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A New Herndon-Reston Political Group Is Growing, Protesting

by Dave Emke — January 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm 113 Comments

Herndon-Reston Indivisible

Amid a political climate growing more divided by the day, a local group looking to stand up for what they believe is reporting big growth.

According to information provided by Herndon-Reston Indivisible, about 300 people attended a meeting the group held Thursday night at Sunset Hills Montessori. Eileen Minarik, the school’s founder and owner, offered up the space.

“People are not just coming to meetings — they’re doing things,” Minarik said. “It’s been really gratifying to see the number of people who are out here, not to be anti-someone, but to be pro-social justice.”

The group is following the suggestions of the Indivisible Guide, developed by former congressional staffers as “a practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.” Hundreds of such groups have formed across the nation, including more than 150 within a 100-mile radius of Reston.

Members of the group participated in the Women’s March on Washington earlier this month, as well as in a protest Sunday outside the White House. Now, as protests regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration continue at nearby Washington Dulles International Airport, members of the group’s base have taken part.

The executive order has prompted outrage from a number of the area’s representatives on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who addressed protesters at the airport this weekend.

The Herndon-Reston group is also asking members to call Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Democratic Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to urge them to “publicly oppose and filibuster” any Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.

In the 2016 General Election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton took about two-thirds of the vote in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes Herndon and Reston.

Minarik said Herndon-Reston Indivisible’s meeting last week was its second, and the turnout was about twice as large as for the first. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills Montessori (11180 Ridge Heights Road).

Photo via Herndon-Reston Indivisible

  • eileenminarik

    Thank you to Reston Now for this article. To the public: I have been quoted, I think, because I was the first one to answer Dave’s phone call. This is a dynamic group of over 400 people led by some amazing women and men. My main contribution has simply been a meeting space. Please go to the FB page and the Website for more information about Herndon-Reston Indivisable. Come to our next meeting.

    • Scott H

      Thank you Eileen, for making our decision on where to send our child to school. We were considering Montessori, but we don’t wish to send him to a school driven by partisan whiners. We are not trump fans, but we like the selective outrage of the far-left even less.

      • Scout

        Selective outrage ? You are clearly not paying attention – I guess the only civil rights you care about are your own? What’s selective about our outrage – I think it’s pretty broad: women’s rights, LGBT, Immigration, Supreme Court, national security just for starters.

        • Scott H

          Poor, sad soul. There was no outrage when Obama was using his pen and phone to trample the constitution and opened the door for malfeasance. In fact, it was defended. If you had been outraged then, this would not be happening now. When you are not consistent in defending the principles of the Constitution, you are being “selective” in your outrage.
          Enjoy marching to nowhere, meeting for nothing, accomplishing even less. #hopeyoufeelbetter #wasteoftime

          • Meggers

            Could not have said it better!!
            I will make sure every parent I know is aware of what you are using this Sunset Hills, Montessori School for!

          • eileenminarik

            Please read my reply to Scott.

          • Meggers

            I have no interest in your marxist rhetoric eileenminarik. It seems there would be some form of conflict of interest in using your Montessori school to promote rhetoric and obstruction against our incoming President. I think this deserves some looking into.

          • North Restonian

            It’s a business. You’re officially a troll.

          • Meggers

            Oooooo, do I get a badge?I guess that makes you the head trollmaster, N. Restonian. Last time I checked, Montessori Schools were not in the business of plotting against our Commander in Chief.

          • North Restonian

            I don’t claim otherwise. Just one more difference between us.

            But to the point at hand, a gathering of people who think differently than the president — who have different legislative goals — isn’t “plotting,” it’s meeting. That’s a First Amendment right.

          • jak130503

            Using it as a community meeting space for those who want to include and not exclude. For those who see acceptance and understanding as a better way forward than hate and separation. Those kind of efforts are appreciated whether they are considered ‘naive’ or not.

        • Meggers

          Please! What civil right are you being deprived of. The entitled ranting based on non-realities is sickening!!

        • The Constitutionalist

          If everyone would just worry about themselves instead of everyone else, then everyone’s rights would have equal concern and representation.

