Trump’s New Travel Ban, Just as Mean and Useless as the Old One

by | Mar 6, 2017

Trump’s New Travel Ban, Just as Mean and Useless as the Old One

by | Mar 6, 2017

It covers its legal tracks but is still an exercise in Muslim bashing

As Jacob Sullum noted this morning, President Trump’s new 90-day ban on travel from six Muslim countries and his suspension of America’s refugee program are in a far stronger position to withstand legal scrutiny than his previous effort. A president has vast discretion in setting immigration enforcement priorities and admitting foreigners so long as he doesn’t run afoul of Constitutional due process protections or injunction against religious discrimination etc.

On its face, Trump’s new travel ban – unlike his last one – meets this criterion. The ACLU is protesting that the ban is still fundamentally rooted not in national security concerns but prejudice and is looking it over for legal challenge. It will have a harder time prevailing in court, but that does not mean it is wrong. Indeed, the order is mere security theater whose intention is to stoke anti-Muslim fear not make America safer.

For starters, as with the old ban that, like the proverbial drunk who looked for his lost car keys under the lamppost where he could see rather than where he lost them, the new ban too goes after countries that are easy targets, not ones that actually have sent terrorists to America (not that it would be OK to have a blanket ban against innocent tourists or students or other travelers from them either). The countries covered by the ban this time include Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Iraq, which was in the original ban, has been dropped from the list because, evidently, the Iraqi government has assured the administration that it has adequate vetting procedures in place. With the exception of Iran, what’s perverse about this list is that it shuts out the victims trying to flee Islamic terrorism. (And in Iran’s case those who want to flee repressive mullahs.)

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Shikha Dalmia is a senior analyst at Reason Foundation.

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