By Rick Oltman, June 27, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a partial travel ban of people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen unless the visitors have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The full decision will come in October.
The good things about this decision are that it does allow a measure of protection from radical jihadists. It is not all of what the President wanted, but it’s a good start. Also, three justices said they felt that the government will prevail on the merits of the case. Justice Clarence Thomas said the effort to preserve national security outweighs any hardship to people denied entry into our country and that the court should have granted the Administration’s request to implement the travel ban in full while the legal battle continues.
The President called the SCOTUS action “A clear victory for our national security.”
Enforcement is set to begin 72 hours after the court’s decision.
This ruling, even a temporary one, sends a message to these countries and to potential jihadists that it isn’t going to be a cake walk to enter our country to carry out plots to kill Americans. This is another of the long-waited deterrent messages that help to reduce harmful traffic into our country and support other efforts by our government to secure our nation from attack.
There will be protesters about the ruling, but their complaints only help to spread the word around the world that America is getting more serious every day about security.
Kiyanoush Razaghi, a Maryland immigration attorney who represents Iranian clients wondered, “Who is going to tell us what is the definition of ‘bona fide relationship’?” and, “It’s just like a green light to the government to do what it wants to do.”
And what the government “wants to do,” is to protect America from our enemies.
President Trump said, “As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm. I want people who can love the United States and all of its citizens, and who will be hardworking and productive.”
What a concept.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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