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My Iranian coworkers are too terrified to share their own stories, so I'm sharing them for them.

My teammate was in Brazil working with our team there when the order leaked two days early. She booked the first flight back to the US she could find, but got to the airport too late to board, trying to explain to the attendants that if she didn't board the flight she might never make it home again. They didn't speak English so she couldn't get through. She found another flight that arrived later in the day, and got on. The whole time in the plane never knowing if the order would be signed before she landed, if she'd be deported, or what would happen. She got off the plane in Miami, on the other side of the country from her home and made it through customs and immigration as fast as she could, and just collapsed. She sobbed on the floor for two hours before she could finally get up to plan the rest of her trip home.

Another coworker just had a child, and her mother was going to come to visit and help with the baby. Now she's not sure if she'll ever see her mother again, if her child will ever see her grandmother in person.

Another coworker is engaged to an Iranian man, and they were planning the wedding for the spring and to live in California, now she doesn't know what to do, if she'll ever be able to live with him in this country.

These people have already gone through enormous struggle to live here. They went through graduate school in the US, but as students from Iran they were only granted single-entry visas. This meant that they couldn't see their families for the entire duration of their PhD program, for 7 years, they couldn't go back to visit their families, and their families couldn't come here. Some of them fought through depression because of it, being cut off from their friends and family for so long.

These are all green card holders. People who have been granted a permanent right to live in the US that we are betraying. They are some of the smartest people I know, and have given up so much to live in the US already, and we are treating them like trash.

Please, call your representatives, tell them we won't stand for this.

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They tried to ban green card holders! GREEN CARD HOLDERS! These are people with houses and jobs and children who have lived in the US for years and years and chosen it as their permanent home. People who have been probed by bureaucracy after bureaucracy and found to be an asset to the country. People who, even if they renounce all connection to the United States and move across the world, must still pay income tax to the federal government for another 5 years!

My wife is a green card holder. Through the Byzantine process of immigration, despite being the mother of two American citizens and the wife of a citizen with roots in the Mayflower, she will not be eligible for citizenship herself for another two years. It is only by accident of history that she is not from a majority Muslim country, that the British drew the lines of Partition in one place and not another.

And now that craven, vile man believes he has the right to separate my wife from my children without due process of law, or indeed any process at all beyond his own thoughtless whim. There is no principle, secular or sacred, legal or moral, that can countenance this. I attended a protest for the first time in my life on Saturday at the San Francisco Airport, and I brought my whole family, so my children could stand there with me, and fight for their right to keep their own mother by their side.

Nor is it any comfort that our family enjoys more legal protections than those on a work visa, or seeking asylum. That we are relatively safe now, when a few years ago we would have no recourse. The process of being recognized as an American is long and onerous, but the process of becoming an American is immediate. When a person steps off the shore, or off the tarmac, and leaves the land of their generations of ancestors in search of a better life, THAT is what makes an American. We are all refugees. Whether a puritan fleeing persecution, or an irishman fleeing the famine, or a slave fleeing the south, or a jew fleeing genocide, we are ALL refugees. And we have a higher obligation to refugees than any other country on earth. They are ours, for they are our ancestors, and the ties that bind them to us are ties of blood.


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+Natural Selection 2's skill ranking system now uses an Adagrad-based learning rate. I wrote up a little snippet to explain to the community how SGD and Adagrad work.

http://unknownworlds.com/ns2/moult/

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