As proof that Congress is operating from some far-away planet where logic and common sense are always in flux, we have this latest news:
Congress is set to vote on Thursday on what some have called an “unprecedented” right that would allow immigrants easier access to relocate to the United States, according to new legislation offered by a Democratic senator.
The legislation, which is being offered by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) as an amendment to a larger bill governing nuclear safety, would prohibit the U.S. government from barring any individual from entering the country based on their religion.
That’s right. While Donald Trump, other conservatives and the states themselves are trying to put the brakes on immigration, especially Middle Eastern or Muslim refugees, Congress is set to vote on making immigration even easier.
It’s a direct reaction – Leahy’s people claim – to Trump’s call to halt Muslim Immigration. Do Democrats think a poorly-thought-out response to Trump’s poorly thought out proposal is appropriate? Wise? Smart?
This bill comes during a national debate about immigration – especially from Muslim-majority countries. Obama’s refugee plan would permit up to 10,000 Syrians into the country, but critics contend there is not enough “vetting” of the refugees to ensure they are not linked to terrorism or terrorist organizations like ISIS.
“The amendment is intended to be a response to Trump’s statement and thus the category of immigration at the heart of it is clearly immigration from the Muslim world,” said a congressional source apprised of the legislation.
“This amendment will establish the progressive goal of creating a right to global migration, their solution to global income inequality,” the source said. “This is not simply a slippery slope. This is ripping open Pandora’s box. If you can establish that we have no right to consider religious beliefs, then you could help establish we have no right to consider a candidate’s age, skill, income, or country of origin.”
The legislation would further mean that a “radical Imam could demand the right for a tourist visa to deliver a speech, or that a member of a pagan cult could demand that they be given a foreign worker visa to take an American job,” according to the source.
The legislation essentially extends the U.S. Constitution to inhabitants from other countries, which has never been done before, the source said.
“The Constitution, by definition, is a document that protects the rights of the American people – to extend it to the citizens of foreign countries living in those foreign countries is to turn the Constitution from a document that protects Americans into one that renders them utterly defenseless,” the source said. “Congress can decide who to admit, and who not to admit, and on what grounds – our founding documents confer on no alien the right of entry to the United States and to travel down this road is to challenge the very idea that immigration is supposed to serve the American interest and no other.”
About Robert Gehl
Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.