Muslim Ban and Panic Explained

Hi Internet People,

This past weekend our president signed an executive order titled, PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES,” or as many have referred to it, the Muslim Ban. Online I saw that within the messages of protest and disgust at this order that there were mentions of something from the previous administration. As someone who spent all of my collegiate years researching, the one benefit of two history degrees is that I am very comfortable hunting for information online, I tracked down just what it was that people were talking about.

Yes, in 2015 there was a piece of legislation that passed known as the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.” This document does mention Iraq and Syria, which are specified in the above titled executive order, but it is very important to note that the Act of 2015 was not an executive order and does not list all 7 countries. It passed through both the House of Representative and the Senate, following the proper channels of a Bill and thus was enacted. This meant that the president in 2015 did not put in place any sort of ban or restriction of his own volition. I also researched the apparent stop on visas that took place in 2011. According to all sources I could find there was a slow down and it is possible visas were not granted, but no official executive order was filed. I looked through all the registered executive orders I could find from the entire term of that presidency and while those countries are mentioned, there is no specific visa ban order within the orders.

The reason that the media and a number of people within the United States are concerned about this ban is that it was done by executive order. There was no time to prepare or explain the procedures to those who would be expected to implement it. The wording was also vague enough to cause issues for legal green card holders and those already granted legal access to the country. In drafting an executive order, or really any form of legal and governmental writing, it is important to be clear so as to not cause confusion for the general public.

Let’s say you’re the president, go you getting to live in the White House. During your first week you decide that you no longer want the United States to import goods from Australia. You write an executive order and because you are the president it becomes law. Now you’re a busy person you can’t know everything. It turns out that the US has previously agreed to take 300 hats from Australia. These hats arrive by boat and suddenly the port authority is faced with a dilemma. Now these hats were expected to come into the country, legally they have all the proper documentation, but based on the order passed that day technically they can’t come into the country. People have to be called, documents have to be checked, and after hours, even days, someone has to do something with those hats. While this is a rather simplistic example, the idea is that if the executive order had been clearer and stated that already verified shipments of hats from Australia could enter the US then time would have been saved and the hats wouldn’t have had to sit at the port this entire time. Again, hats aren’t people, but I thought I’d use something high school textbook level example wise.

The point of all of this is to say that while yes, there was legislation in 2015 that highlighted two of the countries from the executive order in 2017, that legislation was not enacted solely by the president. The concern is that such orders will lead to sweeping changes in US legislation with no input from Congress. The other point is that when executive orders are passed it is crucial that they be written in a way that does not cause unnecessary confusion or lead to scrambling on the part of government employees to understand what they are expected to do. So instead of saying that the executive order is the same as something from the previous administration take into consideration that executive orders carry a much different perspective than edited bills that passed through the legislature.

Talk to you tomorrow,

Katherine

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Catch Up on Lucifer Before Tonight’s Midseason Finale

Hi Internet People,

Lucifer airs the 13th episode of season two tonight, which happens to be the midseason finale. After taking a brief break in 2016, the series came back for a three episode arc. This arc will finale tonight and I want to make sure you’re caught up. You can watch all of my Lucifer season two recaps on my kleffnotes YouTube channel.

Watch Kleffnotes Guide to Lucifer Right Here!

That’s it for today, I’ll be live tweeting the episode tonight at 9 pm est on my Twitter and on The Nerdy Girl Express Twitter, @thenerdygirlexp.

Find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

I Have Given Up Hope

Hi Internet People,

There has been a new person in the big house and within the span of time he’s been there everything feels awful. I’ve been exhausted for days and things just seem to be getting worse. I tried to hold out and believe that other people in power would try to combat what is going on, but you know what they haven’t. There are citizens trying to fight back, but no matter how many marches, rallies, campaigns, and literally any attempts to show the country is upset with the choices being made no one seems to care.

I thought there was at least a modicum of human feeling in the party in power, but apparently as long as they get what they want they don’t care what happens to anyone else. The most recent executive order has caused turmoil, despair, and taken back safety that was promised to people. There were people who were guaranteed legal entry into our country for a variety of reasons and we pulled that away with no warning. At this rate it feels like it doesn’t matter what any of us do because the people in power have stopped caring. They are solely focused on themselves and that’s it. My family told me I should try and do more instead of just rant in my house, but I just feel so useless. I have no faith in the government. It doesn’t help that every time I try to be positive that the people can fix things, I just imagine so many moments when attempts to stop a corrupt government were thwarted or met with violent suppression. I never should have taken that revolutions class in college.

Talk to you tomorrow,

Katherine

A New Witch House Scene

Hi Internet People,

I didn’t want to copy paste the whole story so far, but click here to read the first portion of the Witch House story. This scene starts on the next day so you could read it by itself if you wanted to.

At some point late that night Anna had gone back to her room, but Ellery had been so asleep she hadn’t noticed her friend leave. She’d tossed and turned a few times, but the stress of moving and unpacking had worn her out to the point where even though this was a new environment, she was just too tired to care. The loud blare of her alarm clock startled her awake, she didn’t remember setting it, but it wouldn’t surprise her if Anna had taken it upon herself to do it on her way out. Ellery hated having to get up early. She would have much preferred to go in to campus for lunch, but she knew that they both needed to get their paperwork squared away with their departments. Pushing herself out of bed, Ellery realized she actually wasn’t sure which tub contained her clothes. The plan had been to unpack everything last night, but after the wine, Ikea furniture, and the webseries binge, she’d sort of forgotten about everything else. She looked down at the Batman boxers and the oversized Doctor Who t-shirt she’d fallen asleep in

“Yeah, I definitely have to find clothes.”

Beginning with the closest tub, she popped off the lid, which revealed a coffeemaker, some mugs, and an assortment of small kitchen appliances.

“Nope, not clothes.”

Ellery opened tub after tub finding books, towels, sheets, school supplies, until finally she found pants. About ten minutes later she’d managed to find a random shirt, a grey hoody with the college’s logo on it, plus clean underwear and socks. She’d just made her way to the bathroom when there was a loud knock on the door.

“Ellery are you up? Come on we have to get going in like five minutes or I’m going to be late!”

She could just picture Anna scowling at the door and checking her watch.

“Okay, give me a sec!”

Rushing through her morning routine, Ellery was pretty proud of herself for managing to look like a mostly put together human being in what felt like two minutes. She shoved her feet into her beat up high tops, while throwing her hair up into a messy bun to hide the fact that she definitely had bed head. Anna was yelling for her to hurry up as she threw her paperwork and phone into her bag and grabbed her keys. With a slightly dramatic flick of her wrist, Ellery popped open the door and declared that she was ready to greet the day. Anna’s response was less excited and more exasperated.

“I knew I should have set your clock ahead by 10 minutes. You’re totally buying me two bagels.”

Find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Fangirl Freakouts: Popcorn and Wine Productions

Hi Internet People,

This week’s video is all about the launching of the IndieGogo campaign for the amazing production company, Popcorn and Wine Productions.

Find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

It’s a Good Week for TV!

Hi Internet People,

This week shows are coming back from hiatus or starting new seasons. Supergirl came back on Monday after a big hiatus and tomorrow The Magicians is back with a brand new season. I thought that I would reshare two Fangirl Freakouts I did that focus on both of these shows.

Find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I post recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine