in the Philippines as a non-citizen there illegally and I started saying, ‘Hey Philippines, I hate your immigration policy and by the way I think you’re racist for not liking me, and I think I’ll file some illegal lawsuits against you and just be quiet and accept my illegal presences?

Vargas, a committed leftist and open borders fanatic, could not answer the question.
This went on for several minutes until Carlson finally started laughing at him.

…More @ theGatewaypundit.com

Putting ‘illegal’ back into illegal immigration: Doug McIntyre

– LA Daily News

“It’s about to get real.

Last week President Trump lowered the boom on America’s pourous borders by signing an Executive Order authorizing construction of a 2,000-mile wall from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The President also put hundreds of sanctuary cities on notice that his administration will enforce America’s immigration laws. Cities that refuse to comply risk losing Federal funding for both essential and non-essential services. No place has more skin in this game than Los Angeles, the city that gave birth to sanctuary policies back 1979.

When then-LAPD chief Darryl Gates issued Special Order 40 – the police directive that prohibits officers from initiating a stop based on suspicion of an immigration violations – L.A. quickly became the place to go for illegal immigrants. Why not? The welcome mat was out.

As well intentioned as Special Order 40 might have been, the law of unintended consequences kicked in. Crime didn’t drop, it soared.

But some things did fall.

Wages for working men and women plunged while graduation rates in LAUSD schools sank to historic lows. What went up is poverty. Way up. According the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, California is the poverty capital of America, both by percentage of population and in real numbers, with 20.6-percent of California’s 38-plus million residents living below the poverty line. That’s 5.5-percent higher than the national average, approximately 19 million struggling to survive.

How can this be?

Progressive, liberal, forward-thinking California has every natural advantage: the world’s greatest climate, abundant natural resources, World Class colleges and universities, Silicon Valley and Hollywood as well as magnificent ports and harbors perfectly positioned on the Pacific Rim to ride the crest of the rising tide of trade with Asia. Yet, somehow, California has more people living in poverty than Mississippi or Alabama or any of those backward, knuckle-dragging, redneck states it’s so fashionable for West Coasters to disparage.

The why is obvious.

California has something else those other less-enlightened states don’t have, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants.

Obvious to everyone but our leaders.

Sanctuary policies encouraged the poorest of the hemisphere’s poor to come to L.A. We effectively imported poverty on a mass scale, overwhelming law enforcement, our schools and the social safety net while forcing our poor to compete with even poorer people for the first rung on the ladder of success. We cheapened labor far beyond the strawberry fields of Oxnard.”

….Continue reading @ LA Daily News

Sony Takes $1 Billion Loss As Far Left Hollywood Continues to Fail | Jan 31, 2017

Sony to Take $1 Billion Writedown on Movie Business

– Bloomberg

“Sony Corp. said it will take a 112 billion yen ($1 billion) writedown in its movie business after reviewing the future profitability of its operations.

The company said it would book the charge in the fiscal third quarter and is examining how that will affect its forecasts. To offset part of the loss, the company also said it would sell shares in the medical web service M3 Inc. to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Japan unit, in a deal worth about 37 billion yen.

The announcement comes two weeks after Sony said the chief executive officer of Sony Entertainment, Michael Lynton, is stepping down after a 13-year run. The studio has struggled recently, including with last year’s Ghostbusters sequel and a movie based on the Angry Birds video game. Sony warned in June the division was at a risk of posting more losses.

“There has been a suspicion in the market that Sony doesn’t have a firm grip on the movie business, but still the amount is a surprise,” said Kazunori Ito, an analyst at Morningstar Investment Services. “That said, with Lynton’s departure and this writedown, all the bad news is out and the attention can turn on their plan for the coming fiscal year.”

…. Continue reading more @ Bloomberg

 

Ben Affleck FLOPS at the box office as Live By Night suffers VERY bad US opening

– Express UK

BEN AFFLECK’S new movie Live By Night is an indisputable bomb at the US box office, it has been revealed – as it failed to even crack the Top 10 on its opening weekend

The picture had its nationwide release over Martin Luther King weekend in the States and is said to have so far taken only $5.4 million as of yesterday – putting it $200,000 clear of the month-old Passengers, which is in tenth place.