      • tiredmom

        Perhaps you should consider moving out of Reston, then, because this is just the tip of the iceberg, dude.

        • Scott H

          meh. The Pavlovian response to all this will fade when people realize that nothing was accomplished, the world didn’t end, and the media didn’t present it even half-accurately.

          • Mike M

            It’s been something like the great exposure. The left and the media losing it, and showing their backside. The smug righteousness astounds me.

        • Mike M

          Don’t agree with me? Go away! Is that your position tiredmom?

          Where is the tolerance? Where is the civility. The DNC tried to associate the ranting and violence with trump. Now it’s pretty clear whence it comes. Hey, don’t forget to wear your A$$hats to the protests. You folks are your own worse enemy. If you want to get traction with protest, why don;t you wait until you have something specific and meaningful to protest?

          • Reston Realist

            Thanks Mike. You are right on point here. These dolts don’t even know what they are complaining about. Their ire is a prime example how people react, just to react. Who needs facts?

          • Meggers

            “Tired Mom’ is one of the many petulant children throwing tantrums because their candidate did not win!

          • North Restonian

            Dude, youre the one trolling her in the comments section.

          • Meggers

            She began the argument, ‘Dude’. And if having an alternate opinion is ‘trolling’, then you are a troll, N. Restonian.

          • North Restonian

            Detaining green card holders?

            Removing intelligence and join chiefs head from the NSC and replacing them with a political hack?

            Firing most of the heads of the State Department?

            When SHOULD we be outraged, exactly?

          • The Constitutionalist

            You’re not really fresh up on your Obama history are you?

            Detained? More like, forced to wait in a long line like everyone else.

            Removing our intelligence professionals, the same ones who said we found WMDs in Iraq, the same ones who said OBL was living in Afghanistan, the same ones responsible for funneling billions of taxpayer dollars to our state sponsored terror groups to fight our 400 different proxy wars?

            The same ones responsible for the dead Marines I carried off C-17s at Dover?

            You SHOULD be outraged when literally anything has literally any effect on you whatsoever in literally any tangible way.

            Maybe you’re one of those green card holders forced to wait in a long line of people travelling from one of the seven countries OBAMA put on the list. Then you should be outraged that our current president has a strange obsession with enforcing the law. I know, God f*cking forbid, right?

            Until then, keep doing what you do best, not working, not paying taxes, not contributing to the good of mankind, but protesting. Carrying signs with your ideas on them, shouting them at the top of your lungs to all who couldn’t frankly give a sh!t what you think, because, guess what: your opinion only matters when you’re voting or spending money.

            And you lost.

          • North Restonian

            You seem to have a lot of time to write replies. Me, I’ve got to get to work.

            And it affects me.

          • The Constitutionalist

            That’s unfortunate, I was eagerly awaiting your well thought out and bipartisan response.

            I guess we’ll discuss when you take my lunch order at noon.

          • Mike M

            Three cheers on your Intel Chief comments. The same guys who tried to embarrass and de-legitimize Trump publicly on his way in the door. If I were Trump, I would have absolutely no mercy on those arrogant hack failures. None.

          • Mike M

            When he does something wrong.

        • The Constitutionalist

          It’s certainly the tip of something. And it doesn’t feel good.

  • eileenminarik

    This photo was taken before everyone had arrived. We live in such a caring community.

    • Scout

      Thank you Eileen – for this group – I am following on FB and want to participate in events

  • Meggers

    At the very least, try to educate yourselves on the facts before bashing our new President’s policies.
    This began LAST MONTH while #Obama was still President….
    “Last month, the United States began implementing changes under the Act. The three additional countries designated today join Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries subject to restrictions for Visa Waiver Program travel for certain individuals. Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States. Such waivers will be granted only on a case-by-case basis. As a general matter, categories of travelers who may be eligible for a waiver include individuals who traveled to these countries on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty; on behalf of a humanitarian NGO on official duty; or as a journalist for reporting purposes.”

