The liberal media want you to know that President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration are unprecedented — as in, never before in our glorious liberal history has a president done anything so vile as targeting a specific group of immigrants.
Oh. Unless you count every president since 1980, according to The Daily Caller. That would be six commanders in chief over the past 37 years. Trump is just the seventh in a long line.
Apparently journalism majors don’t take history classes. That would be useful, don’t you think?
While the whining liberal left is busy bashing Trump for his recent orders staying immigration from countries known to export terrorism, we’ll take a pause for a history review. Feel free to share with your less-enlightened friends.
Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 makes the president’s powers clear:
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed an order to “invalidate all visas issued to Iranian citizens for future entry into the United States,” according to The American Presidency Project.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan barred immigration of “any undocumented aliens arriving at the borders of the United States from the high seas.” In 1986 he signed an order “barring entry for any Cuban nationals or immigrants except in certain cases,” according to the National Archives.
In 1988, he suspended entry for all officers and employees of the Nicaraguan government, a directive which George H.W. Bush overturned in 1990 via the same powers.
President Bill Clinton used his restrictive powers multiple times. In 1994 he barred “the Haitian military, their immediate families, any major participants in the coup d’état of 1991.” In 1998 he signed an order “barring entry for members of the military junta in Sierra Leone, and their families,” according to the U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Liberals are moaning, claiming that Trump is trying to destroy America. If they opened a history book — ever — they would understand that he is carrying on an honored tradition of protecting Americans. Even the stupid ones.
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