Spicer to State officials on immigration: ‘Get with the program’ or go, by Gabby Morrongiello.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a stern warning on Monday to State Department officials who have criticized President Trump’s decision to temporarily halt immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“I think that they should either get with the program or they can go,” Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing. “This is about the safety of America and there’s a reason a majority of Americans agree with the president.”
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Monday that more than 100 agency officials are internally protesting the president’s order on immigration and the Syrian refugee program due to concerns that it will increase threats to U.S. national security rather than advance anti-terror efforts.
It was the starkest confrontation yet between the new president, who is moving swiftly to upend years of government policies, and an entrenched bureaucracy, parts of which are openly hostile to Mr. Trump’s proposals or have struggled to enforce his executive orders, which have been announced with little warning and no input from the rank and file.
Customs agents ignore judge, enforce Trump’s travel ban, by Kathianne Boneillo.
The ACLU is getting “multiple reports” that federal customs agents are siding with President Trump — and willfully ignoring a Brooklyn federal judge’s demand that travelers from seven Muslim countries not be deported from the nation’s airports.
“The court’s order could not be clearer… they need to comply with the order,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights project, told The Post late Saturday.
hat-tip Stephen Neil