Illegal immigration comes back to the rule of law

EDITOR:

What if I told you the ‘Left Wing’ and the ‘Right Wing’ belong to the same bird? The overwhelming weight of history and the law is on President Trump’s side in regards to his ‘Executive Order’ on immigration. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate immigration. In 1952, Congress passed a law empowering the president to deny entry into the U.S. to any “class of aliens” considered to be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.” In other words, a threat to America and in the interests of national security.

Ironically, the seven nations that President Trump identified in his 90-day immigration ban were originally identified in an anti-terrorism law signed by President Obama. Unlike other Muslim majority nations that have a history of terrorism, these seven countries do not assist the U.S. in providing background checks. Furthermore, our nation does not have all the resources to properly vet these individuals who seek entry.

Shortly after the executive order was put in place, immigration proponents began federal judge shopping, in short time federal court judges who politically oppose President Trump issued a temporary restraining order. One might call this judicial activism, as their job is to enforce the law, not make law.

The ‘Left’ is labeling this as a Muslim ban, citing the 1965 immigration law that prohibits discrimination — making this more about religion than the security of our nation. If this was a Muslim band wouldn’t this band include all 50 Muslim-majority countries? It’s also important to note that the judges in question do not have access to president’s daily national security briefings. Nonetheless, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a temporary hold, and lawyers at the DOJ appealed to the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.

However, it should be no surprise that the 9th Circuit that many refer to as the “nutty 9th” or the “9th Circus” refused to overturn Judge Robarts decision, a court that claims the title of the most overturned appellate court in the nation. In fact, there is a joke that if you lose your case in the 9th Circuit, you’re assured of winning it before the Supreme Court.

Currently, the FBI has over 1,000 active terrorism investigations, and it’s estimated we have 12 million illegal aliens in our country presently. Illegal immigration costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year, while many illegal immigrants do not pay income taxes. Human traffickers, terrorists, drug peddling monsters and violent gangs have taken advantage of our porous borders and sanctuary cities.

If you examine the illegal immigration situation without emotional politics, it comes back to the rule of law, remembering the lessons of 9/11, and reestablishing our safe place and sovereignty. Immigrants who come here legally should adopt our values because immigration without assimilation is invasion. We are a nation of laws, also a nation of immigrants. We will always welcome legal immigrants with open arms, compassion, and generosity.

Paul Walker

Manistique