Courting Disaster

Is anyone really surprised that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay on President Trump’s travel ban?

This court is alt Left. The opportunity to smack the Republican president must have been too tempting to overcome. “Look at us – we’re more powerful than the Commander in Chief! We’ll show him! Damn American safety. He’ll learn his lesson;” all probably thoughts in their heads (pretty much empty otherwise).

I don’t buy the argument either that the government didn’t prepare a good enough defense of the ban. Clarence Darrow or Howdy Doody could have done the job with the same result. It was a foregone conclusion.

What rankles is the dismissive quality of the judges. They believe they can nullify the election. The people voted for Trump, but that didn’t matter to them. Americans have been killed by citizens of these seven countries, but they didn’t care. Even their own future safety was subordinate to the desire to assert their own agenda. Pathetic.

A woman who was an insider at the State Department wrote a letter published in the Chicago Tribune. She says it well.

I fully support President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily halts admissions from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and bans travel from nationals of countries that potentially pose a security risk to the United States; however, I don’t think the action goes far enough. Further, I believe there are many people throughout the country who feel the same way.

As a recently retired 25-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State who served almost eight years as a refugee coordinator throughout the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Cuba, I have seen first-hand the abuses and fraud that permeate the refugee program and know about the entrenched interests that fight every effort to implement much-needed reform. Despite claims of enhanced vetting, the reality is that it is virtually impossible to vet an individual who has no type of an official record, particularly in countries compromised by terrorism. U.S. immigration officials simply rely on the person’s often rehearsed and fabricated “testimony.” I have personally seen this on hundreds of occasions.

As a refugee coordinator, I saw the exploitations, inconsistencies and security lapses in the program, and I advocated strongly for change. Nonetheless, during the past decade and specifically under the Obama administration, the Refugee Admissions Program continued to expand blindly, seemingly without concern for security or whether it served the best interests of its own citizens. For instance, the legally questionable resettlement of refugees from Malta to the United States grew substantially, despite the fact that as a European country with a functioning asylum system, “refugees” should have remained there under the internationally accepted concept of “the country of first asylum.” Similarly, the “special” in-country refugee programs in Cuba and Russia continue, although they are laden with fraud and far too often simply admit economic migrants rather than actual refugees.

As an insider who understands its operations, politics and weaknesses, I believe the refugee program must change dramatically and the courts must allow the president to fully implement the order.

No such luck.

We might have lost this battle, but I believe Trump will win the war. He’s too focused and intelligent to let the enemy defeat him. And by the enemy, the radical Islamists are not the only one I’m talking about.

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