Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
So the Supreme Court on Monday reinstated key parts of Trump's executive order prohibiting travel from six majority-Muslim nations, which went into effect today.
Liberals have been setting their hair on fire crying that the Travel Order violates the Constitution. My reading of our Constitution leads me to conclude that the President can ban a specific religion, a specific ethnic group, a specific national origin, or even a specific person by name from entering our country in the interest of national security.
But let's play along and pretend he cannot restrict any group based on the above criteria - does the Travel Order:
- Ban people based on religion, specifically members of the Islamic faith?
No, less than 171 million Muslims live in those six nations, meaning more than 90% of all Muslims are not prohibited from entering our country.
- Ban people based on national origin, specifically citizens from the Middle East?
No, of the 18 countries of the Middle East (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan), the Travel Order only affects 5 nations, which means almost ¾ths of Middle Easterners are not prohibited from entering our country.
- Ban people based on Ethnic Origin, specifically ethnic Arabs?
No, the contemporary Arab world has a combined population of around 422 million inhabitants. The six countries are not entirely filled with Arabs:
Country Arab Percentage Arabs in Millions Iran 2% 1.6 Libya 29% 1.8 Somalia 15% 1.68 Sudan 70% 29.3 Syria 90% 15.3 Yemen 99% 24.2 Total 41% of all 6 nations are Arabs 73.9
We note that fewer than 74 million Arabs are affected, or to state it another way: more than 82% of the Arab world is not prohibited from entering our country.
- Ban people from countries whose citizens attacked us before?
No, this Travel Order is meant to restrict travelers from countries which are in such chaos that their identity documentation is wholly unreliable. Idiots who complain that the Travel Order does not ban people from Saudi Arabia (because 19 terrorists on 9/11 came from that country) do not understand the purpose of the Travel Order. It is not to prevent all Islamic terrorists from coming in (because banning all Muslims would accomplish that), but to make it easier to properly vet people coming into our country and thus prevent some Islamic terrorists from entering the U.S. - that's it - simple.
So let's not act completely unhinged, what kind of bigotry, xenophobia, or racism ignores more than a significant majority of its supposed target audience, no matter whether by religion, nationality or ethnic origin? Really.
Caption for photo above:
FILE - In this May 15, 2017 file photo, protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s revised Travel Ban, outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. The Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it. The action Monday, June 26, 2017, is a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency.