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Trump is (Mostly) Right, Bush and Ryan Wrong on Muslim Immigration

When Donald Trump called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" establishment Republicans and especially Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, (now at 4% or less in some polls) went ballistic in their denunciations of Trump’s statement. 

San Bernardino terroristsJeb Bush said Trump was “unhinged” and would never get the Republican nomination for President.  

Speaker Paul Ryan echoed President Barack Obama and said “it's not what this country stands for" and "This is not conservatism." 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) described Trump’s position on curbing immigration as “offensive and outlandish.” 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who sits even lower in the polls than Jeb Bush, labeled Trump “a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.” 

Others said Trump’s idea was unconstitutional – it’s not by the way – and the list of denunciations went on and on. 

But whether or not you agree with Trump on the policy of excluding all Muslims (we don’t) Trump is 100% right on the law, which says the President may, “may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

8 U.S.C. §1182 Inadmissible aliens 

(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President 

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate… 

All of Trump’s critics have concentrated on the part of his statement saying he would “shutdown” Muslims entering the United States, but the most important part of his comments was the unreported second part of the statement, “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” 

In other words, the “shutdown” would be predicated on Congress doing something Congress under Paul Ryan and John Boehner has proven itself incapable of doing, which is conducting an intensive, thorough and politics-free investigation of an important national security matter, much like the House Un-American Activities Committee did in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1060s. 

While such a proposal would no doubt be met with charges of “McCarthyism” and all of the attendant emotionalism that the Left, and those ignorant of history on the Right, have attached to the work of the Senate and House Un-American Activities investigations, their work resulted in solid legislation that withstood a President Harry Truman veto and remains in updated form on the books to this day. 

Part of that law, now under the same chapter of the U.S. Code cited above, says (i) In general, “Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or subdivision or affiliate thereof), domestic or foreign, is inadmissible

Islam, as it is practiced by millions of Muslims around the globe is not a “religion” as those of us raised in the traditions of the Western Enlightenment understand the term – it is a totalitarian political movement that seeks to impose its system – Shariah – on the entire world and in the process invest unlimited power in its unelected leaders.  

Islam is thus, in the words of Daniel Pipes, “transformed from a personal faith into a ruling system that knows no constraints” and is inimical to the separation of church and state and government based on constitutional liberty. It is the polar opposite of constitutional liberty and exactly the kind of political movement contemplated in the section of the law cited above. 

And as we have made the case in many articles on the threat Islam poses to constitutional liberty, it is that political goal of imposing an anti-constitutional system of government through political subversion and terrorism that requires a forceful government response: “We Can – And Should – Ban Most Muslim Immigration To America,” “Still No Religious Test For Immigration Mr. Speaker?” “It Only Takes One: Why We Must Stop Importing Jihad Through Muslim Immigration.” “Homegrown Muslim Terrorism Fueled By Obama – Bush Immigration System,” “America's Suicidal Muslim Immigration Policies,” “Importing Jihad” and “Why Do We Let These Vipers Into America?”  

We are in a war of ideas, not just with radical Islamists, but with concepts deeply embedded in Muslim culture. And as long as mass legal (and illegal) immigration from Muslim countries continues unabated we are losing that war. 

Trump’s shoot from the hip statement endorsing a blanket ban on Muslims entering the United States was undisciplined, but not wrong from either a legal or national security perspective.  

The problem for Speaker Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush and others is they don’t want to do the work necessary to investigate the threat, because they already know what it would reveal. It would reveal that hundreds of thousands of recent Muslim immigrants and millions of U.S. Muslims are indeed a security threat, because they agree with San Bernardino Muslim jihadi terrorist Syed Farook that Islam will rule the world, and that Shariah, not the Constitution, is the supreme law by which all in America should live.

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