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10th Feb 2017

  • Trump defends his call to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the US by comparing it to Roosevelt’s 1942 executive order that authorized the removal and incarceration of 110,000 American citizens of Japanese descent.  He stated, “This is a president highly respected by all, [Roosevelt] did the same thing.” <http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-defends-muslim-plan-by-comparing-himself-to-fdr/> US Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and extended the temporary injunction against implementing that ban.  In the case of State of Washington v. Donald Trump et al.,  plaintiffs seek a declaration that the executive order is unauthorized by and contrary to the Constitution and laws of the United States and to enjoin the US from implementing or enforcing the order.  APILO staff and volunteers were instrumental in the 1970’s and 80’s in advocating for redress and reparations on behalf of those incarcerated by Roosevelt’s order and we stand with the Muslim community today.
  • Trumps signs executive order to study weakening consumer protection laws that aid in preventing mortgage fraud.  APILO has represented distressed homeowners seeking to stabilize their finances and preserve housing using new consumer protection laws and grants mandated by settlements from lawsuits against the nation’s biggest banks.  The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the California Homeowners Bill of Rights, other financial protection laws were responses to the past wall street and mortgage crisis.
  • Congress votes by party lines to curtail background checks to buy guns.  The expanded background check designed to keep the mentally Iill from buying guns was a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.  APILO has worked against violence against women for over 40 years  The severe violence and threats of violence caused by abusers owning guns have dramatically increased the fear in our communities.
  • Trump seeks to defund San Francisco, Oakland and other sanctuary cities by signing another executive order that intends to allow the attorney general and homeland security secretary to make a determination whether certain cities are not eligible for federal grants.

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