Affleck wrote, directed and starred in the crime drama, which he promoted on the UK’s Graham Norton Show last week.

With a budget of $65 million, studio Warner Bros. are likely to be severely disappointed with its lowly ticket receipts.”

…..Continue reading @ Express UK

 

SAG Awards & Politics: Ratings Downer Slips by 31% as Actors Go Political

– Deadline Hollywood

“In overall viewers, last night’s SAG Awards battling 65th annual Miss Universe Pageant drew a total audience of 5.21 million. That’s down 31% from the 63rd ceremony in early 2015 and a decline of 16% from the NFL-facing 64th ceremony in late 2015. With that, Fox did win the night in the 18-49 but came second to CBS’s 9.16 million in total viewership.”

….Continue reading @ Deadline.com

Trump Fires Assistant AG Who Refused to Enforce the Law | Jan 30, 2017

You’re Fired: Trump Fires AG for ‘Betrayal’

– Breitbart

“President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she refused to defend his executive order to restrict immigration and refugees from six high-risk countries in the Middle East.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying that Yates, an Obama administration appointee, had “betrayed the Department of Justice” by refusing to enforce Trump’s order.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration,” the statement read.

Trump replaced Yates with Dana Boente, the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, until Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed by the Senate.

“It is time to get serious about protecting our country,” Spicer’s statement continued. “Calling for tougher vetting for individuals traveling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country.”

…..Continue reading more @  Breitbart

Rasmussen Says 57% of Likely U.S. Voters Support a Temporary Ban on Refugees | Jan 30, 2107

Most Support Temporary Ban on Newcomers from Terrorist Havens

– Rasmussen Reports

“Most voters approve of President Trump’s temporary halt to refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries until the government can do a better job of keeping out individuals who are terrorist threats.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a temporary ban on refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government approves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Thirty-three percent (33%) are opposed, while 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Similarly, 56% favor a temporary block on visas prohibiting residents of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States until the government approves its ability to screen for likely terrorists. Thirty-two percent (32%) oppose this temporary ban, and 11% are undecided.

This survey was taken late last week prior to the weekend protests against Trump’s executive orders imposing a four-month ban on all refugees and a temporary visa ban on visitors from these seven countries.

These findings have changed little from August when 59% of voters agreed with Trump’s call for a temporary ban on immigration into the United States from “the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism” until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists.”

….Continue reading @ Rasmussen Reports

 

Super Bowl 50 Terrorism Plot? FBI Warns Of Security Threats, Lone Wolf Terrorism At Football Showdown

– IBT  |  Jan 2016

“As football fans count down to Super Bowl 50, federal authorities, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, are looking into security concerns at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, NBC News reported Sunday. Officials investigated a series of incidents where fiber optic cables had been severed in California, treating them as a possible security risk for the Feb. 7 NFL championship game.

“Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of the internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the ‘self-radicalized’ actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice,” homeland security officials said in a report, as quoted by NBC news. Fiber optic cables have been repeatedly severed throughout California since the summer of 2015, stumping FBI investigators as to who is cutting them and why. Severed cables slow down internet service, financial transactions and even emergency calls and are treated as a potential preparation for terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reported in August 2015.

The threat of lone wolf terrorism has increased after a self-radicalized couple stormed an office Christmas party in San Bernardino, California, in December, opening fire on employees in an act that killed 14 and wounded many more. Authorities have not been able to connect the pair to any formal training in Syria with the Islamic State group or any other terror group, leading many investigators to believe the attack was a case of homegrown terrorism.

Terrorists who pledged allegiance to ISIS descended upon Paris two weeks before the San Bernardino massacre, slaughtering 130 people in locations across the city, at targets including a large stadium. The assault was the worst massacre on French soil since World War II, and it sparked fear in city residents around the world as it targeted cafes, bars and other nighttime gathering spots.

