I tasked my Senators to resist the confirmation of DeVos, Sessions, and Tillerson. They are incredibly irresponsible cabinet picks, and they must not be confirmed.
On a wider note, 900 State Department officials signed a protest memo protesting the travel and immigration bans signed by POTUS, while San Francisco filed a lawsuit against his executive order on sanctuary cities.
Protests continue at airports around the country, with Customs and Border Protection defying the court order that should have ceased many of the detentions and deportations. It has been widely reported that they were told by the White House to ignore the order.
For any looking to help, many of these airports need translators in: Pashto, Farsi, Arabic, French, and more. Get in contact with your local ACLU chapter, and see what they need. More places that continue to resist the bans that need donations and financial or volunteer support have been added to the resource page. One such group is CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Probably the biggest news of today is his pick for Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, a staunch conservative known for his writing style and his adherence to “originalism,” the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founders would have 240 years ago. That obviously presents issues given that the 240-year old document, when read literally, excludes women and Black Americans from just about everything.
More draft orders related to immigration circulated today, including a plan to deport immigrants who require public assistance, and a complete overhaul of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, aimed at limiting who enters the country and the workforce.
His pick for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke were all sent from committee to the full senate for a confirmation vote.
He appointed Dana Boente, an attorney from Virginia, to serve as acting Attorney General. In an official statement, he said he will enforce the – now illegal – immigration ban.
The one good for the day, he met with pharma executives to manufacture more drugs in the U.S. and cut prices, though he also advocated for speeding up approvals and easing regulations.