Get ready: the partial travel ban approved by the Supreme Court will go into effect tonight.
Under the ban, people from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States.
Unfortunately, the ban was slightly altered from its original form by the Supreme Court. Some close relatives of people already in the United States will still be allowed to come here under the updated provisions.
As reported by Bloomberg:
The Trump administration issued guidelines to U.S. embassies and consulates on how to enforce new restrictions on travel to the U.S. by refugees and migrants from six countries planned to go into effect as of 8 p.m. eastern time Thursday, according to a person familiar with the policy.
A diplomatic cable outlining the guidelines defines close family that would be allowed U.S. entry as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in- law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half and including step relationships, according to the person who confirmed details of the cable.
But it doesn’t include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other extended family members, the person said.
Hopefully the Supreme Court will get rid of its restrictions on the ban after hearing the full case in the fall. According to many, the current leniencies for close family members undermine the ban’s goal.
Indeed, there is nothing that assures American officials that close family members of citizens are any less likely to commit acts of terror. In fact, now people know exactly how to sneak terrorists into the country: they just need to marry them to people that are already here.
In this way, the current form of the ban needs to change. Americans will not be safe until no one whatsoever from terrorist-infested regions is allowed into our country.
Contrary to what liberals claim, our vetting process is extraordinarily weak. We let in people from all sorts of backgrounds, including those which support Sharia Law and the concept of a global Caliphate. There is a reason why some small towns in America are now infested by radical Muslims, and that is because we do not properly vet refugees.
Europe’s immigration mistake is exactly what we are trying to avoid through the travel ban. Europe lets in anyone who can reach its shores, and as a result, icons of the Western world like Paris, Brussels, and London are disintegrating before our eyes.
According to the Constitution, the executive branch has the power to bar anyone it views as a threat to American citizens from entering to the United States.
President Trump knows this, and it is only a matter of time until the Supreme Court knows this as well.
For now, we are stuck with a watered-down ban. We can still celebrate, however, since these are steps in the right direction.