…this is like looking at the sky on a clear day and the Liberal next to you vehemently insists that the sky is pink. The steely-eyed, clear-minded individual that you are, the sky is a beautiful sapphire blue.
Where do you begin when trying to convince the Liberal that the sky is not pink, but blue?
The President has broad powers to control immigration policy. From this article in the Leftwing Los Angeles Times:
Fortunately for Trump, the law on immigration and related matters favors the president. Legal precedents have traditionally accorded the chief executive complete and nearly unchecked power to deny foreigners permission to enter the United States.“The exclusion of aliens is a fundamental act of sovereignty … inherent in the executive power,” the Supreme Court said in 1950. And lest there be doubt, Congress adopted a provision in 1952 saying the president “may by proclamation and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens and any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants” whenever he thinks it “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
Specifically, the CRS pointed to Section 212(f) of the INA, which states that the president has the authority to suspend the entry of all foreigners or class of foreigners or to impose on their entry any restrictions the president sees fit when he or she finds that their entry to the U.S. would be detrimental to the interests of the country.
“Neither the text of Section 212(f) nor the case law to date suggests any firm legal limits upon the president’s exercise of his authority to exclude aliens under this provision,” the report says.
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate
The judge revealed his proposal in a footnote in his March 15 decision where he denounced Trump’s reformist Executive Orders, which sharply curbs the inflow of refugees from war-torn Islamic countries. The judge’s footnote declared:On February 22, 2017, Plaintiffs filed a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction of S 5(d) of the Executive Order, ECF No. 64, requesting that the Court enjoin a specific provision of the First Executive Order. With the agreement of the parties, the Court set a briefing and hearing schedule extending to March 28, 2017. The Court will resolve that Motion, which the parties have agreed should be construed to apply to the successor provision of the Second Executive Order, in accordance with the previously established schedule.
I was taught in school that judges were supposed to interpret the law. They do not make the law. Any person with critical-thinking skills, regardless of their view of the immigration pause EO recognizes that this decision represents a fundamental breakdown in government. It’s also infuriating. Read this article. If you’re blood is boiling, then you’re a good, decent, American with critical thinking skills and a basic understanding of civics.
But I’d ask that you don’t get upset. It doesn’t seem like it at first glance, but this is another example of Trump winning and winning big. I’ll explain in the next post.