Saturday, February 4, 2017

Vigil for Sanctuary and Solidarity in Hudson

On Friday morning, a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart in Seattle temporarily suspended the Trump administration's travel ban on all refugees and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries. On Friday night, the White House vowed to appeal and "defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate." This morning, the New York Times reports that President Donald Trump, in an early-morning Twitter message, attacked James Robart, "calling him a 'so-called judge' whose 'ridiculous' ruling would be overturned."

Meanwhile, last night in Hudson, hundreds of people, most immigrants to Hudson of one sort or another, gathered in the subfreezing cold at the Hudson Islamic Center to show solidarity and support for Hudson's immigrant communities.

Photo: Victor Mendolia|Facebook

Photo: Victor Mendolia|Facebook

Photo: John Schobel|Facebook
The event, which was organized by the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, was reported on by Enid Futterman on and Victoria Addison in the Register-Star.


  1. The Register-Star quoted a vigil organizer saying that "This executive order is cruel, inhumane, and needless."

    I agree, and we can be sure that Judge Robarts agrees too.

    But the judge's ruling - which must be based on law - really is ridiculous. Anyone who believes there's a Constitutional issue engaged here, or any issue with statutory law, is either delusional or trying to attract attention.

    In view of such an absurd claim, calling Judge Robarts a "so-called judge" is perfectly apt, if a little coarse.

    It was wise of the R-S journalist, Victoria Addison, to avoid the legal angle and its predictable political overreach. The protest itself, which the overreach will only injure, is well-founded on a cultural basis alone.

  2. In times like these, I wish I were in Hudson and out there with everyone - looks like this was a wonderful demonstration