President Donald J. Trump’s finest hour in his first week in office came Friday when he announced that immigration from seven terrorist hotspots would be severely restricted for the next four months and banned entirely from Syria, the center of the Islamic State Caliphate.
This sensible policy about which President Trump spoke regularly during the campaign has induced mass hysteria in the establishment media and establishment opinion leaders, who apparently forgot, or didn’t believe that this is a promise Donald Trump made to the American people during the campaign and that voters in 30 of the 50 states voted overwhelmingly for him preferred his position over the open borders promised by Mrs. Clinton.
Those who oppose President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from terrorist hotspots want Americans to forget that it targets, based on our experience with Muslim terrorists, the exact individuals who are most likely to be terrorists and have ties to Sharia-based jihad.
“These people have been vetted and they have been interviewed. They have been questioned by the consulates in various countries. Why would they not be allowed to enter," Maggie Castillo, an immigration attorney and chair of American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Southern California Chapter asked. "They have visas and plane tickets with passports and pictures. Why would that not be enough?”
Had President Trump’s policy been in place participants in many Muslim terrorist incidents would have been prevented from entering our country, for example the Ohio State University attack by Somali “refugee” Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the September 2016 stabbing attack in a mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and two foiled bomb plots—one in Portland, Oregon, in 2010 and one in Columbus, Ohio, in 2000.
Indeed, some 74 terrorist incidents have been attributed to Somali Muslims alone. And while the Obama administration did its best to cover-up the immigration status of the perpetrators we know that at least 13 of them were admitted to the U.S. as “refugees.”
Fourteen were legal permanent residents at the time of their radical activity, and 10 were naturalized citizens.
And there are others.
ABC News reported in 2013, that the discovery in 2009 of two al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky -- who later admitted in court that they'd attacked U.S. soldiers in Iraq -- prompted the bureau to assign hundreds of specialists to an around-the-clock effort aimed at checking its archive of 100,000 improvised explosive devices collected in the war zones, known as IEDs, for other suspected terrorists' fingerprints.
As a result of the Kentucky case, the Obama State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets, reported ABC News.
And there are hundreds of other examples, making it clear that President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily banning immigration from terrorist hotspots was fact-based and upheld his constitutional duty to protect Americans and the American homeland from “all threats foreign and domestic.”
The battle to defend this sensible, and constitutionally mandated, policy will be fought on many levels, and one of the first will be in the courts.
Already two Leftwing federal judges have weighed-in to attempt to overturn all or part of the President’s Executive Order.
Judge Ann M. Donnelly of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama, ruled that implementing Mr. Trump’s order by sending the travelers home could cause them “irreparable harm.” She said the government was “enjoined and restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals” who had arrived in the United States with valid visas or refugee status.
However, President Trump did not simply rollover. Instead, the White House and the Department of Homeland Security issued responses that said in part:
It is the right and duty of the President to do everything in his legal and Constitutional power to protect the American people.
Saturday’s ruling by a Brooklyn court does not undercut the President’s executive order. All stopped visas will remain stopped. All halted admissions will remain halted. All restricted travel will remain prohibited.
The executive order was a vital action taken by the President in the interests of protecting American lives.
The order remains in place.
As our friend, Frank Gaffney, said in his “Secure Freedom Minute” radio broadcast, “Our new president has done much to clarify the difference between, those who, like Donald Trump, subscribe to “America first” and those who, in the immortal words of the late, great Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, “blame America first.”
The latter are much in evidence among the talking heads, the mainstream media and the crowds of protesters against the latest Trump executive orders designed – among other things – to stop importing jihadists. They bray and applaud as Muslim Brotherhood fronts like the Council on American Islamic Relations (better known as CAIR) sue the U.S. government to ensure that more of their fellow Sharia-supremacists are admitted into this country.
Fortunately, Donald Trump is president today because most of us still believe we should put America first – rather than embrace, empower and embolden those determined initially to blame, and ultimately to destroy, her.”