Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, February 01, 2016

Donald Trump’s Constitutional Moratorium

When Donald Trump was standing on the USS Yorktown on the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he called on our government to stop letting Muslims enter the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” Trump’s profanity was justified by the revelation that the Muslim wife who helped her Muslim husband massacre 14 people in San Bernardino received a visa from our government, which gave her official permission to enter the United States in 2014. With that visa and her Pakistani passport, she legally traveled from Saudi Arabia to San Bernardino and married her U.S.-born Pakistani fiancé, with whom she jointly plotted jihad against Americans.

Before she received that valuable visa from our government, she was supposed to be screened for terrorist sympathies. A week after the massacre, FBI Director James Comey told Congress he still didn’t know if she was given the required personal interview or what questions she was asked.

Tafsheen left a long trail of jihadist rants on social media which were overlooked by the U.S. officials who granted her visa. We learn from the New York Times that “anti-American sentiment in Pakistan was particularly high” following the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and that “it is often difficult to distinguish Islamist sentiments and those driven by political hostility toward the United States.”

The Supreme Court has never limited Congress’ “plenary power” over immigration, even when based on race, religion or national origin. In a 1977 case, for example, the Supreme Court ruled that “the power to expel or exclude aliens [is] a fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control.”

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