- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Come 8 p.m. Thursday, America will be a little bit safer from terrorists.

That’s what the White House is banking on, anyway, when the revised and reworked version of President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban for six terror hot spot nations — terror hot spots that happen to be populated by mostly Muslims — goes into effect.

And honestly, the White House is right to breathe a bit easier. A country with no borders just isn’t a country. And the fact that Trump’s been given legal authority by the U.S. Supreme Court to enforce some border laws is a sigh of relief for those who, simply put, value America’s future.

Those carrying previously approved visas won’t be impacted by the travel ban. But the State Department will start scrutinizing any new applications from individuals from Libya, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, to check for family connections. Basically, those from the six nations wishing to enter the United States have to first prove they already have a parent, spouse, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in this country.

And if they don’t? Sorry. No entry allowed.

It’s the same-same for those seeking refugee status in the United States.

Grandparents need not apply. The exemption portion of the travel prohibition doesn’t extend to these family relations — and neither do they for cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law and other extended family members, The Associated Press reported.

The left must be wringing hands, consulting calendars and counting down days to the 2018 elections. Their frantic concerns: Where oh where will we recoup these votes?

But for the rest of America, it’s a bit more calming, knowing the Supreme Court has taken a matter that’s been highly politicized and highly charged, and returned it to a sense of sensibility.

Overnight, America’s borders have gone from the category of sieve to safer.

The left’s lawyers are already rallying, preparing to make sure no illegal, no migrant, no refugee is wrongfully denied entry. But for the right? The court’s partial lift of the lower court injunctions against Trump’s travel ban is like an aspirin to a long-suffering headache.

Where Barack Obama created chaos, Trump and now the high court brought a bit of clarity. For the time being at least, America actually has some borders.

And what that means in the practical is that America, for the time being at least, gets to maintain its sovereignty and country.


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