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The President’s Immigration Rights


So, the rain falls every day here in Los Angeles now. Every single day. And Jerry Brown, our governor, told us we would have a drought for 500 years. Politicians are not good weather forecasters. No one is a good weather forecaster. The forecasters cannot tell what the weather will be tomorrow. How can they possibly, conceivably know what the weather will be like in 10 or 20 years?

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, we were told that a new Ice Age was coming because man-made particles would block the sun. Now it’s man-made something that’s going to bake the earth.

The key, the absolute key, is that the left is always looking for a reason why the government has to control you. The left is all about controlling other people over their guns or their bathrooms or their cars or their schools. It’s not about the weather. It’s about control.

That’s what passed through my woolly old head as I drove through L.A. with my pal, Judah Friedman, the columnist.

But I was also thinking about immigration. Just for myself, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mr. Donald Trump has the power to set immigration policy to keep the nation safe. That’s in the law. That’s in cases decided by courts. It’s not even a remotely close case.

But — and this is a big but — we learned at Yale that “legal realism” is the way the law works. Legal realism says that courts are made up of human beings called judges (“so-called judges…”). They have every human frailty. They want to please their friends. They want to be folk heroes. They want to be loved by the media, which in America today is the Supreme Judge.

They can decide the case before them any darned way they please. In any important case, there will be precedent (or so-called “precedent”) on both sides. They can pick and choose to please themselves or the media or their cousin in Brooklyn. So, Seattle has very left-wing judges who want to be heroes in the left-wing city. That’s the Ninth Circuit. They can rule on Mr. Trump’s immigration plan any way they choose.

They have already given us a big clue — as my immigration law expert Nolan Rappaport has told me — by asking completely irrelevant questions from the bench about Mr. Trump’s comments about immigration during the campaign. That’s to show that Trump is a mad man and a dangerous racist, so they can throw that into their opinions.

Again, they can do anything they want. Nolan points out that no court has ever restricted a President’s immigration power. So far. We’re about to see the first of its kind, I sadly suspect.

But meanwhile, the omnipotent media is missing something huge: the whole world wants to come to America. The Muslims want to leave their Muslim countries and come to Christian America. Doesn’t that tell us something about how valuable this country is as it is? If we’re a fascist, racist state, why do the people from Yemen and Iran want to come here?

Anyway, I got to grow up in an America where no one seriously questioned that this was the best place God had ever made. This was taught to us by parents and schools. I wonder what my granddaughter will be taught.

It’s still raining. And by the way, has anyone seen a Korean movie from 2012 called Eungyo? It’s about the saddest movie I have ever seen. It’s on Netflix. It has a few seconds of sex so not for kiddies. But it will break your heart.

Ben Stein
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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.
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