Kanye West Faces Costly Fallout From Trump’s Immigration Ban
Last month, Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders that would dramatically expand the federal government’s reach into areas of life once relegated to the states — a move that could alter the nature of America to the point that it would be unrecognizable to where it was before Trump was elected.
Among the orders were a ban on travel restrictions to seven Muslim-majority countries, a travel ban to six majority-Muslim countries, an executive order to prohibit the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States, and an order that would allow federal agencies to review any immigration document and reject any document, even if it were obtained legally.
In all, nearly 200 Americans could be affected by the orders: people who work at restaurants, hotels, and hospitals, as well as their families, according to the New York Times.
Although the orders were announced through the usual channels — congressional oversight committees — the president sent them directly to his Twitter feed, without a public comment period, or even a public hearing. The orders were also signed without a quorum of the Senate, in violation of the Constitutional requirement that Supreme Court action be required prior to an act of foreign policy.
A day after Trump signed the orders, and even after the New York Times acknowledged that the policy could affect people across the United States and around the world, he still refused to address the issue in the media.
Kanye West, who performed at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner on Feb. 15, defended Trump’s policies, according to The Guardian.
“In his speech, he seemed to say, ‘I will be the only one standing for justice.’” he said. “And then, you know, you look at the words on paper and it’s just as if he just threw out, you know, a list of names and let the crowd come up with the most ridiculous things.”
West’s comments were