    “The addition of these three countries is indicative of the Department’s continued focus on the threat of foreign fighters. DHS continues to review the security of the Visa Waiver Program, the threat environment, and potential vulnerabilities. This is the latest step in a series of actions over the past 15 months to strengthen the security of the Visa Waiver Program and ensure the Program’s requirements are commensurate with the growing threat from foreign terrorist fighters, many of whom are nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries.”

    https://www.dhs.gov/news/2016/02/18/dhs-announces-further-travel-restrictions-visa-waiver-program

  • Meggers
  • Meggers

    Remember, back in 2011 when #BarackObama banned #Iraqirefugees for six months and no one cared?

    “ABC News reported:
    “As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.”

    • Scout

      Please educate YOURSELF – there was a review of Iranian refugees in 2011 – refugees are not subject to visas

  • Meggers

    Listen to #PresidentClinton’s State of the Union speech in 1995. He was saying almost verbatim what President Trump is saying in 2017. He got a standing ovation. Trump gets protestors and condemnation. Go figure! #StoptheHypocrisy

    https://youtu.be/m3yesvvYEvs

    • javamaster

      Thanks for the reminder, Meggers. I am not a Trump fan, but I know that many who in fact voted for Clinton , Barrack and HRC do support tougher immigration policies for the reasons that Bill mentions in the vid clip.

  • Meggers

    FACT:
    “Entry into the United States for foreign visitors, guests, or refugees, is NOT a right. It is a privilege extended by the citizens, via our government.”

    • Mike M

      The naivete of those who believe we can accommodate the rest of the world here shocks me. It is the modern day equivalent of “Let them eat cake!”

      • jak130503

        FACT: You can turn away innocent people who are in desperate need of help and refuge claiming it’s to protect those who are ‘naive’ but it doesn’t change that you are being selfish and considering a minuscule risk to yourself over the definite lives of others.

        • Meggers

          You are ridiculous.

        • Greg

          I see desperate people in need of help every time I visit the VA for health care.

          Then there are the homeless people at the Harris Teeter and Target shopping centers, the Santa dude who sweeps the streets, and the hopeless hanging out at the Reston library.

          Would it be a crime to help them first?

          • Kolonel Panik

            No, it wouldn’t. Go right ahead, with all our blessings.

        • Mike M

          Fact? Because you say so in all caps?
          Try this fact on for size. There are enough innocent people who are in desperate need right here in your country. Don;t be so naive as to think you can rescue all those on the planet like puppies. Get real. How about this: It’s not sustainable. At some point they need to get their own house in order.

          • jak130503

            LOL at all you guys. You can rationalize it however you want, but no matter what you say, to explicitly stop helping those who are actively asking for our assistance with some vague, hand-wavey argument about others also needing our help is disingenuous and selfish.

          • Scott H

            “to explicitly stop helping those who are actively asking for our
            assistance with some vague, hand-wavey argument about others also
            needing our help is disingenuous and selfish.”

            You mean like when the Syrian rebels were actively asking for help before they were killed and those left became refugees, when Obama drew a red line on chemical weapons and the rebels and civilians got gassed and Obama went golfing. Do you mean disingenuous and selfish like that or a different way?
            If you were against helping these people not BECOME refugees, how can you berate others for not wanting to bring them here to the US without vetting once they became “refugees.” How did it take 400K deaths for you to finally care about these people? How could you have been so disingenuous and selfish for so long jak?

          • North Restonian

            Please elaborate on the “without vetting” part. And by elaborate, I mean cite sources

          • Scott H

            I’m sorry that you are uninformed on the world. Google is your friend. The Obama admin sought to expedite refugee applications and it was conceded by the Obama admin that, given the nature of the middle east migration that has occurred, there is really no way to properly vet those applying for asylum. Any more ignorant, emotional requests on the topic? And by ignorant, I mean uninformed, and by emotional, I mean leftist.

          • North Restonian

            I’m sorry you’re unable to provide sources. Show me a reputable source that says no one was examined. Otherwise this is opinion.

          • Scott H

            I’m not your personal encyclopedia. What I have stated is true, is a matter of public record, and is easily verifiable for those with even a marginal interest in understanding policy and world events. I understand these things. You can feel free to, if you choose.

          • North Restonian

            I’m not the one making claims about no vetting. You are. And asking me to prove your point for you is weak sauce. I decline.

