They redefined life; we did nothing. They redefined marriage and then human sexuality; we remained silent. Now the courts are redefining national borders. Will this finally be the last straw?
The federal judiciary has declared war on this nation’s sovereignty. They are engaging in nullification and civil disobedience by manipulating the rules of standing, bastardizing the Constitution beyond recognition, nullifying the most foundational sovereignty statutes, and overturning the most settled area of case law. It’s time for Congress to act – now.
It’s not even worth delving into the details of the temporary restraining order issued by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii. The notion of granting an affirmative right to immigrate for people who never stepped foot on our shores, and a First Amendment religious freedom right for foreigners to immigrate (but, of course, not for American Christian business owners) is the most radical manifestation of judicial tyranny imaginable.
We have already thoroughly covered the legal aspects of the immigration order [see links at bottom]. Trump had just as much power to enact the first order as he did this order, but the implications of Wednesday’s court ruling are even more dangerous.
Per the judiciary, all 7.2 billion people in the world have a potential right to immigrate, unless we demonstrate a reason they should not be admitted that is sufficient to a judge’s liking. The first executive order denying entry to existing visa holders was already covered by at least seven statutes. This new moratorium applied only to future immigrants, and refugees are covered by the entire premise of presidential power.
For decades upon decades, the courts have been clear that the right to exclude is plenary and entirely the political branches’ prerogative. The courts have no power to second guess any decision — and that is settled law. Moreover, the right to exclude is inherent in presidential power, in addition to the delegated power accorded to the commander in chief by statute:
When Congress prescribes a procedure concerning the admissibility of aliens, it is not dealing alone with a legislative power. It is implementing an inherent executive power.
Thus, the decision to admit or to exclude an alien may be lawfully placed with the President, who may, in turn, delegate the carrying out of this function to a responsible executive officer of the sovereign, such as the Attorney General. The action of the executive officer under such authority is final and conclusive. Whatever the rule may be concerning deportation of persons who have gained entry into the United States, it is not within the province of any court, unless expressly authorized by law, to review the determination of the political branch of the Government to exclude a given alien. [Knauff v. Shaughnessy, 338 U.S. 537, 542-543 (1950)]
What Judge Derrick Watson and the courts today are saying is that even Congress can’t limit any immigration of their chosen classes, even when, in the case of refugees, the moratorium applies to every country in the world. They are saying that even Congress can’t protect our sovereignty and that merely not admitting record numbers of refugees and immigrants from war-torn Islamic areas, during the worst era of homegrown terror, violates the global freedom of religion!
We will not have a country left if we don’t declare war back on the courts.
To that end, instead of fighting against conservatives to preserve Obamacare, Trump should work with conservatives on immigration and judicial reform, and demand the following from congressional leaders:
Ultimately, together with the backing of Congress, Trump should use this travel ban halt as the impetus to denude the courts of their ill-gotten power. This is different from ignoring any other unconstitutional court decision; there is no legitimate case or controversy that could have gotten standing before the court. How can a court put an injunction on the lack of issuance of visas to prospective foreign nationals who never entered the country?
Even for those already issued visas, the executive branch has the full authority to deny entry. As noted before, U.S. code makes it clear that the issuance of a visa does not “entitle any alien” to be “admitted [into] the United States, if, upon arrival at a port of entry in the United States, he is found to be inadmissible under this chapter, or any other provision of law.” This is written on the actual visa itself!
And the law explicitly strips the courts of authority to litigate a revocation. How can the other two branches accede to this display of civil disobedience concerning the most settled area of law, one which secures our sovereignty and security in this perilous time?
The courts are now setting a precedent to erase our national borders. They are granting standing to states or individuals to demand that the federal government allow in any of their relatives to visit them or to immigrate. European-style immigration is now mandated by the courts.
If this travesty is not immediately confronted, elections will no longer serve as a bulwark against America following in the suicidal footsteps of Europe.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.