Here’s a nice-time video for you to watch as often as your Trump-weary spirits might need: Hundreds of people in Utah welcoming an Afghan family to Salt Lake City International Airport Thursday. Hassan Barat Ali Hassan, Fozia Ramazan Ali Qurban Ali, and their five kids ranging in age from four to 15 look very tired and not a little apprehensive at all these Americans cheering them like crazy people, which we are.

Here’s the skinny from the Salt Lake Tribune:

“This is the first time in our lives we have been welcomed,” he said. “You are so kind and nice.”

It was only through a federal judge’s partial stay of the 120-day temporary ban on refugees that Ali Hassan and his family were able to enter the United States, said Danielle Stamos of Catholic Community Services, which sponsored them. They were too far into the process to be turned around, she explained.

The family fled Afghanistan several years ago, and had been living in a refugee camp in Pakistan; they applied for refugee status about two years ago. In that time, they already got vetted pretty extremely.

Like so many refugee stories lately, the immigration ban has also left their family in pieces: Ali Hassan’s mother was rejected for some reason and denied entry from Turkey, so he believes she’ll be sent back to Islamabad. No, we can’t think of any good reason an Afghani grandmother would pose a threat to the U.S., either. Ali Hassan said he hoped Trump would lift the ban and that his mother can come to join the family in Utah.

Yeah, but what if she’s one of those grandmas who’s devoted to destroying America and instituting Sharia Law? Since the overall ban on refugees will end after 120 days when new “extreme vetting” is put in place, perhaps she’ll still have a chance. Or not. We’re America. (New national motto: “We can afford to not care.”)

In conclusion, welcome to America, Hassan, Fozia, and your beautiful children. We’re pretty sure more of us are like the people you met at the airport than the jerks who decided your mother isn’t worth helping. We’re working on making this place better, we really are.

[J.H. on Twitter / Salt Lake Tribune]

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  • CriticalDragon1177

    Hopefully the ACLU will get the Supreme court to declare Trumps Muslim ban unconstitutional and force him give up on it. We need to see more of this, not people fleeing war torn regions being forcibly turned back.

    • theblackdog

      Another reason to convince Dems to fight to keep Gorsuch out of the seat.

      • CriticalDragon1177

        Most definitely. At the very least if they can’t, hopefully a case will make it to the supreme court before he is appointed, and Trump’s executive order will be overturned.

  • Those poor children…they do look tired and overwhelmed.

    • Aaron Wise

      Not quite as overwhelmed and tired looking as the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast himself.

      • C’mon Drumpf heart valves, do us a favor (with votes)!

        • doktorzoom

          Nope, sorry, even with “with votes” it’s a bit over the line. Please review the rules.

          — Dok Zoom, Yr Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator

  • Nounverb911

    Has jason Chafffetz opened an investigation yet?

    • Creepoman

      His hands a kinda full from the blowback he got by trying to auction off all the federal land in Utah (and the rest of the country).

    • Suttree

      He already has 43 going. Another one won’t make any difference. Really, it won’t.

    • Wild Cat

      Into what? Why his lips look like two worms fucking?

  • Bitter Scribe

    You know why America will lose its leadership place in the world, if it hasn’t already? Because we’re leaving it up to the rest of the world to deal with the refugees who are fleeing the consequences of our fuckups.

    • Aaron Wise

      Obama had no problem dropping bombs on the 7 “Trump” countries.
      We need Progressives more than ever.

      • Bitter Scribe

        Yeah, because you purity ponies have done such a great job so far.

        • Aaron Wise

          Feel free to send your checks to Pelosi and Schumer.

          • Wild Cat

            Fuck off.

          • Oblios_Cap

            The M-I complex is the Beast that must be fed. It doesn’t matter who’s president. Its belly is always growling.

          • Bitter Scribe

            Feel free to kiss my ass.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Hmmmm, neither “Aaron” or “Wise.” Interesting.

