updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017


US Supreme Court: Trump Travel Ban Gets Green Light

US Supreme Court will review the ban in October

The US Supreme Court has given the green light to Donald Trump's travel ban, but not in its entirety.

The court says the ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries can come into force temporarily, but not for citizens with a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

That includes people with family, or people who are already studying or working legally in the US.

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The 9th circuit rejects Trump’s travel ban again

By Amy Davidson      
In yet another blow to Donald Trump’s travel ban, the Ninth Circuit court has struck down his executive order.

Did President Donald Trump’s travel ban violate the Constitution, or just the law? Late last month, the Fourth Circuit found that the executive order in question, which suspends the entry into the United States of people from six predominantly Muslim countries and of all refugees, was a blatant act of religious prejudice, and so was barred by the Establishment Clause. It upheld a lower court’s nationwide injunction blocking the executive order. The Ninth Circuit, in a ruling on Monday, also upheld a different lower court’s order putting the ban on hold, but on the grounds that Trump had exceeded his powers under the Immigration and Nationalization Act. The two decisions—10–3 in the Fourth Circuit and 3–0 in the Ninth—led to the same place, and are in no way mutually exclusive; the Ninth Circuit emphasized that it hadn’t found on the constitutional question only because it didn’t need to: the order was flawed enough on statutory grounds, and the tradition of American jurisprudence is to avoid making grand constitutional pronouncements unless it is necessary. What the Ninth Court did, though, was give the Supreme Court more choices when it rules on the travel ban, as it almost certainly will.

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Deportations to Somalia on the rise

By Brian Lambert |
Says Mila Kuompilova for the Strib, “The pace of deportations to Somalia is picking up fast — and setting local natives of the East African country on edge. Eight months into the fiscal year, deportations to Somalia have already outpaced last year’s record-setting numbers. … Alarmed community members grilled the Somali ambassador on a recent visit to the Twin Cities. Minnesota’s DFL congressional delegation in May wrote the Trump administration questioning the removals to a country grappling with famine and threats by the terror group Al-Shabab.”

Our geezers are the most robust. A St. Cloud Times story says, “Minnesota has been deemed the healthiest state for senior citizens by a new national survey that examined 20-plus metrics across five categories to determine its list. That news focused on the North Star state's strong scores in health care, population, community factors and environmental factors and builds on its previous good news. … Minnesota was the only state to finish in the top 10 of four categories. It finished second in community factors, fourth in health care, sixth in population rank and eighth in environmental rank. However, it was just 28th in cost of living.”

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Sporty hijabs encourage Muslim girls to hit field of play

By DAVID SHARP Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Muslim student athletes at one U.S. high school no longer have to be slowed down by worries that their headscarves might fall off.

Deering High School in Portland, Maine, is providing sport hijabs with the goal of making Muslim girls comfortable — and boosting their participation in sports. The lightweight scarves stay put and are less bulky than other hijabs, garments that cover the hair and are worn by many Muslim women to express their faith.

"We're more confident on the field," said junior lacrosse player Fadumo Adan. "This one doesn't fall off. No matter what I do, it won't fall off."

Tennis co-captains Liva Pierce and Anaise Manikunda raised more than $800 online to buy the sporty hijabs for their Muslim teammates after the school's athletic director learned of the product. They solicited private donations to avoid criticism for using taxpayer funds on religious apparel, and ended up with enough to outfit all teams, including lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, softball, field hockey and track.

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From Somalia To America And Finding A Home In Minnesota

Minnesota has one of the largest Somali refugee populations in the country.

But it wasn't long ago the first Somali family called Mankato home.

For a long time, it was home.

Chairman of Somali Community Barwaaqo Organization Hussein Jama said, "I live a good life. I was working with the White House, like say the White House here. We call it Villa Somalia. The president is there. So, I was working there as a financial. I was doing Department of Finance over there for 10 years."

Then in 1990, everything changed, with a civil war that continues today, and with a government job, that made Hussein Jama a target.

Hussein Jama said, "I left from my family, and I get a ticket to come to Cairo."

Hussein eventually made his way to the United States, but it was alone.


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