From the beginning, when he was still seeking the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump promised immigration reform. He spent a lot of time talking about Mexico, and the potentially dangerous people who sometimes enter this country illegally from there (a lot of basically decent people come in that way too, though they are still breaking the law). But he also talked about immigration from other countries, especially countries in the Middle East and Africa known to harbor Islamic extremists who wish to harm us here in the US. Once he took office, President Trump wasted virtually no time in addressing these concerns.
And his opponents wasted no time in blocking him at every conceivable turn. When the President issued an executive order doing exactly what he promised to do, restricting travel from seven dangerous countries with a strong Islamic extremist presence, the court blocked the order’s enforcement, citing specific concerns. Undeterred, Trump rewrote his order, reducing the number of countries targeted by one and taking the court’s various objections carefully into account. This second order was blocked before it even took effect.
Of course, those were lower courts. One of the things which President Trump has been able to accomplish during his time in office (with so many others being stymied by people who still can’t accept the results of the election) is the successful appointment to the Supreme Court of Neil Gorsuch, a responsible, conservative jurist who understands the imperative of protecting our country. Now that lower courts have stopped Trump’s travel restrictions, the Supreme Court will be hearing the case. They’ve even taken steps to expedite the regular procedures, so that it’s possible they might begin hearing arguments as early as this summer. We should have their decision by the end of the year or possibly sooner.
They are asking the Supreme Court for permission to start enforcing it as soon as possible. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a request for SCOTUS to overrule a Fourth Circuit ruling to temporarily ban people from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. The DOJ also asked to go further, and intervene in a separate lawsuit that’s still pending before the Ninth Circuit — to allow the federal government to put the ban in place before the end of June, when the SCOTUS leaves on its summer recess.
At stake here is nothing less than the President’s authority to do his job. The most important and sacred duty of that office – and one of the few things which the federal government actually should be doing – is to protect Americans from danger. To do that, President Trump needs to be able to set policies for travel into the United States, so that people wishing to come here to perpetrate acts of terror can be blocked. We live in an intricately interconnected world, and in the end, all the military prowess money can buy will be useless in ensuring our safety if any random person who so desires can fly into our country from a known terrorist sponsor and murder our citizens.
National security comes first; without it, life and liberty are threatened and happiness is impossibility. Therefore, as James Madison wrote: “Security against foreign danger is one of the primitive objects of civil society. It is an avowed and essential object of the American Union.” Protecting the nation requires a unity of purpose and faculty, and it cannot be devolved to a committee or Congress. The Framers recognized as much, and their wisdom is our strength. The President, first and foremost, is responsible for ensuring America’s national security.
Those who don’t believe this is a danger need only look to the chaos that has unfolded in Europe. With admirable humanitarian goals, countries on that continent opened their doors to swarms of refugees displaced by the violence and turmoil in Syria, and now we see the fruits of their compassion. We heard almost immediately of rapes and other crimes being committed in European counties by newly arrived refugees, but it’s gotten much worse than that: lately, it seems that every week there is a new bombing, shooting, or simply someone driving a van into a crowd of innocent people. The perpetrators are always – always – Islamic extremists seeking to terrorize their enemies. You can’t even enjoy a concert in London anymore without taking your life into your hands.
Enough is enough. We can’t have the explosion of terror seen in Europe taking place here. We don’t want our children to live in a country where iniquitous lunacy could well blow them up in a random suicide bombing. We need our government to do its job, to keep us safe from these monsters. That’s why we elected President Donald Trump. It is time to get out of his way and let him do what we elected him to do and what he contracted with us to do: To restore security and the constitutional rule of law!