      • … Obama dropped bombs on Iran? Was that before or after the Bowling Green Massacre?

    • ViveLaRésistance

      Well said. And not just the Middle East. So many families from Latin America who are glibly labeled “illegal” by the right are really refugees fleeing hells the US helped create, including so that US corporations could take over the land.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Mostly for that last sentence.

    • goonemeritus

      We are like the worst bipolar girlfriend ever.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Especially with the baby in the White House!

      • Crank Tango

        Without the great sex.

    • gamera23

      Downgraded to “shabby democracy”.

  • Nounverb911
    • CriticalDragon1177

      They should have gone with that. The more people oppose Trump, the more likely he will be to stop doing things like Muslim bans. At the very least it might intimidate other Republicans into not going along.

      • LucindathePook

        They can always use it next time. I’m sure there will be a reason.
        And the one they did use is also awesome.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I like it, but where are the pitchforks?

  • rocktonsam

    makes up for orrin hatch a little bit.
    good on those folks up there!

  • calliecallie

    So glad they were able to make it into the US. Sorry they had to go to Utah, but I guess it’s better than Texass.

    • Creepoman

      There are a few oases of decency, mostly in SLC. And, eventually, they’ll learn to enjoy fry sauce.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Spent a night in Salt Lake City once. There was an Applebees near the hotel. They had a bar. They served alcohol. We weren’t there for food, so it all worked out for the best.

  • Suttree

    I’ll just assume that most of the welcoming committee were Mormons. Good on them. My experience with Mormons has been that they were kinda weird and overbearing, but I’m glad to see their good side.

    • laineypc

      OK former Mormon here. They identify with Muslims being religiously persecuted because the Mormon origin narrative involves a lot of that. It’s why Utah is majority Mormon- they were escaping religious persecution and settled i Utah. The article here says it was a Catholic charity what sponsored this family, so if I were in a snarky mood I could say the Mormons greeting them (if that is who was there) were trying to capitalize on the good deed of another faith. But it’s nice time so I won’t say that.

      • Suttree

        I used to live a few miles from Joseph Smith’s birthplace and I dated a Mormon girl girl from a Mormon family for 3 years in high school. I understand the story and have seen Mormons up close. It’s not that they are terrible people, they’re just really weird, secretive, and take the shitty parts of being religious just like every other religion does. That’s funny that they are being sponsored by Catholics in Utah though.

        • aureolaborealis

          Curious: Did the two of you do butt stuff so she could stay virginal?

          • Suttree

            Nope. Prude!

        • Logic of Color

          When you lived there were you constantly tripping over armor, weapons and other artifacts poking up out of the ground? As you know, ~a million people died in the great final battle between the Nephites and the Lamanites right there at the hill Cumorah. I’m assuming ancient artifacts are abundant.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        I sympathize with anyone trying to escape Illinois.

        • Querolous

          I have been to Nauvoo. Great place to leave.

  • Aaron Wise

    Human kindness.
    I cried just a little.

    Just enough for now.

  • Nounverb911

    In December I took my wife to immigration to get her ‘GreenCard’ renewed, on the way in we saw a veritable parade of people coming out of the building most carrying little American flags.

    They had just been Naturalized. I congratulated as many as I could on my way into the building.

    You should have the shocked and pleased expressions on their faces as some oldish white guy was welcoming them to America.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      They were not prepared to experience that, so good on you.

  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    I hope they’re tolerant of people knocking on their door just when they sit down to eat dinner and ask them if they’ve heard about the Book of Mormon.

    Other than that… Welcome Home!

    • Nounverb911

      They can counter with the ‘Book of Muslim’.

    • Lizzietish81

      I used to live in a Mormon neighborhood in Boston, really if you just say you’re not interested they’ll politely back off.

      • All I had to tell them is that I’ve been baptized and they left me alone.

        • Crystalclear12

          I ask them if they voted for Trump.

          • ViveLaRésistance

            Hey, I did that too! After that they offered to me on the do-not-ring-doorbell list. That was a first.

