The Supreme Court has upheld President Trump’s latest version of a temporary travel pause from six terrorism hotbed nations in a 7-2 decision. That will at least help slow the flood of inassimilable and belligerent Muslims into the United States for a few months while the Department of Homeland Security can establish some minimum baselines for vetting them before entry.
Will Rogers famously said if you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging. Unfortunately, the US government has not fully learned that lesson yet. At this point, with President Trump’s travel pause being enforced, we are at least digging slower.
From our nation’s founding through the end of the Clinton administration, Muslim migration to the United States was so low as to be almost not worth remarking on. Only the best and brightest from Muslim countries tended to come here, and they came in extremely low numbers. At some point after 9/11, however, there was a monumental shift in the United States when it came to Muslim immigration and refugee admissions.
Of course, we all remember those spirited debates that took place during the summers of 2005 and 2006 when both the House and Senate spent hours listing the pros and cons of excluding immigrants and refugees from most other parts of the world in exchange for primarily bringing in Muslim migrants. Oh, wait! That never happened!
Someone decided it would be a good idea to import massive numbers of foreign peoples from Islamic countries after 9/11, but it was not the American people or Congress. It just sort of happened while no one was paying attention during the Bush administration years and then Obama cranked it up to eleven.
By 2016, the federal government was admitting more than 280,000 Muslims for permanent resident status every year, according to the latest federal data. If you dropped them all in one spot, it would become the 70th largest city in the country. That’s how many we’re bringing in every single year.
Remember the 1982 tune, “Allentown,” by Billy Joel? Allentown doesn’t look so much like the all-American town that Joel sang about 35 years ago. Locals who have not fled Allentown yet call it “Little Syria” these days.
Somali Muslims are now a political force to be reckoned with in Minnesota. Conservative journalists who are courageous enough to conduct man-on-the-street interviews with the Somalis in Minneapolis find that more than two-thirds of them favor replacing the Constitution with Sharia law. Young Somali men in Minnesota keep getting arrested in batches of a dozen or more as they attempt to fly off to Syria and join ISIS.
Saudi Arabian dollars are funding the construction of mosques in places like Anchorage, Alaska and Twin Falls, Idaho. The Saudis of course practice Wahabi Sunnism, the same brand of Islam that is practiced by Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. How do you suppose all of this “multiculturalism” will end?
No one stopped at any point along the way to ask us — the American people — if this was a good idea or if it was something desirable to us. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and even some of the GOP presidential candidates sneered last year that we cannot have a religious litmus test when it comes to barring potential immigrants from the United States.
At the same time, the State Department under former Secretary John Kerry was telling wealthy Anglican philanthropists that there was “no way” the Obama administration would allow Iraqi Christian refugees into America due to their religion. A litmus test for me, but not for thee?
So what happens next? The Trump administration will slow the bleeding for a few months while the temporary travel ban is in place, but after that, the same nameless, faceless bureaucrats who handle immigration applications will go right back to doing what they were doing before.
One area that deserves some serious reconsideration is the Refugee Resettlement Program, which is primarily administered by the United Nations. That’s right. Under the Refugee Act of 1980, drafted by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), the United Nations determines which refugees America gets to take in. The White House gives the UN a figure each year and the UN then flies them in. Again, we get no say in the matter.
The refugee program was always intended to provide temporary shelter to people from war-torn countries — emphasis on temporary — and then help them go back home. Anyone who lives in a community with a local refugee resettlement office will tell you, however, that this never happens. They arrive, they get green cards, they live on welfare, they build mosques with Saudi donations and they stay forever. The “resettlement” portion of the Refugee Act is being upheld, but the “repatriation” portion where they get to go back home, has been ignored for 37 years.
We should offer three cheers to President Trump for following through on his promise of a travel pause from terrorism-sponsoring countries. And here’s to hoping that his next move will be to take a serious look at refugee resettlement and repatriation.
~ American Liberty Report