The FBI noted how among the Paris attacks was an attempt to bomb a big stadium, the Stade de France. The report said one potential security risk would be bars, parking lots or anywhere else fans congregate outside the Super Bowl stadium because they could not be as easily protected by police.”

…..Continue reading @ IBTimes

 

 

Sorry Would-Be Scholars, Trump’s Refugee Ban is Legal and Follows Example Set By Founders

– LawNewz

“Following a line of Supreme Court cases, English common law precedents, and international scholastic opinions, the famed Justice Frankfurter (yes, liberals, that liberal icon Justice Frankfurter), opined in that famous 1952 case:

“Accordingly, when this policy [of open immigration] changed and the political and lawmaking branch of this Government, the Congress, decided to restrict the right of immigration about seventy years ago [1882], this Court, thereupon and ever since, has recognized that the determination of a selective and exclusionary immigration policy was for the Congress, and not for the Judiciary.

The conditions for entry of every alien, the particular classes of aliens that shall be denied entry altogether, the basis for determining such classification, the right to terminate hospitality to aliens, the grounds on which such determination shall be based, have been recognized as matters solely for the responsibility of the Congress and wholly outside the power of this Court to control.” Harisiades v. Shaughnessy, 342 U.S. 580 (1952).”

Thus Carter banned Iranians in 1980 and Obama banned Iraqis for a period of time in 2011, just as Reagan, Bush and Clinton exercised their alien exclusion authority at some point in time during their presidencies.

We may be a nation founded by immigrants, but we are also a country that has long strictly restricted which immigrants make up our nation.”

….Continue reading more @ LawNewz

 

Protestors Tie Up LAX to Protest President Trump’s Refugee Ban | Jan 30, 2017

Demonstrators Hit LAX To Protest Trump’s Refugee Ban

– CBS Los Angeles

 

 

New York Federal Judge Blocks Part of President’s ‘Refugee’ Executive Order | Jan 29, 2017

Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

– New York Times

 

“A federal judge in Brooklyn came to the aid of scores of refugees and others who were trapped at airports across the United States on Saturday after an executive order signed by President Trump, which sought to keep many foreigners from entering the country, led to chaotic scenes across the globe.

The judge’s ruling blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some arrivals who found themselves ensnared by the presidential order. But it stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s actions.

The high-stakes legal case played out on Saturday amid global turmoil, as the executive order signed by the president slammed shut the borders of the United States for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Massachusetts, a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio and countless others across the world.

The president’s order, enacted with the stroke of a pen at 4:42 p.m. Friday, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Department of Homeland Security said that the order also barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States. In a briefing for reporters, White House officials said that green card holders from the seven affected countries who are outside the United States would need a case-by-case waiver to return.”

….Continue reading @ NY Times

 – Fine, a limited and very small part of President Trump’s executive order is blocked by a federal judge in New York. We need to be aware that this is more a media event than a legal one. It now gives the left wing echo chamber plenty of fake news to go on about for the next week. 

Many will be misled by their end of the echo chamber, ensuring a frothing of the base, but little else. 

It would be major news, if this federal order encourages a major effort to restrict the executive’s perogative and duty to enforce immigration law. This order is not it. /CJ

Federal Judge Grants Partial Block Of Trump Immigration Order

– ZeroHedge | Tyler Durden

“Symbolic war broke out between the Judicial and Executive branches shortly before 9pm on Saturday evening, when federal judge Ann Donnelly in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay halting Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim nations entering the US, and temporarily letting people who landed in U.S. with valid visa to remain on US territory, saying removing the refugees could cause “irreparable harm”.

However, while some media reports present the court ruling as a wholesale victory over Trump’s order, the stay only covers the airport detainees and those currently in transit, and it does not change the ban going forward.

What will disappoint civil rights advocates, is that this opinion only affects the small number of people who were in-transit when the order was issued, and arrived after it went into effect. The Constitution attaches to their status, and they cannot be held in violation of the Due Process Clause. The same analysis does not apply to aliens outside the United States.

