President Trump signed an executive order on January 27 putting an immediate freeze on immigration from seven countries: Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Sudan. This temporary immigration freeze is similar to one former-President Obama issued in 2011 against these same countries.
It is interesting to note how quickly demonstrators showed up with protest signs at airports all across the world – and how quickly members of the Democrat Party, the ACLU and the mainstream media immediately began criticizing President Trump’s order as being “un-American.”
Federal Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, New York, granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and issued a stay against the presidential order late January 28. According to National Public Radio’s Hansi Lo Wang: “In her order, Judge Ann Donnelly cited ‘substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals’ from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, as well as a strong likelihood that deporting these individuals would violate ‘their rights to due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.’”
President Trump’s order did not apply to persons holding valid green-cards or U.S. visas.
And then, Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates issued an order to Justice Department lawyers, instructing them not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. She later said she took that action because she did not agree with the executive order. In other words, she refused to enforce the law. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had tendered her resignation to be effective January 20, 2017 – and President Obama had appointed Sally Yates to serve until president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general could be confirmed by the Senate. However, Senate Democrats have been stalling the confirmation process for Trump’s nominee, Jeff Sessions.
President Trump fired Sally Yates within hours after she said she would not defend in court the president’s executive order; and then, President Trump appointed Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as acting attorney general until the president’s nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, can be confirmed by the Senate.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama spoke out against his successor and in support of the protests opposing President Trump’s action. Obama’s spokesman, Kevin Lewis, said the former president thinks they’re “citizens exercising their constitutional right to assemble, organize and have their voices heard by their elected officials is exactly what we expect to see when American values are at stake.” He went on to say that Mr. Obama “is heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
Barack Obama, who left office vowing to uphold the presidential tradition of not criticizing his successor, but also promising to speak out when he saw core values under threat by Trump, made it all of 10 days before releasing a statement.
Mr. Obama is reported to be somewhere in the Caribbean right now, but is expected to return to Washington, where he is expected to live for at least the next year and a half. The Washington Examiner reports that Mr. Obama has leased a $5 million mansion in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and is in the process of building a wall around the property to keep-out unwelcome guests. The article did not say who was going to pay for the wall. The White House reported that out of approximately 325,000 travelers coming to America over the weekend only 109 were denied entry.
Do you believe our government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from people who may want to cause harm? Protecting our borders is no different than you protecting your home. If someone you did not know, were to walk up to your front door and say, “I want to come into your home. Open the door and let me come inside.” No one in their right mind would put their family at risk and say, “Come on in.” No reasonable person would do that – and that is why this whole argument is so foolish.
Before you would let anyone come inside your home, wouldn’t you want to know who they are, why they are here, where they’re from, why did they leave that place, why did they choose your home, why do they feel it necessary to come inside your home, and what are they planning to do if you decide to let them in?
And even if they provide reasonable answers to all your questions, no reasonable person would let them come inside their home without first verifying that they are who they say they are, and that everything they have told you is the truth. And even then, you might decide to refuse their request, simply because it is not in your best interest to let them come into your home – the risk of the unknown is just too great. And besides, there’s no way of truly discerning a person’s intent – no one knows what evil may be lurking in another person’s heart.
Also, if you and your family are already struggling financially to make ends meet, bringing more people into your home, particularly people you don’t even know, would not seem to be very wise choice.
That’s the dilemma our nation is facing right now. The risks outweigh the rewards. Every American citizen should be supporting President Trump on this decision – a decision which truly puts America’s best interest first. And that is what he promised to do.