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In the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London, President Trump fired several barrages on Twitter. The targets of the presidential fusillades ranged from the mayor of London to political correctness in general, but the president seemed most intently focused on  the American courts that have repeatedly blocked his travel ban from going into effect.

 

Trump’s first tweet in response to the attack, posted at 7:17 p.m. on June 3, was a call for “the courts to give us back our rights.” Trump added, “We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”

 

 

At that point, there was no indication of who the attackers were or where they came from. By Monday, British authorities had identified the terrorists as homegrown radicals. As such, a travel ban would have had no impact on their ability to carry out the attack. Rather than an immigration problem, the story of the London attack, like the recent Manchester bombing, seems to be the familiar one of local Muslims becoming radicalized at local mosques or by listening to radical imams on the internet.

 

Trump again called for a travel ban beginning at 6:25 a.m. on June 5 even though there seems to be no connection between first-generation immigration and the stabbing attacks over the weekend. People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want,” the president tweeted, “but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!” This is an apparent reference to judges who ruled against the Executive Order based on Trump’s campaign promise to enact a ban on Muslim immigration.

 

 

“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C. [Supreme Court]” Trump continued a few minutes later. A third tweet on the subject said, “The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down [sic] Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!”

 

 

 

Trump’s twitter tirade ended with the statement, “In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”

 

 

One problem with President Trump’s single-minded focus on the travel ban is that most recent terror attacks have been carried out by Muslims who were native born citizens of their countries. This is true for attacks in the United States as well as Europe. A temporary travel ban is not a viable solution to the problem of radicalization within the communities of Muslims who are already legal residents or citizens. It is impossible to go back in time to ban the immigration of parents of future terrorists. We must deal with the problem of radicals as it exists today.

 

Second, the effectiveness of the travel ban is doubtful to begin with. A Department of Homeland Security report obtained by the Washington Post said that “country of citizenship is unlikely to be a reliable indicator of potential terrorist activity.” The report also noted that citizens of the countries singled out in the ban had rarely been implicated in terrorist attacks in the US and that the US issues very few visas to citizens of the affected countries.

 

Finally, the Executive Order implementing the travel ban specified a 90-day suspension for six countries and a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days. Since the Trump Administration has been in office for almost five months, the rationale for reinstating the temporary ban seems less credible as time goes on.

 

It increasingly seems as though the travel ban is a right-wing example of a liberal trope, the feel-good policy that doesn’t actually accomplish anything. As The Values Voter observed on Twitter, “The #travelban is to the right what gun bans are to the left. An emotional response. Not an actual solution to a problem.”

 

 

This makes it all the more ironic that the president would call out the left’s reflexive calls for gun control after any violent attack with another post-London tweet. By not waiting for the facts – and then ignoring them – to advance his own agenda, President Trump committed the same error and looked just as petty as the gun control advocates on the left.

 

It’s also ironic that the president may be hurting his own policy with his incessant tweeting. By linking the current travel ban to his original Executive Order and his campaign promise for a Muslim ban, Trump is making it more difficult for Justice Department lawyers to make the case that the policy is based on national security needs. Constitutional lawyer Neal Katyal got the last word with a tweet thanking the president for his help in proving the plaintiff’s case in the lawsuit against the travel ban.

 

“Its kinda [sic] odd to have the defendant in HawaiivTrump [sic] acting as our co-counsel,” Katyal said. “We don’t need the help but will take it!”

 

Originally published on The Resurgent


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2 Comments
  1. ZbOROVAN 2 years ago

    IT’S THE LAW! ISLAM WAS BANNED FROM THE USA IN 1952, but the Democratic Party and the liberal media don’t want you to know that. The Immigration and Nationality Act that passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today.
    Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States.
    This law is being ignored by the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Islamic immigration to the U.S. is prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who believe that the Koran is life’s guiding principal also believe in total submission to islam & sharia law.
    To all who claim that Islam is a religion, read the law again … the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with ANY “organization” that advocates the overthrow of the U.S. government are prohibited.

    http://www.fggam.org/2015/11/islam-by-law-is-prohibited-from-u-s-immigration/

  2. ZbOROVAN 2 years ago

    Sharia Law HAS NO PLACE IN AMERICA!
    • Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand (above).
    • Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
    • Criticizing or denying Allah, the god of Islam is punishable by death.
    • A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
    • A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
    • A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
    • A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
    • Girls’ clitoris should be cut (Muhammad’s words, Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
    • A woman can have 1 husband, who can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
    • A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
    • A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a woman needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
    • A divorced wife loses custody of all children over 6 years of age or when they exceed it.
    • Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
    • A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
    • A woman’s testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man’s.
    • A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
    • A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
    • A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
    • Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.

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