Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Donald Trump Channels Pat McCarran

Some people have labeled Donald Trump’s call for a temporary moratorium on Muslim immigration “illegal” or “immoral.” But the plenary power of Congress is best expressed in this federal law: “Whenever the president finds that the entry of any aliens, or of any class of aliens, into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens.”

That law was the work of one of our greatest U.S. Senators, Pat McCarran (D-NV), after whom the airport at Las Vegas is named. The law called the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act was passed by Congress over Harry Truman’s veto in 1952. All during the Cold War, this act was successfully used to keep out aliens who were members or “fellow travelers” of the Communist party or “Communist front” organizations. In 1980, the same law was used by President Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis to suspend visas to anyone who wanted to come here from Iran.

Sixty years ago, the Democratic party could boast a patriotic, pro-American anti-Communist like Senator Pat McCarran, but that is no longer the case. Hard-left Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) proposed an amendment, which unfortunately was adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee with the help of seven Republicans, stating that “It is the sense of the Senate that the United States must not bar individuals from entering into the United States based on their religion, as such action would be contrary to the fundamental principles on which this Nation was founded.”

No, the fundamental principle on which this Nation was founded is that “we the people,” through our elected representatives, have the unalienable right to pick and choose whom we shall allow to enter our great country. The Constitution which our founding fathers bequeathed “to ourselves and our posterity” does not extend its rights and benefits to the whole world.

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