Law supports immigration refusals

Letter date: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Letter publisher: 
The Register Guard
Letter author: 
James E. Levings
Letter body: 

Donald Trump was recently severely criticized for suggesting that the U.S. should limit or temporarily suspend the immigration of certain ethnic groups, nationalities and even people of certain religions.

The critics condemned such a suggestion as being, among other things, un-American, dumb, stupid, reckless, dangerous and racist. The president called such a prohibition on immigration unconstitutional.

But, surprise: It seems that the selective immigration ban is already law and has been applied on several occasions.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 allows for the “Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by the president. Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president 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.”

The act was utilized by Jimmy Carter, no less, in 1979 to keep Iranians out of the United States. He made all Iranian students already here check in, and then deported seven thousand for violation of their visas. Some 15,000 Iranians were forced to leave the U.S.

The Quran forbids Muslims to swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution; therefore, technically, all Muslims should be refused immigration.