          • Scott H

            I don’t know why this is hard. The Obama Admin conceded that it was impossible to vet people that were part of a mass migration, had limited/no ID, and with no way to confirm exactly where they actually came from or who they actually are. AKA “NO VETTING”. To be fair, there is ‘some’ vetting where possible, but you are splitting hairs on a very small part of my point b/c you have little fact to support your position. Some of these people are impossible to identify and provide any real vetting.
            You remind me of the old saying, “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and prove it.” Your position is uninformed and emotional. We can all agree that it is noble to help people and we should strive to do so as we are able, but there are limits, whether they be finance, logistics, or security based. We are not obligated to help anyone and the US govt has a responsibility to prioritize US citizens over the non-citizen. Otherwise, citizenship means nothing and we cease to have a country.

            Now, can we please stop this farce. You are embarrassing yourself and I have things to do that don’t involve marching in ugly pink hats and educating those that refuse to learn. Good day!

          • North Restonian

            You’re totes adorbs.

            Refugees entering this country have traditionally (before now) have faced significant hurdles.

            It’s all outlined in this Times story from a few days ago. I’ll copy and paste it so you won’t have to click on the mainstream media. (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/29/us/refugee-vetting-process.html?_r=0)

            President Trump has suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, and he has barred Syrian refugees indefinitely. The current screening process for all refugees involves many layers of security checks before entry into the country, and Syrians were subject to an additional layer of checks. Sometimes, the process, shown below, takes up to two years.

            1. Registration with the United Nations.
            2. Interview with the United Nations.
            3. Refugee status granted by the United Nations.
            4. Referral for resettlement in the United States.
            The United Nations decides if the person fits the definition of a refugee and whether to refer the person to the United States or to another country for resettlement. Only the most vulnerable are referred, accounting for less than than 1 percent of refugees worldwide. Some people spend years waiting in refugee camps.

            5. Interview with State Department contractors.

            6. First background check.
            7. Higher-level background check for some.
            8. Another background check.
            The refugee’s name is run through law enforcement and intelligence databases for terrorist or criminal history. Some go through a higher-level clearance before they can continue. A third background check was introduced in 2008 for Iraqis but has since been expanded to all refugees ages 14 to 65.

            9. First fingerprint screening; photo taken.
            10. Second fingerprint screening.
            11. Third fingerprint screening.
            The refugee’s fingerprints are screened against F.B.I. and Homeland Security databases, which contain watch list information and past immigration encounters, including if the refugee previously applied for a visa at a United States embassy. Fingerprints are also checked against those collected by the Defense Department during operations in Iraq.

            12. Case reviewed at United States immigration headquarters.
            13. Some cases referred for additional review.
            Syrian applicants must undergo these two additional steps. Each is reviewed by a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services refugee specialist. Cases with “national security indicators” are given to the Homeland Security Department’s fraud detection unit.

            14. Extensive, in-person interview with Homeland Security officer.
            Most of the interviews with Syrians have been done in Jordan and Turkey.

            15. Homeland Security approval is required.
            16. Screening for contagious diseases.
            17. Cultural orientation class.
            18. Matched with an American resettlement agency.
            19. Multi-agency security check before leaving for the United States.
            Because of the long amount of time between the initial screening and departure, officials conduct a final check before the refugee leaves for the United States.

            20. Final security check at an American airport.

          • Sonny

            Still not enough!

          • Meggers

            This is what happens when you become a sheep. You are not capeable of independent thought or research.They rely on the lamestream, biased media to provide their fodder for creating their false realities.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Um… If two starving people are asking me for an apple, and I only have one apple, how do I decide who gets the apple? Should I not first give my apple to an American citizen, or should the American citizen starve and give my apple to the immigrant?

            The reason Trump resonated with so many Americans is because, as Citizens of the United States, they want to be put first. There are more homeless people in this country than there are refugees we’ve agreed to take in. How can we offer homes to other country’s citizens when we can’t even offer homes to our own?

            You can rationalize it however you want, it’ll never change the facts. In your delusional world there’s enough for everyone, in reality, there isn’t. It’s just life, there will always be haves and have-nots.