We now look forward to Trump’s reaction to this act of defiance by a US Court which has partially – and painfully – voided his most controversial executive order to date, and whether the Supreme Court will be forced to opine on this most divisive of topics in the coming days. If anything, the risk to the latter may accelerate the prompt appointment of a conservative SCOTUS judge to fill the vacant Scalia spot.”

….Continue reading more @ ZeroHedge

 

IS THE TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER ON REFUGEES CONSTITUTIONAL?

– JonathanTurley.org

“Curiously, the order notes the 9-11 attacks but the order does not cover the countries that were the sources for those attackers, including Saudi Arabia and UAE.   I think that this order is a mistake and contradicts our values.  However, I do not agree with some of my colleagues at GW and other law schools that the order is clearly unconstitutional.  Courts are not supposed to rule on the merits of such laws but their legality.  I think that the existing precedent favors Trump.

he 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act contains section, 212(f) that gives sweeping authority on the exclusion of certain aliens:

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

Even President Jimmy Carter used such authority. Executive Order 12172 involves an order to force 50,000 Iranian students living in the United States report to an immigration office and face possible deportation. Thousands were deported.”

….Continue reading more @ JonathanTurley.org

Federal judge grants stay for those detained under Trump’s travel ban

– NY Post

“A Brooklyn federal judge took on President Trump Saturday night, staying deportations that could have immediately sent people from seven predominately Muslim countries back to where they came from.

An estimated 100 to 200 people had been detained at airports around the country when their planes landed Friday and Saturday.

Judge Ann Donnelly’s order applies to all of them, not only to those arriving within her immediate jurisdiction at JFK Airport.

An emergency hearing on the matter ended dramatically when ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt told Donnelly that at least one person at JFK was being put on a flight back to Syria at that moment.

The judge asked if the Trump administration could assure that the people about to be deported would not suffer irreparable harm.

Susan Riley, a civil lawyer who works in the Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office, said she couldn’t answer the question.

“This has unfolded with such speed that we haven’t had any opportunity to address any of the issues, the legal issues of the status of anyone who may be at the airport,” Riley said.

Donnelly then asked, “If they had come in two days ago we wouldn’t be here. Am I right?”

The judge noted that the government did not argue that the detainees posed any risk.

Gelernt said the feds had not given up the names of all the people who were detained around the country.

Still, he insisted the detainees posed no risk.

“It’s not as if these people weren’t vetted, they were just caught in transit,’’ he said. “They were in a horrible position.”

It was not clear how the feds would respond to the decision by Donnelly, who was appointed to the federal bench by former President Barack Obama.

Donnelly first made news as a former Manhattan assistant district attorney in such high-profile cases as the successful prosecution of thieving former Tyco International Dennis Kozlowski.

“Ann Donnelly was a smart, tough, fair prosecutor,” said defense lawyer and former prosecutor’s office colleague Daniel Bibb.

“She had that same reputation as a state Supreme Court justice, and that reputation earned her her place on the district court bench,” he said.

The refugees will not be deported immediately, but may find themselves in government detention for several weeks at least.

Further proceedings are set for next month.

Two of the JFK detainees — both of whom had links to US forces in Iraq and were in danger of being killed if they were sent back — had already been sprung before the emergency hearing.

They were Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi.

When their lawyers asked an airport customs supervisor for help, they were told, “Mr. President. Call Mr. Trump,’’ they complained in court papers.

The detentions had been part of Trump’s effort to keep refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen out of the country.

Going forward, travelers from those seven countries likely willstill be barred from boarding US-bound flights.

Trump’s ban stays in effect for 120 days.

In Philadelphia, two Syrian families living in Qatar were detained when they arrived and then sent back, relatives told NBC News.

More than a dozen were detained in Chicago.

Fifty people were detained at the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport.

Trump’s order sowed confusion around the wold as authorities rushed to comply.

The ACLU’s Jadwat said that when Trump signed the order, “there was no actual plan in place for how to implement it.”

The president strongly disagreed.

“It’s not a Muslim ban, but we’re totally prepared,” Trump said.

“It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over. It’s working very nicely.”

….Continue reading and see all the photos  @ NY Post