We The People

We The People

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Under Siege

By Tammy Derouin

After eight long years of neglect, the security of the American people and the homeland are once again the focus of the White House. The United States was under siege by an administration which put the feelings and false rights of illegal aliens and our enemies above the citizens. We witnessed, in disbelief, as individuals were being ushered into our land without questions or background checks. It makes you wonder about long term consequences for such criminal actions.

Every president takes an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution. How does one president get away with not upholding the law while his successor is demonized for doing his sworn duty? Why are threats of impeachment and calls for the assassination of President Trump being glorified? Clearly, the Democratic Party, the party which claims to be a party of tolerance, would not condone such behavior if Obama or Clinton were the target of such vicious, vile acts.

We now have an administration which wants to uphold the law. The President of the United States enacted an executive order to enforce national security. Let's think about the brilliance of the executive order. It puts a temporary hold on individuals traveling to the U.S. who are departing from some of the most pro-terrorist/anti-American countries in the world. Some would say it doesn't go far enough, me included, but it's a start. The order would prevent terrorists or potential terrorists from entering the United States.

Once an individual is properly vetted, they would be allowed to enter. Of course, the individual would be expected to live and abide by the rules and laws of the United States. If, at any time, they abuse the privilege of being a guest in our country, consequences for unlawful behavior should be enforced.

Any American who truly values our freedoms, our history, and our way of life, should not be shocked or offended when laws and orders are put into place to protect the citizens and the homeland. To do anything less would be negligent. In the case of the President of the United States, he would be violating his constitutional duty if he didn't protect our borders. If he fails to live up to his sworn duty, he would be rightfully subjected to Constitutional consequences.

Oddly, many have decided to call President Trump's willingness to uphold the law and to fulfill his rightfully duty as president, a radical move. Some have the audacity to claim, including the 9th District Court of Appeals, his actions as President are unconstitutional. It is the duty of the Executive Branch to up hold the law and to work within the law to protect the American people and our borders.

If a president failed to follow the law or protect the United States, wouldn't that make him negligent? If lack of adequate screening or protection, after an attack by our enemy, could be traced back to the White House, wouldn't it make sense for the president to face, at the very least, questions about his lack of care; his inability to protect the people and the homeland?

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) grants the Executive the power to limit or deny individuals into our country. The INA states, “individual aliens outside the United States are 'inadmissible' – or barred from admission to the country – on health, criminal, security, and other grounds set forth in the INA.” But it doesn't stop there: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the Untied States would be detrimental to the interest 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 nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

President Trump is working within the law. Not only did Obama use the very same authority, he used it 19 times during his his term in office; more than Reagan, Bush, Clinton, G.W. Bush, combined. Those who are protesting and making judicial judgments, need to take a closer look at the facts. Why would you want to admit individuals who wish to destroy our country?

When lies are used to promote hate by those who seek or hold power, we only need to look back at history to see a deadly outcome. The rise of Hitler, the Nazi Party and the death of millions of Jews should serve as a wake up call. Lies produces hate. Hate + violence = death.

The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”

Adolf Hitler