As the Supreme Court hears arguments over President Donald Trump’s controversial travel policy, recently released survey results indicate 56 percent of registered American voters actually support the reforms.
According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, 32 percent of registered voters strongly support the president’s border security reforms — absurdly labeled a “Muslim Travel Ban” — with an additional 24 percent of registered voters ‘somewhat supporting’ the reform. As 14 percent of respondents declined to answer other than ‘Don’t Know/No Opinion’, the actual number of voters supporting the reform may be even higher.
14 percent of registered voters strongly oppose the reforms.
One week after his January inauguration, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, which established a temporary ban on immigration from a few terror predisposed nations, while the new administration developed vetting measures as an act of national security. The goal was to ensure that dangerous people where not entering the U.S.
When that executive order immediately encountered legal trouble, President Trump issued Executive Order 13780, which provided additional findings justifying the policy. Liberal opponents continued their legal challenges and took the case to leftist federal Judge Derrick Watson, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Predictably, Watson struck the order down.
Choosing to file in Hawaii, the plaintiffs knew that an appeal would have to go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Naturally, the Ninth Circuit agreed with Watson and struck down the ban. The Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit for the most part by a 9-0 vote.
Attempting to protect American citizens, President Trump then announced his permanent policy in Presidential Proclamation 9645.
In an appalling demonstration of judicial activism, the Hawaii District Court again blocked the reforms and once again, the Ninth Circuit agreed.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions then declared his intent to appeal and on January 5, 2018, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.
Congress already delegated broad authority to the president in a provision of federal law that states: “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may, by proclamation and for such a period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrant, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
The plaintiffs here are claiming that the policy is actually a ban on Muslims, and argue that the government is establishing ‘an official state religion’.
The third version of the president’s reform measures imposed restrictions on travelers coming to the United States from Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela. The plaintiffs did not include North Korea and Venezuela in their challenge.
As for that survey, data indicates that only one in seven voters strongly opposes the President’s reform measures which establish new rules on visits by people from Islamic countries where hostile government and wars encourage violence against non-Muslims.
In contrast, almost six out of ten voters ‘strongly support’ or ‘somewhat support’ the security measure against Islamic jihad.
The survey framed the question as follows:
“As you may know, the U.S. Department of State outlined guidelines which say visa applicants from seven countries, predominately Muslim, must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country. Knowing this, do you support or oppose these guidelines?”
Of registered voters, 36 percent of males strongly support the guidelines, with 24 percent somewhat supporting with 9 percent choosing ‘Don’t know/No opinion.’ Of female registered voters, 28 percent strongly support the measures while 23 percent ‘somewhat support’ with 19 percent choosing ‘Don’t Know/No Opinion’.
Interestingly, for the question:
“Do you believe each of the following should qualify as a close family relationship for visa applicants from seven countries, five of which are predominately Muslim, wishing to enter the United States?” — American voters clearly have a strong notion of what ‘close family’ means to them.
While 79 percent of those voters identified spouse, grandparent, sibling, fiancé and child as ‘should qualify”, The numbers significantly changed for sister-in-law, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins, with cousins earning a 51 percent “Does not qualify” and 19 percent ‘Don’t Know/No opinion’.
A Supreme Court decision should be announced in July.
~ Liberty Planet