      • Thiazin Red

        I used to live int he town where it started, and they do not back off if you ask. Turning off all the lights and hiding under the windows so they can’t tell that people are home works. A very large dog seems to be effective too.

        • Lizzietish81

          I remember once hiding from the Jehovah’s Witnesses

          • Provide a witness or it didn’t happen.

          • Oblios_Cap

            They come up to my fence and I engage them in polite conversation. They don’t really bother me.

          • Thiazin Red

            We also had some JW in the neighborhood and they were even worse.

          • SpideySenser

            OMG! I had one that came to my house like every 2 weeks, I swear she knew when I came home from work. I would lock myself in the bathroom when I saw her park out front.

        • Truck Fump

          Jehovah’s Witness’s are the worst about not going away without resistance. I have had to shut the door in their faces as they are talking, and I am a nice polite genteel southern woman.

          • natoslug

            I find nudity on my part, and a lot of rambunctious dogs that really should know better than to jump on cars, works wonders on keeping the JW at bay.

        • Suttree

          I have opened the door in my boxers with an open beer, and they still tried to talk to me.

          • puredog

            Lose the boxers and try again.

          • Literally did that exact thing 2 weeks ago. Didn’t even phase ’em when I said “cheers” and started downing it :P

          • Suttree

            When it happened to me it was two really pretty young women. I was expecting it to be a friend of mine. They sat there and did their spiel until I finished my beer and told them that I was an atheist. A hardcore atheist!

          • My “goodbye” line was “you’re not going to find any traction here”. They were not pretty young women, sadly.

          • natoslug

            Seems like it would have been polite to ask them about their “Jesus Jammies” and offer them beers as well.

          • SpideySenser

            Yah, I go with the atheist thing, too. Sometimes telling them I’m a Jew works, sometimes it just gets them thar xtianists even more fired up. So then I just shut the door.

          • Suttree

            They got quiet and looked at me real funny. Like they had never heard someone say that out loud. Maybe they were waiting for me to turn into a unicorn.

          • SpideySenser

            Or the Debil him/her self! In person! My SIL is a crazy evangelist (did you know the world is only 6K years old?). When I won’t tolerate her BS (as nicely as I can) she gets that deer in headlights look. She prays for me. Whatevs.

          • Ducksworthy

            They really don’t mind if you drink. You’re going to hell anyway.

          • Hell is where all the interesting people are anyway… Plus, LOOOOOTS of nazis to punch!

          • Heather
        • A_Changeling

          Kirtland? Palmyra? I’m fascinated by Mormonism. I’d gladly speak to some Mormons, but only elderly JWs seem to find their way here.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        They will, but even though I am an atheist, it bothers me that they have the sheer fucking arrogance and self-righteousness to march right past my mother, sister, or grandmother’s statue of Mary and knock on their doors to inform them that they should embrace a better religion. So fuck them.

      • Courser_Resistance

        ‘Lil secret. In high school we had two Mormon families as neighbors. Later, I owned a home next to Jehovah’s Witnesses. In both cases, one visit seemed to do the trick. After that, I think they want to try to be good neighbors and not bug you.

        But I’ve heard nightmare stories about Jehovah’s Witness neighbors, too, so maybe I’ve just been lucky.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        Late m-i-l used to keep a stack of pamphlets from her Catholic church by the front door. She’d politely trade: “Oh thank you – have some of mine!”

      • aureolaborealis

        Once, when I lived in a very non-Alaska place, I was cleaning scuba gear in my driveway when two young elders approached. They were FOB and fascinated by the gear, so it was easy keep derailing their agenda by talking about diving. The conversation lasted about 30 minutes, and they left without ever getting to their point.
        I had a very, very flaming friend at the time who converted to Mormonism so he could host dinners for the elders. Which, if he was to be believed, was what generated a substantial proportion of his action.

