Despite claims to the contrary, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration possesses constitutional merit, meaning it would be perfectly legal for him to implement it, constitutional scholars say.
Speaking with Breitbart, George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf pointed to Title VIII, Section 1182 of the United States Code, which explicitly states that the president may “suspend entry” if “the entry of any aliens or any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”
“So, on that ground, very clearly it’s constitutional,” Banzhaf remarked, then switching his focus to affirmative action, a similarly veined policy that allows colleges to discriminate on the basis of race so as to promote diversity.
“Well, preventing terrorism is at least as important as having diversity in the classroom, and so as long as race is used as only one factor — or, in this case, religion is used as only one factor — we can apply different standards even in the U.S., for example in secondary searches on airplanes,” he continued.
In other words, claims by liberals that the GOP candidate’s proposal is unconstitutional are patently false. (Khizr Khan, who flippantly waved a copy of the Constitution at the Democratic National Convention during his attack on Donald Trump, should take note.)
“A lot of people haven’t read the Constitution … (but they) kinda think anything which they don’t like, any proposal which they don’t like, is both unconstitutional and un-American,” the George Washington University professor noted.
Granted, very few Republicans actually want to limit immigration, but with Islamic terrorism growing by leaps and bonds, and with the government doing practically nothing to prevent the rise of radicalism, very few other options remain.
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