Daily Reads: Trump’s New Travel Ban Is Still Incoherent; Washington Ignores Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Disaster

Daily Reads: Trump’s New Travel Ban Is Still Incoherent; Washington Ignores Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Disaster

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This time, it’s indefinite –> Donald Trump signed a new executive order yesterday banning almost all travel from seven countries and restricting travel from Venezuela. According to Slate’s Joshua Keating, the new order also includes North Korea and Chad. The administration hopes that the addition of non-Muslim-majority countries will blunt criticism of the measure as grounded in religious discrimination, but Keating says “it’s not a very effective counterargument.” He also wonders how Chad got on the list, given that “the most recent State Department Country Reports on Terrorism was mostly positive about Chad’s counterterrorism efforts.”


American citizens in dire straights –> A week after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the entire island has no power, and may remain without power for 4-6 months. Cell service is out, and officials are struggling to get aid to people through flooded roads. Meanwhile, the government “issued a dire warning about the Guajataca Dam in the northwestern corner of Puerto Rico, which is reported to be near the point of breaking, threatening downstream areas with deadly floods.” Vox’s Brian Resnick has more details on this continuing humanitarian disaster.


Unlike the wall-to-wall coverage that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma received, Bobby Lewis reports for Media Matters that “the five major Sunday political talk shows dedicated less than one minute in total to covering the growing humanitarian emergency.” Joy-Ann Reid argues at The Daily Beast that Puerto Rico is “Trump’s Katrina,” referring to the hurricane that devastated New Orleans and helped tank George W Bush’s popularity in 2005. That may be, but HuffPost’s Ariel Edwards notes that fewer than half of mainlanders who responded to a recent poll knew that Puerto Ricans are American citizens.



This story on puerto rico is terrifying, and zero urgency from Congress or the White House. https://t.co/DJucWlj6mZ


— Adam Serwer