Two pictures that tell you everything about what's going on in America right now

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Monday 30 January 2017 10:15
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Picture:(Karim Sadjadpour/Twitter)

No, this is not an article containing a live feed from every surveillance camera in America that’s near a deli. That’ll be in next week’s terrifying executive order.

Karim Sadjadpour shared two images on Sunday. Sadjadpour is an academic at multiple universities, and member of the board of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

He dated both the images as being taken on the evening of Saturday 28 January, 2017.

The first...

...showed two persons hugging in the foreground, one in a wheel chair.

The photo was originally taken by Betsy Woodruff a reporter at the Daily Beast.

Woodruff captioned the image:

Iranian green card holders, age 88 and 83, both disabled. Were detained for hours.

It was taken at Dulles international airport (Washington D.C).

On Saturday evening Dulles had become a site of conflict, where volunteer immigration lawyers and border security squared off, over interpretations of America’s latest flurry of immigration rulings.

Donald Trump’s order revoking the right to temporary visas for refugees from seven Muslim majority countries, was stayed by the ruling of a federal judge that said travellers detained by Customs and Border Protection (such as those at Dulles) had a right to see lawyers.

According to the Daily Beast, the figure hugging the wheelchair bound 83 year old woman was her granddaughter Pegah Rahmani.

The fight over the right to legal access was further complicated by the arrival of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who called it a “constitutional crisis” and accused the executive branch of “not abiding by the law”.

Since then, the White House has pulled back on some parts of the ban on visitors from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, saying it will not apply to those with green cards granting them permanent residence in the Unites States.

On Sunday the Department of Homeland Security formally issued an order declaring legal residents exempt from the order.

Taken less than a hundred miles away...

...the second photo showed the Trump dynasty, resplendent in black tie, ahead of a party.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted the photo from her personal account.

It showed Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, who is also a senior advisor to the president,

The timing was bad for optics.

And lots of readers commented to say so, yet thousands also liked and retweeted the image.

For a Presidential campaign, of which Ivanka and Jared were architects, which claimed to represent the middle class pitting itself against a tyrannical establishment, the narrative of these images is unfortunate.

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