    • Bill D. Burger

      When I was a kid, two Mormon missionaries came to the ranch, rode their bikes up the long road to our parking area, nicely parked them and headed up to the front of the house…only to be met by one of the Dobermans who was trained not to let anyone any closer than the landing at the foot of the steps. They froze. My Dad came around, said hello, noticed the smaller young man was sweating the taller smiled. Dad said to the tall one, ‘You don’t seem afraid of him at all. Good.’
      Young man: ‘No sir! (pointing to his shorter & smaller partner)I can easily out run him.’
      I’ll never forget my Dad’s laugh.

      • Monsieur_Grumpe

        I love a happy ending.

    • BadKitty904
    • “…..and ask them if they’ve heard about the Book of Mormon.”


      • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

        Oh man, that was a funny show!

      • Logic of Color

        Bah! I should have scrolled down before posting. Mrs. Color and I saw this last night. I”m still smiling.

    • Ducksworthy

      One simple trick: Mormon Missionaries who visit your home can be induced to move large, heavy furniture and household appliances.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Some came by when we were moving in and offered to help us paint the living room and rewire our garage. I was tempted, but then I was worried I’d feel guilty and end up converting.

      • Heather

        Lots of Mormon missionaries hang out at the library to use computers. A co-worker told me that once one of the regulars, an old man, came in and the young Mormon missionaries started chatting to him like they knew him well. They left before the old man did, and my co-worker asked if he knew them. When he answered in the affirmative, co-worker said something like, “Oh, I didn’t know you were Mormon.” The old man said he wasn’t, but they came by his house once and he had gotten them to do some yard work, and they’d been coming by regularly to do odd jobs ever since. My co-worker asked whether that made him feel guilty (for stringing them along with no interest in converting), and he was like, “Hell, no! I’m an old man!”

  • BadKitty904
    • Nice.

      • BadKitty904

        I thought so, too.

    • Suttree

      On the backside it exempts Staten Island.

  • goonemeritus

    Last time I went to Utah nobody gave me flowers.

  • Crystalclear12

    From Pakistan to Utah, well at least they are used to religious extremism.

  • Unpresidented_in_Seattle

    Damn allergies are causing my eyes to water. proudly.

    • JustDon’tSayPeriod.Period!

      I confess to needing to swallow for some reason.
      Nice time indeed!

  • snark-lurker


  • Arse Grammatica

    If it weren’t for His Trumpiness, they wouldn’t have arrived to cheering crowds. So something.

  • boyblue122

    OT – Someone started a Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund (The non-existent massacre that was totally fabricated by KaC to justify Drumpf’s travel ban)

    The donations page redirects to the ACLU

    • Ducksworthy

      I think Sillyanne somehow confused Boston with Bowling Green and they weren’t Iraqis. The bombers were Russians (involuntary perhaps, but Russians).

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        I’m in favor of deporting all Russians and people of Russian descent. As long as you can deport us somewhere nice, like Bali.

    • timpundit

      Needs moar Sarah McLachlan.

  • Oblios_Cap

    New national motto: “We can afford to not care.”)

    Was anybody else alarmed when the Shitgibbon said something along the lines of “The world is a mess and we’re going to straighten it up”? Because I most certainly am.

    • snark-lurker

      alarmed? hell yes, Herb is here!

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Good morning! What are you resisting today?

  • OrG

    Wow,I think I see the plan now.Make USAmerica suck so bad that refugees don’t even WANT to come here.Might backfire when we’re seeking refugee status though.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Those poor immigrants, condemned to a life of Jell-O and pr0n.

    • Ωbjectifier

      O my heck.

  • gamera23

    Good News: USA!
    Bad News: Utah

  • timpundit

    No more one wants to by Ivanka’s crap anymore. Maybe she should start using her married name.

    “Racked, a fashion news site, reported earlier on Thursday that there was a sharp decline of Ivanka Trump products on Nordstrom’s website.”

  • Crank Tango

    Family first! Break up families over there so we don’t have to break them up over here.