            It’s pretty basic economics really, you know, the classes that democrats refuse to take.

          • Mike M

            It’s childish to think you can save the world by opening our borders. In fact, you can make it worse by encouraging everyone to run away from their current problems – especially the educated. When they run away from their own homeland, they leave it to the ignorant who can’t get out. That’s a problem in places like Turkey and Iran. It’s simply, logically not sustainable. Where’s the hand-waving in that? We have “assisted” people in their own land with lots of money and blood and limbs. And of course people like you whine about that too because somebody got hurt and you felt righteous whining about painful things. If they can’t give to their country what we did, I don’t want them here. There is no fixing their local messes without sacrifice and pain.

            By the way, do you not lock your doors at night? Is anyone welcome in your house at any time? If your neighbor’s house collapses because he never maintains it, is he a welcome permanent resident at your house. Your righteousness is a cheap lie told to make you feel good about yourself. Stop trying to save the world on my dime. We have enough issues at home that we owe it to ourselves the fix. As Meggers said, residence in the US is not your call. It’s not some cowardly, dusty Third Worlder’s call. It’s a privilege and it is controlled by our accountable government. Guess what? We have a responsible one now.

          • Scott H

            jak, please help me. I am actively seeking your assistance. My dog has arthritis and I cannot afford her medication. It is terrible to watch her struggle to get up & down and limp on our daily walks. Do you have paypal or venmo? let me know and I’ll send you my account info so you can help.
            If you refuse, you are disingenuous and selfish, I guess?

    • Jacob M

      Couldn’t help but notice that you up-vote your own comments. Feeling insecure?

      • Guest

        Ouch, I hadn’t noticed that.

        Bless your heart @meggers007:disqus, have a little extra attention on me.

      • Meggers

        Jacob M…you have so much wisdom to add to the conversation.SMH All this feedback and conversation and this is what you comment on? You must be a very shallow, petty person. On the contrary, I am very secure in everything I post, why wouldn’t I support my own comments?

  • Arms

    For a group of individuals who represent themselves as being all inclusive and accepting it never ceases to amaze me how quickly you dismiss our president. Last time I checked the left lost the election so contrary to what you are told by the mainstream media, not everyone thinks like you do. In addition we are not moving anywhere. The icebergs are melting.

  • Meggers

    Exclusive: ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists May Be in US as Refugees
    By JAMES GORDON MEEK CINDY GALLI BRIAN ROSS
    Nov. 20, 2013
    QUANTICO, Virginia

    #LetThePresidentdoHisJob #USTerrorism #StopProtestingNationalSecurityMeasures

    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-kentucky-us-dozens-terrorists-country-refugees/story?id=20931131

  • Meggers

    Adults shouldn’t even have to be exposed to this garbage, how disgraceful that children were brought to, and involved in this ‘March’.

    ‘Hey #WomensMarch, our children were watching…’
    Credit: Washington Free Beacon **Language
    https://youtu.be/XaadfwY5bw4

    • Guest

      Ladies and gentlemen, your new baseline for acceptable language:

      https://youtu.be/SPomcb0_IaE?t=6

    • North Restonian

      And he cites the Free Beacon. I was wondering how long it would take.

  • Hank from Reston

    Our protests against Trump’s actions will have an effect as protests have in the past. When the people gather together in large groups to fight for what is right, they can influence governments and laws. We just have to keep it up and make it visible. Go for it Herndon-Reston Indivisible, and ignore the carping of the uninformed and biased. They won’t understand until their health insurance if affected, or their personal finances are damaged. But many will eventually wake up when Trump inevitably fails.

    • Virginia Harlow

      I think OBama and his cohorts already considerably damaged health care, and personal finances of lots and lots of people across the nation. Indeed, his policies are the reason we now have a President Trump.

      • Meggers

        Exactly, these crybabies are part of the reason Trump was elected. Congrats haters!

      • North Restonian

        Those that disagree with you and the Trump agenda are organizing and strategizing opposition. How is it different from the Tea Party?

