Justice Dept. asks SCOTUS to let temporary travel ban take effect
The UK’s Daily Mail reports another deadly attack by radical Islamic terrorists has hit London, less than two weeks after jihadist murderers targeted their blood lust on a crowd of mostly young girls and women following a concert in the Manchester arena. The 22-year-old terrorist made numerous trips to Libya, his parent’s homeland, where he learned the cowardly techniques of mass slaughter of innocents.
The latest — dual London Bridge area attacks — in which a van plowed through a crowd of pedestrians, followed by gruesome knifings with 12-inch blades —are the third jihadist deadly assaults on British soil in just 10 weeks. This rampage resulted in 7 dead and over 45 wounded.
The Islamic-based contagion is spreading and taking lives in Western Europe and the United States. But wanting to protect ourselves from what Daniel Greenfield descries as the “new normal,” brands us as Islamophobes. Greenfield, a journalist and scholar who focuses on the radical left and Islamic terrorism, rightly identifies Islamic terrorism as a war. In his latest column, “Europe’s next big war,“ he unequivocally states, “The only way to stop that war is to stop migration from terror states today.”
During his campaign, President Donald Trump sensibly advocated banning travel from terror sponsoring nations. In view of the ongoing violence we have been exposed to since Sept. 11, 2001, it was a compelling reason many Americans supported his candidacy. After election, on Jan. 27 he attempted to implement restrictions involving 7 terror sponsoring nations: Voices on the left accused him of anti-Muslim discrimination. A revised list of 6 counties, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria and Yemen, omitting Iraq — noted that they were either state sponsors of terrorism or their territories were so compromised that they were effectively havens for terrorist groups. On March 6 it too, was shot down by federal judges, who declared it violated the First Amendment religious protections of Muslims.
“This executive order responsibly provides a needed pause so we can carefully review how we scrutinize people coming here from these countries of concern,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. Included is the ability of specific individuals to be able to request waivers, which will be given on a case-by-case basis.
The Justice Department announced it is “confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism. The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”
On Thursday, the Trump administration requested the U.S. Supreme Court allow the temporary ban to take effect.