It's easy to miss just how far off the deep end Trump has gone with his executive order to bar entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim countries. Many people seem to think the order applies only to refugees and migrants, but it doesn't. It applies to everyone, including legal immigrants, even permanent residents with green cards. If you happened to be out of the country when the order was issued, you now can't get back in without a waiver from DHS. And if you are in the country, now you can't leave because you might not be able to get back in.
With this order Donald Trump reveals beyond any doubt that he cannot be trusted. His rhetoric all during the campaign was that he wanted to exclude and deport illegal immigrants. But this executive order draws no such distinctions. Legal or not, if you're from one of the Muslim countries targeted by the whims of the dear leader (Saudi Arabia, tellingly, is not on the list) you are no longer free to cross the border.
The litany of outrage here is so long it's hard to know where to begin. Let's start with the obvious: banning people because of their religion or ethnicity is shameful at best, unconstitutional and un-American at worst. The U.S. turned away Jewish refugees and interned Japanese residents (including U.S. citizens) during WWII, to our everlasting ignominy. That this policy is being supported by a vice president who (rightfully) called it "offensive" during the campaign is hypocrisy of the highest order. And of course there's the fact that two of the countries most likely to actually send terrorists to the U.S. -- Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- are not on the list.
But the worst part of this is the fact that no exception was made for legal residents. That is not only so far beyond stupid that you can't even see stupid from there, it's bad business. We made a deal with those people: work hard, pay your taxes, don't blow shit up, and we'll let you stay. They held up their end of the bargain, but we have now reneged on ours.
Of course, reneging on commitments is nothing new to Donald Trump. It is, sadly, nothing new to the United States of America either. But that doesn't make it right.
[UPDATE] I urge you to read Scott Aaronson's excellent post on this topic.