President Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0

President Trump has signed a new executive order which is a second attempt at the Muslim ban:

“WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday signed a revised version of his executive order that would for the first time rewrite American immigration policy to bar migrants from predominantly Muslim nations, removing citizens of Iraq from the original travel embargo and scrapping a provision that explicitly protected religious minorities.

The order, which comes about a month after federal judges blocked Mr. Trump’s haphazardly executed ban in January on residents from seven Middle Eastern and African countries, will not affect people who had previously been issued visas — a change that the administration hopes will avoid the chaos, protests and legal challenges that followed the first order. …

The indefinite ban on refugees from Syria also has been reduced to a 120-day ban, requiring review and renewal. The new order retains a temporary ban on all refugees.”

The New York Times has a useful breakdown of the changes from the original ban. It is pretty much the original Muslim ban except for removing Iraq from the list of countries and in how it doesn’t apply to current visa holders. It bans immigration from six Muslim countries.

Is this everything we wanted? No, but it is an important first step and the Trump administration should be congratulated for setting a precedent and changing course in our immigration policy. This is who we are. We have taken the first step forward to taking our country back.

We don’t want to be the universal proposition nation based on abstract liberal ideology, a “nation of immigrants” and miniature United Nations, that JFK redefined us as being in the Cold War era. That’s not who we were throughout the vast majority of our history. JFK’s A Nation of Immigrants was part of the ADL’s “One Nation Library” which included other titles like Oscar Handlin’s American Jews: Their Story and Ashley Montagu’s What We Know About Race.

It wasn’t until 1875 that the Supreme Court ruled that immigration was a federal responsibility. The Page Act of 1875 was the first restrictive federal immigration law. It was followed by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Gentleman’s Agreement of 1907. The Immigration Act of 1917 banned all “idiots, feeble-minded persons, criminals, epileptics, insane persons, alcoholics, professional beggars, and all persons mentally or physically defective, polygamists, and anarchists.” It included the Asiatic Barred Zone Act which banned immigration from all of Southwest and South Asia. The Immigration Act of 1924 established the national origins system and banned all immigration from Asia and most of Africa while exempting immigration from Latin America.

We stumbled toward a policy of immigration restriction over the course of several decades. The same is true of the liberal immigration policy we adopted in 1965. The Magnuson Act of 1943 repealed the Chinese Exclusion Act and permitted Chinese nationals to become naturalized citizens. The McCarran-Walter Act of 1952 lifted the ban on Asian immigration established by the Asian Exclusion Act and removed whiteness as a criteria to become a naturalized citizen for the first time in American history.

These small moves can have much broader consequences. In the 19th century, the Page Act which the harbinger of a restrictionist era in American immigration policy.

13 Comments

  1. A good first step but I am confident the courts will strike it down. Basically they are ensuring that Trump can’t really govern. In times such as this a leader has to take charge.

    • I’m sure that he was much more careful this time in how he worded the order. If the courts are brazen enough to strike it down this time, I hope he unleashes hell on the judiciary.

      • I’m not sure it matters all that much whether it passes or not. Its main value is symbolic anyway. If it passes, it means momentum. If it fails, it demonstrates to the Trump-voting masses the nature of the alien stranglehold on America, which is “momentum” of another sort.

      • I don’t think so. They are grabbing power they don’t have and this has been ruled on before. It might rein their asses in. or at least make them think, to completely remove ANY jurisdiction over immigrants, immigration, etc. at all by the Judaical branch. Congress can do this with 51% of the legislature voting on it. It may be time to remove large swaths of things they have stuck their noses in where they don’t belong.

  2. They need to impeach or at least try to impeach judges that overstep their bounds. Judges have no say over immigration. They’re not judges of aliens. The only rights foreigners have here are those we agree to give them or through treaties we’ve signed.

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    Back on topic, these EOs are weak efforts so far. We need to give President Trump time to act, but he needs to act _way_ harder on immigration, legal and illegal.

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