School Teacher & Blogger: We can legally shut the door totally to everybody! [It’s our country. No. Really.]
“First of all, it is legal under current law for the president – by himself, without even getting the consent of Congress – under current law, Title VIII, Section 1182, to prohibit – well, I’ll read it.” He read, “‘Any aliens, or any class of aliens, into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the U.S.’” Therefore, he said, “He doesn’t have to provide any reason for doing it. If Congress joins him, it makes it even stronger, more likely to be constitutional.”
“We’ve done this for over a hundred years,” Banzhaf noted. “We had something called the Chinese Exclusion Act, which is excluding, obviously, people on the basis of race.”
“Reason Number One why it is constitutional is something called the Plenary Power Doctrine. What this says, in simple terms, is that the ordinary constitutional protections, primarily equal protection, do not apply to people who are not U.S. citizens, and who are trying to enter the country,” he said. “This has been true for over a hundred years. Our Supreme Court has, time after time, turned away objections to restrictions based upon race, national origin, political belief, even under free speech grounds.”
Could we even have had a debate in 1938 about excluding Nazis or communists?
Dave Alexander, school teacher and part-time blogger:
We can legally shut the doors to our country now. Logistically, it’s nightmare. Ever see how long the Canadian and Mexican borders are? It’s crazy insane how long those things are. On the other hand, being shot, blown up and harassed in the land of the free and home of the brave is totally unacceptable.
Oh yes, we’ll get called racist, Islamaphobic, anti-immigrant… But we will be safer. You know who will never get called bad names like that? Dead Europeans. Dead Catholic priests. Dead Egyptian Christians.
After the bombing, slashing and shooting dies down, and the grandkids of the immigrants already here start paying taxes, and singing Yankee Doodle, then we can open the borders again. And if the overseas violence never ends? We’ll be the lifeboat for Western Civilization.