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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Who's in charge here?


Not the President:

"It deals with people who are being deported. The action never spoke to it, never intended to deport people," Spicer said.

A federal judge in New York on Saturday issued an order keeping U.S. officials from deporting people who fell under the travel ban and who were detained in American airports despite having valid visas.

Spicer claimed on Monday that the federal government never meant to deport any those who were detained. He said that officials detained them and determined whether or not "they sought to do us any harm."
Government officials are not the government, and the buck doesn't stop with Trump, it stops with the underlings.  Who, by the way, "did a phenomenal job of making sure that we processed people through."

Trump preaches it round and square.  And then he blames Delta Airlines:

"Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer. Secretary Kelly said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!" he wrote in a series of tweets.
Nobody, by the way, knows where that "109" figure came from.   The number of people affected is much closer to 90,000.  Best get used to that kind of lie coming out of the White House.  But no matter, being detained illegally is not such a big deal!

"I think it's a shame that people were inconvenienced, obviously. But at the end of the day, we're talking about a couple hours," Spicer told reporters in his daily briefing. "I'm sorry that some folks may have had to wait a little while."

He said that detained travelers were "temporarily inconvenienced" and that the order was meant to "make sure that somebody is inconvenienced a little."

"People experience this all the time, sometimes going in and out of TSA," he said. "We have to wait in lines, too." 

Sort of like false arrest, which is remedied the minute they let you go!  Oh, wait, it isn't.....

So long as the person is deprived of his personal liberty, the amount of time actually detained is inconsequential.

Well, anyway, being held by agents is the same thing as standing in line, and it was all Delta's fault!  Look, over there!  A terrorist!   Booga-booga!  [sound of running feet, slamming door]

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