News Updates: Dutch Elections and Trump's Travel Ban Blocked

March 16, 2017

 

 

Two quick news updates: 

 

Results of the election in the Netherlands (Holland) — the incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte beat the far-right candidate Geert Wilders to win his third term. It was a relief for Europeans who were afraid that Wilders would win and “cause” more of Europe to be anti-immigration/anti-Islam. 

 

While supporters of Wilders were disappointed, they were happy that his party — PVV (Party for Freedom) — won more seats in the country’s parliament. Wilders said the PVV would continue to rise in power in Holland. 

 

Now eyes will go towards France’s elections and then to Germany — where Chancellor Angela Merkel will run for re-election. 

 

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Last night a federal judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban — the 90-day suspension of people coming from six Muslim-majority countries. The judge said Trumps’ ban was unconstitutional because it was religious discrimination against Muslims.

 

The judge allowed Trump’s plan to reduce the number of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 to take effect.

 

Then this morning a federal judge in Maryland also blocked the 90-day suspension of entry of citizens from 6 countries. 

 

President Trump criticized the Hawaii judge — saying it was judicial overreach. Trump said the ban was for the safety and security of the U.S. He said the judge’s block makes us “look weak” and that he would fight the ruling. 

 

 

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