By Ryan S. Walters
Over the weekend we witnessed more outrage from the Left, this time over President Trump’s executive orders that imposed a temporary ban on refugees from seven Muslim nations that have been designated sources of terrorism – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia. Leftwing activists were most upset that even those who possessed visas and green cards were denied entry, even as they reached US airports, a gaffe that was later fixed. But only a total of 109 people were actually detained.
But that matters not to the Left, as multitudes of protesters descend on the nation’s airports in protest. Liberal politicians screamed. Chuckie Schumer held a press conference and cried crocodile tears. And even “Fauxcahontas” herself, Senator Elizabeth Warren, showed up at an airport to screech into a megaphone decrying the illegal and unconstitutional nature of the orders. It’s the only time you are likely to see a liberal Democrat embrace the Constitution, in order to protest of a Republican, even though she is 100 percent wrong.
On Sunday evening, we witnessed Hollywood’s latest outrage as they too expressed their displeasure at the Trump orders. Ashton “My America” Kutcher (I didn’t realize he owned it), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (is she still around?), and Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg (and I liked his character Howard Wolowitz, and I stress LIKED, as in past tense) were righteously indignant at the President’s action. Another even said he wanted to “punch some people in the face,” referring to those who support the order. No word as of yet on how many refugees these stooges will take into their ritzy homes.
But there are two real issues with Trump’s executive orders – what they really are and the selective outrage expressed by the fanatics on the Left.
First, what they are, or more specifically, what they are not. These orders are not a “Muslim ban” as the media has repeatedly called them. In fact, almost 90 percent of the world’s Muslim population is unaffected, including the largest Muslim nations on the planet, like Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, and Algeria. And as far as the country’s affected by it, there have been Christians in those seven nations who have been turned down as well.
These visa restrictions imposed by the administration are also not permanent but will only last for a short time (120 days) so that the vetting process can be tightened up.
But, the Left’s outrage aside, a Rasmussen poll showed 57 percent of the American people supported Trump’s policy.
Second is the Left’s selective outrage. Listening to them over the weekend you would have thought Hitler had just come to power. Not even close. If Trump is supposed to be Hitler, he’s not doing a very good job of it so far.
Yet the Left’s aggressive protests seem hollow, given the fact that other Democratic Presidents and members of Congress have done similar things with scarcely a word said.
According to the Washington Examiner, “White House documents also show that former President Bill Clinton issued six immigrant bans; George W. Bush six immigrant bans; and former President Ronald Reagan four. And in 1980, former President Jimmy Carter banned Iranians after Tehran seized the U.S. embassy.”
Obama himself had six bans, including a halt of Iraqi refugees in 2011 for a period of six months, longer than any of Trump’s so-called “bans.” Not a word said in protest. Furthermore, the seven nations listed in Trump’s order had already been designated by Obama. Crickets.
Bill Clinton, in at least two State of the Union addresses, used language every bit as “harsh” as Donald Trump on the subject of immigration, specifically illegals. In 1995 he said this, to a standing ovation:
All Americans, not only in the states most heavily affected but in every place in this country, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public service they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. That’s why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens. In the budget I will present to you, we will try to do more to speed the deportation of illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes, to better identify illegal aliens in the workplace as recommended by the commission headed by former Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
Barring welfare benefits for illegals? Did Trump ever go that far? No and the Left said not a word against Clinton either.
In his 1996 address Clinton said this:
But there are some areas that the federal government should not leave and should address and address strongly. One of these areas is the problem of illegal immigration. After years of neglect, this administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders. We are increasing border controls by 50 percent. We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants. And tonight, I announce I will sign an Executive Order to deny federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Let me be very clear about this: We are still a nation of immigrants; we should be proud of it. We should honor every legal immigrant here, working hard to be a good citizen, working hard to become a new citizen. But we are also a nation of laws.
An Executive Order to ban federal contracts to businesses that hire illegals. Not a word.
And it’s not just Presidents, as Daniel Horowitz pointed out in Conservative Review. In 2002, “Congress passed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, which addressed many of the insecurities in our visa tracking system.” The bill passed the House and the Senate unanimously and was co-sponsored by a number of Democrats, including Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein. Section 306 of that bill restricted visas with nations that were state-sponsors of terrorism.
In fact, as reported by The Hill, Chuck Schumer himself, Mr. Crybaby, said in 2015 that a pause in the refugee program “might be necessary.” Yet he shed no tears when he said it.
So it’s no stretch of the imagination to see, with an open and honest mind, that these protesters and their Democratic allies in Washington are transparently political and partisan. Their outrage is fake, phony, and insincere. It’s nothing more than antics and cheap tricks to score political points. But it does show who is really sincere about the nation’s security and who is playing games. And President Trump doesn’t play games. Thank God!