Friday, February 10, 2017

Elections Have Consequences: Travel Ban on Seven Nations

Wow, what a decisive issue we have seen with the 27 January Executive Order:  Protecting the Nation from Foreign terrorist Entry into the United States. It orders a temporary halt on all refugee admissions (120 days); visa suspensions (90 days) of individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees; and introduces a cap of 50,000 refugees to be accepted in 2017 (versus a limit of 110,000 set by Obama.)

The travel ban was a sensible idea hobbled by flaws, especially regarding green card holders and dual citizens. The roll-out was clumsy; the communication terrible. It temporarily inconvenienced hundreds of foreign nationals (versus Obamacare that impacted millions of Americans.)

For two weeks, there were some protests, from peaceful to mildly violent. The Washington (and Minnesota) law suit against the ban placed a temporary stoppage to the Order. On a 3-0 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government’s argument that suspension of the order should be lifted immediately for national security reasons.

The federal government; i.e., President Trump, believes it is not a Muslim ban, as the opponents claim. The seven countries sited lack normal governments and are weak on assisting with thorough vetting processes. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.

The opponents claim they are making a Constitutional check against a President. Perhaps. But this reeks of political maneuvering by the traditional left's tactic of losing at the ballot box but winning in court.

What is the president’s authority in the matter of protecting the borders and keeping out those he sees as potentially dangerous? Do non-citizens' rights trump citizens'? Will a wall on our southern border be similarly viewed?

America has an illegal immigration problem. It has a national security problem. Trump's presidential victory was based on this to a great degree. We clearly see the left and MSM vitriolic tactics, believing their opinions are the only ones that matter. It is only going to get worse. The public discourse is beyond cordial; this is pre-civil war language.

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