    • Scott H

      Hank, if you didn’t wake up when Obama failed, why would anyone wake up when Trump “fails”.
      Code Pink can camp out in front of Trump Tower, HR Indivisible can march around Lake Thoreau until their blue in the face. The only they will accomplish is enriching starbucks when they stop for a $5 Freedom Latte to discuss how good they feel about themselves and search the web to figure out if they can order another vagina hat to put in their scrapbook.

      • Meggers

        LOL

      • Mike M

        Ouch!

      • North Restonian

        Or they could become organized and bring political change over time. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

        • Meggers

          The kind of change Obamanation brought…no thanks. America spoke loud and clear on November 8th!

          • North Restonian

            You’re right. The president was elected by narrowly winning three states. He is the president.

            And making his life easy or doing anything to help him accomplish his agenda is not a requirement. Organizing to oppose him politically is fine too.

          • North Restonian

            Also, another name joke. Here’s a pat on the head for being “clever.”

    • Reston Realist

      This is such a ridiculous comment. I applaud your enthusiasm, but like any other fad it will burn-out quickly… You and your group will burn-out before the ice caps melt or March 1st, whichever comes first.

      • Meggers

        And Trump will still be President!

    • Meggers

      LOL

    • Meggers

      How pathetic and un-American are you that you wish for our new Commander in Chief to fail. Please all of you haters, update your passports and take the next flight out if you do not believe in our Republic, our Election process and that it is your duty, as an American citizen, (if you are one) to work toward unity on this Country. One Nation Indivisible!

  • Greendayer

    Do you think they will be as successful as the recount? Or maybe the wildly successful effort to change the Electoral College? Or how about scuttling the Sessions confirmation. Maybe they should change the name of their party to the Dim-twits.

    • North Restonian

      They will be unsuccessful if they don’t try. And hey, a name joke. Clever.

  • Meggers

    Holy hypocrisy, Batman! These Dems are SO caught out there!
    “These 73 sitting Democrats voted to ban visas from some Muslim countries. That law still exists.”
    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2017/01/these-73-sitting-democrats-voted-to-ban-visas-from-some-muslim-countries-that-law-still-exists

    • tiredmom

      Wow that looks like a super reliable news source.

      • Scott H

        As usual, when every debate is lost when faced with facts, leftists resort to personal attacks. Here’s the congressional record source used by the “super reliable news source.” You can read the text of the bill yourself and count the sitting reps who voted for it. Not.Holding.My.Breath.
        https://www.congress.gov/bill/107th-congress/house-bill/3525/all-actions?overview=closed&q=%7B%22roll-call-vote%22%3A%22all%22%7D

        • North Restonian

          Criticizing a news source isn’t a personal attack.

          • Scott H

            Name calling isn’t criticism. It would be as if I, not knowing you, simply said, ” wow, you seem super smart. I bet you did REAL GOOD in English class.” Would that be a criticism or an uninformed personal attack?

        • North Restonian

          Seriously, you’re comparing a bill from 15 years ago? They passed the Patriot Act, too. I don’t see you bragging about that. Please try to stay relatively current.

          • Scott H

            Um…It’s still the law. To be clear, the CURRENT law. Not 15 year old law – CURRENT – as in today – 2017 – it is the law of the land. Seriously!

          • Meggers

            You clearly miss the point of the extreme hypocrisy ofall the faux outrage, when your Democratic idols did the exact same thing, you were cheering! Which makes you a partisan hypocrite if you rail against the same idiology and policy now, just because it’s coming from a Republican President!

        • Jason P

          lol, ok

      • Meggers

        Google it ….it’s factual and easy to confirm.

  • Meggers

    “As the Left and some Republicans lose their minds over President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration, let’s not forget that the list of concerned countries that the Trump administration outlined in the order is based on the one signed into law by the former Obama administration. So, it looks like the Obama White House set the groundwork.” (via Mic News):
    “According to the draft copy of Trump’s executive order, the countries whose citizens are barred entirely from entering the United States is based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.
    Obama signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act as part of an omnibus spending bill. The legislation restricted access to the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens from 38 countries who are visiting the United States for less than 90 days to enter without a visa.”

    “Though outside groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and NIAC Action — the sister organization of the National Iranian American Council — opposed the act, the bipartisan bill passed through Congress with little pushback.”