  • Michael Smith

    I live in Indiana, PA – there is a young guy here named Nashwan, who is from Syria and is feeling the effects of these senseless policies. Nashwan came to our town on a student visa, and is getting a master’s degree in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He raised money to come here by reporting on the civil war in his native country for a news agency. But right now, he has no work visa and so he cannot get a job unless it is under the table. So about a month ago, one of our trendy new microbreweries threw him a fundraiser so that he could pay his balance on this semester and keep his full time student status – and his visa.

    Nashwan can bring the house down on a violin, so he played at the brewery all night with many local musicians (there’s a weirdly strong music scene here). At one point, disaster struck, and two of Nashwan’s strings broke. His friends hurried to the IUP music building to grab him a new violin. During that time, the other musicians in the crowd stood in for him and hammed it up to distract everyone.

    The turnout was well beyond expectation – people from the college, assorted young professionals, a few oddball liberals from around town, and plenty of people who just like to drink and listen to live music. The latte group was a bit surprising because most people in the area are rural, conservative whites. When the Indiana Gazette ran a story that morning to raise hype, at least one comment asked if “his papers were legit.” Nevertheless, even unexpected portions of the town turned out, and the event was a big success. They raised enough money to cover his costs. He was in the process of getting work visa, and applying to PhD programs. Until a week or so ago, his spirits were notably high.

    Now his attitude is quite changed, and you can understand why. He’s a Syrian here on a student visa, and so all of a sudden he’s like the worst thing you can be. He goes straight from class to his apartment because he’s been advised by the online refugee community to avoid contact with police officers. He’s been told to avoid airports, so he can’t fly anywhere for his PhD interviews. He’s thinking of moving to China, but as of now he doesn’t know how he would pay for a ticket or get through a United States airport.

    My friend Pat was talking with him, and Nashwan said “I’m sorry things that are happening in my country are affecting yours.”

  • Lefty Wright

    I was going to make some snarky comment then watched the clip at the beginning. There are still lots of good people in the US. In fact, from the election results, we outnumber the others that want to live in a bubble and have an I got mine, screw you attitude. We just need to stay vigilant and let everyone else know we are watching them. All the time.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    When (if) the process begins again I’m afraid that the changes Cheeto Hitler is making will make the process longer and far less effective. And then he’ll use a singular incident caused by his ineptitude to completely shut it down.

    • Sir Shilly VonShillington

      Hitler did nothing wrong

      • Yr. Gma

        Actually, Hitler is my hero because he killed Hitler.

  • Sir Shilly VonShillington

    These brown illiterate vermin bring nothing of value to america. Hence why trump is turning it off indefinitely

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    OT, but: Well, news from my corporate overlords is that sales have simply stopped since Trump was elected (I work in medical devices) and as such, budgets are being slashed for next year.

    • Naturally.
      What they mean to say is that now they are lifting all sorts of regulations on safety and stuff like that, they don’t need so many employees working on making stuff not kill people.
      Cause ain’t no wai sales of medical devices just…stop.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        Actually, when devices cost what ours do, yes, they do stop. And when physicians rely on billing insurance for use of said devices, and the incoming administration is destroying Obamacare AND possibly privatizing Medicare/Medicaid, then yeah, things get messy. In fact, stuff literally ground to a halt the day after the election.

        And our devices aren’t the type to kill, so… no.

  • Prismo87

    Oh, I am definitiely the one crying.

  • HazooToo

    Dok! Clean up in Article 5, please!

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Afghanistan and Utah both have some pretty spectacular back country – that might help our new guests feel more at home. Otherwise, culture shock a go-go!

  • Meliflaw

    Don’t let them Mormons convert you. They can be very nice people, but their church is frequently not. (Yes, bigoted post. My granny was an ex-Mormon, and I heard some spine-chilling bedtime stories.)

  • Alternative Pony Ron

    But… UTAH?

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    It’s ironic that after the disaster on Nov 8, I am getting more and more proud of this country every day!

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