According to a draft leaked to the Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, the new version of President Trump’s temporary travel ban will target the same seven countries as the original executive order: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Syria. It will differ from the original order in that it will exempt green-card holders and others who have already been granted a travel visa.
The new order was made necessary when the first one was put on ice by a Washington State court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After threatening to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, Trump relented and rescinded the order, vowing to produce a new one tailored to the criticisms found in the controversial ruling.
If the news about the draft is accurate, it seems like Trump has found a legally foolproof way to enact the temporary travel ban without risking further courtroom interference. The law is clear when it comes to the president’s power to limit immigration; with legal U.S. residents exempted from the order, it’s difficult to see how any state could mount a serious challenge to the new version.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t try. Even if there is no legal standing whatsoever, we are bound to see some liberal attorney general somewhere try to bring a lawsuit against the administration. This isn’t about the law – it never was. This is about blue states making a political stand against Donald Trump, thereby lifting their profile and making stars out of their lawyers.
There really is no good reason for this to be an issue in the first place. To call these seven misbegotten hellholes “countries” is giving them more credit than they deserve. Only Iran can even be said to have a fully working government, and their biggest claim to fame is being the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism. The rest of them are broken wastelands of Islamic extremism and war. There’s a reason why the Obama administration singled these exact countries out for increased vetting.
Beyond that point, we’re talking about a 90-day pause. That’s all. Trump isn’t exactly extinguishing the torch atop the Statue of Liberty, despite what The New Yorker might think. He’s trying to make sure we aren’t inviting bloodthirsty Islamic terrorists into our communities. Is this really where liberal America wants to plant their flag?