Bigoted ex-Breitbart boss personally overruled DHS on green cards
Immigration is being controlled by a venal racist:
Steve Bannon, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, personally overruled a decision by the Department of Homeland Security not to include green card holders in the president’s temporary ban on travel from Muslim countries. …
Documents obtained by CNN showed that DHS initially determined that “lawful permanent residents are not included and may continue to travel to the USA.”
But Bannon personally intervened to counter the guidance from DHS lawyers.
“The White House overruled that guidance overnight, according to officials familiar with the rollout,” the CNN report said. “That order came from the President’s inner circle, led by Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon. Their decision held that, on a case by case basis, DHS could allow green card holders to enter the US.”
The decision led Mother Jones columnist Kevin Drum to conclude that the chaos caused by Trump’s executive order had been part of the White House plan.
For those who bristle at Bannon being called a racist, consider this:
Bannon [has] spent a good amount of time helping to rebrand the so-called alt-right — that murk of internet trolls, anti-establishmentarians, and avowed white supremacists to whom Bannon’s Breitbart caters. By referring to this group as nationalists as opposed to white nationalists or white supremacists, Bannon has also been able to argue that US nationalism is similar to a series of counterparts in Europe. These parallels are used both to legitimize the movement, and to help muster international backing. “If you look at the identity movements over there in Europe, I think a lot of [them] are really ‘Polish identity’ or ‘German identity,’ not racial identity,” Bannon, who’d earlier made his name producing hagiographic films about Sarah Palin, said. “It’s more identity toward a nation-state or their people as a nation.”
And yes, it’s on the record – a court record, in fact – that Bannon is a racist.
Bannon's ex-wife swore in court in 2007 that he “didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews…He said he doesn’t like Jews…"
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 13, 2016