    “At the initial signing of the restrictions, foreigners who would normally be deemed eligible for a visa waiver were denied if they had visited Iran, Syria, Sudan or Iraq in the past five years or held dual citizenship from one of those countries.”

    “In February 2016, the Obama administration added Libya, Somali and Yemen to the list of countries one could not have visited — but allowed dual citizens of those countries who had not traveled there access to the Visa Waiver Program. Dual citizens of Syria, Sudan, Iraq and Iran are still ineligible, however.”

    “So, in a nutshell, Obama restricted visa waivers for those seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — and now, Trump is looking to bar immigration and visitors from the same list of countries”
    #Obamadiditfirst #Stopthehypocrisy

    http://m.townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2017/01/29/news-bulletin-the-list-of-muslim-nations-in-trumps-socalled-muslim-ban-are-ones-obama-choose-n2278021

    • Mike M

      Meggers! You are on a tear today!

    • Paul M

      Visa waivers are very different from any other type of visa where it allows unlimited entries to the US for a 2 year period, but each visit cannot be longer than 90 days. This is why there was so much concern from the OA regarding these 7 countries. This is very different than temporarily banning all visa types and refugees from entering the U.S. and calling for a ‘review’ of the refugee program, which on average already takes about 2 years.

      Please stop citing articles that are biased themselves – its really doesn’t help your argument.

      Here’s more info on the visa waiver program from a valid source: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

      I’ll point out this section to you:

      “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015

      Under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel
      Prevention Act of 2015, travelers in the following categories are no
      longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the
      Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

      Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in
      Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1,
      2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military
      purposes in the service of a VWP country).”

      Again, this is not ALL visitors/refugees from these 7 countries, just the visa waiver program. Very different.

      Also, you do know that #s don’t work here, right?

  • Meggers

    Pathetic that this group chooses not to give their elected President a chance to suceed!
    #TheWhiteHouse’s Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting:
    “America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave. ”
    “We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.”
    “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.
    I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”
    #WeAreASovereignNation

  • Greg

    So much tolerance here….

  • Rational Reston

    This group wants to change things nationally. Good for them to want to be involved. But what’s happening on that big stage has percolated up from below, so they should start locally.

    Like the RA Board, rife with conflicts of interest and self-serving pet projects.

    Our local state and county officials who seem to be deaf when it comes to many local issues in favor of pleasing their party’s line.

    And our local Representative who seems to only want to be a partisan hack who helps to drive wedges between people instead of bringing people together.

  • Jackson P

    Yay! Congrats, Meggers! I can’t believe it! Now make yourself useful and go help those in need.

    But also, really, what’s with everyone using # on this forum? I really just don’t understand. Is it supposed to make some kind of “drop the mic” statement, or is it an attempt to be ~trendy~?

    • Meggers

      I do help people in need all the time, what are these panty wastes doing other than being obstructionists and rallying against our elected Commander in Chief?? Why don’t they become the change they want to see, instead of sitting around in a room bitching about it.

  • Meggers

    Always back to the race card
    …yawn. Please get some new material. You progressives are so predictable.

  • North Restonian

    Neither are opinions.

    • Meggers

      I have supplied facts, just because you don’t like hem does not make them any less real!

      • Guest

        Except the screeds you’re copying get the facts hilariously wrong, as already pointed out by Paul M.

        Congratulations on being the loudest cuckoo in the Reston nest.

  • KATHY BEYNETTE

    do you know of a similar group in leesburg? if i can’t find one in leesburg, i will join yours. thanks.

  • Bagholder

    I would rather have an America without refugees than our boys going overseas to fight and give blood to the enemy, its that simple.

    • wtf

      It’s not that simple, your choices are not narrowed down to just those two. Sorry about that.

  • Meggers

    18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

    Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

    Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

    If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

    As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

  • Meggers
    • North Restonian

      You really arw trying. I’ll give you a gold star for that — and another pat on the head.

      Terrorists are bad hombres, no doubt. But the odds are with you. And she was Saudi, which isn’t restricted.

      Still much less worried about them than I am about deranged Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights to kill schoolchildren, members of a prayer group, or a movie goers.

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