SCOTUS Affirms Presidential Travel Ban on Failed States and Terrorist Nations
Wilsonville, OR - The Oregon Republican Party reacted following the decision by the United States Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s so-called Travel Ban.
“The ruling to uphold the President's proclamation on enhanced vetting affirms the legality and legitimacy of keeping America safe by ensuring that minimum security and information-sharing standards are met by countries around the world,” stated Oregon Republican Spokesman Kevin Hoar. “It also dismisses the fiction of religious bias invented by the Democrats and their far left allies and should put an end to the judicial overreach by activists in lower courts."
The current proclamation affects nationals from 8 countries, including two countries with almost no Muslim populations. Only six of the world’s 42 majority Muslim nations are affected, representing only 8% of the world's Muslim population.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Presidential Proclamation “is squarely within the scope of Presidential authority” and notes that it is “expressly premised on legitimate purposes.” Under federal law 8 U.S. Code § 1182 (f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President Congress has delegated broad and explicit authority to the President to "suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions" when the President finds their entry “detrimental to the interests of the United States” - in this case, to protect the nation from foreign nationals posing a national security threat.
“Restricting entry by foreign nationals to the USA from failed states and terrorist-sponsoring nations makes sense, unless and until sufficient cooperation for enhanced vetting can be compelled from those countries,” said Hoar. “The result will eventually be more countries cooperating with the United States in vetting those countries' citizens before they are permitted entry into our country.”
Several countries that have cooperated with the U.S. on enhanced vetting have been removed from the restricted list since the ban was first put in place in 2017.
“The President must be able to conduct foreign policy in order to protect our nation in the age of ISIS and other bad actors who have promised to infiltrate groups seeking to enter the U.S., including refugees, as we've seen tragically in Europe. This is even more important now that the ISIS Caliphate has been smashed and its members scattered, a great many still harboring their desire to commit acts of mass terror,” added Hoar.
“The old, deeply-flawed approach of only starting to protect the country after attacks happen and Americans are dead has been rejected by the voters in 2016. Instead, President Trump is taking common sense proactive steps to prevent such attacks before they happen.”
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