Only days after an Islamic terrorist killed dozens of people at a concert in Manchester, England, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals knocked down President Trump’s ban on travel from some of the most dangerous, terror-ridden countries in the world. The federal appeals court, in a 10-3 decision, ruled that while Trump’s temporary ban “speaks with vague words of national security, it drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”
Thanks to the ruling, citizens of Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will continue to be granted visas with no extra scrutiny than is currently applied by the federal government. Oh right, Libya is among the countries as well. Libya, of course, being the home of the terrorist who killed 22 people at that concert in the UK. But yeah, great. Let ’em all in. What could possibly go wrong? After all, better to see children and teenagers splattered all over an Ariana Grande show than to even take the RISK of offending a Muslim.
This is, of course, the revised version of the ban; the original executive order was struck down by the courts in February. The Trump administration went back to the books, came up with an order that satisfied the problems the court found with the first one, and – like magic – the judiciary found a way to block this one as well. How? Well, they did it by ignoring the actual text of the order and the U.S. statute that clearly gives the president the authority to enact this ban. Instead, they decided that Trump’s campaign speeches should be considered when rendering a decision.
Essentially, the logic is this: Since Trump the candidate once proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the United States, he has waived his proper authority to decide who can come into the country. No, the courts don’t put it like that, but that’s basically what it amounts to. Who knew that a candidate for president could abdicate his own authority with campaign-trail comments? That must be written in a secret part of the Constitution that only liberal judges have access to.
The case is almost certainly headed to the Supreme Court at this point, where we’ll learn once and for all if there if our national security has been completely given over to open-border advocates and Islam apologists.
Conservatives, liberals, hawks, doves, Trump supporters, and Trump haters will all be watching with interest.
But no one will be watching more closely than ISIS.